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  • Any Freeper IT independent consultants?

    10/25/2014 4:58:03 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 23 replies
    None ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | Self
    So my company had a downsize / RIF / layoff and my group got hit. Sad news but hey, it happens. Now I am looking at being an independent IT consultant. Since I have always been an employee, I was wondering if there were any words of wisdom from the Freeper community.
  • Man accidentally texts his probation officer asking for weed

    10/25/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mike Flacy
    "....Cross sent a text message to his probation officer which read “You have some weed?” Upon receiving the text message, the probation officer notified local police and a search warrant was issued for Cross’s residence. Upon the execution of the search warrant, Albany police discovered a bag of cocaine in the possession of Cross...." (edit) "....Cross was arrested shortly after and sent back to prison. He received one additional year in prison for violating the terms of his probation as well as another year for the drug possession."
  • Dyegate: Dye from blue jeans discolors iPhone’s plastic strips

    10/25/2014 1:08:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, October 24, 2014 · 12:28 pm
    “BGR has spoken with several iPhone 6 owners over the past couple of weeks who have encountered a very annoying issue with Apple’s new iPhones,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “The issue involves pockets on men’s jeans, but this time it’s not a matter of Apple’s gigantic iPhone phablet fitting into pockets. In fact, these particular iPhone users might wish their smartphones didn’t fit in their pockets.” Epstein reports, “Some iPhone owners who don’t cover their phones with a protective case are finding that after sliding an iPhone in and out of the pockets on their jeans for a period...
  • After U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android is "completely compromised"

    10/24/2014 10:46:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed. Samsung ships its Knox software on the company's higher-end Android-based Galaxy smartphones, phablets and tablets, aimed at enabling sales to enterprise and government clients who have sensitive security needs, in a bid to take on Apple's extensive lead in enterprise sales. Two days ago, Samsung announced that the U.S. government had approved a series of new devices "for use with classified government networks and...
  • Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware to Binaries

    10/24/2014 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    The Kaspersky Lab Security News Service ^ | October 24, 2014 , 12:07 pm | Dennis Fisher
    A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan Security Group ran across the misbehaving Tor exit node while performing some research on download servers that might be patching binaries during download through a man-in-the middle attack. Downloading any kind of file from the Internet is a dodgy proposition these days, and many...
  • World Series android commercial

    10/24/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by mykroar · 17 replies
    10/24/14 | mykroar
    Anyone else catch the homosexual proposal during the Android commercial. These IT/tech companies know they're all drinking the same koolaid, so now they're just rubbing our noses in it.
  • How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

    10/24/2014 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    Everyday Money ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Kara Brandeisky
    Do you think you can find the lowest prices by shopping online? Think again. More FTC Mandates Refunds for Online Backorders Over 30 Days 7 Ways to Shop Online with Friends NYC Ebola Patient in Stable Condition, Officials Say NBC News Slain Canadian Soldier Takes 'Highway of Heroes' Home NBC News 'Fortunate and Blessed': First Ebola-Infected Nurse Heads Home NBC News A new study by researchers at Northeastern University confirmed the extent to which major e-commerce websites show some users different prices and a different set of results, even for identical searches. For instance, the study found, users logged in...
  • Microsoft Beats Earnings Expectations, Stock Takes Off

    10/23/2014 2:59:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/23/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Microsoft earnings are out, and they're solid. Here are the two numbers that matter: EPS: $0.54, which is down 13% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $0.49Revenue: $23.2 billion, which is up 25% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $22.02 billion. The stock was up 4% after hours.We spoke with Chris Suh, head of investor relations at Microsoft after the report. He said the company did well across the board, but revenue growth was driven by its consumer group. In particular, hardware sales.
  • CNN's Carol Costello apologizes for Palin remarks

    10/23/2014 2:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin. "Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize," Costello said in a statement to POLITICO. On Wednesday, before playing a tape in which Bristol Palin describes an alleged altercation at a party in Wasilla, Alaska, Costello said, “This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across. Well, come across in a long time anyway.” In the...
  • Vanity: 100% CPU usage

