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7 Apple iOS apps to save you dollars this Black Friday

computerworld.com — Smartphones are changing the way you shop. That's the premise behind this collection of iOS shopping apps -- with a little context to explain why retail is transforming so fast. Retail 2.0 Apps put you in control when you shop.
Nov 27, 2014

ICYMI: 7 Apple iOS apps to save you dollars this Black Friday by @jonnyevans_cw computerworld.com/article/285311… via @computerworld

Nov 27, 2014

7 Apple iOS apps to save you dollars this Black Friday by @jonnyevans_cw computerworld.com/article/285311… via @computerworld

Obama signs law allowing regulatory e-labels for smartphones, wearables

computerworld.com — President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday the E-Label Act that will make it easier for vendors to display regulatory approvals electronically rather than etch them physically on the exterior of the device. Devices that use radio frequency have to be authorized by the U.S.

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Twitter wants to know

computerworld.com — Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded. Starting Wednesday, the company will begin collecting data on which other apps its users have on their iOS and Android smartphones. The data, Twitter says, will help it deliver better "tailored content" to its users.

Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew

computerworld.com — A new study from the Pew Research Internet Project appears to show that Internet users know very little about the Internet they use. What the study (PDF) actually shows is that Pew researchers got confused about the difference between information and understanding.
Nov 26, 2014

Pew Center: Internet users are ignorant Internet users: pew pew pew bit.ly/1ChxUpy

First robot, networked tablets head to West Africa to fight Ebola

computerworld.com — The first robot and networked tablets are making their way today to an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, where they will give aid workers their first chance at sharing data about the deadly outbreak.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @sgaudin: First #robot & networked tablets head to West Africa to fight #Ebola outbreak. bit.ly/1xGrmZy

Nov 26, 2014

First #robot & networked tablets head to West Africa to fight #Ebola outbreak. bit.ly/1xGrmZy

Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs

computerworld.com — For all the volatility of a gas like hydrogen, which combusts with one-tenth the energy required for gasoline, fuel cell vehicles are safer than internal combustion engines, according to industry experts. At last week's LA Auto Show, several major car companies, including Audi, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota announced the release of, or updated plans for releasing, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this year or over the next two years.
Nov 26, 2014

Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs by @LucasMearian computerworld.com/article/285232… via @computerworld

Nov 26, 2014

Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs by @LucasMearian computerworld.com/article/285232… via @computerworld

HP’s former CEO Carly Fiorina explores GOP presidential run

computerworld.com — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who has never held public office and was fired from her HP job in 2005, is considering a run for president. And why not? Fiorina has experience running a firm, HP, now ranked 17th on the Fortune 500 list, and ran a credible campaign as the Republican nominee for U.S.

Oracle and Oregon fight over which court should take Cover Oregon case

computerworld.com — Oracle and the state of Oregon tussled in a U.S. district court last week over which legal venue will hear their dueling lawsuits related to the vendor's work on the state's failed health insurance exchange website, Cover Oregon. Oregon filed suit against Oracle in state court and then Oracle filed suit against Oregon in federal court.

U.S. lawmakers don't want the EU to break up Google

computerworld.com — U.S. lawmakers want their counterparts in the European Parliament to back away from a resolution that would split up Google by separating search engines from other online services. Thirteen U.S. lawmakers raised concerns about the resolution, which calls for search engines to be unbundled from online services, in two letters sent to Parliament leaders on Tuesday.

Amazon’s Fire sale: Phone is now just $199 unlocked

computerworld.com — Amazon has cut the price for its unlocked Fire smartphone by 69% just four months after the phone first went on sale. The company also just deleted thousands of negative online customer reviews of the smartphone on its website.

10 great gifts for iPhones and iPads

computerworld.com — There's a host of accessories for iPhone and iPad owners -- this collection suggests just some of the solutions you'll find.

Hacking Team surveillance malware masquerades as bookmark manager

computerworld.com — A variant of the Remote Control System (RCS) malware developed by an Italian company called Hacking Team is masquerading as a bookmark management application called Linkman, according to the main developer of a new malware scanning tool.

Was Microsoft forced to pay $136M in back taxes in China?

computerworld.com — Microsoft may be have been targeted in a Chinese government crackdown on tax evasion, at a time when the company is already facing an anti-monopoly probe related to Windows and Microsoft Office sales in the country.

Mozilla unveils search tool tweaks in next week's Firefox 34

computerworld.com — Along with its impending switch to Yahoo as the default search engine for Firefox, Mozilla will also change how users conduct searches in the browser, the company said Tuesday.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @gkeizer: Mozilla unveils search tool tweaks for Firefox 34, including on-the-fly provider/results switching. computerworld.com/article/285257…

Microsoft Band customers get scrooged even before holidays start

computerworld.com — Three days after saying stock of its new Band smart wristband would be replenished throughout the coming holidays, Microsoft changed course. In an email to potential Band customers sent late Monday, Microsoft said "we no longer have any [Bands] available for online sale" and urged customers to check local Microsoft stores that "may" have some in stock through the holidays.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @matthamblen: Microsoft Band customers getting scrooged before holidays. bit.ly/1xBgUmn

Nov 25, 2014

Microsoft Band customers get scrooged by @matthamblen computerworld.com/article/285232… >MS probably thrown off by a mobile device actually selling

Nov 25, 2014

RT @matthamblen: Microsoft Band customers getting scrooged before holidays. bit.ly/1xBgUmn

Nov 25, 2014

Microsoft Band customers getting scrooged before holidays. bit.ly/1xBgUmn

San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards in tech's backyard

computerworld.com — Chip-and-PIN payment cards have a strong supporter in the hotbed of payment technologies, with San Francisco's district attorney promoting the new technology as a way to cut down on fraud. As nearby tech startups like Square and giants like Apple and Google invent new ways to buy things, San Francisco DA George Gascon is pushing for stores to accept chip-and-PIN, an updated version of the tried-and-true credit card.

Google to TERMINATE Chrome support of old style plug-ins

computerworld.com — Google has decided once and for all to cease supporting all Netscape style plug-ins in its Chrome browser. Initially slated for execution by the end of 2014, Google gave the older plug-ins a brief delay-of-the-inevitable, but recently finalized its plans, sharing its timetable of destruction.
Nov 26, 2014

IT Blogwatch: Google to TERMINATE Chrome support of old style plug-ins @RiCHi computerworld.com/article/285233…

Kraken to help probe missing bitcoins in MtGox liquidation

computerworld.com — Bitcoin exchange Kraken will help probe missing bitcoins as part of the liquidation of MtGox, once the world's largest trading place for the digital currency. San Francisco-based Payward, which operates Kraken, will also assist in processing, investigating and paying out the claims of MtGox customers who lost bitcoins in the company's Feb.

NASA creates first 3D printed object in space

computerworld.com — Taking the first step in what NASA hopes will become a key part of future long-term space journeys, engineers have created the first 3D printed object in space. Using a 3D printer that was installed on the International Space Station on Nov. 17, NASA built a faceplate for the printer itself.
Nov 26, 2014

#NASA creates first 3D printed object in space, paving way for printing tools, parts & food in deep space. bit.ly/1FqYnPH