Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Between the Lines
EU citizens and businesses are warned against using the cloud over the risk that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies can obtain your personal records. Here's how the U.S. can acquire your data, even if you're based in the EU.
The retail turned cloud giant has cut the pricing of its EC2 instances for the 25th time since it launched, and rolled out its M3 family of EC2 instances to all regions.

Zero Day
Following a string of cyberattacks allegedly related to China, the U.S. government is debating whether action is required.


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All About Microsoft
Microsoft is encouraging users to subscribe to its new Office, rather than buy it outright. But what happens once users' subscriptions expire?

Googling Google
Pundits are all over the high price and incremental update for Apple's latest 128GB Retina iPad. But guess what? These things are going to sell. And there's a lesson for Google here, too.

The Apple Core
In the days before the annual Macworld Expo (now with iWorld) in San Francisco, my inbox is flooded with guides to build a Hackintosh. Does anyone with any real work to do really want one?

Operating Systems
The Ed Bott Report
Microsoft released Office 365 Home Premium to the public today. The subscription-based service is specifically for noncommercial use, so CIOs can ignore it, right? Well, not exactly. Here's how to avoid potentially costly licensing hassles.

Linux and Open Source
Both Fedora and openSUSE will be replacing Oracle's MySQL with its open-source fork--MariaDB.

Tech Broiler
Apple's Q1 2013 financial results have now presented strong evidence that the company's popular iOS-based tablets have cannibalized their Macintosh sales. But this is no reason to panic.

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ZDNet Government
ZDNet government columnist David Gewirtz delivers a guest lecture to the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, NH. You can attend this seminar by watching the embedded video.

ZDNet Education
Dell announced a new budget configuration for its Latitude 10 tablet at CES this week, along with the Dell Wyse Project Ophelia zero client, giving two very different options for improving student computing access.

ZDNet Health
Scientists have figured out how to use DNA as a way to store data.

Web 2.0
Social Business
Facebook's revenue is up but its profits are down according to its Q4 financial results. It exceeded analysts predictions but its share price fell. Will its mobile ad revenue live up to expectations?

iGeneration
Instead of attending open days and submitting applications to prove your worth, how about turning the tables and trying out a university before committing?

Perspectives
Pulp Tech
Things are heating up today on Internet Freedom Day, the anniversary of the largest protest in Internet history. Digital rights activists have already seen MLK's "I Have A Dream Speech" video removed.

London Calling
After a critical U.K. parliamentary committee report into the U.K.'s draft Communications Data Bill, which would see Web, email and call data collected for law enforcement purposes, the U.K. government will now substantially amend the bill.

Identity Matters
Google isn't just beginning to attack the password, in fact, it has been working since before 2010 on eliminating passwords and standardizing authentication on the Web.

Emerging Markets
India IT
Satyan Gajwani wants to ensure India's largest media house remains a leader in today's connected age.

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BlackBerry has announced its Qwerty-equipped Q10 handset but there were precious few of them in the launch. ZDNet managed to track one down and get a quick hands-on demo.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tech--for Everyone

Tech--for Everyone


A few items of interest

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 11:21 AM PST

Sorry for the absence, folks. Here is a brief list of the latest interesting items I think worthy of your attention. * Adobe Patches Flash; Windows, Mac Users Under Attack  ”Adobe patched two critical security flaws in Flash Player, both of which were under active attack. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled, you need [...]

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gizmo's Tech Treats: Canyon Waterfall (Wallpaper of the Week)

Gizmo's Tech Treats: Canyon Waterfall (Wallpaper of the Week)

Link to Daily Tech Treats

Canyon Waterfall (Wallpaper of the Week)

Posted: 10 Feb 2013 06:27 PM PST

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tech--for Everyone

Tech--for Everyone


Sunday Beauty #114 (and, yes, a Sunday Ugly, too)

Posted: 10 Feb 2013 10:23 AM PST

Folks, another interesting image for your Sunday. “A winter morning” by NSPaul, courtesy of Flickr Commons (Brrr! I’m going to have to turn up the furnace after looking at that!) Ever since I bought my Kindle Fire HD tablet, and used my Amazon account to sign in and download ebooks and apps for it, I [...]

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