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  • Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

    By Susie Ochs | 28 May, 2014 23:54

    If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

  • The best Android smartphone of 2014: Samsung vs HTC vs Sony?

    By Tony Ibrahim | 15 May, 2014 15:02

    Flagships from the leading Android manufacturers are on sale now in Australia. There’s the 5.2in Xperia Z2 from Sony, the 5.1in Galaxy S5 from Samsung and the 5in One (M8) from HTC. All three are fantastic choices, but one of them will go down as an all time great.

  • Why the Beats deal shows Apple is actually listening

    By Michael Simon | 10 May, 2014 02:44

    After the Financial Times yesterday broke the news that Apple is in advanced discussions to purchase Beats Electronics for the tidy sum of $US3.2 billion, the reaction was swift and immediate: Apple has finally gone off the deep end. Clearly the company's enormous cash pile was burning a hole in Tim Cook's pocket, because no one in their right mind would spend so extravagant a sum on a trendy company that makes overrated, overpriced headphones.

  • A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

    By Bob Violino | 10 March, 2014 11:04

    Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

  • CIO not the only one to blame for Target breach

    By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 March, 2014 21:27

    That someone had to take the fall for the massive breach at Target is neither surprising nor unexpected. The only question is whether more heads will roll in the aftermath of one the biggest data compromises in retail history.

  • Sony seeks mobile rebirth, starting with Core sensor used in wearable tech

    By Matt Hamblen | 10 February, 2014 18:56

    Now that Sony plans to sell off its Vaio laptop business and convert its TV business into a subsidiary, the Japanese electronics giant appears poised to beef up its line of mobile products, including smartphones and tablets -- but especially wearable tech.

  • Sony VAIO's fatal flaw: The PCs cost too damned much

    By Brad Chacos | 06 February, 2014 19:34

    Sony's floundering PC business is no more, sold to a group of investors that plan to pull the once-vaunted VAIO brand back within Japan's borders.

  • After Target, Neiman Marcus breaches, does PCI compliance mean anything?

    By Jaikumar Vijayan | 24 January, 2014 21:29

    The recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have once again shown that compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is no guarantee against an intrusion.

  • Lumia sales slump sabotages Microsoft's strategy before it starts

    By Gregg Keizer | 23 January, 2014 20:49

    Nokia's disclosure today of weak Lumia sales last quarter has put Microsoft's devices strategy in the hole even before it finalizes the acquisition of the Finnish firm, analysts said today.

  • Tomorrow's news today: The biggest tech stories of 2014

    By Mark Sullivan | 02 January, 2014 19:53

    I write one of these "Tech Trends of 20XX" stories every year. For me, it's as big a part of the holidays as the Yule Log. I can remember some years when the big predictions for the next year were just the natural, incremental growth of current trends.

  • Debate over NSA surveillance shifts with judge's ruling, task force report

    By Grant Gross | 20 December, 2013 16:11

    After six months of contentious debate over U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, prompted by leaks from former government contractor Edward Snowden, the third week in December may have marked a major turning point.

  • How to find the right DSLR camera

    By By TechHive Staff | 09 December, 2013 14:17

    For professional photographers and advanced hobbyists, digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are the way to go. They offer faster performance, more control over settings, and better image quality than top-of-the-line point-and-shoot cameras. Most importantly, they give you the ability to switch lenses.

  • Microsoft exec hints at separate Windows release trains for consumers, business

    By Gregg Keizer | 06 December, 2013 21:20

    Microsoft may revert to separate release schedules for consumer and business versions of Windows, the company's top OS executive hinted this week.

  • Perspective: Privacy concerns could keep Amazon delivery drones grounded

    By Jaikumar Vijayan | 06 December, 2013 11:42

    Amazon's nascent plan to use unmanned drones to deliver packages to customers has already raised strong privacy concerns that could ultimately nip it in the bud.

  • Here's why Amazon drones may never land at your door

    By Nick Barber | 04 December, 2013 13:44

    Amazon's ambitious plan to use flying drones to deliver packages is far-fetched, but not just because of technology limitations or air traffic regulations. Amazon's fulfillment center network, as it stands now, is too limited to serve even a tiny fraction of the U.S. in the method described by CEO Jeff Bezos.

  • Travelling with your camera: What to take with you

    By Dave Johnson | 25 November, 2013 14:19

    You don't have to be a National Geographic photographer to take your digital camera on the road. Whether you're embarking on a week-long vacation, a weekend getaway, or even just a day trip, you might want to bring your digital camera with you for better photos than you can snap with your phone alone. But what accessories do you need to take the best photos and to keep them safe? I've rounded up a collection of gear designed for traveling photographers. You won't need to bring everything on this list unless you really are a Nat Geo pro, but you can use the list to find all the essentials that work for you.

  • Buying guide: Find the best Bluetooth headset or speakerphone

    By Aoife M. McEvoy | 25 November, 2013 13:12

    Whether or not it's legal in your state to hold a handset while driving, we can all agree that doing so isn't too smart. But the alternative--relying on your phone's chintzy speakerphone--isn't much better: Sound quality on your end is awful, and the same goes for the person on the other end. Similarly, unless you're sitting at your desk and focusing entirely on your phone, chances are you'd rather have both of your hands free during calls.

  • Gift Guide 2013: Phones, tablets and computers

    By Keith Shaw | 18 November, 2013 12:28

    In the past, we used to separate out categories for cell phones, tablets and computers. In theory, we still could create separate guides just for those products - there are so many options to choose from and not a week goes by where another phone, tablet or computer hits the market.

  • Gift Guide 2013: Games and gaming gear

    By Keith Shaw | 18 November, 2013 12:27

    Let's face it - this holiday season is going to be really good for the video gamer on your holiday list. Not only are there two new gaming consoles coming out (the Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4), but there are a bunch of games that will keep you entertained for months on end. Plus the accessories to enhance those games and experiences continue to be top-notch.

  • iPad Air: The best tablet gets better

    By Jason Snell | 06 November, 2013 17:36

    It's right there in the name: The most important trait of the iPad Air is that it weighs only a pound. For a company that obsesses over making devices thinner and lighter, it must have been torture for Apple to spend nearly three years making a series of iPads that were better than their predecessors, but not smaller. Now it has.

 

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