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Review: Can a NAS box run your entire SMB?

New network-attached storage devices add app server and Web server capabilities.

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Best Buy's robot reinforces the chain's perceived weakness

A Best Buy experiment in New York City is using a giant (350-foot-tall) robot to grab DVDs, CDs, video games, headphones and chargers for customers. There's no doubt that this will prove to be an attention-generating novelty in...

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Retailers said to be weighing lawsuits over chip cards, fraud-liability shift

Retailers have complained of backlogs of six to nine months in getting credit-card companies to certify the new card terminals for use.

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Hospitals flip the ICD-10 switch, adding 68,000 ways to tell you're sick

After two major deadline extensions, the new, vastly expanded ICD-10 medical classification system went live today, affecting every U.S. healthcare provider and insurance company, and dictating how $2.8 trillion that Americans spend...

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Hillary Clinton aides worried about antiquated technology, use of personal email

Senior aides to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state expressed concerns about the poor level of State Dept. computer technology and the use of personal email by staffers, according to emails released on Wednesday.

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Chip-card rollout drama peaks day before deadline

Banks and credit-card companies claimed Wednesday that roughly half of U.S. consumers have received a new chip credit or debit card, while retailers continued to bemoan the chip card conversion process as too slow, too expensive and...

Software -- and a little bit more

This retailer gets word from its point-of-sale vendor about a completely rewritten version of the vendor's software with lots of great new features, and it sounds awesome -- but there's a catch.

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Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say

Thousands of medical devices, including MRI scanners, X-ray machines and drug infusion pumps, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients, security researchers said this week.

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Retail group rips chip-card conversion expense, pushes for PIN security

The top attorney for the powerful National Retail Federation blasted banks and credit card companies on Tuesday for problems and costs with the massive ongoing U.S. rollout of computer chip cards and chip card readers.

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Many retailers anxious facing Thursday's chip-card conversion deadline

The nation's retailers bear a huge share of the burden of converting to more secure chip card technology, even as banks have been shipping updated chip credit and debit cards to millions of customers for months.


Merged channel's maddening paradox, Bed, Bath & Beyond style

Retailers have discovered that increasing mobile and e-commerce purchases do not necessarily support the shutting down of physical stores. This week's example: Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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Mobile apps: Publish first, test never

When a user-experience company recently tested mobile apps from pharmacy chain Rite Aid and restaurant chain Applebee's, both apps greatly frustrated focus-group users. The Applebee's app, foe example, didn’t update pricing when...


New York issues first bitcoin license, brings consumer protection

New York State's financial regulator issued its first bitcoin license, bringing consumer protection, compliance and cybersecurity guidelines to what still is very much the wild west of the financial industry.

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Chip card reality check: Oct. 1 deadline termed a 'soft incentive'

Despite an Oct. 1 deadline for U.S. merchants to accept secure chip-enabled credit and debit cards, experts believe it will take years for the conversion

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Michigan sues HP over $49M project that's 5 years late

Hewlett-Packard has faced no end of financial and legal woes in recent months, and on Friday it was hit with one more: A new lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan over a $49 million project the state says is still not completed after...

Usually that's the help desk, but not this time

Local government help-desk pilot fish gets a message from a user about problems with her email. Fixing the problem is easy -- but contacting the user is a different story.

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Walgreens wants to use wearables to give instant discounts for exercising

Walgreens will track the level of exercise and issue automatic credits when customers check out.

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Researchers can use MRIs to print a model heart in 3 hours

MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that uses MRI scans of a patient’s heart to print out a physical model, which can be used to practice surgery.

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