Why is Microsoft updating Windows PCs for a security bug on the server?

When Microsoft released a critical update for multiple versions of Windows Server this month, it also pushed out a fix for several releases of the Windows client OS, including even the technical preview for Windows 10.

By Mary Branscombe | 22 November, 2014 12:14

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Double-edged feedback sword nicks Microsoft over OneDrive

The double-edged sword of feedback has drawn some blood from Microsoft's Windows 10 and nicked the company's promise to listen to users.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 November, 2014 08:17

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

Apple delivers another Yosemite beta as WiFi issues persist

Apple has come out with a second beta of Mac OS X Yosemite for developers, but it's not clear whether this latest build will address the WiFi problems that continue to affect an undetermined but apparently substantial number of users.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 22 November, 2014 05:04

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems

Intel plans 3D NAND flash next year for 'as much storage as you want'

Intel plans to ship 3D NAND flash chips next year that will allow it to cram more bits into solid-state storage.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 November, 2014 12:36

Tags: storage, Components, intel, memory

Facebook's alternative PHP engine attracts Web service providers

Some fairly large Internet services are pressing into production Facebook's open-source PHP runtime engine after being impressed with the performance metrics for the alternative to the ubiquitous open-source PHP package used across the Web.

By Joab Jackson | 21 November, 2014 09:07

Tags: Languages and standards, application development, development platforms, software, internet, cloud computing, Facebook

SAP talks up Hana but small companies slow to sign on

Small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow need to leverage big data, cloud computing and mobility, and SAP says that its Hana platform can help them on those fronts.

By Fred O'Connor | 21 November, 2014 07:30

Tags: SAP, software

IBM offers 'devops' services to speed up enterprises' app development

IBM has built a team of experts on "devops," a hot, emerging approach to fast enterprise application development, and developed a collection of tools for deploying IT operations to the cloud.

By Joab Jackson | 21 November, 2014 05:39

Tags: Development tools, application development, IBM, software

Product needs, not profit, drove Microsoft layoffs, exec says

The biggest headcount reduction in Microsoft's history was driven by a need to invest in new technologies rather than the company's bottom line, according to an advisor to CEO Satya Nadella.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 20 November, 2014 11:45

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, software, internet, investments, mobile, Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring

Wozniak still aims to simplify: Now, all of enterprise storage

The latest bid to simplify data storage comes from a team that includes Steve Wozniak, a guy who knows a thing or two about making technology easier.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 November, 2014 08:58

Tags: virtualization, Lance Smith, storage, Primary Data, Storage virtualization, Steve Wozniak

Microsoft struts YouTube-style video streaming for enterprises

Microsoft on Tuesday announced Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 November, 2014 06:27

Tags: social business, applications, Photo / video, Microsoft, software, youtube

Teradata brings MapR Hadoop into the data warehouse

Enterprise data sets have gotten so voluminous that they can't fit into even the largest data warehouses anymore, many businesses find. Now, companies running these overstuffed data stores have an on-ramp to newfangled, big-data style processing through a combined effort between analytics systems supplier Teradata and Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR.

By Joab Jackson | 20 November, 2014 05:36

Tags: Teradata, applications, software, data mining, MapR

Debian general resolution against systemd coupling fails, sponsor steps down

Debian developers voted down a proposal that would have weakened the Linux distribution's integration with a controversial system software package on Tuesday, in a victory for systemd supporters.

By Jon Gold | 20 November, 2014 05:22

Tags: Linux, open source, software, operating systems

Fidelity peers into the future of investing by building customers virtual cities

Fidelity Investments today announced a cutting edge way for customers to check on the health of their investments by donning 3D goggles and peering around a personalized city where the size of each building relates to the health of their various stock holdings, giving them a quick way to gauge change without poring over numbers.

By John Dix | 19 November, 2014 23:50

Tags: Fidelity, Oculus Rift, software, virtual reality

Prominent developers pulling out of Debian as voting deadline nears

Four prominent members of the Debian community have stepped down or reduced their involvement in the project as a result of an increasingly bitter argument over the future of the widely influential Linux distribution.

By Jon Gold | 19 November, 2014 08:53

Tags: Linux, open source, Google, software, operating systems

Chrome for OS X turns 64-bit, forsakes early Intel Macs

Google today released Chrome 39, the company's first 64-bit browser for OS X from its "stable" branch.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 November, 2014 08:50

Tags: web browsers, Apple, Google, software, operating systems, intel

Microsoft releases emergency patch to stymie Windows Server attacks

Microsoft has released one of its rare "out-of-band" security updates to patch a vulnerability in all versions of its Windows Server software.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 November, 2014 07:00

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

Facebook's Flow could help JavaScript programmers spot elusive bugs

Easing what has traditionally been a difficult programming task, Facebook has released as open source a debugging tool for JavaScript, called Flow, designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types.

By Joab Jackson | 19 November, 2014 06:56

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Facebook

IBM's new enterprise email aims to organise your day

IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation email client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.

By Joab Jackson | 19 November, 2014 05:00

Tags: applications, IBM, e-mail, software

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: Early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows.

By Mary Branscombe | 19 November, 2014 01:56

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, skype, Microsoft, browsers, Telephony/conferencing, software, internet

The show must go on: How to prepare a business continuity plan

Always expect the unexpected: You never know when disaster might strike and you need to have a plan to keep your business operating.

By Kim Crawley | 18 November, 2014 13:50

Tags: disaster recovery, business continuity planning

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