    10/23/2014 7:40:39 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 95 replies
    self | 141023 | Sherman Logan
    I have a Dell notebook that's about 5 years old. Windows 7. It works fine most of the time, but every few hours it goes into a mode where the CPU goes straight to 100% usage and stays there, making it unusable. Sometimes it self corrects after 15 minutes or an hour, or sometimes I have to do a hard reboot. Then it works fine again for a while. Any suggestions?
  • Retina iMac Review: The Screen That Makes Desktops Relevant Again

    10/22/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 22, 2014 | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
    Maximum Pixels in Apple’s 5K Display for the Most Demanding Photo or Video Jobs In a world of tablets, phablets and laptops, is there room for a powerful desktop? WSJ's Geoff Fowler reviews the iMac with 5K retina display with Tanya Rivero. I love using a desktop computer to write, surf and create, but I’ve had a nagging suspicion that they’re going away. Who needs a desktop in a world with laptops, tablets and even phones that are just as capable? Last week Apple introduced a new kind of desktop iMac that changed my mind. The new computer is similar...
  • This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

    10/22/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA. Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence...
  • Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

    10/22/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 10/22/2014 | Ed Bott
    Summary: Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks. Most of the early coverage of the Windows 10 Technical Preview has focused on the new Start menu, virtual desktops, and other highly visible parts of the user experience. But even in these early builds there are hints of much more momentous changes to come, especially in the crucial realm of security.The most tantalizing hint so far has been a new service...
  • Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (full video 1:33:40)

    10/22/2014 12:57:05 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 31 replies
    Snag Films ^ | 10/22/2014 | Snag Films
    Video Link Here Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie is a 1995 American documentary film directed by Peter Kuran and narrated by William Shatner. Using restored archive footage, the film traces the development of nuclear weapons and their testing, from America's Trinity test of 1945 (hence the title) to the first Chinese atomic bomb test in 1964. Kuran's commentary on the DVD version claims that the DVD replaces some of the original footage with better-quality versions. There are some short special effects sequences too.
  • Lowly DSL poised for gigabit speed boost

    10/22/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    CNet ^ | 21 October 2014 | Stephen Shankland
    DSL was one of the first widely adopted technologies for bringing high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses, but it hasn't been the fastest.That's all changing. At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, several companies are announcing and demonstrating products that bring DSL -- or digital subscriber line -- into a future with a speed of 1 gigabit per second. That's about 1,000 times the data-transfer speed the technology offered when it arrived in the late 1990s.The DSL upgrade comes through a new technology called Among those making network equipment chips to enable the technology are industry...
  • Ars Technica reviews OS X Yosemite: A great victory for the newly collaborative Apple

    10/21/2014 11:35:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | October 21, 2014
    “Yosemite and iOS 8 are the first great victories for the newly collaborative Apple,” John Siracusa writes for Ars Technica. “The visual coherence between the products blessedly obsoletes the former one-way mimicry and reflects a deeper technological unity. Features like Handoff that require cooperation in all stages of development, from conceptualization to execution, are evidence of an Apple that puts the needs of its customers ahead of departmental divisions.” “The political and technical battles inherent in the former two-track development strategy for OS X and iOS left both products with uncomfortable feature disparities. Apple now correctly views this as damage...
  • The Washington Post's privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong

    10/20/2014 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Loop ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple
    The Washington Post’s privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:36 pm. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple The Washington Post ran a sensationalistic story this morning that claimed Apple would have user’s location, unique identifying codes and search terms when using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The function is part of Spotlight search, which was updated with last week’s launch of new Mac computers and Apple’s latest operating system, Yosemite OS X, which also is available for download to owners of older machines. Once Yosemite is...
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1

    10/20/2014 10:27:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014 · 1:15 pm
    Apple today released iOS 8.1 which includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including: â—Ź Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only) â—‹ Photos includes new features, improvements and fixes â—‹ Adds iCloud Photo Library as a beta service â—‹ Adds Camera Roll album in Photos app and My Photo Stream album when iCloud Photo Library is not enabled â—‹ Provides alerts when running low on space before capturing Time Lapse videosâ—Ź Messages includes new features, improvements and fixes â—‹ Adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS and MMS text messages...
  • Apple bulldozes Street with record quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion

