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  • LCD Portal Shirt: Possibly the Nerdiest T-Shirt Ever

    Ahhhh Halloween. When you were a kid it was a time to eat too much candy and dress up as a ghost, but now that you're a mature GeekTech-reading adult, Halloween's a time for geeky cultural references and overly elaborate Halloween costumes like this "working" Portal shirt from master hacker Ben Heck.

    27 Oct. 10 06:26 Written by David Daw
  • Travel search players unite to oppose Google-ITA merger

    Major online travel players Expedia, Kayak, Sabre and Fairlogix have banded together to oppose Google's planned acquisition of ITA Software and ask the U.S. government to block it on the grounds that it will hurt competition and drive up prices.

    27 Oct. 10 06:10 Written by Juan Carlos Perez
  • Microsoft announces Office 2011 for Mac

    At a product launch event in New York Monday, Microsoft gave the media a day-early peek at Mac Office 2011, which went on sale at retail outlets and via Microsoft this morning. Eric Wilfrid, general manager of Microsoft's Mac business unit, explains how Mac Office 2011 is faster than previous versions, not only in startup, but in the execution of key tasks.

    27 Oct. 10 05:26 Written by Robert S. Anthony
  • PayPal partners with Appcelerator for mobile commerce

    At the PayPal X Developer Conference keynote today, PayPal revealed a new partnership which could fundamentally change mobile commerce. PayPal -- arguably the most recognized name in online finance -- is teaming up with Appcelerator -- the second largest Apple App Store publisher -- to offer mobile developers a new e-commerce platform.

    27 Oct. 10 05:24 Written by Tony Bradley
  • Cloud services raise security, privacy concerns, experts say

    A move toward more and more services in the cloud is inevitable, but vendors still need to focus on security, and the U.S. government needs to rewrite privacy laws to protect cloud customers, a group of experts said Tuesday.

    27 Oct. 10 05:22 Written by Grant Gross
  • Did Dutch police break the law taking down a botnet?

    Dutch police took unprecedented action in taking down a botnet on Monday: They uploaded their own program to infected computers around the world, a move that likely violated computer crime laws.

    27 Oct. 10 05:10 Written by Jeremy Kirk
  • Is Unity the right interface for desktop Ubuntu?

    Canonical shook the Linux world yesterday when it announced that the next version of Ubuntu -- "Natty Narwhal," or version 11.04 -- will no longer use the GNOME interface by default. Instead, Natty will feature Unity, the multitouch and 3D-enabled interface that made its debut earlier this month in the distribution's netbook edition of Maverick Meerkat, or Ubuntu 10.10.

    27 Oct. 10 04:42 Written by Katherine Noyes
  • iOS 4 lock screen flaw grants access to contacts

    MacRumors reported today a security flaw in iOS 4.1 that would allow someone to bypass the 4-digit passcode lock in order to access the Phone app. While the home screen and other apps appear to remain secure, access to the Phone app is no small prize, granting the unauthorized user the ability to view or edit contacts and voicemails, as well as make non-emergency calls. You can also apparently start Voice Control to play music or *gasp* ask what time it is.

    27 Oct. 10 04:38 Written by Mike Keller
  • 1,000 apps ready for Windows Phone 7 handsets

    With still two weeks before Windows Phone handsets go on sale, the Windows Phone Marketplace has already reached 1,000 applications and games, according to some brief blog reports. 

    27 Oct. 10 04:34 Written by John Cox
  • Targeted attacks rise, retail sector under siege

    Targeted attacks via fraudulent and dangerous e-mail are on the rise, according to a Symantec report published today. These attacks are typically aimed at corporative executives, to fool them into opening malicious attachments or links so the perpetrators can take control of desktop computers.

    27 Oct. 10 04:34 Written by Ellen Messmer
  • Energy Management Moving Facilities to Smart Buildings

    Today Comverge, a major player in the demand response market, launched its rebrand - Intelligent Energy Management software, hardware, and services "that help utilities, commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations and consumers optimize energy use." At the same time EnerNOC a major competitor in the demand response space has also been marketing its services as a means for "transforming the way the world uses energy."

    27 Oct. 10 04:17 Written by Casey Hogan
  • Will Offshore Wind be a US Energy Industry Game Changer?

    On Oct. 7, the Department of Energy released "<a href="http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/40745.pdf">Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the United States: Assessment of Opportunities and Barriers</a>."&amp;nbsp; A couple highlights from this 240-page document authored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL):

    27 Oct. 10 04:14 Written by Casey Hogan
  • Highlights of IDC Energy Insights Clean Energy Outlook

    IDC Energy Insights hosted its semi-annual Clean Energy Outlook in Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday, September 28th. A series of speakers, including IDC Energy Insights analysts, spoke on a range of topics, many of which touched on renewable energy and the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy integration.

    27 Oct. 10 04:10 Written by Jay Holman
  • Traditional System Jump into the Smart Buildings Game

    The race is on to demonstrate that your integrated building energy management platform will drive Smart Buildings. Headlines are popping up every day announcing new ways to increase energy efficiency, drive down electricity consumption, or effectively participate in demand response programs. Will we see integrated energy management platforms promote smart buildings that can shrink the sector's energy consumption from 40% of the US energy pie?

    27 Oct. 10 04:04 Written by Casey Hogan
  • Are Smart Grids the Top Priority for WE Utilities' CIOs?

    If we start with an oversimplified idea that "Smart Grids = Grids + ICT," then it is obvious that utilities IT budgets have a direct effect on our future achievements of a Smart Grid. However, while there is growing excitement in the market concerning new technologies, including those in the Smart Grid concept, utilities are always cautious when it comes to IT spending and have pressure to prove ROI or TCO reduction before implementing any new initiative. Utility CIOs' budgets are still subject to numerous influences, including cost containment, compliance with regulations, and maintenance of the existing infrastructure.

    27 Oct. 10 03:36 Written by Gaia Gallotti
  • Evernote for Windows 4.0 keeps you organised

    Evernote today unveiled the latest version of its organization and personal management software -- Evernote for Windows 4.0. The latest release comes with a variety of improvements and new features that will help you manage your to-do lists and organize your time more efficiently.

    27 Oct. 10 03:27 Written by Tony Bradley
  • Wi-Fi Direct vs. Bluetooth 4.0: A Battle for Supremacy

    The fight is on for wireless device-to-device networking supremacy between a refreshed incumbent, Bluetooth 4.0, and a newcomer, Wi-Fi Direct. Both specifications are promising to make it easier for you to quickly transfer pictures, files and other data between two wireless devices such as your smartphone and laptop without the need for a Wi-Fi network or USB cable.

    27 Oct. 10 03:21 Written by Ian Paul
  • Android market hits 100k apps -- but can it compete with Apple?

    Google announced that its mobile applications store Android Market has hit the 100,000 apps milestone, surpassing competing stores from BlackBerry, Nokia or Palm. However, Android Market is only the number two app store around: Apple's App Store hosts three times as many. If Google wants to catch up with Apple, then it will have to address some Android Market issues many are complaining about.

    27 Oct. 10 03:14 Written by Daniel Ionescu
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