North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.

By Martyn Williams | 01 November, 2014 09:34

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, twitter, social networking, internet, social media, government, Facebook

Startup Slack gets $120M infusion to kill email at work

Slack, a cloud startup that's landed some big name clients for its business communications product, has raised $120 million [m] at an eye-popping $1.12 billion [b] valuation.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 November, 2014 08:31

Tags: applications, software, collaboration, slack

Oracle's Larry Ellison isn't done building his legacy

Larry Ellison may no longer be CEO of Oracle, but he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Indeed, as executive chairman and CTO, Ellison is now in a position to focus solely on creating new products and services that will cement his legacy as he enters the twilight of a legendary career in tech.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 November, 2014 06:30

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Sun Microsystems, SAP, software, internet, cloud computing, collaboration, larry ellison, Oracle

Microsoft Releases NEW Office for the Mac (Oct/2014)

Apple Mac users are cheering the release of a NEW Office for Mac client that has a more unified Microsoft Office look and feel, and supports modern functionality like email archives, ribbon, etc.

By Rand Morimoto | 01 November, 2014 06:25

Tags: Apple, applications, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Microsoft teases Office for Mac with Outlook-only release

Microsoft today took the unusual move of releasing a new version of Outlook for the Mac months before the rest of the Office suite will be ready.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 November, 2014 06:14

Tags: applications, Microsoft, Desktop Apps, software, Office suites

Ericsson's WebRTC browser available for download from the App Store

Ericsson's Bowser has been resurrected to make up for the lack of a WebRTC-compatible browser on iOS and is now available for download from Apple's App Store.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 November, 2014 05:28

Tags: Ericsson, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, browsers, software, mobile

Apologetic Microsoft unleashes Xim globally for Android, Win Phone

Apparently caught off guard by strong demand for Xim, a mobile photo-sharing app from its Fuse Labs researchers, a regretful Microsoft has released it globally for Android and Windows Phone, while promising iOS support is due soon.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 November, 2014 03:49

Tags: applications, Photo / video, Microsoft, software, internet, mobile

FCC: A range of net neutrality options remain on the table

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it remains open to a range of options for new net neutrality rules, following a news report saying it is leaning toward a controversial approach that regulates one piece of broadband service.

By Grant Gross | 01 November, 2014 02:52

Tags: telecommunication, free press, Kim Hart: Craig Aaron, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, broadband, mozilla, Internet service providers, Verizon Communications, Center for Democracy and Techhology, Tom Wheeler

iOS 8 app crash rate falls 25% since release

In the six weeks since its release, iOS 8's app crash rate has declined more than 25% as app developers have adjusted to new APIs and issued updates, an app performance management developer said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 November, 2014 02:20

Tags: business issues, Yahoo, Apple, ebay, paypal, Groupon, Apple iOS, netflix

Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced Friday by the Court of Frederiksberg in Denmark to three and a half years in jail for hacking and serious vandalism.

By Loek Essers | 01 November, 2014 01:55

Tags: Criminal, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, intrusion, pirate bay, csc, security, legal, data breach

Google to kill off SSL 3.0 in Chrome 40

Google plans to remove support for the aging Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version 3.0 protocol in Google Chrome 40, which is expected to ship in about two months.

By Lucian Constantin | 01 November, 2014 01:25

Tags: patches, Google, online safety, security, Microsoft, encryption, Mozilla Foundation, Exploits / vulnerabilities

BlackBerry upgrades BBM with timed messages

Taking a page from the Snapchat playbook, BlackBerry will let BBM messaging service users control how long messages and pictures can be viewed, hoping the feature, along with other new capabilities, will result in a new revenue stream.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 November, 2014 01:23

Tags: mobile applications, Blackberry, instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, mobile

Facebook sets up shop on the Tor anonymity network

Facebook has made its site directly available on Tor to prevent access problems for people using the anonymity network and to provide an alternative method of accessing the social network securely.

By Loek Essers | 01 November, 2014 00:30

Tags: security, encryption, privacy, Facebook

HP's move into 3D printing will radically change manufacturing

HP's announcement this week that it's entering the 3D printing market with an industrial machine that is 10 times faster and 50% cheaper than current systems, immediately brought out the online snark.

By Lucas Mearian | 31 October, 2014 21:16

Tags: HP, peripherals, Printers, reddit, 3D printers, 3d printing

IBM joins Tencent to target China's growing enterprise cloud market

After partnering with Apple and Twitter for the enterprise market, IBM is doing the same in China with local Internet giant Tencent in a deal targeting growing businesses in the country.

By Michael Kan | 31 October, 2014 20:31

Tags: IBM, Tencent, internet, industry verticals, cloud computing

FCC's Wheeler said to mull hybrid approach to net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission appears set to reclassify broadband so that it comes under the agency's authority, but without explicitly prohibiting special access deals between broadband and content companies, according to a news report.

By John Ribeiro | 31 October, 2014 15:56

Tags: regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government

The Google shakeup continues: Andy Rubin is out

The corporate shakeup at Google continues and now it's Andy Rubin, the former head of the company's Android business and the current head of its robotics arm, who's out.

By Sharon Gaudin | 31 October, 2014 12:28

Tags: Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Android, computerworld, smartphones

Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats

Google is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users' computers without potentially compromising their privacy.

By Jeremy Kirk | 31 October, 2014 12:04

Tags: Google, security, privacy

Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

By Martyn Williams | 31 October, 2014 11:53

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, retail, Android, iPhone, mastercard, smartphones, finance, industry verticals, Apple

Android creator Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin, the engineer who developed Google's Android OS and was lately in charge of its robotics efforts, is leaving the company, Google confirmed Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 31 October, 2014 11:44

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

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