Installing Java on a Mac? BE CAREFUL

Installing Java on a Mac? BE CAREFUL

Oracle is the latest vendor under fire for bundling "potentially unwanted" software. Mac users installing or updating to the latest version Java are finding their shinies infected with the Ask Toolbar. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fume...

03/06/15

NOOO! iPad Pro release date -- put back yet again (IGZO display delay)

NOOO! iPad Pro release date -- put back yet again (IGZO display delay)

Apple's plus-sized iPad Pro has been delayed yet again, because it's taking longer to source the IGZO panels, according to deep-throat sources. Oh, disaster: The supposedly business-focused slate is desperately needed to shore up...

03/05/15

Freak out: Apple and Android gear vulnerable to yet another open-source bug

Freak out: Apple and Android gear vulnerable to yet another open-source bug

Another month, another ancient OpenSSL vuln. with a silly name. This time, it's FREAK -- Factoring RSA Export Keys. The bug stems from crypto Export controls negotiated in the G.H.W.Bush era.

03/04/15

Google 'Nexus' wireless plan plan is a GO -- MVNO PDQ?

Google 'Nexus' wireless plan plan is a GO -- MVNO PDQ?

Google wants to be a wireless carrier in the U.S., it says. SVP of products Sundar Pichai announced the move at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the "Nexus" of wireless plans...

03/03/15

Google+ SHAKEUP: Besbris subtracted, Horowitz added, confusion multiplied

Google+ SHAKEUP: Besbris subtracted, Horowitz added, confusion multiplied

Is Google splitting up Google Plus? It appears so. There's also a new Google+ czar in town to right wrongs with its ailing social network. If Google will let him, that is...

03/02/15

Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Is FRAND fair? When is a non-practicing entity just a patent troll? Smartflash LLC sued Apple again over its patents. And now Ericsson joins in. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll at a broken system.

02/27/15

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Super-secret-squirrel rumor-mongers say HP is buying Aruba Networks, a leading Wi-Fi infrastructure outfit. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get connected...

02/26/15

FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

Things are looking up for FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal. Democracy FTW! But there may be a last-minute, dramatic insect in the topical medicine...

02/25/15

Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors reach fever pitch

Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors reach fever pitch

Yes, Virginia, we're getting a new Chromebook Pixel 2. Google accidentally pre-announced it yesterday, but the release date should be during Google I/O 2015, in late June. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reach out and touch the cloud...

02/24/15

Furious Lenovo users get bad aftertaste from smelly Superfish

Furious Lenovo users get bad aftertaste from smelly Superfish

Consumers are accustomed to finding shovelware, bloatware or adware installed on new PCs, mobiles and tablets. Annoying and as hard to remove as bot flies, it needlessly consumes system resources. However, if you've bought a Lenovo PC...

02/23/15

HP to sell Linux switches: Call the box 'white' or 'brite' -- Meg's in the fight

HP to sell Linux switches: Call the box 'white' or 'brite' -- Meg's in the fight

HP vs. Cisco: FIGHT! HP is diving into the white-box SDN switch market ('brite box' if you insist). But Cisco stubbornly sticks to the knitting. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn...

02/20/15

White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

02/19/15

So. IBM starts Spectrum storage software strategy. Satisfactory?

So. IBM starts Spectrum storage software strategy. Satisfactory?

IBM is crowing about investing $1B in storage software. But not just any old software. Oh no. Big, intelligent, software-defined storage software. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get the blues.

02/18/15

NSA controls your hard drive? What is the Equation Group?

NSA controls your hard drive? What is the Equation Group?

According to Russian researchers, the NSA can reprogram your hard drive firmware. And you can't do a thing about it. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers sit quietly and don tinfoil headgear...

02/17/15

Is YOUR money safe? Banks lose $1B from Carbanak / Anunak hacks

Is YOUR money safe? Banks lose $1B from Carbanak / Anunak hacks

'Cybergang' dubbed Carbanak or Anunak blamed for stealing as much as $1,000,000,000 from more than 30 banks. Eugene Kaspersky's eponymous AV company revealed the problem this morning.

02/16/15

Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Sex trafficers beware. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it's getting good at scanning the mysterious 'Dark Web.' In IT Blogwatch, bloggers manipulate the midi-chlorians...

02/13/15

Apple fixing its awful Chinese labor mess, claims Cook

Apple fixing its awful Chinese labor mess, claims Cook

It must be time for another Apple 'supplier responsibility' progress report. You know the drill: Apple tells us how everything's OK over in China, Congo and all the other places in its shiny supply chain.

02/12/15

iOS 9 'Monarch' rumors: Stable and fast, but no big feature push

iOS 9 'Monarch' rumors: Stable and fast, but no big feature push

The rumor-mill has ground out a story about iOS 9 aiming to fix all the bugs introduced in 7 and 8. The next major release of iOS is slated to be less buggy, faster, easier to update, and lighter on your RAM. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers...

02/10/15

In Soviet Samsung -- TV watches YOU

In Soviet Samsung -- TV watches YOU

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean a "third party" isn't after you. Information gathered about citizens from web cookies, cell phones, tablets, social media, search engines, credit reports and discount cards is no longer...

02/09/15

Swatch goes head-to-head with Apple Watch, brandishing patents

Swatch goes head-to-head with Apple Watch, brandishing patents

CEO Nick Hayek waves his big IP-stash at Mister Cook: Swatch will release a smartwatch at the same time as Apple, claiming it won't need charging. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn...

02/06/15

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