Free Windows 10 is not an upgrade ... it's marketing

Windows 10 is not a free upgrade, Microsoft said last week. It's a "marketing and promotional activity."

By Gregg Keizer | 27 April, 2015 07:10

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Everest avalanche kills privacy-focused Google engineer, Dan Fredinburg

Dan Fredinburg, an engineer who worked on many of Google's most exciting projects during his 8 years with the company, died over the weekend in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by Nepal's devastating earthquake.

By Bob Brown | 26 April, 2015 23:47

Tags: Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, careers, twitter, IT management

Internet steady in Nepal after earthquake but last-mile connectivity an issue

The Internet is playing an important role in communications in Nepal after a devastating earthquake, as phone links were choked by the large number of people trying to connect.

By John Ribeiro | 26 April, 2015 01:50

Tags: Dyn, akamai, internet

Surface books third straight quarter in the black

Microsoft has reported the third-consecutive quarter of gross profit for its Surface tablet line, with revenue up 44 per cent compared to the same period the year before.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 April, 2015 22:18

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft, computerworld, hardware systems, tablets

Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered what appears to be a major computer system failure late Friday.

By Zach Miners | 25 April, 2015 10:08

Tags: starbucks, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, services, retail, industry verticals, internet

Facebook's impressive aerial photo highlights confusion over drone regulations

When Facebook expanded into a new campus in late March, the company released a stunning aerial photo of the site captured from a drone. In taking the picture, Facebook almost certainly broke two FAA regulations governing drone use.

By Martyn Williams | 25 April, 2015 06:28

Tags: robotics, legal, legislation, government, Facebook

Microsoft hints at potential C# 7 features

Microsoft is moving forward with plans for version 7 of its C# language, posting lists of potential features, including tuples, pattern matching, nullability tracking and syntax for lists.

By Paul Krill | 25 April, 2015 06:21

Tags: application development, Languages and standards, GitHub, C#, Microsoft, software

Italian eyewear maker helping to design new version of Google Glass

Luxottica, the Italian eyewear maker that owns Ray-Ban and Oakley, is working with Google to design a new version of Glass, its CEO said Friday.

By Fred O'Connor | 25 April, 2015 05:55

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, luxottica

KC's smart city 'Goldilocks' project bounds ahead

The largest smart city project in North America is moving closer to reality in Kansas City, Mo., mainly along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction through the downtown.

By Matt Hamblen | 25 April, 2015 05:52

Tags: 3M, Google, Internet of Things, internet

Project Fi will help Google amass even more data

As Google dives into the Wi-Fi and cellular network services business in the US, some are wondering just where the company is headed.

By Sharon Gaudin | 25 April, 2015 05:52

Tags: IDC, Google, at&t, security, data privacy, privacy

Consumer groups dance on the grave of Comcast-TW deal

Consumer groups are cheering the news that Comcast abandoned its proposed US$45 billion acquisition of fellow cable and broadband provider Time Warner Cable, saying it's good for customers and demonstrates the power of Internet activism.

By Grant Gross | 25 April, 2015 01:13

Tags: business issues, U.S. Department of Justice, free press, telecommunication, CREDO Action, Ryan Radia, Mike Wendy, comcast, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Mergers and acquisitions, Edward Markey, Time Warner Cable,, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Craig Aaron, Josh Nelson

Project Fi's winners and losers

Project Fi, Google's Wi-Fi and cellular network service announced Wednesday, can variously be described as low-cost, disruptive, cutting edge, tantalizing, confusing, even awesome.

By Matt Hamblen | 25 April, 2015 00:32

Tags: wireless carriers, Google, mobile

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, April 24

Comcast-Time Warner merger looks to be falling apart...Amazon finally discloses cloud numbers...Microsoft services make up for weak PC market...and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 24 April, 2015 21:17

Tags: Kleiner Perkins,, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, legal, comcast, mobile, internet, acer

Zensors app lets you crowdsource live camera monitoring

If you feel like you need eyes in the back of your head, there's a crowdsourcing app for that.

By Tim Hornyak | 24 April, 2015 20:33

Tags: peripherals, CHI, consumer electronics,, Internet of Things, smartphones, webcams, University of Rochester, internet, Carnegie Mellon University

Xero reports increased revenue of $114.9m

Xero (ASX: XRO) has posted an operating revenue of $114.9 million for the year ended 31 March 2015, an increase from $62.2 million in 2014.

By Hamish Barwick | 24 April, 2015 13:42

Tags: xero, accounting software, ASX, financial results

The contact centre goes social

Enterprise social media is maturing. Initiatives such as content delivery and contextual marketing are becoming common practice in the market.

By Bradley Murray, IDC | 24 April, 2015 09:09

Tags: IDC, contact centre, social networking, social networks, social media, contact centres

Microsoft results get a lift from Office 365 and Azure

Microsoft has reported better-than-expected financial results for the quarter just ended, helped by strong sales of cloud services like Office 365 and Azure.

By James Niccolai | 24 April, 2015 07:38

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, financial results

Google sales hit a speed bump in Q1

Google's sales rose 12 per cent during the first quarter, the slowest rate of revenue growth since 2013, while the amount it charges for ad clicks continued to drop.

By Zach Miners | 24 April, 2015 07:10

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Google, financial results, social media, internet, search engines

Median age at Google is 29, says US age discrimination lawsuit

The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 April, 2015 06:28

Tags: Google, IT careers, careers, IT management

Enterprise software vendors ready Apple Watch apps

Enterprise software vendors are betting the Apple Watch will find a use in the business world and this week announced apps for the smartwatch, which will become available to consumers on Friday.

By Fred O'Connor | 24 April, 2015 06:01

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, Microsoft, Blue Jean Networks, mobile

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