Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.Read more
The November data breach that affected as many as 110 million Target customers could have been stopped in its tracks, according to a story published Thursday by Bloomberg.
Speaking with more than ten former Target employees and eight people with knowledge of the hack, Bloomberg said that Target already had in place a sophisticated malware detection system designed by security firm FireEye. The $1.6 million system was set up specifically to identify hacks and cyberattacks before they had a chance to do real damage.
Highlighting the ingenuity of FireEye's detection system, Bloomberg explained that it creates a parallel … Read more
On the generous side, none of us knows what we'd do if our homes suddenly caught fire.
On the less generous side, there's been a series of incidents in which people risked their lives -- and in one case lost it -- by trying to retrieve electronic items from burning buildings.
The latest comes from St. Paul, Minn. As the Pioneer Press reports, firemen were called to a burning basement apartment.
Inside the smoke-filled living room, they found a couple grappling with their flat-screen's wires, in a desperate attempt to take it with them.
As St. Paul … Read more
We can all imagine the instinct, just as we cannot bear what actually happened.
A house in Plano, Texas, caught fire on Thursday. It was 1 in the morning.
You might conceive that neighbors might have noticed and called 911. This they duly did.
However, as CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports, two men who lived in the house and had managed to escape, suddenly went back inside.
As Captain Peggy Harrell of the Plano Fire Department told CBS: "The tragedy here is that the three adults living in the home actually made it out of the … Read more
Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Tizen Association Chairman Ryoichi Roy Sugimara is very protective of his "baby."
That baby, of course, is the upstart operating system Tizen and, by extension, any device running on the platform.
In explaining the continued delay of a smartphone running on Tizen, Sugimara said the association and its carrier partners are carefully looking at the best market for a launch. Sugimara told CNET that a phone will indeed hit the market some time this year, although he declined to get more specific.
"You'll see a real commercial launch in some markets," he … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Taking a thinner approach with its Firefox line of smartphones, Alcatel adds the new Fire E to its Mozilla-powered selection. Slim, trim, and compact, the Fire E flaunts a big 4.5-inch screen plus dual-core processing for 139 euros.
Showing the device at the MWC 2014 trade show, the Fire E also will use a digital camera with a 5-megapixel sensor and LED flash. Other photo abilities include an HDR mode, 4x digital zoom, along with smile and face detection. Up front and sitting above the screen is VGA front-facing camera for vanity shots.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Clearly targeting the entry level smartphone market, Alcatel has unveiled the Fire C. Expected to cost an amazingly affordable 59 euros unlocked, the handset will run Mozilla's Firefox mobile operating system.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
Other details for the phone include a 3.5-inch HVGA screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. A VGA camera will take care photo duties. As you can see from these specifications, you'll no doubt get what you pay for in terms of performance here. Indeed Alcatel's described components place the Fire C well below … Read more
Mozilla Firefox's latest incarnation adds an improved social platform to its bevy of creative settings and host of add-ons. The new Social API lets you embed social networks into the browser for easy access, bringing you convenient updates and notifications from Facebook and other networks. If you haven't already tried this browser, there's no better time than now.
Mozilla Firefox prides itself on being on the cutting edge with its many features and high performance. The new release consistently performs near the front of the pack in terms of speed, running in our side-by-side tests neck and … Read more
It seems only appropriate that as people become crazier, ants should too.
So I bring news of the insect world mirroring the path of human development, as it heads toward the infinite cliff.
Once upon a time, fire ants blazed a trail through all that they encountered. Venomous little things, they engendered fear like Viking marauders.
Then along came crazy ants. These, delightfully named Nylanderia fulva came from Argentina and Brazil. They tangoed and sambaed their way across to the United States.
If you live in southern regions, you might have encountered them in very close proximity, as they are … Read more