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NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program

zdnet.com — Summary: The National Security Agency has released a new open-source program for data network interoperability. Many of you probably think that the National Security Agency (NSA) and open-source software get along like a house on fire. That's to say, flaming destruction. You would be wrong.
Nov 25, 2014

NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program via @ZDNet zd.net/11UOlHu #NSA #opensource by @sjvn

Nov 25, 2014

RT @sjvn: NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program via @ZDNet zd.net/11UOlHu #NSA #opensource by @sjvn

Nov 25, 2014

NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program via @ZDNet zd.net/11UOlHu #NSA #opensource by @sjvn

Despite modest PC market gains, tablet market expected to slow on iPad decline

zdnet.com — Summary: This year will see the first full year of decline in iPad shipments, according to new figures, sending a signal to the rest of the tablet market. As worldwide PC shipments continue to fall, tablet growth is decelerating at a rapid pace - partly in thanks to the decline in iPad shipments this year.
Nov 25, 2014

Despite modest PC market gains, tablet market expected to slow on iPad decline, by @zackwhittaker at @ZDNet ~ zd.net/1vkfwXW ~ @IDC

Nov 25, 2014

ZDNet: Despite modest PC market gains, tablet market expected to slow on iPad decline ow.ly/2RaQlW

Flash Player update beefs up older fix

zdnet.com — Summary: Adobe's much-patched software receives "additional hardening" against a vulnerability patched silently last month. Adobe has released new versions of Flash Player for Windows, Mac and Linux to strengthen protections against a vulnerability originally mitigated without mention last month. Adobe recommends that all Flash Player users update.
Nov 25, 2014

Flash Player update beefs up older fix - Adobe's much-patched software receives "additional hardening" against a v... ow.ly/2Rc29T

Nov 25, 2014

Turns out Adobe patches silently when they find bugs internally. I'm 99% sure Microsoft does the same. zd.net/1AObYAP

Terms of Service, book review: A field guide to big data and privacy

zdnet.com — Summary: This entertaining and original publication explains the implications of sharing personal information in the era of big data analytics, through the medium of the graphic novella. Run a web search; don a wearable device; post a photo online. You're not just using technology - you're helping to build it, by contributing to big data.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @marypcbuk: Terms of Service| In which I sneak a potted history of non fiction graphic novels into a tech book review zdnet.com/terms-of-servi…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @joshneufeld: Terms of Service, book review: A field guide to big data and privacy via @ZDNet, @marypcbuk zd.net/1AMy8mR

Nov 25, 2014

Terms of Service| In which I sneak a potted history of non fiction graphic novels into a tech book review zdnet.com/terms-of-servi…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ZDNet: Terms of Service, book review: A field guide to big data and privacy zd.net/1AMy8mR

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ZDNet: Terms of Service, book review: A field guide to big data and privacy zd.net/1AMy8mR

Global online population hits 3 billion: ITU

zdnet.com — Summary: There are now more than 3 billion people online globally, with two-thirds of all people with internet access now living in the developing world, according to new research by the United Nations agency charged with improving the world's access to IT infrastructure.

Apple Watch: 27.8 million units in 2016?

zdnet.com — Summary: Is "the global number of addressable wrists" could be the market opportunity for Apple Watch, argues one analyst. The Apple Watch is expected deliver 19.6 million units in calendar 2015 and 27.8 million in 2016 and could reposition the Apple brand, according to Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers.

Popular security suites open to attack

zdnet.com — Summary: Your anti-malware system does you no good if it's successfully compromised. Few security suites use ASLR and DEP in all their executables. Tests by independent test lab AV-Test.org show that few of them consistently use important techniques to protect their executables against vulnerability exploit.
Nov 25, 2014

Annals of Unfortunate Attribution RT @goretsky: Popular security suites open to attack via @ZDNet, @lseltzer zd.net/11UbKsG

ACORN launched to nut out Australian cybercrime

zdnet.com — Summary: The Australian government has today launched a new cybercrime reporting service known as ACORN. Australians seeking to report a vast array of online criminal activity will be able to do so through a new one-stop website set up by the Australian government, known as the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

The branded bug: Meet the people who name vulnerabilities

zdnet.com — Summary: Opinion: As 2014 comes to a close, bugs are increasingly disclosed with catchy names and logos. Heartbleed's branding changed the way we talk about security, but is making a bug 'cool' frivolous or essential? If the bug is dangerous enough, it gets a name.

