Google triples bug bounty reward range to $15,000

Google has tripled its maximum reward for finding flaws in its software to US$15,000, a figure the company hopes will deter independent researchers from selling their information on shady markets.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 October, 2014 11:28

Tags: patches, Google, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Ellison pushes Oracle's new Cloud platform hard, but questions linger

Oracle chairman, Larry Ellison, has delivered another dose of hype for the vendor's Cloud platform, but many customers may need more convincing before they make the leap.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 11:04

Tags: openworld, application development, Internet-based applications and services, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, larry ellison, Infrastructure services, Oracle

12 things to know about Windows 10

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 09:58

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

With Windows 10, a contrite Microsoft will try to atone for Windows 8 mistakes

Humbled by businesses' dislike for Windows 8, Microsoft has issued a mea culpa, offered the world a first peek at Windows 10 and pledged that the new OS will delight IT executives. But the true test of whether Microsoft can move past its Windows 8 mistakes will come when Windows 10 is commercially released at some point next summer.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 October, 2014 09:47

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, Windows desktop, operating systems

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 08:34

Tags: business issues, personnel, software, Oracle

Nextdoor, an app for connecting with neighborhoods, puts on its police cap

Nextdoor, a growing app for connecting people with their neighbors, wants to make those neighborhoods safer.

By Zach Miners | 01 October, 2014 08:22

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, Nextdoor, mobile

How one user (successfully) managed the Amazon cloud reboot

Kevin Felichko didn't get as much sleep as he wanted to on Monday night.

By Brandon Butler | 01 October, 2014 07:56

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, internet, cloud computing

Eric Holder says 'worrisome' tech companies are eyeing encryption

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 06:31

Tags: Criminal, U.S. Department of Justice, security, legal, encryption

Microsoft unveils 'spiritual successor' to Windows 7 by going to 10

Microsoft today unveiled the successor to its failed Windows 8 at an event in San Francisco, putting the Steven Sinofsky era behind it by, if nothing else, naming the new OS "Windows 10."

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 06:21

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, Windows 10, operating systems

What you need to know about social-network upstart Ello

Ello, a new social networking site, is creating a lot of buzz and raising more than a few questions.

By Sharon Gaudin | 01 October, 2014 06:18

Tags: The Gabriel Consulting Group, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Ello, internet, social media, Facebook

IPsoft seeks to grow the 'brains' of virtual assistants

Systems support company IPsoft is testing new virtual help software that it says will help answer customer technical questions much more quickly and thoroughly than today's current crop of online assistants.

By Joab Jackson | 01 October, 2014 05:51

Tags: IPsoft, applications, software, data mining

Microsoft skips a number, says 'Windows 10' will be a big break from the past

Microsoft's major update to its operating system, called Windows 10, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 04:30

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Q&A: Meet Microsoft's new Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich

Earlier this month, Microsoft quietly appointed software architect Mark Russinovich as chief technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he's been executing for the past several years.

By Joab Jackson | 01 October, 2014 04:17

Tags: Microsoft, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Four charged with stealing Army helicopter training software

Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots.

By Grant Gross | 01 October, 2014 03:50

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Army, Austin Alcala, Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, cybercrime, Epic Games, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, valve, security, David Pokora, Microsoft, legal, Charles Oberly, Zombie Studios, Nathan Leroux

Icahn says PayPal spin-off is almost a 'no brainer'

Activist investor and hedge-fund manager Carl Icahn says eBay's decision to spin off PayPal into a separate company is "almost a no brainer."

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 03:37

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, ebay, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

Mobile developers get offline sync in new Amazon SDK

With features such as offline sync in the new version of its Mobile SDK, Amazon Web Services is hoping to lure developers away from the cloud services offered by Google and Apple.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 October, 2014 03:31

Tags: mobile applications, Amazon Web Services, Development tools, application development, software, mobile

Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

Oracle has overhauled the way it will build user interfaces in a bid to meet customers' expectations for user-friendly mobile applications -- and also to keep pace with rivals and Workday.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 October, 2014 03:14

Tags: openworld, application development, software, IT management, mobile, Oracle

iOS 8 bug deletes iWork docs

Owners of iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 have reported a new bug in the software that deletes iWork documents from iCloud Drive when they've reset their devices.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 03:03

Tags: Apple, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile, cloud storage

Global Internet speeds up, DDoS attacks down

Internet connection speeds are increasing around the globe, while distributed denial-of-service attacks are down, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai.

By Sharon Gaudin | 01 October, 2014 02:56

Tags: Akamai Technologies, internet

Cisco, Oracle find dozens of their products affected by Shellshock

Cisco Systems and Oracle are hard at work identifying networking and other products in their portfolios that are affected by the critical Shellshock vulnerability.

By Lucian Constantin | 01 October, 2014 01:19

Tags: patches, Cisco Systems, security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Oracle

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