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Black Friday Deal Sprawl Grows

Although retailers are slating some outstanding deals for Black Friday, the shine of the once-feverish shopping day has diminished, as product discounts have started to appear earlier and earlier in the holiday season. Discounts formerly found exclusively on Black Friday -- and on its online equival...

Slide Over, Salesforce? Freshworks Scores $100M in Funding Round

Freshworks has secured $100 million in funding from Accel and Sequoia Capital India with the participation of CapitalG. That brings the total amount of capital raised since the firm's 2010 launch to $250 million. CapitalG, Sequoia and Access all participated in previous rounds of funding. "The new f...

Amazon, Best Buy Unite on Smart TV Strategy

Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for Amazon's next generation of Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the United States and Canada, under a new multiyear partnership. Best Buy will carry more than 10 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Insignia and Toshiba starting this summer. The new smart TVs wi...

Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught

Microsoft on Tuesday launched a major effort to bulldoze its way into the educational computing space carved out by Google, with the introduction of a streamlined operating system called "Windows 10 S," a range of new collaborative programs for K-12 schools, and two new Surface laptops aimed at the ...

Toshiba Plunges on Massive Nuclear Writedown, Earnings Delay

Toshiba shares fell 8 percent on Tuesday as the company took a $6.3 billion writedown related to its struggling nuclear power business and delayed the release of its fiscal third-quarter earnings. Shigenori Shiga, Toshiba's chairman and representative executive officer, resigned effective Wednesday,...

KeySniffer Follows the Scent of Cheap Wireless Keyboards

A vulnerability in inexpensive wireless keyboards lets hackers steal private data, Bastille reported this week. The vulnerability lets hackers use a new attack the firm dubbed "KeySniffer" to eavesdrop on and capture every keystroke typed from up to 250 feet away. The stolen data is rendered in clea...

Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Zune

Microsoft on Sunday announced that it would retire the service for its Zune digital media players beginning immediately, and users will no longer able to stream or download content to the device from the Zune music service. The device will continue to function as a music player, and any downloaded c...

Microsoft Is Looking More Like the House Nadella Built

Some aspects of CEO Satya Nadella's vision for Microsoft are becoming more clear. For one thing, the company's interest in advertising is seriously on the wane. Microsoft reportedly has handed off most of its digital advertising sales business to AOL. Microsoft will retain control of its search adve...

OPINION

Apple Drifts Away From Jobs

Steve Jobs' Apple displayed a rather fascinating balance between design and utility. Granted, it often shifted more toward the design side, which resulted in problems like Antennagate, but that tended to happen when Jobs wasn't around. He made sure the products worked well and looked good -- he unde...

GADGET DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Gadget Ogling: An On-the-Go Digital Safe, a Portable Power Plant and a Gimmicky Ghost Buster

Welcome to a new edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your weekly guide to the best and worst of gadgets that have just rolled off the production line for the first time or have the proverbial ink still drying on their press releases. On our conveyor belt this week are a gas-powered portable cha...

Desktop PCs May Be Poised for a Comeback

Desktop computer users are more satisfied with their devices than laptop and tablet owners, according to a recent ACSI survey. However, personal computer satisfaction in general appears to be somewhat in the dumps. The annual measure of satisfaction fell 1.3 points to a score of 78 out of a possible...

HP’s ‘Chromebook Killer’ Delivers a Jolt of Sticker Shock

HP on Monday unveiled the Windows-based Stream laptop some have referred to as a "Chromebook killer," but instead of sporting the $199 price that was expected, it will cost $299. Featuring a 1366 x 768 display, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of local storage, the new 14-inch machine is powered by an AMD A4 M...

Snowden’s Beloved Tails OS Reaches v1.0 Milestone

The volunteers who developed Tails, the open source operating system used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, this week released v1.0. This is the 36th stable release of the OS since the first public version, then called "Amnesia," was released in June 2009. Various security and bug fixes have been i...

Google Mounts $100K Project Ara Dev Challenge

Google announced a $100,000 developers' challenge prize on Wednesday, the second day of its Project Ara modular phone developers' conference. The top two runners-up will get all-expenses paid trips for two or three people to the next Ara devcon -- there will be a few more held this year -- and guara...

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