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Spotlight: Jawbone Era

The new Jawbone Era comes with a minimalist and lightweight design that is 42 percent smaller than the old Era, in part made possible by its micro-electro-mechanical systems that also offers better performance despite its smaller size. 

Plan ahead to prevent Wi-Fi meltdowns

A story of Wi-Fi congestion late last week caught my attention. As reported on Computerworld, the courtroom where the ongoing Apple versus Samsung battle is being played out has apparently suffered some technical setbacks--not in the court case, but in a physical system deployed within the room.

Eavesdropping bug found in Google Chrome

An Israel-based developer has discovered a design flaw in Google Chrome that could allow a rogue website to turn on the victim's microphone and listen in without any indication of it happening.

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon say no to download booster feature on Galaxy S5

The highly touted "download booster" feature in the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, which bonds both Wi-Fi and LTE radios together to accelerate the download of large files, has apparently been disabled by some carriers.

Why a startup migrated from NoSQL to SQL

A startup was forced into making the switch from NoSQL to a regular SQL-based database system after running into various issues with the former. This was disclosed by Matt Butcher, the head of the cloud engineering group for a start called Revolv in a personal blog post titled "NoSQL no more".

Developer who introduced 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL bug speaks

The Sydney Morning Herald conducted what was probably the first interview of the German software developer who was responsible for introducing the critical security flaw into the Heartbleed bug.

How a blogger put $30K on the line to get her domain back

Jordan Reid, the founder and resident blogger of lifestyle site Ramshackle Glam, was forced to fork out $30,000 for her own domain that was stolen from HostMonster using the company's email confirmation system.

Details on Heartbleed bug, what the enterprise can do

A critical bug has been found in the OpenSSL library, apparently introduced more than two years ago in December 2011. Discovered by researchers from Google and security group Condenomicon, the problem is particularly serious due to the severity of the bug, as well as the widespread usage of the open-source library by servers that implement SSL.

Dropbox shows off Carousel photo app

Dropbox on Wednesday took the wraps off Carousel, a product that is designed to manage and synchronize photos and videos in smartphones with its popular cloud service. The app works with Android and iOS, and incorporates features that Dropbox gained when it acquired a photo startup called Snapjoy in December 2012.

Rackspace: Count us out of cloud price cutting

It's a race to the bottom for some of the largest cloud providers as at least three of them drastically lowered their prices within a short period of time. Google started the ball rolling when it slashed the prices of its Google Cloud Platform about two weeks ago. The move was largely mirrored by Amazon AWS the next day, and Microsoft Azure shortly after.

Microsoft gives users five weeks to migrate to Windows 8.1 Update

As reported on Computerworld, businesses running on Windows 8.1 have until May 13 this year to upgrade to the just released Windows 8.1 Update, and if they fail to do this they will no longer be eligible for security updates and other enhancements.

Spotlight: Leef Access microSD Card Reader for Android

The Leef Access microSD Card Reader for Android is an adapter designed to take advantage of the USB OTG capabilities of Android devices.

Intel takes the wrap off 10Gbps Thunderbolt networking

At the National Association of Broadcasters show this year, Intel took the wraps off "Thunderbolt Networking" that will deliver two-way 10Gbps connectivity between two computers. 

Microsoft eyes universal app to run on all Windows devices

Universal apps on the Windows ecosystem is about to become a reality, based on a concept that was announced at the company's annual Build conference last week. Developers could build a single application that will run on smartphones, tablets, PCs and even the Xbox One.

CryptoDefense ransomware leaves copy of encryption key by mistake

A new copycat ransomware has emerged, just months after reports of the Cryptolocker malware last year. Called CryptoDefense, the newly discovered malware is arguably more aggressive while the cybercriminals behind them are using more sophisticated tactics to remain undetected.

Intel unveils 14nm Braswell chip for low-cost PCs, Chromebooks

Intel last week took the wraps off its plan to launch a new system-on-a-chip, or SoC, designed as the successor to its Bay Trail on low-cost devices and budget PCs. 

Microsoft tightens the screws on adware, spyware

Microsoft has updated its criteria for how it defines adware and undesirable software, as it works to tighten the screws on overtly aggressive advertising and other apps with undesirable behaviors.

Spotlight: Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker

The Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker is a highly portable speaker that you can slip into most pockets.

Windows 8.1 update will be released on April 8

The Windows 8.1 update will be arriving on April 8, confirmed Microsoft this week. The date of release coincides with the final security update for the venerable Windows XP operating system, after which support will be stopped.

Touch-centric version of Microsoft Office demonstrated at Build 2014

At the Build 2014 developer conference on Thursday, Microsoft corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer took to the stage and for the first time demonstrated the upcoming touch-centric version of Microsoft Office.