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Thursday - September 25, 2014
Walk into any electronics store and you will find antivirus software from companies like Norton, ESET, McAfee and Kaspersky. In the last few years, the risk has spread from our computers to our smartphones and our tablets. The next thing we will have to protect may be our cars -- and our lives could depend on it. We used to think the computer was the only device that needed virus protection. [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
Arguments over Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable have become more combative if not more substantive. The companies involved are "using the media to play this thing out, which is absurd," said tech analyst Dan Rayburn. "We don't know who said what to whom -- we don't know what anyone is actually paying. Without any of those details, it's just a bunch of spoiled kids arguing." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
The power of e-commerce lies in the simplicity and ease of use delivered to customers. Giving customers the ability to quickly find a product, buy it and have it delivered -- without visiting a store or even speak with a salesperson -- lets companies sell on a massive scale with little overhead. However, behind the simple purchasing process that the customer sees is a very complex set of systems. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
There was considerable fascination over Apple's decision to buy Beats Electronics in a multibillion-dollar deal earlier this year, and much of it centered on the strength of the Beats brand. Now it appears that Apple may not be that enamored of the name. Rumors are circulating that it may rebrand the Beats Music streaming service. There's even a chance it will shut it down. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
Blackberry Passport
BlackBerry is about to present its Passport to the business world -- a smartphone that costs less than rivals, while offering more screen real estate and a physical keyboard. The only hitch, in the words of tech analyst Roger Entner, is that "oh my god, this is ugly." Well, "pretty is as pretty does," BlackBerry might fire back. It's clearly going for functionality, not sex appeal. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
eBay users should be on high alert for phishing scams designed to rob them of their credentials. eBay reportedly is riddled with scam listings that redirect shoppers to fake log-in sites. One measure users can take to protect themselves is to double-check the URL bar before entering their username and password to make sure they're still on rather than on a cybercriminal's look-alike page. [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
Intrigue is thick surrounding EMC these days. The story line goes something like this: An activist shareholder is pressuring EMC to sell itself to companies that might be interested in acquiring the data storage giant. The list of possible suitors is short -- the two names that keep circulating are HP and Dell. EMC apparently has been discussing merger possibilities with HP for a year or more. [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
Apple enjoyed a spectacular opening weekend of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, and if it can just keep up with demand, it's not likely there will be a slowdown any time soon. "This is not just a weekend sales story -- this is a multiproduct, multiyear growth story," suggested tech analyst Trip Chowdhry. "Innovation is back at Apple after three years of pause, and we are entering a new era." [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
The U.S. government is about to embark on a major IT program dealing with personal health records. The program is being launched by the U.S. Department of Defense, which issued a request for proposals to health IT providers late last month. The initiative is expected to support medical readiness for DoD's military personnel, as well as its beneficiaries and health system personnel. [More...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
Home Depot has uttered the warning to its customers that every retailer must dread: Carefully check your credit card transactions. The theft of payment data that lasted for at least five months may have affected up to 56 million customers, making the Home Depot breach potentially worse than the one that devastated Target last year. Company officials are now scrambling to control the damage. [More...]

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