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Dell Inspiron 17 7778 review: This massive 17-inch 2-in-1 is a worthwhile desktop replacement

August 27, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Dell recently refreshed its Inspiron notebook line with a new batch of 2-in-1s that come in a variety of configurations and sizes. Within the line’s flagship 7000 series, the 17-inch models are held up as “high-performance,” compared to their 13- and 15-inch kin. Here we review the Inspiron 17 7778, which is one rung down […]

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By going private, Rackspace looks to fuel its cloud evolution

August 26, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Rackspace, a company that was an early player in the cloud market, is being forced to evolve or continue to be left behind. The cloud and web-hosting company announced today that it’s being acquired by Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based private equity firm, and will become a private company. It’s a move analysts say will […]

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Got big data? The Cloud Security Alliance offers up 100 best practices

August 26, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Big data is best known for its volume, variety, and velocity — collectively referred to as the “3 Vs” — and all three of those traits make security an elusive goal. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud Security Alliance on Friday released a new report offering 100 best practices. As its name would […]

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Cloud player Rackspace goes private in $4.3B deal

August 26, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

A private equity firm has signed an agreement to buy major cloud player Rackspace for $4.3 billion. Rackspace announced today that Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based investment manager, will acquire the company in a deal that will give Rackspace shareholders $32 per share. “Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, […]

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1.5m US iPhone users are about to switch to Android

August 26, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

The latest Fluent data suggests interest in the next iPhone 7 is muted in contrast to previous years, with only one in three existing users thinking its release is a big deal. All the same, Apple is attracting far more Android switchers than it is losing iPhone users. [Also read: Apple’s iPhone 7 gets even […]

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Dropbox prompts certain users to change their passwords

August 26, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Dropbox is asking users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox said its security teams […]

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Windows 10 troubleshooting and fixes revisited (with video)

August 25, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Long before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update appeared, it was obvious that Microsoft was putting more energy and effort into its troubleshooting tools. These are readily available by typing “trouble” into Cortana (or the search box, if you prefer) and then selecting the Troubleshooting (Control panel) result. What I didn’t know at the time was […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Blockchain: It’s not just for finance anymore

August 25, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin, the virtual cryptocurrency that has often been associated with illegal activities and the “dark web.” Indeed, it’s been a favorite way for drug dealers, for various criminals, and for hackers who take over machines and then demand “ransomware” to get paid. Since Bitcoin transactions are secure and essentially untraceable, it […]

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Informatica CEO: ‘Data security is an unsolved problem’

August 25, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Companies today are awash in data, but current tools and processes are not enabling them to keep it secure. That’s according to Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy, whose says his company — which has traditionally focused on data management and integration — is embarking on a major push to go further into data security. “You hear […]

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Android 7.0’s arrival is anticlimactic — and that’s A-OK

August 25, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

When Google officially announced the launch of its Android 7.0 Nougat operating system this week, I couldn’t help but notice something strange in the air. Not my sudden hankering for a Mars Bar, mind you; that much I expected. The bizarre part was that despite being a major new Android release — and one with […]

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