Computerworld Articles en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:50 GMT 2014-07-24T18:07:50Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. HP invests in Hortonworks' Hadoop Hewlett-Packard is betting $50 million that its customers will find value in the Hadoop data processing platform by investing in Hadoop distributor Hortonworks. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:16:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-07-24T17:16:00Z Apple is losing its grip as the top tablet company Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:48:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-07-24T16:48:00Z Thousands of sites compromised by WordPress plug-in flaw A critical vulnerability found recently in a popular newsletter plug-in for WordPress is actively being targeted by hackers and was used to compromise an estimated 50,000 sites so far. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:06:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-24T16:06:00Z Hackers steal user data from the European Central Bank website, demand money Hackers have stolen user contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, from the website of the European Central Bank and attempted to extort money from the institution. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-24T12:38:00Z Lenovo shows smart glasses prototype as it seeks hardware partners Lenovo showed off a smart glasses prototype on Thursday, part of a push to attract developers and other hardware manufacturers to a new partner program. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:11:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-07-24T12:11:00Z launches Sales Reach for real-time selling and marketing is combining its Pardot marketing software, sales automation application and social communities platform into a new product called Sales Reach, which it says can help salespeople nurture leads and make deals in real time. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-07-24T12:01:00Z LG notches record smartphone shipments on G3 strength The G3 has boosted LG's smartphone shipments to record levels and helped reverse three quarters of losses at its phone division, the electronics giant said Thursday. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:14:00 GMT (Tim Hornyak) 2014-07-24T10:14:00Z EBay faces class-action suit over data breach EBay faces a class action suit in a U.S. federal court over a security breach earlier this year. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:58:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-24T06:58:00Z Twitter says employees mainly male and white, admits it has 'lot of work to do' Twitter disclosed the gender and ethnicity breakdown of its employees on Wednesday, less than a week after U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the company to release its employee diversity information. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:30:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-24T02:30:00Z Facebook isn't giving up on search Facebook reported Wednesday that it now handles an average of more than 1 billion searches a day, but it still has work to do to provide a comprehensive search tool. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:48:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-07-24T00:48:00Z Firm says vulnerability in Tails contained in I2P component A vulnerability broker published a video demonstrating one of several flaws it has found in the privacy-focused Tails operating system, which is used by those seeking to make their Web browser harder to trace. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-07-24T00:30:00Z More AT&T customers switch to paying for their phones A majority of AT&T's new smartphone customers are now choosing a plan where they pay for their phones over time, helping to drive strong second-quarter financial results, the carrier said. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:17:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-07-23T23:17:00Z Ultra high-def TVs still too expensive A new report from IHS shows that because of steep prices, UHD TVs are not making deep inroads in the television market. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:56:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T20:56:00Z Facebook reports a big sales jump, helped by mobile ads Facebook's quarterly sales rose 61 percent on the strength of mobile advertising, the company said Wednesday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:49:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-07-23T20:49:00Z SSD prices for hybrids, ultrathin laptops will flatten next year A shortage of solid-state drives for ultrathin laptops and hybrids will cause prices to flatten next year after dropping for the last several years, with lower prices coming again in 2016, according to a market analysis. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:25:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-07-23T20:25:00Z IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:58:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-07-23T19:58:00Z Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub Six people have been indicted on charges of running an international ring that resold tickets bought through compromised StubHub accounts for some of New York's biggest concerts and sporting events. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:34:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-07-23T19:34:00Z Microsoft again writes off Surface inventory, renews profitability doubts Microsoft again took a hit on its Surface business, the company acknowledged Tuesday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:33:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-23T19:33:00Z What to expect in Facebook's earnings call today With Facebook set to release its Q2 earnings today, it's a safe bet company execs will talk about mobile issues and user growth. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:08:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-23T19:08:00Z Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-23T18:57:00Z QuickPoll: Is Apple smart to release a public beta of OS X Yosemite? Apple is releasing its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Is that a smart move? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT 2014-07-23T18:00:00Z Google tried to buy music giant Spotify Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:15:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-23T17:15:00Z Low-cost Android tablets will get 4K video with Allwinner 64-bit chip Low-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner's plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-07-23T16:43:00Z Apple unwraps OS X Yosemite public beta Thursday Apple will release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite early Thursday Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:31:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-23T16:31:00Z Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box Seagate announced today that Roku set-top boxes will now have a channel to connect to Wireless Plus hard drives for streaming movies, music and photos stored on the drives. