Computerworld Articles en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:43:15 GMT 2014-04-24T07:43:15Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. FCC will seek comments about its latest net neutrality proposal The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:01:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-24T00:01:00Z Apple defies PC downturn again, boosts Mac sales Apple on Wednesday said it sold 4.1 million Macs in the March quarter, growing sales during a period when the personal computer industry overall continued to contract. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-24T00:00:00Z Tim Cook to Microsoft: Better late than never for Office on iPad Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks Microsoft could have benefitted from bringing the Office suite to iPads earlier, but it was better late than never. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:36:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-23T23:36:00Z IBM hopes new chip can turn the tables on Intel An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google and Facebook. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:28:00 GMT (James Niccolai) 2014-04-23T23:28:00Z New FCC rules would allow payments for speedier traffic The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:30:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-23T21:30:00Z IPhone sales drive strong Apple earnings in Q2 Apple's iPad shipments declined, but iPhone sales were strong as the company reported a hike in profit and revenue during the second quarter of 2014. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-23T21:14:00Z Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:01:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-23T21:01:00Z Facebook Q1 sales leap as mobile ad business grows Facebook reported a nice 72 percent boost in sales for the first quarter, as the company continues to make strides expanding its advertising business on mobile devices. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:56:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-04-23T20:56:00Z Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment? The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:33:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-23T20:33:00Z Raspberry Pi alternatives arrive and fill a need for speed Raspberry Pi isn't planning a hardware upgrade of its popular $25 computer anytime soon, but faster options are emerging for users attracted to such board-like devices. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-23T19:59:00Z It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away Korean researchers have shown it's possible to wirelessly transmit power over a distance of 16 feet and charge up to 40 smartphones. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:50:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-23T19:50:00Z University goes with an Oracle rival after ERP lawsuit settlement Roughly a year after settling an ugly, protracted legal battle with Oracle, Montclair State University is planning to implement a rival vendor's ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) system. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:46:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-04-23T19:46:00Z Russian Android SMS Trojan hits U.S. An Android Trojan app that sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers has expanded globally over the past year, racking up bills for users in over 60 countries including the U.S., malware researchers from Kaspersky Lab said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:25:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-04-23T19:25:00Z Nadella departs from predecessor's practice, will do earnings call Thursday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will participate in Thursday's quarterly earnings call, a departure from the company's past practice, when former chief executive Steve Ballmer rarely joined calls with Wall Street analysts. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:23:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-23T19:23:00Z Go time traveling with Google Maps Google added past images of places noted in Street View for the desktop version of Google Maps. The goal is to give users the ability to see how places have changed over time. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:18:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-04-23T19:18:00Z FCC shifts $9B to broadband subsidy fund The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to shift US$9 billion over five years from traditional telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies, in an effort to bring high-speed Internet services to 5 million U.S. residents who don't have access. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-23T17:40:00Z Microsoft's Bing goes ad-free for all U.S. schools Microsoft yesterday opened its ad-free Bing search engine option to all U.S. K-12 schools, both public and private, after running a pilot program since August. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:48:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-23T16:48:00Z Android mobile ad traffic beats iOS for first time Android smartphones and tablets now get the most mobile ad traffic worldwide, but iPhones and iPads still get 52% of the revenue. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:28:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-23T15:28:00Z Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 lineup goes on sale May 1 starting at $199.99 Three versions of the new Galaxy Tab 4 tablet line will go on sale in the U.S. on May 1, with the new 7-in. Wi-Fi model priced at $199.99. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-23T14:30:00Z Judge clears Google AdWords in geotagging patent lawsuit Google AdWords does not infringe a location-based search patent owned by a company called GeoTag, a U.S. judge ruled in a case in which Google and Microsoft teamed up to come to the aid of customers who use their mapping services. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:12:00 GMT (Loek Essers) 2014-04-23T13:12:00Z Little things matter in Amazon Redshift upgrade Amazon Web Services has increased the number of simultaneous queries its hosted data warehouse Redshift can handle, improving performance in cases where many small queries are now forced to wait. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:09:00 GMT (Mikael Ricknäs) 2014-04-23T13:09:00Z Toshiba, SanDisk NAND flash memory shrinks to 15-nanometer process Partners Toshiba and SanDisk have developed 15-nanometer process technology for NAND flash memory widely used in smartphones and tablets. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:32:00 GMT (Tim Hornyak) 2014-04-23T08:32:00Z US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump $1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:55:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-23T03:55:00Z Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:52:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-04-23T03:52:00Z Apple kicks off public OS X beta testing Apple today followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:52:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-23T01:52:00Z Violin and Microsoft use an all-flash storage array to speed up apps A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:39:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-04-23T00:39:00Z Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies and opting for installment plans Installment plans for cellphones are starting to squeeze out the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, AT&T says. