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Your TV Set-Top Box Never Sleeps, and It Costs You

Your TV Set-Top Box Never Sleeps, and It Costs You

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Not many of us watch television 24 hours a day — but we might as well.Even when people’s TVs are turned off, the set-top boxes from our cable company, telephone company or satellite provider …

Microsoft Launches Surface Tablet for $499 with Ad Blitz

Microsoft Launches Surface Tablet for $499 with Ad Blitz

Microsoft’s own Surface tablet and its magnetic Touch Cover. (Microsoft)(REDMOND, Wash.) — While companies from HP to Acer to Lenovo have announced information about their forthcoming Windows 8 tablets and computers, Microsoft itself has stayed relat…

Lenovo to Start Making Computers and Tablets in the US

Lenovo to Start Making Computers and Tablets in the US

Lenovo(MORRISVILLE, N.C.) — While many PC companies have their headquarters in the U.S. — HP, Apple and Dell, for example — they build the computers overseas, primarily in China. Lenovo is going the other way, creating a PC production line in the U….

Many Play Russian Roulette with Critical Files

Many Play Russian Roulette with Critical Files

John Howard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re like most people, you’ve got critical files on your PC at work and home or on your smartphone.And while most people back up their files, many don’t, according to a survey conducted by hard…

A Decade and $451M Later, FBI Computers Just Now Working Together

A Decade and $451M Later, FBI Computers Just Now Working Together

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It’s been over 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and the FBI’s computers are just now working properly.After years of frustration and hundreds of millions of dollars lost on a system that didn’…

America’s Failing Grade on Cyber Attack Readiness

America’s Failing Grade on Cyber Attack Readiness

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The man in charge of America’s cyber operations said that on a scale of one to 10, the nation’s preparedness to deal with a major cyber attack on critical infrastructure sits at a dismal three. “Somebody who finds …

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Microsoft(TORONTO) — Windows 8 devices will hit store shelves “in late October,” Microsoft’s CFO of Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller, said at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference today. Windows 8 software will be rel…

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Microsoft(TORONTO) — Windows 8 devices will hit store shelves “in late October,” Microsoft’s CFO of Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller, said at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference today. Windows 8 software will be rel…

Vizio Aims to Stand Out in Laptop Market with Clean Software and Design

Vizio Aims to Stand Out in Laptop Market with Clean Software and Design

Vizio(NEW YORK) — When you hear “Vizio,” you likely think about the affordable HDTVs lining the aisles at Costco, Sam’s Club and other retailers. But very soon you might start associating the company with computers.On Thursday Vizio launched a new lin…

TVs and Cameras’ Life Spans Greater Than Other Electronic Gadgets

TVs and Cameras’ Life Spans Greater Than Other Electronic Gadgets

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(YONKERS, N.Y.) — How long will your favorite electronic gadget continue to function before the digital reaper calls it to the junk heap?According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, the answer differs widely, depending …

NASA, Air Force and Harvard Computers Hacked by ‘The Unknowns’

NASA, Air Force and Harvard Computers Hacked by ‘The Unknowns’

NASA(WASHINGTON) — A previously unknown hackers‘ group calling themselves “The Unknowns” has compromised websites and obtained documents from NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the French Ministry of Defense, the European Space Agency, the Ba…

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

University of Auckand/Metia Interactive(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Teenagers seem to be doing everything in front of a computer screen these days — watching movies, homework, socializing. So the idea that a computer game could treat depression in these…

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