    10/20/2014 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014 · 4:34 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Thomson Reuters‘ analysts consensus called for Apple to report net income of $1.31 per share on revenue of $39.84...
  • Suddenly, Google Looks Shaky [Reports Lower than Expected Revenue Growth]

    10/20/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Nicholas Carlson
    Last week, Google reported slower-than-expected revenue growth during the third quarter. Investors punished the company with a stock sell-off, and now Google shares are trading at $511.17, well below a 52-week high of $604.83.In a story on the disappointing earnings, BI's Jillian D'Onfro pinpointed Google's problem: its big business, search advertising, isn't growing as fast as it used to. In fact, it hasn't grown so slowly since six years ago.To be very specific: People didn't click on Google search ads as much as everyone thought they would during the quarter."Growth in paid clicks didn't accelerate as much as analysts expected...
  • Web site hosting choice

    10/20/2014 1:12:15 PM PDT · by Monterrosa-24 · 46 replies
    self | Monterrosa
    FRiends, I need to tap Freeper expertise. My little business needs a web site and I was wondering what my FR comrades thought of,,, and any other web-hosting sites that folks may have experienced. I have a storefront coffee and chocolate shop and I'm thinking of adding shipping to our gift basket offers. Our business is very new and small but we have some great lines of Belgium chocolate and value-packed gift baskets with teas, coffees, chocolates, and premium cookies.
  • This Is The Scariest Sentence From IBM's Earnings Announcement

    10/20/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Sam Ro
    We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry."CEO Ginni Rometty said this in IBM's Q3 earnings announcement, which revealed tumbling revenue and profits at the company.The statement is troubling because as a global provider of business software and services, IBM is a bellwether of business spending. And a boom in business spending is central to the bullish outlooks of many economists and market strategists.IBM reported declines in all markets: Americas revenue fell 2%, Europe/Middle East/Africa revenue fell 2%, and Asia-Pacific revenue dropped 9%....
  • Yik Yak Wants To Be A News Hub, But It Needs To Grow Up First

    10/20/2014 3:48:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ellen Huet
    Yik Yak, an anonymous, location-based app that acts as a sort of local bulletin board, wants to be a serious news source. Right now, Yik Yak is home to a lot of chatter and huge with college students. That demographic is reflected in the posts found on the app, which are mostly about midterms, Netflix, food and sex. But its founders, 23-year-olds Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, have big dreams for the app. They want it to be an on-the-ground, immediate feed of what’s happening, especially during breaking news situations. On Monday, they released a new feature, Peek, that lets...
  • Citizenfour review – Edward Snowden documentary is utterly engrossing

    10/19/2014 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 16 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 18 October 2014 | Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
    Last year, UK cinemagoers were treated to two competing accounts of the story of Julian Assange: Bill Condon’s oddly inert drama The Fifth Estate, and Alex Gibney’s more pointedly dramatic documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Although very different in form, content and, indeed, success (Gibney’s film was Bafta-nominated, Condon’s was hailed as one of the year’s biggest flops), both movies wrestled with the conundrum of separating the cult of Assange’s divisive personality from the significance of the information that he helped to publish – for better or worse.
  • Apple OS X Yosemite Review

    10/19/2014 12:19:47 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    DigitalTrends ^ | October 17, 2014 | Matt Smith
    OS X Yosemite is the perfect desktop operating system for people who just want to get stuff done.In early 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook famously compared Microsoft’s attempt to make Windows an OS that’s friendly to tablets, notebooks and desktops alike akin to combining a refrigerator with a toaster. Consumers have largely agreed with this criticism, if Windows 8’s and 8.1’s paltry usage numbers are any indication. However, some enjoy having mobile features integrated into their PC.This is the kind of tough problem that Apple has been adept at tackling, and Yosemite is its latest attempt to make the magic work...
  • Obsessive Ex's Cyberstalking Gets Man Fired, Arrested

