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Apple ordered to pay Smartflash $532.9M in patent case

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a U.S. jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash, a Texas-based technology licensing company.

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10 Menu bar tips every OS X user should know

Yes, there are some handy hidden controls to be found in the OS X Menu bar.


Expedia to buy Orbitz for $1.6 billion

Cheaper air travel is making the world seem smaller -- and that's increasingly the case for the online booking market too, with Expedia planning to swallow up rival Orbitz Worldwide barely a month after buying the smaller Travelocity....

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Microsoft's latest mobile app acquisition shows it gets urgency

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed that it had purchased mobile calendar app maker Sunrise Atelier, the second major acquisition in the last 11 weeks of a developer experienced in creating Android and iOS apps.

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Update: Microsoft fixes IE memory problems in Patch Tuesday updates

Microsoft has issued 41 patches to fix memory vulnerabilities in its browser as part of a Patch Tuesday release that included updates for Windows and Office.

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Microsoft tightens leash on POODLE attacks against IE11

Microsoft today took another step in a drawn-out move to protect Internet Explorer 11 against POODLE attacks, and said it would finally disable SSL 3.0 in the browser in April.

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Just what is a developer?

As new tools help people build apps and services with less intervention required, it may be time to redefine the term "developer."

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Box fixes flaw in Mac desktop Sync app

Online file storage and sharing service Box patched the Mac version of its desktop app after a developer found it exposed potentially sensitive bits of data, including API keys, internal user IDs, URLs and passwords.

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Office for Windows 10 is not free for everyone

Microsoft will license some of the touch-based Office for Windows 10 apps in the same way it handles those for iOS and Android.


Apple previews new Photos app to OS X developers

Apple today released the first preview of Photos, its iPhoto replacement, to registered developers.

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Microsoft kicks off preview of Office for Windows 10

Microsoft today released previews of its touch-centric Excel, Word and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10, making good on the pledge two weeks ago to give customers an early look this month.

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Windows 10 forecast: On almost a quarter of all PCs within a year

Microsoft's decision to make Windows 10 a free upgrade could put the new OS on more than 350 million PCs within its first year, an analysis of user share data shows.

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Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it

Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.

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Intuit backpedals from TurboTax changes after upgrade uproar

Intuit has again apologized for stiffing TurboTax customers by not telling them of changes in its business model and said it would offer partial refunds and free upgrades to its more capable editions.

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Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know

Apple has introduced iTunes 12.1, bringing a handy Notifications Center widget and some additional slight improvements to the software.

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Microsoft previews OneDrive for Business for the Mac

Microsoft on Wednesday released the promised preview of OneDrive for Business for OS X, the first way to sidestep the browser to access company documents and the only way to sync files for offline use on a Mac.


Slack acquires Screenhero to add screensharing, voice, and video chat

Slack has acquired Screenhero with an eye toward bringing video, voice and screen-sharing capabilities to its IRC for enterprise platform.

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Windows 10's Spartan browser will get extensions

Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team has confirmed there will be a browser extension system for Project Spartan, allowing developers to to extend functionality with software built directly into the browser.

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