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How to protect Windows Server from Meltdown and Spectre

Video: Intel addresses Meltdown and Spectre security flaws at CES 2018 The Meltdown and Spectre processor bugs are worrying for desktop users — and having a computer lock-up because of a badly written Intel or AMD CPU patch is truly annoying. But the bottom line is: PCs, whether they’re running Linux, macOS, or Windows, won’t see much of a performance… Read more →

Get a magnetic phone mount for $3.99

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Four measly bucks to mount your phone in a… Read more →

The Best Robots of CES 2018

Every year we get a peak at the latest and most exciting developments in tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. In many ways, it is the grand showcase for what the best software companies and hardware manufacturers have been up to. And, for almost as long, robots have been the highlights. After all, what’s cooler (or more terrifying) than seeing… Read more →

Raspberry Pi: Hands-On with the Pi Server tool

Video: New laptop lets you easily view Raspberry Pi inside, and upgrade free pdf Special report: The future of Everything as a Service SaaS has set off a revolution in the way companies consume services on-demand. We look at how it’s spreading to other IT services and transforming IT jobs. Read More When the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced Raspbian (Debian)… Read more →

Spectre puts the brakes on CPU need for speed

Hallelujah! If any good is to come from the revelations of Meltdown and Spectre, it will be acknowledging that performance increases in silicon were made on a foundation of sand, and the security tide has come in. Goodbye ridiculous comparisons made for spurious reasons in order to make new silicon that isn’t much faster than last year’s silicon appear much… Read more →

The FitBit-ization of VR and the future of youth sports

Sense Arena, a VR training company based in the Czech Republic, wants to give your kid the perfect slap shot. The startup, which has a booth at this year’s CES, is launching what it’s calling “the first truly interactive VR platform where you can train, measure, and analyze athletic performance.” Thus commences the FitBit-ization of VR. Virtual reality training is… Read more →

ICO fines spam-happy companies £600,000

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined four companies for spamming their customers with unwanted texts and calls. On Thursday, the data watchdog said that Barrington Claims Limited, Newday Limited, Goody Market UK Limited, and TFLI Limited managed to generate hundreds of complaints by consumers inundated with spam. The nuisance marketing has cost them, however, as they must cumulatively… Read more →

​What the TCS and Nielsen $2.5 billion outsourcing deal means for Indian IT

A few weeks ago, the global IT industry was gobsmacked by the announcement that India’s largest IT outfit, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had just landed a whale of a deal, a $2.25 billion outsourcing contract that is one of the biggest in recent history. The deal, 50 percent of which consists of a digital transformation prerogative, is a renewal of… Read more →

Microsoft tweaks Windows Shell, Edge and more in latest Windows 10 test build

Late (east coast time) on January 11, Microsoft rolled out an updated Windows 10 Redstone 4 test build to Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Insider testers. Credit: Microsoft More testers are getting the promised “Sets” Windows-management feature with the rollout of Windows 10 Build 17074. Microsoft also is making Quiet Hours setting more granular with this test build. One new… Read more →

IBM names new CFO as Schroeter moves to global markets role

IBM IBM said Thursday its CFO Martin Schroeter will begin a new role as senior vice president of global markets, and James Kavanaugh will replace him as CFO effective immediately, according to a filing with the SEC. Kavanaugh most recently served as senior vice president, finance and operations at IBM since 2015, after a stint as IBM’s controller that began… Read more →

These are the House members who voted to extend NSA spying and reject privacy reforms

(Image: C-SPAN live stream) Bad news if you’re an American who values your privacy. A total of 256 members of the House of Representatives voted this morning to expand the government’s surveillance powers, ignoring widespread support for reform. A roll call posted after the vote shows that breaks down to 191 Republicans and 65 Democrats. The vote came to a… Read more →

IDC: Q4 PC shipments rise for first time in six years

The PC market is beginning to show some signs of stabling, with traditional PC shipments recording a slightly positive 0.7 percent year-over-year growth worldwide in Q4 2017 and total year-over-year decline of 0.2 percent in full year 2017, according to research released by IDC. IDC said 2017 marked the most stable year for the PC market since 2011 with annual… Read more →