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[TechRepublic] Facebook headlines new mobile working group

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It has been a busy few days on the tech circuit. Facebook has joined forces with the likes of Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera and Nokia to create a group focused on improving mobile browsers, Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 betas appeared overnight, and 10,000 Raspberry Pis disappeared the moment they went on sale. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Pi, I'd love to hear from you. -- Chris

Facebook headlines new mobile working group

A new W3C community group focusing on mobile browsing has been formed, without any participation so far from Apple or Google. Read more

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Fundamental Principles of Network Security

Read this white paper to discover the secrets to maintaining security at your organization. The more you know the safer you'll be.


AtG: did someone say launches?

While Australia slept, the wraps came off a quartet of technologies; plus, we see when the NBN is heading your way. Read more

Visual Studio 11 beta due on Feb 29

Developers will be able to get their hands on the next version of the venerable Visual Studio IDE next week. Read more

BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 review

After a long gestation, RIM has finally delivered the long-awaited 2.0 software update to its PlayBook line. Is it enough to turn the device's fortunes around? Read more

Time zone database lawsuit dismissed

The lawsuit that shut down the venerable time zone database, tz, which powered the majority of Unix-derived software across the globe, has been dismissed. Read more

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview embraces the KISS principle

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 29, 2012, is the new poster child for the keep it simple stupid philosophy. Read more

10 signs that you aren't cut out for IT

IT pros often complain about the downsides of their jobs. But what if you really AREN'T meant for an IT career? Read more

Introverts: Managing stress in an extroverted workplace

For introverts, being around people for long periods of time is draining. Here are some tips for making the best of a work situation in which you're surrounded by extroverts. Read more

The $35 Raspberry Pi computer goes on sale

The first 10,000 low-cost Linux boards are expected to sell out almost immediately, with the device to become continously available from about April. Read more

Windows 8 on ARM: What developers need to know

Confused about what's happening with ARM devices when Windows 8 is released? You're not alone. Here are the facts from Microsoft. Read more


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First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview simple and slick

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available to everyone. TechRepublic downloaded and installed it and compiled this photo gallery first look at Microsoft's latest operating system. View on site

IBM takes quantum computing to the next level

IBM takes advantage of qubits which can potentially work on millions of computations at once - far outperforming a PC. View on site


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BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 review

After a long gestation, RIM has finally delivered the long-awaited 2.0 software update to its PlayBook line. Is it enough to turn the device's fortunes around?



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[TechRepublic] Online dating services: Risking more than a broken heart

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Online dating services: Risking more than a broken heart

People looking for companionship are trusting online services more than ever. Is that trust misplaced? Michael Kassner looks for the privacy and security gaps in online dating. Read more

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Free White Paper: Electrical Efficiency Measurement for Data Centers

Stop wasting power at your data center--find out how to best measure, evaluate, and model electrical efficiency at both new and existing facilities.


What to do when your security is breached by someone with a badge

Patrick Lambert looks at some high-profile cases of defendants being forced to give up passwords and encryption keys. What are your options when it happens to you outside of a court of law? Read more

Infographic: Social media privacy

This infographic illustrates the general feelings that users have about their online privacy expectations in regards to participating in social media. Read more

How much has cyber-spying changed since 1989? Not as much as you'd think

Bob Eisenhardt looks back at Clifford Stoll's classic cyber-spying true story from 1989 and poses the question, how much has really changed in the world of cyber-espionage? Not that much, as it... Read more

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Personal data encryption, IT and the Fifth Amendment

Last week, a federal court for the first time ruled that the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- the right to not self-incriminate -- protects against "forced decryption." Read more

Five apps to wipe data from your Android phone

If your phone gets lost or stolen -- or if you decide to return or recycle it -- you need to wipe it clean of your private data. Read more

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What's puffing the sails in Avast 2012?

