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US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump US$1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities.

By Grant Gross | 23 April, 2014 13:55

Tags: U.S. Federal Communications, telecommunication, regulation, at&t, CenturyLink, government, broadband, Verizon Communications

Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed

Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 April, 2014 13:52

Tags: security, FireEye, mobile security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Optus Satellite extends NZ market reach with Wireless Nation deal

Optus Satellite is looking to extend its reach into the New Zealand telecommunications market following the signing of a three-year wholesale agreement with ISP Wireless Nation.

By Hamish Barwick | 23 April, 2014 13:04

Tags: New Zealand, wholesale, Optus Satellite, Wireless Nation

Dorian Nakamoto thanks Bitcoin users for donations

The cash-strapped man Newsweek magazine named as the creator of Bitcoin has thanked supporters who donated over US$23,000 of the virtual currency to him.

By Tim Hornyak | 23 April, 2014 12:06

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, internet

While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities

The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 April, 2014 11:11

Tags: security, Hold Security

Should Australians prepare for rubber-hose cryptanalysis?

So Australians probably don't need to worry about getting their kneecaps broken if they don't hand over their private encryption keys just yet, but the Australian Crime Commission wants changes to the law in order to make it easier for law enforcement to decrypt secret communications.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 April, 2014 10:59

Tags: TIA inquiry, security, Australian Crime Commission, Lavabit, data retention, encryption, Scott Ludlam, privacy

Violin and Microsoft play a duet to speed up applications

A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications.

By Stephen Lawson | 23 April, 2014 10:39

Tags: storage, Violin Memory

Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies, AT&T says

Installment plans for cellphones are starting to squeeze out the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, AT&T says.

By Stephen Lawson | 23 April, 2014 10:34

Tags: business issues, Carriers, consumer electronics, telecommunication, at&t, smartphones, financial results

Reddit demotes technology subthread after posts were deleted

Reddit has removed from its front page the popular r/technology subreddit after what it called bad editorial choices by the page's moderators.

By Zach Miners | 23 April, 2014 09:36

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

What kind of tablet does $5000 get you?

Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can.

By Agam Shah | 23 April, 2014 09:30

Tags: Xplore Technologies, hardware systems, tablets

In Pictures: 10 great Android apps for IT pros

From remote data access to electronics reference tools, these Android apps come in handy for IT pros on the go

By Brian Chee | 23 April, 2014 08:40

Tags: apps, Android

Google had secret pact with Samsung over some Apple patent claims

Google agreed to take over some of Samsung's defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday.

By Martyn Williams | 23 April, 2014 08:32

Tags: consumer electronics, intellectual property, Android, legal, iPhone, Civil lawsuits, Samsung Electronics, patent, smartphones, Apple

In Pictures: 27 of the worst product knockoffs in tech

With so much money to be made selling electronics, many just try to copy what's already successful.

By Yoni Heisler | 23 April, 2014 08:29

Tags: knock-offs, PC, slideshow, mobility, products, Components

In Pictures: Here’s how Apple is spending $1 billion on sapphire

From rare gemstone to mass market material for future iPhones, iPads and more?

By John Cox | 23 April, 2014 08:24

Tags: sapphire, Apple, slideshow, iPhone, tablets, iPad

In Pictures: 12 tablet accessories that let you ditch your laptop

Android and iOS tablets have come a long way, but for many users they're still not suitable laptop replacements. However, you can change that. These 12 gadgets each help bridge the gap between notebook PC and tablet.

By James A. Martin | 23 April, 2014 08:20

Tags: notebooks, PC, slideshow, tablets, Components, laptop

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