    10/18/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 44 replies
    ABC News and 20/20 ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mollie Riegger and Alexa Valiente
    A St. Augustine, Florida, man is at ease now that his scorned ex-lover is behind bars. “I finally can breathe again,” Joe Good, 51, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ “20/20." “Now I don’t feel like every time I see a police car that, ‘Oh, they’re coming for me.’” Good’s former girlfriend of three years, Tawny Blazejowksi, 41, of St. Augustine would stop at nothing to ruin his life after the two broke up. Her web of lies eventually turned Good’s life into a really bad nightmare.She succeeded in getting him arrested three times and fired from his...
  • Why We Relaunched

    10/18/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 4 replies ^ | Ocober 18, 2014 | Jim Clifton
    The world's 7 billion citizens get most of their news from reporters and experts -- it's edited and filtered by how these professionals see events. Gallup applauds the work they do. But the one missing element from most reporting and analyses are the opinions, thoughts, and feelings of those 7 billion citizens themselves -- how they see events. This week we are relaunching our e-newspaper,, to broaden and deepen our coverage of the opinions, thoughts, and well-being of citizens around the world -- the will of the people. So while the news media continues to cover events from the...
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $35!)

    10/17/2014 6:31:15 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 8 replies via Yahoo! News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Zachary Epstein
    Another week is almost behind us, but not before we sneak in one last round of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. Yesterday’s list brought us seven solid apps worth a combined $35 (hurry and you can still download a few of them for free), and now we have another seven apps to share with you that normally would cost you another $35 all together, but right now every single one of them can be had for free.
  • The One App You Need On Your Résumé If You Want A Job At Google [Average Pay: $141,000]

    10/17/2014 9:31:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jim Edwards
    Google has more than 50,000 employees right now, and they earn great salaries. Average pay at Google is $141,000. It's relatively easy to get a job at Google, too. The company is so large and has such a massive need for talent that hiring for Google is something of a headache, so if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you. Especially if you know how to use MatLab, a code and data analysis and management tool. On Thursday night, Google's former svp/product management Jonathan Rosenberg was in London with chairman Eric Schmidt to promote...
  • Seattle woman shames sex offender by posting photos of his face on Twitter....

    10/17/2014 6:32:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10/17/14 | Wills Robinson for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Seattle woman shames sex offender by posting photos of his face on Twitter after he 'groped her A Seattle woman has shamed a suspected groper by uploading photos of him to her Twitter account. Julia Marquand, 28, took a handful of photos of known sex-offender Daryl Sharma, who walked up beside her on a sidewalk near Westlake Park in the city and supposedly touched her inappropriately. After he tried to calmly walk away from the incident, Marquand followed him and took a collection of snaps on her cellphone. In response, he tried to apologize in what she believes...
  • OSX.10 Yosemite released - Direct Link to download

    10/16/2014 8:27:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, October 16, 2014 · 5:30 pm
    Not yet seeing OS X Yosemite in Software Update? Try using our direct link to OS X Yosemite in Apple’s Mac App Store below. OS X Yosemite is available as a free upgrade today from the Mac App Store. Yosemite supports all Macs introduced in 2009 or later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008, specifically: iMac (Mid-2007 or newer) MacBook (13-inch, late 2008 aluminum, early 2009 or newer) MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid-2009 or newer) MacBook Pro (15-inch, mid/late 2007 or newer) MacBook Pro (17-inch, late 2007 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) Mac mini (Early 2009...
  • 9 Essential IT Job Skills for 2015 [For Techies]

    10/16/2014 9:09:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Petri IT Knowledge base ^ | 10/15/2014 | JEFF JAMES
    The IT industry is in a time of transition these days, with cloud computing, the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon, and a host of other factors putting pressure on IT professionals on every rung of the corporate ladder. While industry turmoil creates stress for a lot of system administrators on the career front, that disruption also creates opportunities for those that want to invest time and effort to learn in-demand IT skills. Top IT Job Skills for 2015 Over the last few months IÂ’ve spoken with HR consultants, hiring experts, and IT experts across the career spectrum to try...
  • Bono apologises for U2's iTunes album release (forced on consumers)