Avast's security update for 2012 includes a refreshed look, hybrid update tech, a new file reputation service, and a new Web management console. Take a slideshow tour of its new features, matey. View on site


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Creating Order from Chaos in Data Centers and Server Rooms (APC by Schneider Electric)

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[TechRepublic] Cracking Open the iPad 3 processor mystery: Dual-core A5X or quad-core A6

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Cracking Open the iPad 3 processor mystery: Dual-core A5X or quad-core A6

Does an online photo show the Apple iPad 3 with a dual-core A5X processor, instead of a quad-core A6 chip? Bill Detwiler considers the evidence. Read more

Resource of the day

Strategies for Deploying Blade Servers in Existing Data Centers

Blade servers are powerful, perhaps too powerful. This white paper describes the best approaches to blade deployment while keeping cooling and power considerations in mind.


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Droid Razr Maxx Teardown: Impressive battery life in a sleek package

Offering 20 hours of talk time, Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx may be the answer for those who fear smartphones with non-removable batteries. Read more

Zenbook teardown: Blatant copy of MacBook Air

The Zenbook is a solid, Windows alternative to the MacBook Air. But, it's also a near mirror image of Apple's ultra-thin laptop, both inside and out. Read more

10 signs that you aren't cut out for IT

IT pros often complain about the downsides of their jobs. But what if you really AREN'T meant for an IT career? Read more

Get a Siri-like interface on Android with Vlingo Virtual Assistant

Vlingo Virtual Assistant is Android's answer to Siri envy. Jack Wallen explains how to get the most out of Vlingo. Read more

Determine the need for mobility and portable computing

How important is portable computing for the majority of office workers? Patrick Gray explains why this is an important question for organizations to answer when considering tablets. Read more


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Fantastic folding laptop designs

Wicked Faire 2012 steampunk fashion show

Cracking Open the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Five apps for securely wiping your Android phone

Five Windows Server backup tools you can count on


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Barcelona prepares for Mobile World Congress (photos)

CNET is back in Barcelona for another Mobile World Congress. The show doesn't open until Monday, but preparations are in full swing at the exhibition center and across town. View on site

Creating art with old CDs (photos)

CDs might not be worth much to you anymore, but for Australian artist Sean Avery, they are a treasure. Find out why here. View on site

Hands-on with the Dell XPS 13

A detailed look at Dell's first ultrabook. View on site


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Live Webcast: Top Considerations for Effective Managed Security for 2012 and Beyond (AT&T)

Live Webcast: Fast and Efficient Business Security Strategies (GFI Software)

Have You Supersized Your Data Center? Avoid the Pitfalls of Oversizing (APC by Schneider Electric)

Eco-mode: Benefits and Risks of Energy-saving Modes of UPS Operation (APC by Schneider Electric)

Fundamental Principles of Network Security (APC by Schneider Electric)


 

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[TechRepublic] Windows 8 on ARM: What you need to know

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Windows 8 on ARM: What developers need to know

Confused about what's happening with ARM devices when Windows 8 is released? You're not alone. Here are the facts from Microsoft. Read more

Resource of the day

Improve your productivity with Visual Studio 2010 Extensions

Tony Patton highlights several Visual Studio 2010 Extensions that simplify his daily work and save him some time and frustration. Read more

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Visual Studio 11 beta due on Feb 29

Developers will be able to get their hands on the next version of the venerable Visual Studio IDE this week. Read more

10 reasons why you should learn Ruby on Rails

There are plenty of compelling reasons to check out Ruby on Rails -- like the development model, the job market, and the abundance of good IDEs. Read more

HTML5: How to implement the Geolocation API

Ryan Boudreaux demonstrates how to use the Geolocation API on web pages in HTML5. Read more

Google Chrome Dev Tools: Network Panel

Ryan Boudreaux illustrates how you can use the Google Chrome Dev Tools Network Panel to gather information on web pages such as load times and resources used. Read more

Geek Trivia: In what year is the current Gregorian leap year system expected to 'fail?'

A recurring margin of error is building in the leap year system that suggests it will fail -- as in, the vernal equinox will be more than a day removed from March 21 -- at a particular date in the future. Read more


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31 top-notch sports websites

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Live Webcast: Fast and Efficient Business Security Strategies (GFI Software)

Fundamental Principles of Network Security (APC by Schneider Electric)

Live Webcast: Top Considerations for Effective Managed Security for 2012 and Beyond (AT&T)

Impact of Hot and Cold Aisle Containment on Data Center Temperature and Efficiency (APC by Schneider Electric)


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