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Hutchison Whampoa in talks to acquire O2 in the UK in over $15B deal

Hutchison Whampoa is in negotiations to acquire O2, a mobile operator in the U.K., leading to significant consolidation in the country's mobile services market.

By John Ribeiro | 23 January, 2015 17:27

Tags: business issues, Hutchison Whampoa, o2, mobile, Mergers and acquisitions

Windows Phone 10 tries to become the smaller side of Windows 10

The Windows Phone platform commands no more than 4 percent of the world's smartphone market, and the opportunity for developers to attract that group of users has never been a great one.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | 23 January, 2015 15:54

Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Mobile OSes, mobile, Windows Phone

Windows 10 and the mystery of the missing cloud

When Windows 8 was first previewed to developers during Microsoft's first preview event for that operating system in September 2011, one of the system's most indispensable sources of functionality was said to be the cloud -- specifically, the cloud service known at that time as Windows Azure.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | 23 January, 2015 15:45

Tags: bob o'donnell, virtualization, Microsoft, desktop virtualization

Government gets startup fever with 'Digital Transformation Office'

A new group within the Department of Communications will be tasked with developing and co-ordinating digitally delivered government services. One of the first tasks of the 'Digital Transformation Office' will be establishing a single sign-on for accessing government services.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 15:36

Tags: Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, digital transformation, government, myGov

Amazon to acquire Israeli startup Annapurna Labs for data center muscle

Amazon.com is to acquire a semiconductor startup in Israel, which has been operating secretively since it was set up in 2011.

By John Ribeiro | 23 January, 2015 14:46

Tags: business issues, amazon.com, Annapurna Labs, cloud computing, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

IPv4 exhaustion stunts Internet growth in 2014

Expansion of the Internet slowed in 2014 as the number of available IPv4 addresses neared exhaustion, according to a report by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the regional Internet registry for the Asia Pacific.

By Adam Bender | 23 January, 2015 14:09

Tags: Networking, ipv4, telecom, IP addresses, apnic, internet, ipv6, routing

Your typing style could better protect your accounts

A new type of keyboard could make it irrelevant if your password is divulged, providing a much higher level of computer security.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 January, 2015 13:58

Tags: Georgia Institute of Technology, security

Microsoft's online store runs out of Surface 2 tablets with Windows RT

Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT is out of stock at the company's online store, suggesting it may be discontinued after the decision not to upgrade it to Windows 10.

By Agam Shah | 23 January, 2015 13:05

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets

Twitter partners with Bing to add language translation

Twitter users will easier time reading tweets not in their native language thanks to a new translation feature powered by Bing.

By Zach Miners | 23 January, 2015 12:42

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, bing, social networking, twitter, mobile, social media, internet

Spartan and IE11 to coexist in Windows 10

The existing version of Internet Explorer will ship in Windows 10 alongside Microsoft's new Spartan browser, the company revealed Thursday. This is instead of a new version of IE, which was being referred to as IE12 by Microsoft officials as late as Wednesday.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | 23 January, 2015 12:36

Tags: Jason Weber, Joe Belfiore, applications, Microsoft, browsers, software

Touch Office apps for Windows resemble those for the iPad

There will be two new Office productivity suites from Microsoft, one of which will premiere alongside Windows 10 and will at long last be optimized for use with touchscreen devices.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | 23 January, 2015 12:13

Tags: Julia White, applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Sharp rise seen in attacks using stolen credentials

Organizations are seeing a sharp increase in attacks using stolen account credentials, with crooks using new techniques to beat fraud detection systems, according to Gartner.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 January, 2015 11:50

Tags: Gartner, security

AT&T opens doors between UC platforms and gives enterprises the keys

Enterprises want open communication with the people they do business with -- but not too open.

By Stephen Lawson | 23 January, 2015 11:44

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, instant messaging, Carriers, telecommunication, at&t

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 10:55

Tags: data retention, optus, Telstra, Telecommunications, privacy

With HoloLens, Microsoft charts its own course for head-mount displays

With its new HoloLens computer, which resembles a pair of ski goggles and displays holograms over the real world, Microsoft is taking a very different course from that pioneered by Google with Glass.

By Fred O'Connor | 23 January, 2015 10:13

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft

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