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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in February 2013
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Open Public Wi-Fi: How To Stay Safe
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Open public Wi-Fi networks are still very common in coffee shops like Starbucks, public libraries and other common areas, yet using them can compromise the confidentiality of your communications. We do have many ways for you to protect yourself, some stronger than others.
Google Not Impressed With Motorola Smartphone Pipeline
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google exec says inherited Motorola product pipeline doesn't deliver the "wow."
MWC 2013: Five Coolest Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/28/2013  | 
Mobile World Congress drew some 72,000 people to Barcelona, Spain, to see the latest and greatest mobile devices. Take a closer look at five gadgets that stood out.
The Best Way to Spend Your Security Budget
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
It's easy to come up with scenarios in which mobile devices can compromise an organization. On the spectrum of real-world threats, these are almost all outliers. Probably the most important thing for you to do is to make sure all your SQL queries are parameterized. This will eliminate the most important mass-attack technique used against large companies.
Google Security Vulnerability Allowed Two-Step Verification Bypass
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Researchers at Duo Security detailed an attack that could have allowed a hacker to hijack a user's Google account
LG To Write Next Chapter For HP WebOS
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
LG says it will use its newly acquired mobile operating system in smart TVs, not mobile devices. But what else does LG have in its smartphone arsenal?
Secure Dropbox Files With DigitalQuick
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
DigitalQuick is an elegant encryption add-on that allows enterprises to use Dropbox for sensitive documents and information
Huawei, ZTE Challenge Apple, Samsung Smartphones
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, China's largest mobile phone makers revealed smartphones that target the best from Apple and Samsung.
Nokia Lumia 720, 520 Stake Windows Phone Middle Ground
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced two Windows Phone 8 devices that aim to please the bargain shopper.
FirefoxOS #Fail: The Web is Not the Platform
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
Mozilla says that 'Content Is King' and 'The Web Is The Platform'. This strategy is an old and failed one. Apple briefly, and insincerely, tried it. The whole history of personal computing, let along the history of mobile devices, shows that he who takes maximum advantage of the capabilities of the platform wins the market.
Microsoft Surface Pro: Why One SMB Says No
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Microsoft's tablet doesn't suit every SMB. An engineering firm IT leader explains why Microsoft's Surface Pro isn't likely to end up in any of his users' hands.
Microsoft Surface Pro: Why 2 SMBs Say Yes
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
The long-term success of Microsoft's high-end tablet is no sure thing, but it has won some early admirers. Two SMBs explain why they're pro Surface Pro.
Samsung Galaxy S IV Smartphone On Launchpad
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Samsung is expected to announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, in New York City on March 14.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet: iPad Mini Rival
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a smaller tablet that offers all the same stylus-based features of its larger cousin.
HP Slate Android Tablet: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
HP's first Android tablet, the $169 HP Slate, delivers a price consumers will like, but skimps on display and processor.
Google Chromebook Pixel: Hands-On Review
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
Aspiring to be more than just a browser-in-a-box, the Chromebook Pixel shows that Google can deliver head-turning technology.
Big Data Knows When Your Home Will Sell
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
Target Data uses predictive modeling to forecast if a home is likely to sell within the next 30, 60 or 90 days. It says it's right 80% of the time.
Google Drive Third-Party Apps: An Introduction
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
The ability to install third party Google Drive apps only requires a supported browser and access to the Internet. This has the potential to be a truly disruptive technology for desktop platform ecosystems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. However, problems with the basic function of actually saving data to Google Drive by third party apps need to be addressed before widespread adoption is possible.
What Won't Kill BlackBerry? Instagram Flap
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Apps are essential for smartphone and tablet ecosystems -- but lack of a single app won't make or break any platform.
You Will Subscribe To, Not Buy Software
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Especially in a BYOD environment, software subscriptions have a lot going for them, but many just don't like the idea of paying for software and not owning it. The recent revelation that Office 2013, at least in some cases, will come locked to a specific computer, much as OEM Windows does, shows how the subscription model is coming whether we like it or not. Here's what we think.
Samsung Looking To Elbow Past BlackBerry In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Samsung needs to overcome questions about Android security as it tries to steal business and government customers from BlackBerry and Apple.
HP CEO Dismisses Break-Up Talk
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
While sharing dismal Q1 results, HP CEO Meg Whitman says HP will not sell its enterprise services or PC unit; projects return to growth in 2014.
MLB.TV Just Charged Your Credit Card
Commentary  |  2/21/2013  | 
Are you an MLB.TV subscriber? In past years they have always asked you to renew. Not anymore. Check your credit card.
Google Chromebook Pixel: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  2/21/2013  | 
Meet the Google Chromebook Pixel. Come for the brilliant screen, but stay for the strong performance.
Mobile World Congress 2013: 9 Hot Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/21/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress 2013, we expect cool new smartphones, tablets and phablets. Check out some of the most interesting gadgets on tap.
Google Launches Touchscreen Chromebook Called Pixel
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Google Chromebooks, once sold as secondary computers, seek a spot in the limelight by challenging Apple on design and features.
