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USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

With Apple's latest MacBook and Google's newest Chromebook just out and featuring the new USB Type-C connector, we're on the lookout for peripherals that use the interface, and storage devices appear to be first out of the gate.

By Agam Shah | 28 March, 2015 06:24

Tags: msi, Drives, storage, DIGITAL GEAR, hardware systems, Components, sandisk, LaCie, Emtec, Apple, Google

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, March 27

Up Periscope: Twitter answers Meerkat... UN appoints privacy watchdog... Microsoft buys LiveLoop... and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 27 March, 2015 22:40

Tags: LiveLoop, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, software, twitter, mobile, internet, Hewlett-Packard, Uber Technologies

Microsoft wants to make Powerpoint more Web-friendly, buys LiveLoop

Microsoft has acquired LiveLoop and its technology for sharing PowerPoint presentations online more easily.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 27 March, 2015 22:25

Tags: business issues, LiveLoop, applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites, Mergers and acquisitions

An SDN vulnerability forced OpenDaylight to focus on security

Open-source software projects are often well intended, but security can take a back seat to making the code work.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 March, 2015 11:20

Tags: patches, open source, security, OpenDaylight, software, IIX, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Meltdown! New Periscope iPhone app live streams ice cream factory's end

The teardown of a 50-plus-year-old ice cream plant across from Network World's Framingham, Mass., headquarters today practically screamed to be live streamed via Twitter's new Periscope app for the iPhone. So I took my iPhone 5 into the parking lot during lunch and brought the action live to a whoever happened to stumble across it.

By Bob Brown | 27 March, 2015 08:07

Tags: Photo / video, SXSW, applications, social, software, twitter, collaboration, video

Facebook speeds iPhone app dev wih React Native

For Web developers, making the jump to building full-fledged smartphone apps can be daunting. Facebook could ease the transition with a newly open-sourced framework its engineers developed to build apps for Apple devices.

By Joab Jackson | 27 March, 2015 07:40

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Facebook

Microsoft name games continue as 'universal apps' become 'Windows apps'

Microsoft has again changed the lexicon it wants others to use to describe the apps that run on Windows.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 07:16

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

New Unit4 platform promises 'self-driving' ERP

Following a quiet year spent retooling its enterprise technology, Unit4 on Thursday unveiled revamped and rebranded versions of its flagship ERP and financial software products built on a brand-new platform that includes predictive-analytics and machine-learning capabilities.

By Katherine Noyes | 27 March, 2015 07:08

Tags: unit4, applications, enterprise resource planning, software

Mobile storage about to balloon with new 3D flash chips from Intel and Micron

Smartphones, tablets and PCs are about to get a whole lot more storage capacity thanks to new 3D flash chips from Intel and Micron that cram more bits into a smaller space.

By Agam Shah | 27 March, 2015 03:37

Tags: SSD, micron technology, Drives, storage, Components, intel

Spartan forecast: Browser of choice for 1 in 7 Windows users within a year

One of every seven Windows PCs will be running Microsoft's new Project Spartan browser within a year of the firm launching Windows 10 this summer, according to historical data from a Web metrics company.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 01:22

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, software, operating systems

Microsoft to simplify Azure migration with bigger VM drives

Microsoft has increased by a factor of eight the maximum size of OS drives that can run on its Azure cloud, hoping to get enterprises to migrate more workloads.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 27 March, 2015 00:37

Tags: Development tools, application development, consumer electronics, Microsoft, software

Will embedded and middleware help save Blackberry?

The financial news for Blackberry is potentially bad this week, as it has been for most of the past few years. Some analysts are predicting that the Canadian company will post losses of as much as 7 cents per share, though the consensus seems to be closer to 3 cents. If that happens, it'll be Blackberry's fourth quarter out of the last five to show a decline.

By Jon Gold | 27 March, 2015 00:08

Tags: Blackberry, Apple, consumer electronics, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, smartphones, Facebook

Facebook's iOS UI development framework goes open source

Facebook has open-sourced ComponentKit, its React-inspired framework for iOS,

By Paul Krill | 27 March, 2015 00:06

Tags: Mobile Development, Development tools, application development, GitHub, objective, software, Facebook

Microsoft brings Node.js debugging to Visual Studio

With NTVS (Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio) released Wednesday, Microsoft is enabling its Windows software development platform for use as a Node.js IDE.

By Paul Krill | 26 March, 2015 22:25

Tags: Development tools, application development, Node.js, Microsoft, software

Foxconn to enter information security realm with joint venture

Foxconn Technology Group isn't satisfied with just making iPhones, and plans to break into the information security market through an upcoming joint venture.

By Michael Kan | 26 March, 2015 15:00

Tags: business issues, services, Foxconn Technology Group

Atlassian's JIRA Service Desk now helps employees help themselves

Imagine a service desk, and chances are you envision a team focused on helping and supporting external customers. But often overlooked are equivalent services that are focused instead on serving an organization's internal customers -- helping employees find the answers to their questions and the people they need, for example.

By Katherine Noyes | 26 March, 2015 07:43

Tags: applications, atlassian, Customer Relationship Management, software, collaboration

Google refocuses Dart as a JavaScript helper

Backing down on ambitions to create a commercial grade Web programming language, Google is shifting work on its Dart programming language to make it an optimization aid for the pervasively popular JavaScript, which Dart was originally designed to supplant.

By Joab Jackson | 26 March, 2015 07:43

Tags: Development tools, application development, Google, software

More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

More than half of all Internet Explorer (IE) users have less than 10 months to discard their browsers, and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 06:56

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft updates Windows 10 preview for 'slow' testers

Microsoft today released the March Windows 10 Technical Preview update to testers who have stuck with the "slow" cadence.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 05:20

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft prepares Windows 10 for panoply of sensors

Windows 10 devices in the future could be measuring temperature, environmental pressure and carbon dioxide levels, as Microsoft provides an interface to support a wide range of sensors.

By Agam Shah | 26 March, 2015 03:03

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, software, operating systems

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