Month: February 2017

Microsoft lawsuit against indefinite gag orders can proceed

February 13, 2017

A Microsoft lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over indefinite gag orders attached to search warrants can proceed, following a federal judge’s ruling on Thursday. The tech titan sued last year to end the government’s practice of indefinitely blocking it from informing customers of search warrants for their information. Microsoft alleged that such orders […]

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Android privacy assistant seeks to stop unwanted data collection

February 13, 2017

Not sure what your phone is collecting about you? A free Android app is promising to simplify the privacy settings on your smartphone, and stop any unwanted data collection. The English language app, called Privacy Assistant, comes from a team at Carnegie Mellon University, who’ve built it after six years of research studying digital privacy. […]

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Intel demotes PCs, giving datacenter chips first crack at new technologies

February 13, 2017

With Intel’s forecasts projecting the PC could be the smallest moneymaker five years from now, the company has gone “data center first”—giving Intel’s server business first crack at new manufacturing technologies. It’s another sign of massive change within Intel, as the traditional PC business is shoved to the side. In a slide presented during Intel’s […]

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Apple’s iCloud saved deleted browser records, security company finds

February 13, 2017

Apple’s iCloud appears to have been holding on to users’ deleted internet browsing histories, including records over a year old. Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft noticed it was able to pull supposedly deleted Safari browser histories from iCloud accounts, such as the date and time the site was visited and when the record was deleted. “In […]

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Cisco faces a tougher collaboration rival in updated Prysm

February 9, 2017

Collaboration has come a long way from projectors, cable adapters and that long wait for the presenter to make the slides fit on the screen. Cisco Systems made a splash last month with the Spark Board, a meeting-room screen that acts like a giant iPad running the company’s cloud-based collaboration service. But other vendors are […]

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If you’ve ever owned a PC with a DVD drive, you may get a $10 settlement

February 9, 2017

DVD drives may be a thing of the past, but the past could pay you $10 via a proposed settlement from a class-action suit. If you purchased a DVD-ROM, DVD-RW or combination drive between April, 2003 and December 31, 2008, a collection of DVD drive manufacturers have tentatively agreed to pay you $10 per drive, […]

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