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Symantec identifies sophisticated, stealthy 'Regin' malware

Symantec researchers have identified a particularly sophisticated piece of malware, called "Regin" that was likely developed by a nation state and has been used to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and individuals since at least 2008.

By Nancy Weil | 24 November, 2014 07:55

Tags: symantec, security, government, malware

Spliddit: Algorithms to divide the rent, stuff, or credit fairly between people

I've gone out for lunch with Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice and now it's time to settle the bill. I only had a chicken salad and a soda but Bob had a steak and a beer, Carol had the pasta special and a glass of wine, and Ted a burger and coffee, while Alice just had toast and a glass of water. No surprise, now we can't agree on how much each person should pay ...

By Mark Gibbs | 23 November, 2014 09:43

Tags: software, wikipedia

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

Prices for 4K monitors sink below $500

Prices for 4K monitors have dropped below US$500, bringing them within the reach of cost conscious buyers looking to replace 1080p displays.

By Agam Shah | 22 November, 2014 12:10

Tags: Dell, Components, displays

Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

A federal judge in New York has given final approval to a settlement in which Apple will pay $450 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for e-books.

By James Niccolai | 22 November, 2014 11:52

Tags: Apple, Internet-based applications and services, legal, internet, entertainment

Black Friday: Newegg axes prices on laptops, desktops, tablets and more

Online retailer Newegg has beaten the Black Friday 2014 rush by revealing deals on brand name laptops, desktops, tablets and other products geared toward both hardcore gamers and everyday tech users.

By Bob Brown | 22 November, 2014 08:56

Tags: black friday, Android, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Newegg, intel, Best Buy, PCs, Dell, consumer electronics, smartphones, WalMart, asus

Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up Google

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 08:55

Tags: antitrust, e-commerce, Consumer Watchdog, regulation, John Simpson, internet, government, European Parliament, search engines, Google, european commission, Joaquín Almunia, legal

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

The ups and downs of Microsoft Band

On October 30, Microsoft launched Microsoft Band, its first smart wristband, which comes with a microphone for access to Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant along with a variety of fitness and notification features.

By Matt Hamblen | 22 November, 2014 08:05

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, beca, Wearables

US man sentenced for hacking POS systems at Subway

A former Subway franchise owner will spend time in prison for hacking into computerized cash registers he sold to the sandwich restaurant chain and obtaining more than US$40,000 in gift cards.

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 07:07

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, legal, Subway, cybercrime, Shahin Abdollahi, Jeffrey Wilkinson, Richard Stearns, Criminal

FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decision

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 06:24

Tags: telecommunication, free press, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, Barack Obama, government, Craig Aaron, broadband, Internet service providers

Connected-home Babel: There's an app for that, startup says

In the dream home of the Internet of Things, all your appliances would talk to each other. A fragmented IoT industry makes that pretty hard today, but Yonomi says its smartphone app can make it easy.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 November, 2014 06:11

Tags: consumer electronics, Yonomi, Internet of Things, Networking, internet

Flurry of hydrogen fuel cell cars challenge all-electric vehicles

At the L.A. Auto Show this week, leading car makers revealed their plans for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which use the most common molecule in the universe for power and release only water vapor as exhaust.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 November, 2014 06:04

Tags: popular science, Tesla, emerging technology, Clarity, Honda

Mozilla reports flat revenue from Google-Firefox search deal

Mozilla today said that 2013 revenue from its deal with Google was flat compared to the year before, as was its income overall, even as expenses jumped by 42%.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 November, 2014 05:14

Tags: Firefox, web browsers, Google, Mozilla Foundation, internet, search engines

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

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