    10/15/2014 9:42:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 October 2014 Last updated at 07:47 ET | no byline
    U2 frontman Bono has said sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world. Speaking in a session on Facebook, the star said the move was a "drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity". In response to a questioner who told him it was "rude" to impose their music upon everyone, Bono said: "Oops, I'm sorry about that." Apple later released a one-click tool enabling iTunes customers to remove it. Some users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it...
  • Demonstration for the removal of Hazmat Suits (awkward)

    10/15/2014 12:48:24 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Youtube
    Video Link Here Demonstration of the correct steps for donning Biological Level C Personal Protective Equipment. Produced in association with the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit at The Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Windows 10 Free Upgrade for Windows 8 Users, Coming Later in 2015

    10/15/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 10/15/2014 | By SHAWN SCHUSTER
    Microsoft has released a Technical Preview of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system with an announced launch window of "later in the year" for 2015, eliminating earlier speculation that it may launch in April of 2015. But what April will bring is the firm's annual Build conference where more information on Windows 10 will be available. This Technical Preview's license runs out on April 15, 2015, so the timing will be perfect. After an unsuccessful attempt to bridge desktop and mobile operations in Window 8, Microsoft opted to move two steps forward, skipping the Windows 9 name and heading straight...
  • The Divisive Linux Community

    10/15/2014 4:21:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Datamation ^ | 14 October 2014 | Matt Hartley
    Since its inception, there has always been a base level of friction within the Linux community.For the most part, this friction has led to new ideas that have provided ease of use and in some instances, improved functionality. Distros such as Ubuntu best showcase this example, despite the grief it gets from parts of the Linux community. Digging deeper beyond the surface, however, some of this friction has proven to be more divisive than productive.Extreme views from software titans One of the most divisive situations I've seen in the Linux space is how proprietary code within the Linux space is...
  • Mac Users: Pick Your Poison

    10/14/2014 10:41:43 PM PDT · by This Just In · 35 replies
    October 14, 2014 | This Just in
    Good evening, I recently bought a Mac. I need to do some office work, but I don't care for any of the applications. I've read that the Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, KOffice, and NeoOffice are popular. From what I've been discovering, the NeoOffice seems ideal given that it's designed for OS X. Is anyone currently using any of these office suites? If so, what do you like/dislike about it? Would you have any recommendations? TJI
  • Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

    10/14/2014 10:25:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | Oct 14th, 2014 1:19 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    :(IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue in 2015, with details scheduled for announcement later this year. We received this statement from Paul Kent (of MacWorld): We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world's premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Since 1985, Macworld events have...
  • 1 million people are helping Microsoft test Windows 10

    10/14/2014 10:34:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | 10/14/2014 | By Tom Warren
    Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview at the beginning of October, and the company is now revealing that 1 million people are helping test the upcoming operating system through the Windows Insider Program. "That equates to a lot of people using the Windows 10 Technical Preview and sending us feedback," says Microsoft's Joe Belfiore. The software maker has received more than 200,000 pieces of feedback on the early version of Windows 10, with top requests that include options to remove the new search and task view buttons, as well as requests for a Start Menu animation or transition...
  • A Windows Flaw Let Russian Hackers Spy on NATO, EU and More

    10/14/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 10/14/14 7:45am | Jamie Condliffe
    Security firm iSight Partners claims that Russian hackers have been attempting to gain information relating to the Ukraine crisis. However, in August it began exploiting a vulnerability in Windows—which Microsoft is now aware of—that allowed it to peer into computers used by NATO, the EU and various energy and telecommunications companies. This is, apparently, the latest event in a five-year campaign by the Russian hacking group, which has been nicknamed the "Sandworm Team" due to references to "Dune" in its code. In the past, it's used phishing attacks and other holes to gain access to data.
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • Soldiers to use Android tablet to steer iRobots

