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Apple Patches Secure Transport, But Not Because of Heartbleed

Apple today issued a security-only update for OS X, patching 25 vulnerabilities in Mavericks, its newest operating system, and 7 bugs in older editions. Full Story »

Android, Not iOS, is Tops in Mobile Ad Traffic for First Time

Devices running Google's Android operating system have dethroned Apple's iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.


Google Glass Dips its Toe Into iOS Pool

As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said the move is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear.


BlackBerry Releases BES 10 Security Update to Address 'Heartbleed' Flaw

BlackBerry's BES 10 software was updated on Tuesday to fix a security issue related to the "Heartbleed" OpenSSL vulnerability.


5 Ways Microsoft Will Enable Your PC to See, Sense, and Understand

Microsoft Research showed off how its Kinect computer-vision sensor could transform the way you use webcams and more.


4 Things You'll Love About HTC's One (M8) - and 4 You Won't

HTC's latest and greatest, the One (M8), packs a bevy of unique features. Some are sure to impress, while others will disappoint. CIO.com's Al Sacco shed lights on four of the best things about the new HTC One and four of the worst.

Advice & Opinion

What's the Best Smartphone? That's the Wrong Question

There is no one 'best.' All we can really do is determine the best smartphone for you.


Apple has Bigger Plans Than Just Song ID with Shazam Deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

Advice & Opinion

Analysts Have Mixed Emotions in Bidding Farewell to Windows XP

Microsoft's Windows XP has reached its end-of-support deadline, but it's not easy saying goodbye to the most dominant operating system of its time. Two Aberdeen Group analysts share their (differing) thoughts on the end of Windows XP.


IE6: Retired But Not Dead Yet

Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.

News analysis

Windows' New Normal Shows Software-as-a-Service Ambitions

But the more Microsoft pushes change, the more enterprises will resist


Microsoft Extends Windows 8.1 Update Migration Deadline for Business

Microsoft on Wednesday extended the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months, but again told consumers they had less than four weeks to make the move before the company shuts off their patch faucet.


Windows XP's Retirement Turns Into Major Security Project for Chinese Firm

Since February, Qihoo 360 has been rolling out Windows XP security software to 200 million users


Microsoft Slashes Windows XP Custom Support Prices Just Days Before Axing Public Patches

Reduces after-retirement support costs for large enterprises as much as 95%


Red Hat Adds Muscle to Docker Container Technology

Red Hat plans to incorporate advanced Linux tools such as systemd and SELinux into Docker