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Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it — Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @gkeizer: Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it.…

Google Now adds data from Lyft, Airbnb and other apps — Google Now just got a lot smarter, adding data from dozens of outside apps to help people get more things done as they go about their day. Google Now is a search tool and digital assistant built into Android devices and the Chrome browser, and included as part of the Google search app for iOS.
Jan 31, 2015

Google Now adds data from Lyft, Airbnb and other apps by @zachminers… via @computerworld

Uber will fight to keep Boston ride data private — Earlier this month, Uber agreed to provide Boston city officials a wealth of ride data to help them make better planning decisions -- but it will go to considerable lengths to ensure that data is not made public.

NEC aims at Big Data 'sweet spot' with SAP Hana tool — Cloud computing and SAP's Hana in-memory database can be a powerful combination for data analysis, and new tools could help to make sure it doesn't fall down on the job. On Friday, NEC released a tool designed to make life easier for data analysts by boosting Hana availability in the cloud.

MIT randomizes tasks to speed up massive multicore processors — As each new generation of computer processors arrives with a larger number of computing cores, computer scientists grapple with how best to make use of this proliferation of parallel power. Now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a data structure that they claim can help large multicore processors churn through their workloads more effectively.

7 smartphone rules changed this week — Federal regulators have been throwing their weight around lately, and mostly to good effect for consumers and users of mobile technology. The net effect of their recent activism adds up to a whole new set of rules and protections for all of us. Here are the ramifications of seven new rules.

Brief: Tesla boosts 0-60 acceleration with over-the-air software upgrade — The new firmware boosts performance by one-tenth of a second Tesla's dual motor Model S P85D is a sedan that can already go from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds - faster than a Ferrari Enzo or a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Overnight, Model S Teslas around the world got a little faster.
Jan 30, 2015

Brief: Tesla boosts 0-60 acceleration with over-the-air software upgrade by @LucasMearian… via @computerworld

Verizon to allow opt-out from mobile 'supercookies' — Verizon will soon allow customers to opt out of having an identifier placed on their phones that had alarmed privacy advocates due to its ability to let third parties persistently track customers. The identifier or customer code drew concerns primarily because it created so-called "supercookies" that could not be deleted by users.

DARPA teaches robots to cook by watching YouTube — The Pentagon's most advanced tech-development wing has succeeded in developing a mathematical language so advanced it could allow robots to learn by watching YouTube videos.

AT&T to pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction — AT&T spent nearly $18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S., far outspending the other major U.S. carriers and satellite service provider Dish Network. The AWS-3 auction, the biggest sale of mobile spectrum since 2008, went on for about two and a half months and brought in a far higher total than expected.

Orchestrating the Super Bowl — With the biggest football game of the year coming up, technologists have their hands full with providing a complete engaging experience to those in attendance. From device access to analytics, technology is being turned on its head to enhance the full Super Bowl in stadium experience.
Jan 30, 2015

How tech is being turned on its head to enhance the Super Bowl in-stadium experience… @computerworld @dralissajay

How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity — Just three small clues -- receipts for a pizza, a coffee and a pair of jeans -- are enough information to identify a person's credit card transactions from among those of a million people, according to a new study.
Jan 30, 2015

So much for anonymity. Just three clues are enough to ID a person's card transactions from those of a million people…

Apple puts the big hurt on Samsung — Things are not looking so good for Samsung in the smartphone market, especially as it faces its Apple nemesis. Long the world's largest smartphone maker, Samsung is likely to see Apple iPhones rise to the top spot in 2015, pushing Samsung and its Galaxy and other smartphone models into second place.

Test shows big data text analysis inconsistent, inaccurate — Big data analytic systems are reputed to be capable of finding a needle in a universe of haystacks without having to know what a needle looks like.
Jan 30, 2015

Best big-data text analysis tool is inaccurate, inconsistent in answers it provides.

The ZeroAccess botnet is back in business — A peer-to-peer botnet called ZeroAccess came out of a six-month hibernation this month after having survived two takedown attempts by law enforcement and security researchers. At its peak in 2013, ZeroAccess, also known as Sirefef, consisted of more than 1.9 million infected computers that were primarily used for click fraud and Bitcoin mining.

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to ease management — Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability. As enterprises move more and larger IT systems to the cloud, advanced management functionality is becoming increasingly important to keep systems up and costs down.

Intuit backpedals from TurboTax changes after upgrade uproar — Intuit backtracked yesterday, not only again apologizing for stiffing TurboTax customers by not telling them of changes in its business model but saying that it would offer partial refunds and free upgrades to its more capable editions. "These past couple of weeks have not been our finest hour," admitted Intuit's CEO Brad Smith in a video posted on his LinkedIn account Thursday.

Ghost flaw in Linux can be exploited through WordPress, other PHP apps — A critical vulnerability in glibc, a core Linux library, can be exploited remotely through WordPress and likely other PHP applications to compromise Web servers. The buffer overflow vulnerability, dubbed Ghost, was reported Tuesday by researchers from security vendor Qualys. It is identified as CVE-2015-0235 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database.

Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know — Apple has introduced iTunes 12.1, bringing a handy Notifications Center widget and some slight additional improvements to the software. The Notifications widget The widget lives in the Today view inside Notifications. To activate it just click on the "Edit" button at the bottom of Notifications view and tap the "+" button beside the widget name in the list on the right.
Jan 30, 2015

Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know by @jonnyevans_cw… via @computerworld

Jan 30, 2015

A reminder: Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know by @jonnyevans_cw… via @computerworld

Jan 30, 2015

Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know by @jonnyevans_cw… via @computerworld