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D-link Expands its DIY Connected-home Portfolio

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — D-Link fired a shot across the bow of Belkin’s WeMo brand today, announcing not only a new Wi-Fi router, but a new motion sensor and a Smart Home app to manage all the products in its burgeoning connected-home portfolio. D-Link product manager Dan Kelly told me in a briefing last week..

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Hands on with the Amazon Fire Phone

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — Amazon’s Fire Phone is unlike any other handset I’ve held. Physically, yeah, it’s a slab of glass, and it feels like a basic–but well made–Android phone. The difference happens when you press the wake button, and the Dynamic Perspective effect kicks in. Calling it the 3D phone is a little misleading,..

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Supreme Court: Abstract idea isn't patentable when tied to a computer

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service (Washington, D.C., Bureau) — An abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, potentially making it more difficult to patent some software in the future. The computerized trading platform for currencies owned by Australian company Alice is too abstract to..

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Unit4 Plots Growth Plans with Cloud ERP and Mobile Apps

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service (Boston Bureau) — Unit4 is betting investments in cloud computing and mobility can raise its profile in the crowded ERP software market, following its recent move to go private. The company will also focus on becoming a top ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor for services industries and plans to continue investing in..

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Office 365 Customers Can Sign Up to Get New Features Early

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service (Miami Bureau) — Microsoft will give Office 365 customers the option to receive new and improved features considered to be significant before they are made generally available. Customers who opt into the program, called First Release, will get these important updates at least two weeks before their scheduled rollout. To sign up,..

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Avoiding the Perils of ‘Rogue Analytics’ with a New Approach to Data Blending

On June 18th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

Network World — This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. A plethora of technological developments make it easier than ever to gather information from new kinds of data sources and machines, including websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors,..

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Amazon’s Android Appstore is Headed to BlackBerry 10 with 200,000-Plus Apps

On June 18th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — Hours before Amazon is widely expected to reveal its own smartphone, BlackBerry has announced plans to license the entire Amazon Appstore for BlackBerry 10 handsets. Amazon’s catalog of more than 200,000 Android apps will appear as a separate store this fall, as part of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system update. That..

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German Publishers Start Legal Action Against Google Over News Snippets

On June 18th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — German news publishers are escalating their fight to get a cut of the ad revenue that Google makes when it republishes parts of their news articles. The publishers’ society VG Media has started legal proceedings against Google after the search-engine giant refused to negotiate with the collecting society and publicly declared..

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Multitasking: An Equal Opportunity Distraction

On June 18th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

Network World — Even the strongest students can be no match for the distractions of multitasking, according to new research from Michigan State University. Researchers, funded by the National Science Foundation, took a look at the impact of fiddling with smartphones and laptops among 500 student during lectures and found that non-academic Internet use (responding..

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Maliciously Crafted Files Can Disable Microsoft's Antimalware Products

On June 18th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — A vulnerability allows attackers to disable Microsoft’s antimalware products by sending specifically crafted files to users via websites, email or instant messaging applications. The vulnerability is located in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, which sits at the core of many Microsoft security products for desktops and servers including Microsoft Forefront Client..

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