Microsoft's long-standing commitment to children's online safety

Today, social networking, mobile computing, and the realization that 21st century skills are a key ingredient to children’s success, make protecting kids online that much more significant, nearly a generation later. Last month in Brussels, Forum Europe held its second annual European Child Safety Online Conference to examine European and global cooperation toward a safer and better Internet for kids.

Android malware MisoSMS one of the largest botnets to date

A mobile botnet called MisoSMS is giving the Android platform a kick in the botnets, stealing personal SMS messages and sending them to attackers in China.

Samsung debuts Smartphone GamePad

Samsung recently debuted an official gamepad for its flagship lineup of Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Designed to work with with screens ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches, the GamePad will initially be available in Europe before hitting other markets.

Judge rules NSA surveillance illegal

A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's phone record surveillance program is likely to be unconstitutional.

Open Source Spat: OpenBSD versus FreeBSD

What happens when people, who are supposed to advocate openness and collaboration among developers, start to snipe at each other's ability to deliver the goods? It's like the Peloponnesian War without the hunky warriors, action, and historic relevance.

HP's Omni 10 Windows tablet priced at $350 and up

Hewlett Packard's Omni 10 Windows tablet recently hit US shores with a $350 price tag.

Google resurrects the Amiga 500 in Chrome

Google developer Christian Stefansen has coded a Chrome web app that emulates the Amiga 500 in Mountain View's flagship browser.

Can virtual reality headgear ever go mainstream?

Andreessen Horowitz, the ScarJo of venture firms, has just put $75 million into Oculus Rift to help the company take its technology mainstream. But, 3D isn't really taking off, and has never really taken off, beyond short term hype.

G.fast standard makes copper all fiber optical-y

The ITU has standardised G.fast, a broadband technology capable of achieving download speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper telephone wire.

Bots overrunning human traffic on the Internet

Beancounters at the security outfit Incapsula have added up all their numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that 61.5 percent of all website traffic is now generated by bots.

lZBOX Nano ID46 is a $324 Haswell mini-PC

Zotac has debuted the ZBOX Nano ID67, an uber-mini PC equipped with an Intel Core i3-4010U Haswell dual-core processor and a base $324 price tag.

Google buys Apple stuff but Apple doesn't buy Google stuff

Google has decided that it is best to have security by obscurity and has invested in shedloads of expensive Macs.

FreeBSD doesn't trust Intel and Via processors

FreeBSD operating system developers have decided that they will no longer allow users to trust processors manufactured by Intel and Via to provide random numbers.

Rambus and Micron settle after 12 years of litigation

Chipmaker Micron and the former chip designer turned patent troll Rambus have finally ended a 12 year court battle.

NSA forces novelist to scrap book

A Scottish sci-fi writer has cancelled the last installment in a trilogy about high-tech government spying after discovering that the NSA has been doing exactly what he described in his books.

Dell debuts first Chromebook

Dell has introduced its first Chromebook, a web-centric laptop targeted at the education market. The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixel), along with an Intel Haswell Celeron 2955U processor.

Report: Ubuntu smartphones are on the way

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has reportedly confirmed that the first Ubuntu phones will be arriving in 2014.

LG G Pad 8.3 first Google Play Edition tablet

This  is, apparently, Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet  and will feature Android 4.4, KitKat. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play. 

4chan Xbox One hack bogus and destructive

A hack for the Xbox One, which claims to make Xbox 360 games playable on the new system, is a prank which breaks the console.

Samsung's censorship of damaging video backfires

Samsung hoped to suppress the news that one of its S4 phones caught fire and has created for itself a PR nightmare.