HP closes out its fiscal year with mixed Q4 earnings report

zdnet.com — Summary: Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.06 per share on revenue of $28.76 million. After a quarter culminating in splitting itself apart, Hewlett-Packard published fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday. The tech giant reported a net income of $2 billion, or 70 cents per share ( statement).
Nov 25, 2014

ZDNet: HP closes out its fiscal year with mixed Q4 earnings report ow.ly/2RbM05

And now for some good news... How to fall in love with email all over again

zdnet.com — Summary: Email can be a drag on any user's life. After using Outlook for more than a decade, for one writer it was time to change. In choosing Gmail, he fell in love with email all over again. You'll struggle to find someone in this day and age who loves email.
Nov 25, 2014

ZDNet: And now for some good news... How to fall in love with email all over again ow.ly/2RapjK

Of course you realize, this means war.

zdnet.com — Fanboys exist for every favored computing platform. When you've been writing about computing for any number of years, such as I have, you are eventually going become the target of kooks - people who post completely random stuff on your blogs, send you crazy and inflamed emails, or write stuff on the internet saying how disturbed and wrong you are for subscribing to a particular ideology.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world

zdnet.com — We don't see a ton of innovation in smartphones today with most of them in the black slab form factor. However, Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note Edge with a unique curved edge/secondary display that adds real value to the smartphone experience. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 4 last month.
Nov 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world via @ZDNet, zd.net/1AOoTml So many great phone options today

Inside the Nexus 6

zdnet.com — Summary: Time to take a look at what makes Google's new Nexus 6 tick. Large smartphones are now in, and with Apple having released the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, Google has chosen to trump that with a 5.96-inch Nexus 6. So, aside from having a bigger screen, how does the Nexus 6 stack up against the iPhone 6 Plus?

Sonim launches XP7 rugged Android smartphone campaign for outdoor enthusiasts

zdnet.com — Summary: The Sonim XP7 is an Android smartphone that you can take with you on your adventures and know it will survive the elements. The extremely long battery life also assures you make it through the weekend. The Sonim XP7 phone that I wrote about last week can now be pre-ordered for $579 through an Indiegogo campaign.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @ZDNet: Sonim launches XP7 rugged Android smartphone campaign for outdoor enthusiasts zd.net/1ANNrvA

Bah Humbug: Microsoft's affordable smartphone strategy dashes hopes for a real flagship

zdnet.com — Summary: Microsoft has yet to launch a single flagship model across all major US wireless carriers in the history of Windows Phone. Their focus on the low- to mid-range market may be part of why Windows Phone market share remains low. I've been using Microsoft-powered smartphones since 2000, including using Windows Phone since it launched in 2010.
Nov 25, 2014

Sure is refreshing to read constructive comments on ZDNet. Also getting encouraging emails on the Windows Phone post. zdnet.com/bah-humbug-mic…

Nov 25, 2014

Bah Humbug: Microsoft's affordable smartphone strategy dashes hopes for a real flagship via @ZDNet, @palmsolo zd.net/1ANiKXm

Ducksboard: The unique story of how one startup went from closure to buy-out with a single email

zdnet.com — Summary: Data visualisation company Duckboard's was on the verge of closure until a casual email changed the company's destiny entirely. There's many a true word spoken in jest, so the saying goes. Aitor Guevara, cofounder of Spanish startup Ducksboard, knows that better than most.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @ZDNetUK: Ducksboard: The unique story of how one startup went from closure to buy-out with a single email zd.net/1ALQBjD

SUSE gets live patching

zdnet.com — Summary: Using SUSE Linux means never having to say 'reboot'. I have a SUSE Linux box in my server room. It's been running non-stop since 2012. That's Linux. It doesn't tend to break down, and you usually don't need to reboot it when you patch it. Usually.

The potential cost of frequent iOS app updates

zdnet.com — Summary: Some developers are updating their iOS apps often, and that can result in an unexpected cost for users. Mobile device owners aren't shy about getting apps, a lot of them. This includes apps used for work, especially office suites. Those using iPads and iPhones for work tasks most likely have Apple's iWork suite, or Microsoft's Office for iPad.