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Another fiber optic cable severed by vandals, slowing west coast Internet

Someone hacked through yet another fiber optic cable in the San Francisco Bay area early Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of incidents that have disrupted Internet traffic and vexed law enforcement officials.

By James Niccolai | 02 July, 2015 06:12

Tags: Networking, internet

Microsoft's Office 2016 preview gets real-time editing in Word and more

Microsoft quietly updated its Office 2016 Preview apps for early adopters over the past two weeks with a slew of new features the company announced in a round-up Wednesday.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 02 July, 2015 05:37

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Want an IPv4 address? Get in line

The stockpile of unused IPv4 addresses in North America has fallen so low that there's now a waiting list.

By Stephen Lawson | 02 July, 2015 05:07

Tags: ARIN, internet

Microsoft streamlines hybrid cloud operations with new tools

Workloads moved to the cloud must be managed properly, so Microsoft has released new tools to help system administrators bridge their in-house data centers with Azure services.

By Joab Jackson | 02 July, 2015 03:34

Tags: Microsoft, cloud computing, internet, Infrastructure services

Sencha's new framework helps enterprises build Web apps for all devices

Sencha's Ext JS 6 Javascript framework is now generally available, and with it comes the ability to build Web apps for desktops, tablets and smartphones. But getting the user interface right isn't always easy.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 02 July, 2015 02:30

Tags: Development tools, Sencha, application development, software

Salesforce sweetens the deal for growing SMBs with new Desk.com edition

Salesforce has long targeted SMBs with its Desk.com application for customer support, but on Wednesday the cloud powerhouse launched a new version of the software designed specifically for rapidly growing firms.

By Katherine Noyes | 02 July, 2015 01:21

Tags: applications, Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce.com, software

Austrian court dismisses class action suit against Facebook

An Austrian court has dismissed a class action suit concerning Facebook's privacy policy, saying it has no jurisdiction over the case.

By Peter Sayer and Loek Essers | 01 July, 2015 23:52

Tags: security, Civil lawsuits, legal, Europe-v-Facebook, privacy, Facebook

Skype for Business preview adds support for massive meetings, cloud-based phone administration

Businesses that use Microsoft's Skype for Business communication product have some new beta features to play with that make the enterprise messaging and calling product more useful.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 01 July, 2015 23:01

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, collaboration

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, July 1

Court says NSA can keep collecting phone records... Vandals cut cables again... Leap second largely trouble-free... and more tech news

By IDG News Service staff | 01 July, 2015 21:55

Tags: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Amazon Web Services, U.S. National Security Agency, hardware systems, legal, R Consortium, internet, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Google, Microsoft, security

Latest Windows 10 SDK preview helps developers build cooler photo apps

Microsoft has added a handful of image- and photography-related features in a new version of the Windows 10 SDK. It, along with the OS itself, will become generally available at the end of the month.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 July, 2015 20:40

Tags: Development tools, application development, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Leap second causes Internet hiccup, particularly in Brazil

The addition of a leap second to world clocks on Wednesday caused some networks to crash although most quickly recovered.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 July, 2015 15:03

Tags: Dyn, internet

Sony launches crowdfunding site, e-paper remote control

Struggling electronics maker Sony has moved further into the crowdfunding scene by starting its own platform to raise funds for internally generated business ideas, including a new universal remote control with an electronic paper interface.

By Tim Hornyak | 01 July, 2015 14:55

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, internet, sony

Bauer Media chooses Dropbox for collaboration

Australian media group Bauer Media has used Dropbox for Business to share documents and designs, reducing the need for network drives, email and paper printouts.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 July, 2015 14:09

Tags: Case studies, Bauer Media, Dropbox for Business, Case Study

Australian IT spending to reach $78.1 billion in 2015: Gartner

Gartner is forecasting Australian IT spending to grow 2.1 per cent this year, reaching $78.1 billion.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 July, 2015 13:53

Tags: Gartner, IT spending

VMware settles claim of overcharging US government

VMware has settled a lawsuit initiated by a former executive that alleged the company and a partner overcharged the U.S. government for products over a six-year period.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 July, 2015 12:28

Tags: legal, Carahsoft Technology Group, VMware

Zuckerberg wants to be the Stephen Hawking of social relations

Facebook uses an algorithm for its News Feed, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is after something much bigger: One that governs all human relationships.

By Zach Miners | 01 July, 2015 10:50

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, social networking, social media, internet, search engines, Facebook

Microsoft releases its second Windows 10 build in two days

Microsoft surprised testers of Windows 10 on Tuesday by launching another build of its forthcoming operating system just a day after the last update.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 01 July, 2015 10:42

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Watch as we follow one of Google's new self-driving cars

Google's new self-driving cars are on public streets. After more than a year of development and testing, the new cars made their debut on the roads around Google's headquarters in Mountain View late last week, and I went to check them out.

By Martyn Williams | 01 July, 2015 10:37

Tags: popular science, Google, robotics

Kyvos serves up Hadoop on cubes

What good is big data if you don't have the proper tools to make sense of it? A startup, Kyvos Insights, can transform terabytes of information stored on Hadoop clusters into easy-to-parse data cubes, the format business analysts prefer.

By Joab Jackson | 01 July, 2015 08:12

Tags: applications, software, Kyvos, business intelligence

Jaunt shows high-end VR camera for professionals

Jaunt, a startup that develops software and hardware for creating virtual reality content, is showing off a high-end camera for capturing 360-degree video that can be pieced together to form immersive environments.

By Fred O'Connor | 01 July, 2015 05:29

Tags: Google, hardware systems, Jaunt

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