    10/12/2014 2:58:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Christian de Looper,
    “We needed to invest in simplifying the control of the robots so that more people with less training can use them,” said Orin Hoffman, technical director for iRobot. “If you can play Angry Birds, you can operate a robot.” The new app, called the uPoint MRC, essentially makes these robots easier control, maneuver and operate. The controls are intuitive and make operating the robot easy. The system even integrates cloud and in-built Android features, users can share information to a number of different cloud platforms, both public and private. In fact, users can even share or stream information to Facebook...
  • Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

    10/12/2014 12:22:15 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Leyden
    October is stacking up to be a bumper Patch Tuesday update with nine bulletins lined up for delivery — three rated critical. Cloud security firm Qualys estimates two of the lesser "important" bulletins are just as bad however, as they would also allow malicious code injection onto vulnerable systems. Top of the critical list is an update for Internet Explorer that affects all currently supported versions 6 to 11, on all operating system including Windows RT. Vulnerabilities discovered in most versions of Windows Server, Windows 7 and 8, and the .NET framework are covered in the other pair of critical...
  • Windows 10 preview — little change but some requested.

    10/11/2014 8:13:59 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 44 replies ^ | 10-11-14 | daniel1212
    Windows 10 preview — little change but some requested.I have been trying out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 9841, which is a free download here or here after you register. Note that as explained in “Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers,” “The Windows 10 Technical Preview is an instrumented version. It collects information about your use of the product, including some text and voice input, and returns some of that data to Microsoft for use in tuning performance and improving voice recognition and spell-checking.”Note that this is not a professional review, but it may be of help...
  • If you could 'See The Internet' Approaching your Laptop, would in come in Waves?, Circles?, Beams?

    10/10/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by lee martell · 70 replies
    Oct. 10 2014 | lee martell
    Categorize this as yet another question I have about personal computers, but am too embarrassed to ask anybody about till now. That is what I wonder. I hear the web described as a 'cloud', so I suppose it one way it exists is in the form of a massive activity ball of entertwined signals. Sometimes, I'm lucky, and my connection occurs almost immediately. Does it variate in intensity and speed as would radio waves, with consistant peaks and valleys?. I've begun to wonder if the net is being sent out in the form of linear beams, almost laser like in...
  • Are you stealing cars without knowing it?

    10/10/2014 6:57:27 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    The Street ^ | 10-8-2014
    Are you stealing cars without knowing it? 10/08/14 - Here's another reason to protect your identity -- car thieves are stealing personal information to buy new vehicles directly from dealerships, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The bureau says crooks have been frustrated by late-model cars with advanced safeguards that make hot-wiring difficult. But resourceful thieves are now using stolen IDs and fake driver's licenses to purchase or lease vehicles, which they then sell after changing vehicle identification numbers (VINs). "It's comparable to a hacker stealing IDs," explains Joe Wehrle, the NICB president and CEO, in a written...
  • Obama: ‘Unequivocally committed’ to net neutrality

    10/09/2014 5:50:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 7:17 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says he is “unequivocally committed” to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as “net neutrality.” Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn’t block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks. Obama credits net neutrality with unleashing the power of the Internet. He says he doesn’t want to lose that power or “clog up the pipes.” …
  • Why Adoption Rates For Apple Inc.‘s iOS 8 Have Slowed Down

    10/09/2014 2:02:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Bidness etc ^ | 10/09/2014 | By: Larry Darrell
    According to reports, Apple Inc.'s iOS 8 adoption rates have started to stagnate, increasing only 1% since the last reported figure. Bidness Etc explores the possible reasons behind users' reluctance to shift to Apple's latest mobile operating system. iOS 8 was Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) eighth major mobile operating system. With its release, the company increased focused on refining and enhancing built-in features and functionality, instead of relying on a major overhaul of user interface as with the iOS 7. With iOS 8, Apple incorporated user feedback received from iOS 7 users and developers. Previously, Apple had kept the operating system...
  • What happens when you joke about having Ebola on plane (video)

    10/09/2014 1:45:57 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/8/14 | Youtube
    Video Link Here