Google Now adds data from Lyft, Airbnb and many more apps

Google Now just got a lot smarter, adding data from dozens of outside apps to help people get more things done as they go about their day.

By Zach Miners | 31 January, 2015 12:43

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, mobile, social media, internet, search engines

Outlook app for Android and iOS boosts Microsoft's mobile comeback

The release this week of Microsoft's first truly native Outlook app for Android and iOS has earned the company accolades and could be a sign its mobile strategy is finally getting on track.

By Scott M. Fulton III | 31 January, 2015 10:47

Tags: mobile applications, Microsoft, mobile

MIT randomizes tasks to speed massive multicore processors

As each new generation of computer processors arrives with a larger number of computing cores, computer scientists grapple with how best to make use of this proliferation of parallel power.

By Joab Jackson | 31 January, 2015 10:43

Tags: popular science, applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, data mining, software

NEC aims at Big Data 'sweet spot' with new SAP Hana tool

Cloud computing and SAP's Hana in-memory database can be a powerful combination for data analysis, and new tools could help to make sure it doesn't fall down on the job.

By Katherine Noyes | 31 January, 2015 10:35

Tags: analytics, cloud computing, internet, NEC

Uber will fight to keep its Boston ride data private

Earlier this month, Uber agreed to provide Boston city officials a wealth of ride data to help them make better planning decisions -- but it will go to considerable lengths to ensure that data is not made public.

By Fred O'Connor | 31 January, 2015 08:54

Tags: Uber, consumer electronics, smartphones, internet

Twitter's Vine Kids app is not just for kids

Twitter's Vine video service has released a cute new app for kids, but let's get real: This is a gateway drug.

By Zach Miners | 31 January, 2015 07:15

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, twitter, mobile, social media, internet, video, Vine, mobile applications

Google Glass holds promise but requires a 'reset'

Google Glass failed to meet goals set by the search giant, causing the company to halt the program and rethink its strategy for the wearable device.

By Fred O'Connor | 31 January, 2015 05:23

Tags: consumer electronics, Google

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to simplify management

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 05:06

Tags: databases, applications, Microsoft, software, Software as a service, cloud computing, internet, system management

Intuit backpedals from TurboTax changes after upgrade uproar

Intuit backtracked yesterday, not only again apologizing for stiffing TurboTax customers by not telling them of changes in its business model but saying that it would offer partial refunds and free upgrades to its more capable editions.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 January, 2015 03:50

Tags:, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Intuit, LinkedIn, Desktop Apps, software, TurboTax, Financial / tax

Can't keep this bad boy down: ZeroAccess botnet back in business

A peer-to-peer botnet called ZeroAccess came out of a six-month hibernation this month after having survived two takedown attempts by law enforcement and security researchers.

By Lucian Constantin | 31 January, 2015 03:29

Tags: Dell SecureWorks, symantec, Microsoft, security, malware, fraud

Google to change UK privacy policy after regulatory pressure

Google has agreed to improve the information it provides to people about how it collects personal data in the U.K., after it was required to do so by country's data protection authority.

By Loek Essers | 31 January, 2015 00:19

Tags: Google, security, Information Commissioner's Office, privacy

Ghost Linux vulnerability can be exploited through WordPress, other PHP apps

A critical vulnerability in glibc, a core Linux library, can be exploited remotely through WordPress and likely other PHP applications to compromise Web servers.

By Lucian Constantin | 31 January, 2015 00:08

Tags: patches, intrusion, trustwave, security, patch management, Sucuri, Exploits / vulnerabilities, qualys

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, January 30

Intel's Broadwell is the real cable-cutter ... India victim sues Uber in US ... rogue Android gains investors ... and more

By IDG News Service staff | 30 January, 2015 23:33

Tags: business issues,, Google, hardware systems, Cyanogen, intel, internet, Uber Technologies, Facebook, Apple

Turn your whistling into song with the tap of an app

If you fancy yourself a Mozart of the shower, Casio has an app that will write entire compositions based on what you whistle or sing.

By Tim Hornyak | 30 January, 2015 21:44

Tags: Casio, Internet-based applications and services, internet

VPN providers play 'cat-and-mouse' with China's growing censorship

Amit Bareket calls it a "cat-and-mouse" game. In this instance, his company is the mouse, and the Chinese government is a giant cat.

By Michael Kan | 30 January, 2015 18:45

Tags: regulation, Golden Frog, SaferVPN, government, internet

Facebook tests delivering tips about your location

Facebook is getting closer to territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare by testing a new service that will provide users with recommendations about places they are at.

By John Ribeiro | 30 January, 2015 14:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, internet, Facebook

Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

A passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi has sued Uber in a U.S. court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger safety comes second to profits.

By Martyn Williams | 30 January, 2015 09:31

Tags: Uber, Criminal, Internet-based applications and services, legal, internet

Microsoft said to invest in Android maker Cyanogen

Microsoft has made a $US70 million equity investment in Cyanogen, producer of an alternative distribution of Android, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

By Scott M. Fulton III | 30 January, 2015 09:04

Tags: Microsoft, Mobile OSes, mobile

Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Reddit today released what it called its first "transparency report," which details requests for user information from both government entities and private lawyers.

By Lucas Mearian | 30 January, 2015 09:03

Tags: reddit, security, data privacy, privacy

Google misses with Q4 sales and earnings

Google disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter results, missing expectations for both sales and earnings, and growing its advertising business more slowly.

By Zach Miners | 30 January, 2015 08:55

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

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