Some news from the world of IT...
Best gaming laptop
- We spent hours poring over spec sheets and reading reviews to determine that the $1,700 configuration of the Toshiba Qosmio X75 is the gaming laptop we'd buy because it has the right high power, high value components, at a great price. A machine with the same specs would cost hundreds more from any other brand.
Google Reports Unauthorized Digital Certificates
- Google tracks down unauthorized digital certificate, blocks intermediate certificate authority.
IT job-seekers, look to the MOOC
- Employers are receptive to hiring IT job candidates with MOOC educations, but education alone won't result in a job offer. Projects that show how candidates who have used their tech skills are key.
Christmas heats up with 12 days of deals from Apple and Microsoft
- Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" iOS app that was available in previous years only to customers in international markets including Canada, Europe, and other countries, is for the first time ever offered to U.S. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners as well, MacRumors reports.
Data Breach at JPMorgan Chase Affects 465,000 Customers
- The breach took place in July 2013, and was detected in the middle of September.
Venafi Launches Certificate-based Mobile Device "Kill Switch"
- Venafi, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based provider of enterprise key and certificate management solutions, has launched a new product that the company describes as a mobile device "kill switch" which gives IT security teams the ability to instantly cut off mobile access to applications and networks when suspicious activity is detected.
Microsoft: We goofed on that Windows 7 end-of-sales date
- Microsoft officials are now saying the end-of-sales date for PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 is 'to be determined,' rather than October 30, 2014.
Chinese hackers targeted European diplomats at G20
- A simple e-mail delivered the virus allowing Chinese hackers to access computers during the international summit, says security firm FireEye.
Lithium-air batteries breathe easy with TiC electrode
- The strength of titanium makes for longer lasting lithium air batteries.
Can You Teach Programming With Plywood?
- Primo is a $262 kit that consists of two main components--wooden robot called Cubetto and a plywood compiler board.
Hands-on with HP's new Elite portfolio of business PCs
- HP kicked off its HP Discover conference in Barcelona this morning with announcements of a number of new business computers in its Elite portfolio, including two notebooks, two compact desktops, and a 23-inch touchscreen display.
Microsoft issues five month countdown for Windows XP support
- Company to stop commercial support for OS in April 2014, then halt security updates in May.
The Fuzzy Future Of Identity Management
- Mobile, cloud, and BYOD blur the lines between work and home, forcing IT to envision a new identity and access management strategy.
You know Ubuntu as an operating system. Mandela knew it as his life's mission.
- It was easy to miss in President Obama's 19-minute eulogy to Nelson Mandela today, but halfway through the speech, the president mentioned a word many of us recognize only as a piece of software.
LACMA announces Art + Technology Lab, with support from Google, SpaceX
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the Art + Technology Lab, which will provide grants and lab space to artists who want to experiment with new technologies.
TextSecure Encrypted Text Messaging Integrated into CyanogenMod for Android
- With the depths of domestic government surveillance still not fully realized, secure communications capabilities are at a premium, especially for the privacy conscious.
Visualizing the year's top cyber attacks
Help Net Security
- OpenDNS announced findings by its research organization into the most significant cyber attacks of 2013. Red October, Kelihos, Syrian Electronic Army DNS Hijack, Syria Internet shutdown and Cryptolocker topped the list of malicious Internet events over the past twelve months.
Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?
- Investigators are still studying what caused the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on its way to Grand Central Terminal just over a week ago, killing four passengers and injuring 70 when the front cars of the train, traveling at 82 miles per hour on a tight 30 mph curve in the Bronx, jumped the tracks.
Beyond the Web: 10 surprising Node.js projects
Microsoft Patches Two-Dozen Flaws in Final Patch Tuesday of 2013
- December's Patch Tuesday fixes a critical flaw that was left out of the November update and leaves yet another flaw unpatched that is still being exploited.
Tech stocks: Twitter surges past $50
- Shares of Twitter soared past $50 in Tuesday trading, topping a record high after revealing a new advertising product called Tailored Audiences.