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:34:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-04-23T00:34:00Z Google, Samsung signed secret pact over Apple patent claims Google agreed to take over some of Samsung's defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:33:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-04-23T00:33:00Z Reddit demotes technology subthread after posts were deleted Reddit has removed from its front page the popular r/technology subreddit after what it called bad editorial choices by the page's moderators. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-04-22T23:36:00Z Here's what kind of tablet $5,000 gets you Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:30:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-22T23:30:00Z Apple patches Secure Transport, but not because of Heartbleed Apple today issued a security-only update for OS X, patching 25 vulnerabilities in Mavericks, its newest operating system, and 7 bugs in older editions. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:03:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-22T20:03:00Z Google to push mobile app installs in search and YouTube Mobile users of Google's search and YouTube service will soon see more targeted ads that take them straight to the installation pages for advertisers' mobile apps. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:41:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-04-22T18:41:00Z Russian leaker resurfaces, claims Microsoft will issue second Windows update this year A notorious Windows leaker dubbed 'Wzor' says Microsoft will issue yet another update to Windows 8.1 later this year, evidence of an even-faster acceleration in the company's development tempo. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:38:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-22T18:38:00Z At Supreme Court, Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:14:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-22T18:14:00Z Micron boosts endurance and capacity of SSDs for data centers As data centers demand faster and faster storage, Micron is answering the call with long-lasting, solid-state drives that offer up to 800GB of capacity. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:53:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-22T17:53:00Z Google Glass dips its toe into iOS pool As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said this is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:43:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-04-22T17:43:00Z Search and rescue group sues FAA over drone use A battle for rights to U.S. airspace is brewing between the Federal Aviation Administration and organizations looking to operate small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial and other purposes. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:58:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-22T16:58:00Z Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance Dell released a new virtualized storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN on Tuesday, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:04:00 GMT (Jon Gold) 2014-04-22T15:04:00Z Mystery malware infecting jailbroken iPhones, iPads A malware campaign of yet-to-be-determined origin is infecting jailbroken iPhones and iPads to steal Apple account credentials from SSL encrypted traffic. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:32:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-04-22T12:32:00Z NEC launches face-recognition protection for PCs NEC has launched a biometric security program that uses face recognition to unlock access to PCs. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:35:00 GMT (Tim Hornyak) 2014-04-22T08:35:00Z Apple offers free recycling of its products worldwide Apple is offering to recycle its products for free worldwide, and has included third-party products like mobile phones and PCs in the program in some countries. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:23:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-04-22T06:23:00Z BMC automates the mainframe change ticket Mainframe operators using BMC software may now be able to enjoy the speedy, devops-style development pace that is quickly becoming the norm for customer-facing mobile applications and Internet services. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:06:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-22T04:06:00Z Web apps and point-of-sale were leading hacker targets in 2013, says Verizon Web application attacks, cyber-espionage and point-of-sale intrusions were among the top IT security threats in 2013, according to Verizon's latest annual report on data breach investigations. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:06:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-04-22T04:06:00Z Samsung goes on offensive against Apple at trial After three weeks of defending itself against patent infringement claims, Samsung switched gears and began presenting its argument that Apple is the one that infringes others' intellectual property. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:19:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-04-22T01:19:00Z Super-high frequencies could one day deliver your mobile video Mobile operators want a way to keep urban users happy as they get more thirsty for data, and a professor in New York City thinks he's found what they're looking for. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:57:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-04-22T00:57:00Z AT&T's expanded 1Gbps fiber rollout could rival Google's U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:41:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-04-21T20:41:00Z Apple customers downsize iPhone, iPad storage in March quarter U.S. iPhone and iPad sales skewed more toward devices with less storage space in the March quarter compared to the final three-month period of 2013. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-21T20:16:00Z Samsung's 28-inch 4K monitor price drops to $599 The price of Samsung's latest 28-inch 4K monitor has dropped by $100 to just under US$600, which could be a precursor to 4K monitor prices further plummeting as the technology goes mainstream. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-21T20:12:00Z Microsoft gets Motorola Solutions to pay licensing fee for Android use Microsoft has extended its controversial yet successful crusade to extract licensing fees from vendors that use Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, adding Motorola Solutions to the list of vendors agreeing to patent deals. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:01:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-04-21T20:01:00Z SEC seeks data on cyber security policies at Wall Street firms The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to review the cyber defenses of 50 Wall Street broker-dealers and investment advisers to determine whether they are prepared for potential cyber threats. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:55:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-21T19:55:00Z