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Vendors Await $50B ‘Tsunami’ of US Telecom Contracts

The U.S. government has modernized telecom and supporting information technology twice within the last 20 years -- but not without controversy, delays and costly project management. A third modernization currently is under way, under the direction of the federal General Services Administration. The ...

Apple AirPods Finally Good to Go

Apple has begun taking online orders for its wireless AirPods, and said it would start delivering the $159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week. At the iPhone 7 launch, Apple SVP Phil Schiller said the AirPods would be available in October. Missing the deadline for ...

Yahoo Makes It Harder for Email Users to Jump Ship

Yahoo in recent days disabled autoforwarding for Yahoo Mail -- and in at least one corporate client's case, it disabled the webmail deletion feature. The autoforwarding feature "is under development," reads a statement on the Yahoo site. "While we work to improve it, we've temporarily disabled the a...

GADGET DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Gadget Ogling: Bacteria-Zapping Toasters, a Clicker for Cortana and Souped-Up Printers

In truth, the Nico Gerard Skyview Pinnacle is more an accessory than a gadget, but it's so repugnant and ridiculous that it's impossible not to include it this week. Someway, somehow, watchmaker Nico Gerard found it prudent to create a watch that can accommodate an Apple Watch on its band, mounted w...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Phishers Find Apple Most Tasty Target

"Follow the money" isn't just the war cry of journalistic bloodhounds hot on the trail of political corruption. It's the mantra of Web predators, too. That's why PayPal consistently has been the top brand targeted by phishers -- although that appears to have changed. Apple now has the dubious distin...

TECH TREK

Chinese Man Heads to US Prison for Microchip Smuggling Attempt

A Chinese citizen was sentenced to three years in U.S. prison for trying to smuggle American-made microchips to China. The man, Philip Chaohui He, was targeted in a 2011 sting at a Los Angeles-area port. He was nabbed while approaching a Chinese freighter, toting with him 200 radiation-hardened micr...

TECH TREK

Alibaba Chief Advocates Tough Love – Like Tiananmen Square

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder and executive chairman of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, said that China's move to violently squelch Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989 was "the most correct decision," adding that "a leader needs to make this kind of decision." The remarks -- made in May and...

TECH TREK

Silicon Valley Goes to Washington for Anti-Huawei Campaign

Cisco Systems was among the "array" of American tech firms lobbying against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. Huawei and ZTE -- which were recently dubbed security threats by the House Intelligence Committee -- were targeted in a lengthy "marketing campaign" designed to discredit Chi...

TECH TREK

YouTube Could Become Soccer Player

YouTube has partnered with the Scottish Premier League to show highlight reels of soccer action. That move has sparked speculation that the online video giant might go after England's Premier League next. YouTube is not itself producing the videos for the Scottish league but is instead acting as a p...

TECH TREK

Twitter Wilts Ahead of Summer Games

Twitter was down for about two hours Thursday, prompting speculation that the site was overloaded from Olympic-related traffic. Twitter said that the outage wasn't related to an uptick in usage, but that didn't stop some media outlets from wondering aloud about a "Twitter overload." A huge spike i...

TECH TREK

Virgin Media’s Multimillion-Dollar Usain Bolt Ad Campaign Banned

A British watchdog has banned an advertising campaign by Virgin Media which used Usain Bolt because of claims Bolt makes about super-fast broadband, according to The Guardian. The ad campaign, which cost Virgin millions of dollars, showed Bolt, a gold medal-winning Jamaican sprinter, mimicking Virgi...

TECH TREK

German Stream King Headed to Slammer

Dirk B., the founder of German streaming and file-sharing site "kino.to," has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison, according to German outlet Der Spiegel. The 39-year-old will also be forced to pay the state up to $4.7 million. Prior to being seized by authorities, kino.to was the larg...

TECH TREK

China Grasps for Tighter Grip on the Web

China has proposed a law that would put more responsibility at the feet of Internet companies when it comes to monitoring online content, according to The Wall Street Journal. The proposal suggests that Chinese authorities are trying to further cleanse social networks and the Internet of information...

UK Court Orders Blockade on Pirate Bay

The England and Wales High Court has ordered that Internet service providers in the UK must block access to The Pirate Bay. The High Court ruled in February that the site and its users were in violation of copyright law and followed with the court order Monday commanding ISPs to restrict access to t...

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