Computerworld Articles en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:51 GMT 2014-08-21T04:01:51Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. UPS now the third company in a week to disclose data breach Credit and debit card information belonging to customers who did business at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 U.S. states this year may have been compromised. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:52:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-08-21T00:52:00Z Tweets about Ferguson, Mo., shooting show Twitter's quick grip on the news Is social media in general and Twitter in particular speeding up the news cycle? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:36:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-08-21T00:36:00Z Coming soon: No-name tablets priced under $35 Generic Android tablets with 7-inch screens and quad-core chips that deliver decent performance could soon sell for under $35. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:28:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-08-21T00:28:00Z HP reports surprise growth as PC sales climb Hewlett-Packard reported a slight uptick in revenue for the second calendar quarter as its PC sales increased. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:16:00 GMT (James Niccolai) 2014-08-21T00:16:00Z R programming language gains on traditional statistics packages The R programming language is quickly gaining popularity over the traditional statistics packages such as SPSS, SAS and MATLAB, at least according to one data statistician who teaches the language. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:21:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-08-20T21:21:00Z How can the Internet have too many routes, but not enough addresses? The depletion of Internet addresses would seem to spell relief for aged routers that are struggling to deal with the Internet's growth, but the complicated interplay between those trends might cause even more problems. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:18:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-08-20T21:18:00Z Obama's options for tech immigration take shape When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:38:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-08-20T20:38:00Z How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-08-20T20:34:00Z How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-08-20T19:48:00Z Obama's options for tech immigration take shape When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-08-20T19:47:00Z AT&T to get the M8 for Windows, too; it's not just Verizon Less than a day after the HTC One (M8) for Windows went on sale "exclusively" on Verizon Wireless, AT&T also said it will carry the new smartphone, too. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:18:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-20T19:18:00Z Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update Apple is working its way toward releasing OS X Mountain Lion 10.9.5, very likely the last non-security update for the 10-month old operating system. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-08-20T10:30:00Z As Ebola death toll rises, scientists work on nanotech cure Scientists at Northeastern University are using nanotechnology to find an effective treatment for the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,200 people, and sickened even more. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-20T10:15:00Z Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request Twitter said late Tuesday it will remove images and videos of deceased people upon the request of family members, but it put conditions on the policy. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:48:00 GMT (Tim Hornyak) 2014-08-20T09:48:00Z 'Reveton'ransomware adds powerful password stealer A type of malware called Reveton, which falsely warns users they've broken the law and demands payment of a fine, has been upgraded with powerful password stealing functions, according to Avast. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:22:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-08-20T09:22:00Z China paving the way for big Xbox One sales China has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country's emerging console sector. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:28:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-08-20T03:28:00Z YouTube music might be a win for other Google services A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:34:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-08-20T01:34:00Z Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:01:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-08-20T01:01:00Z Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave up his board seat some six months after leaving the top job, and the move should help cement the regime and strategy of his successor Satya Nadella, according to several industry observers. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:01:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-08-19T21:01:00Z IT outages are an ongoing problem for the U.S government Fully 70% of federal agencies experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more in a recent one-month period. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:46:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-08-19T20:46:00Z Healthcare organizations still too lax on security The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:13:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-08-19T20:13:00Z Ballmer quits Microsoft board, cites NBA commitments Ex-CEO Steve Ballmer resigned from the Microsoft board today, effective immediately. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-08-19T20:11:00Z In his own words: Best quotes of Steve Ballmer Steve Ballmer's decision to step down from Microsoft's board draws to a close a 34 year-long career that took him from business manager to CEO. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:04:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-08-19T20:04:00Z FCC can question AT&T, Verizon about business broadband pricing The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has the green light to collect new data on the pricing of so-called special access services, the middle-mile network services used to deliver business broadband and mobile service backhaul. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:38:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-08-19T18:38:00Z Watch out Spotify; Google's building YouTube 'Music Key' Google is reportedly eying the creation of a YouTube music subscription service to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-19T18:26:00Z Petition demands Apple fix MacBook Pro graphics woes A petition started last year that urges Apple's CEO to recall older MacBook Pro laptops to fix a graphics problem has passed the 10,000-signature mark, part of an ongoing effort to get Apple to do something. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:59:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-08-19T16:59:00Z Why HTC put Windows on its M8 smartphone HTC announced the HTC One (M8) smartphone for Windows todayl it's available exclusively at Verizon Wireless for $99 on a two-year contract. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T16:24:00Z VC investors hot for the cloud, mobile and robots Venture capital fundraising has picked up steam in the U.S., with cloud computing, mobile technology and robotics getting solid backing. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:45:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-19T15:45:00Z The 5 most anticipated smartphone launches coming in September September is shaping up to be a very exciting month for smartphone buyers around the world: We know that Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung Electronics will all launch new smartphones, and it looks like Apple will join the party too. So what new devices are we looking forward to the most? Here's our countdown: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:40:00 GMT (Mikael Ricknäs) 2014-08-19T13:40:00Z AMD announces Radeon R7 SSD product line, made by enthusiast manufacturer OCZ AMD said Tuesday that it will sell three 2.5-inch SSDs manufactured by enthusiast house OCZ, allowing AMD to offer high-speed storage alongside microprocessors and graphics chips. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:45:00 GMT (Mark Hachman) 2014-08-19T12:45:00Z SanDisk's Ultra II SSD offers prices as low as 44 cents per gigabyte The Ultra II SSD is a follow-up to the consumer-grade Ultra Plus SSD released last year that increases performance while slashing the price point. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:33:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-08-19T10:33:00Z Verizon is tops in network performance, reliability, speed in 2014 tests Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics released Tuesday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T10:00:00Z Microsoft tweaks SharePoint Online to free up site storage Microsoft has tweaked the controls in SharePoint Online to let administrators make better use of storage resources allocated to SharePoint websites. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:57:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-08-19T09:57:00Z Sprint slashes shared data plan prices As promised by its new CEO, Sprint announced late Monday it will lower its shared data plans to prices below those offered by other national carriers starting on Friday. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:40:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-08-19T01:40:00Z Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service Symantec will consolidate its cluttered Norton line of security software, folding nine products into one online service that can be used across desktop computers and mobile devices. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:27:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-08-19T01:27:00Z Why would Chinese hackers want US hospital patient data? The theft of personal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems by hackers in China highlights the increasing degree to which hospitals are becoming lucrative targets for information theft. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:06:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-08-19T00:06:00Z Vehicle-to-vehicle networks could save over 1,000 lives a year, US says The U.S. government wants to force cars to talk to each other over wireless networks, saying that could save more than 1,000 lives every year. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:34:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-08-18T22:34:00Z Azure services down again Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, wobbly for more than a week, is again experiencing outages and interruptions that are impacting multiple products in the U.S. and abroad. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:05:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-08-18T21:05:00Z MongoDB adds support option for community edition of its NoSQL database IT shops that want professional support for MongoDB without paying for the enterprise edition of the company's increasingly popular NoSQL database now have an option from MongoDB itself. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:33:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-08-18T20:33:00Z New Yosemite dev preview may herald public beta update later this week Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite today. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:13:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-08-18T20:13:00Z Microsoft offers custom Windows OS to all first-gen Intel Galileo owners Microsoft is encouraging more hardware hackers to develop Windows-based smart devices and appliances with expanded availability of a preview OS to all owners of Intel's Galileo board. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:10:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-08-18T20:10:00Z As sharks circle, IBM prepares its x86 exit Once IBM completes its x86 server line sale to Lenovo, the latter will immediately take a solid third place ranking in worldwide revenues in the market. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-08-18T19:59:00Z Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices A senior U.S. senator is asking airlines about their data privacy practices, saying he's concerned about what information the companies are collecting and sharing with third parties. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:35:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-08-18T19:35:00Z iPhone 5C's China bust raises questions about Apple's pricing for '14 models Apple's iPhone 5C, the lower-priced model introduced last year -- by many accounts to boost sales in countries like China -- has done poorly in the People's Republic. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:13:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-08-18T19:13:00Z About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hospital network hacked About 4.5 million people in 28 states face the risk of identity theft due to a massive data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) a Franklin, Tenn., based health network. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:07:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-08-18T19:07:00Z Google brings robust cluster scheduling to its cloud Google is drawing from the work of the open-source community to offer its cloud customers a service to better manage their clusters of virtual servers. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:56:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-08-18T18:56:00Z Oracle adds some backward compatibility to Exadata Oracle has made it possible to run a much older but still widely used version of its database software on Exadata, in a move that could make heretofore reluctant buyers pull the trigger on a purchase of the data-processing appliance. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:38:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-08-18T18:38:00Z Cosmonauts deploy nanosatellites during spacewalk Two Russian cosmonauts are in the middle of a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station, in part to release a nanosatellite that will take images of Earth. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:24:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-18T18:24:00Z TPC helps take the measure of big data systems Comparing commercial Hadoop big data-styled analysis systems might get a little easier, thanks to a new benchmark from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:01:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-08-18T15:01:00Z Calif. court calls for company reimbursements for BYOD phones In what could be a decisive blow to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) mega trend, the California Court of Appeal ruled late last week that companies must reimburse employees for work-related use of personal cellphones, as described in the National Law Review. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:14:00 GMT (Tom Kaneshige) 2014-08-18T14:14:00Z