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T16:24:00Z Is Sony's Walkman set to make a comeback? Sony is making a push to sell high-definition music players, and 35 years after being launched its Walkman is making a small comeback. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:12:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T15:12:00Z Oracle ships nearly 60 mobile apps for JD Edwards Oracle is responding to an ever more mobile customer base with the rollout of 57 mobile applications for its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business software suite. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:31:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-07-23T14:31:00Z BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:00 GMT (Peter Sayer) 2014-07-23T14:25:00Z File-encrypting Android ransomware 'Simplocker' targets English-speaking users A ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:23:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-23T14:23:00Z Mozilla ships Firefox 31, adds search to new tab page Mozilla released Firefox 31, patching 14 vulnerabilities, debuting a search box on the new tab page and adding a Google-provided service that detects and blocks known malicious files before they're downloaded. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:40:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-23T13:40:00Z Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles Dropbox will continue beefing up the business version of its cloud storage and file sharing service, adding security features to shared links, full-text search capabilities and new tools for enterprise developers. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:05:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-23T13:05:00Z Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals One of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google's proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no fair chance to express their views on the settlement. Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:58:00 GMT (Loek Essers) 2014-07-23T12:58:00Z SQL injection flaw opens door for Wall Street Journal database hack A vulnerability in a web-based graphics system led to a breach of The Wall Street Journal's network by a hacker, the newspaper acknowledged late Tuesday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:32:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-07-23T12:32:00Z Workers hit Apple with class action suit over alleged labor rule violations Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-23T09:30:00Z Zero-day flaws in Tails aren't for sale, broker says A company that specializes in selling information on software vulnerabilities has reignited a debate over the handling of such information, especially when it pertains to privacy-focused tools. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:27:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-07-23T08:27:00Z Google to face US privacy suit over new user data policy A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:55:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-23T06:55:00Z Apple grows Mac sales by 18% on the back of the MacBook Air Apple sold 4.4 million Macs in the June quarter, the most ever for that three-month stretch, with an annual growth rate the rest of the PC industry hasn't seen since 2010. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:09:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-23T01:09:00Z Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft's revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:50:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-23T00:50:00Z How Nokia both helped and hindered Microsoft's earnings Microsoft paid more than $7 billion for Nokia's handset and services business, and the jury is still out as to what it means for its future. In the past quarter it boosted Microsoft's revenue but also ate into its profit. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:41:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-23T00:41:00Z Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:52:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-07-22T23:52:00Z More mobile gadgets than people? Seven countries now qualify Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:32:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-07-22T22:32:00Z Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:41:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-07-22T21:41:00Z ARM develops its second wave of 64-bit chips ARM is developing its second wave of 64-bit processors as it tries to maintain its edge over Intel in smartphones and tablets. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:00:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-07-22T21:00:00Z Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:32:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-07-22T20:32:00Z Google updates the Maps Explore Nearby feature -- for some users Google is trying out a new Google Maps feature said to provide people with more information about their destinations, or about nearby points of interest, reports say. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:32:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-22T19:32:00Z Oracle builds on BlueKai acquisition with Data Cloud Oracle is combining its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other parts of its catalog to create Oracle Data Cloud, a data-as-a-service offering aimed at companies that want to reach customers and prospects across multiple channels. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-07-22T19:31:00Z Should EMC sell off 80% stake in VMware? Breaking up is hard to do, but could a split be in store soon for EMC and VMware? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:16:00 GMT (Brandon Butler) 2014-07-22T19:16:00Z Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-22T18:34:00Z Small cell device tech set to connect workplace Wi-Fi with 3G and LTE Cisco says small cell technology is primed for explosive growth as it plans to connect 3G and LTE cellular networks to Wi-Fi access points that are already widely deployed in many enterprise facilities. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-22T18:34:00Z NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:19:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-22T18:19:00Z