BlackBerry 10: More Analysts Cut Expectations
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone may not do as well as originally expected, several analysts say after reviewing early sales figures.
Password Manager On USB Key Launches On Kickstarter
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
myIDkey is a secure USB device that acts as a hardware password manager. The device authenticates the user with a fingerprint swipe. It talks Bluetooth to your mobile device and you talk to it to get it to display secured data such as passwords. But you can't buy it yet; today they launched on Kickstarter for funding.
iPhone Beats Galaxy S III, But Victory May Be Fleeting
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 was best-selling smartphone worldwide during closing months of 2012, but Samsung is readying its iPhone-killer for 2013.
HTC Claims "Best Phone Ever Made"
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC aims high with their claims for their revamped Android smartphone. Like previous HTC phones this one is aimed at consumers with a focus on media consumption and other lifestyle features, like TV remote control. A shame it lacks microSD storage expansion.
HTC One Key To Turnaround Hopes
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC's flagship smartphone for 2013 promises new camera and home screen features wrapped in an aluminum shell.
Windows 8: Microsoft's Progress Debated
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Windows 8 is one of those good news-bad news Microsoft products. For every sign of success, unanswered questions or signs of flagging momentum appear.
The Office for iPad Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  2/18/2013  | 
Microsoft Office for iPad makes perfect sense — if you think Surface and Windows 8 are losers and even Microsoft doesn't believe in them. It's way too early to give up on Microsoft's new operating system which works with tablets as well as conventional computers, and the mythical billions it could make with an Office for iPad would lose them far more by undercutting Windows.
BBC Shakes Up Online Arm
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
BBC, recently awash in scandal, shores up confidence in liberal corners by tapping former U.K. media minister James Purnell to lead digital strategy.
iPhone Vulnerability: Return of the Lock Screen Bypass
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
How do security regression errors happen? The key to preventing new code from breaking old code is proper testing. Improved automated testing helped Mozilla to cut regressions caused by security patches. In the case of the iPhone 5 lock screen bypass, a hole in the test plan may be responsible.
Apple Beware, Samsung Plans Smartwatch Too
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Mere days after reports surface about an Apple-made smartwatch, leaked screenshots purport to reveal what Samsung's smartwatch will look like.
HTC Flagship Smartphone Details, Images Leaked
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Leaked images show HTC made a design change for its 2013 flagship device, codenamed the M7. It will be announced next week.
Are Businesses Waiting For Windows 9?
News  |  2/14/2013  | 
Analysts don't expect Windows 8 to establish enterprise dominance -- but Microsoft's real problem continues to be lack of enthusiasm from consumers.
HP Eyes Android For Tablets, Smartphones
News  |  2/14/2013  | 
HP is getting trounced by competitors in the mobile market and reportedly plans to respond by adopting Google's Android platform for tablets and smartphones.
Apigee Analyzes Big Data From Public APIs
News  |  2/14/2013  | 
: Apigee adds big data analytics to API management services to help companies understand how customers are using their applications.
IBM's Big Data Strategy: Combine And Conquer
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Big Blue is gobbling up big data companies at a steady clip. What's the method behind the madness?
Apple Cuts MacBook Pro Prices, Bumps Specs
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Apple drops price of Retina Display MacBook Pro by $200 and boosts processor power at same time. That's a hint new products are coming soon.
Tim Cook: Cheaper iPhone? Maybe...
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Is a cheaper iPhone 5 necessary when the iPhone 4 is free on a contract? Is an entirely new product on the horizon, and it's not an iPhone? When Apple wants to introduce a more affordable product, it's not always exactly what we expect.
Nexus Devices Getting Android 4.2.2, Google Now Widget
News  |  2/12/2013  | 
Android 4.2.2 update hits some Nexus devices, as details leak about a new widget that could make Google Now more powerful.
Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
Squeezing a processor into an iPod Nano form factor mostly means a less-capable computing device, and adding a wristband doesn't change that.
Microsoft Surface Pro: Right For You?
Slideshows  |  2/11/2013  | 
Microsoft's business-friendly Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid isn't perfect. From battery life to weight considerations, we break down whether Surface Pro will suit your needs.
Microsoft Surface Pro: Too Much Tablet?
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
You might not want to buy this almost-a-PC, overstuffed-tablet hybrid. But your boss might buy one for you.
Microsoft Surface Pro: 7 Questions To Ask
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
Is Surface Pro right for you? Consider these points as you decide whether a laptop-tablet hybrid makes sense.
Surface Pro Out, But You Can't Get It
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
The 128GB Surface Pro from Microsoft sold out mere hours after becoming available for purchase. The much-maligned 64GB version is available. Microsoft says that this model has 30GB, not 23GB of built-in storage free, and another analysis shows that the 128GB Surface Pro's free storage compares to that of Apple's MacBook Air.
What Would an Apple Watch Do?
Commentary  |  2/10/2013  | 
The iWatch, or whatever Apple would call its "watch-like device," had better do something really clever and useful. The Dick Tracy watch has been attempted and laughed off the market before. Surely Apple is thinking of what to do beyond the phone and tablet, but it has to be better than this.
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