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Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

Uber, in 2015, is resolving to make its car hailing service safer, partly by enhancing its driver screening through the use of biometrics and voice verification.

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 08:45

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

Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

President Barack Obama's administration is pushing two potentially controversial Internet policies in a secretive trade pact, with trade negotiators calling for other countries to adopt net neutrality provisions while rejecting policies requiring local storage of data in a secretive 50-country trade pact now being negotiated.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 08:24

Tags: Associated Whistleblowing Press, Lori Wallach, Public Citizen, Office of U.S. Trade Representative, regulation, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Barack Obama, government, trade, privacy, Tom Wheeler, security

The party's over for Microsoft CEO Nadella

Well, that honeymoon didn't last long.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2014 08:10

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, CIO role, Glassdoor, IT Leadership, IT management, Facebook

Microsoft and IBM keep the pressure on Amazon's cloud

Until further notice, Amazon Web Services is the reigning public IaaS cloud leader. But deep-pocketed companies Microsoft and IBM are keeping the pressure on AWS with a flurry of announcements beefing up their clouds to close out the year.

By Brandon Butler | 18 December, 2014 08:05

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Constellation Research, Google, AWS, Microsoft, IBM, equinix, internet, cloud computing, public cloud

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published performance and reliability data on two of the industry's leading 6TB 3.5-in. hard drives from Seagate and Western Digital (WD).

By Lucas Mearian | 18 December, 2014 07:55

Tags: BackBlaze, Data storage, WD, storage, western digital

4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide

Thinking about picking up a new smartwatch for the new year? iOS users have to wait a while before the Apple Watch hits store shelves, but owners of Android phones already have some compelling choices available.

By JR Raphael | 18 December, 2014 07:38

Tags: Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Android Wear, Wearables

Chinese Android phone maker hides secret backdoor on its devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has built an extensive "backdoor" into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2014 06:36

Tags: palo alto networks, consumer electronics, IDC, smartphones

IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning

Skin cancer can be detected more quickly and accurately by using cognitive computing-based visual analytics, researchers at IBM Research have found, in collaboration with New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

By Joab Jackson | 18 December, 2014 05:08

Tags: popular science, applications, IBM, health care, software, data mining, industry verticals

ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

A so-called spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker access to user information, including email and postal addresses.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 04:41

Tags: ICANN, intrusion, security, data breach, internet

US agency sues Sprint for alleged unauthorized charges

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit accusing Sprint of illegally billing mobile customers for tens of millions[m] of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 04:40

Tags: sprint, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, government, Richard Cordray, mobile

BlackBerry's new Classic smartphone has a physical keyboard, sells for $449

BlackBerry officially launched its Classic smartphone with a qwerty physical keyboard and trackpad on Wednesday for $449, unlocked, in the U.S. The release comes amid continuing worries about the company's declining market share.

By Matt Hamblen | 18 December, 2014 04:06

Tags: Blackberry, consumer electronics, smartphones, CBS

Microsoft's $84 million man: What's Nadella done to earn it?

What could Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have done in just 10 months to convince shareholders he's worth the $84 million pay package they approved earlier this month?

By Tim Greene | 18 December, 2014 03:07

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

Top five smartphone disappointments of the year

The poor design of two different smartphones, a low-resolution front camera with the new iPhone, the Moto G's lack of LTE, and the hefty price tag of the Amazon Fire led to disappointment this year when it came to smartphone releases.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 18 December, 2014 02:59

Tags: Motorola, amazon, Apple, consumer electronics, Microsoft, YEAR END, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, smartphones

Is there life on Mars? Mystery (and hope) deepen

Could there actually be life on Mars?

By Sharon Gaudin | 18 December, 2014 02:12

Tags: popular science, NASA, space technology

Microsoft helps crack developer problems with Bing-based tool

Sometimes, even the best coders get stuck and need a little advice. Enter Bing Developer Assistant, designed to help Visual Studio developers take advantage of Microsoft's search engine to find tips on how to untangle thorny programming problems.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 18 December, 2014 01:44

Tags: Development tools, application development, Microsoft, software

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