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Oracle says Java update coming Tuesday

The company says it will release a patch that will fix 86 vulnerabilities in Java 7.

US judge rules for Texas school district in RFID tracking case

The case highlighted the intersection of technology and issues of religious and personal freedom as well as the right to privacy.

5 online tools to track the flu

Several websites and apps offer useful—or at least interesting—information regarding the season’s influenza outbreak, including the volume of cases near you, symptoms, and availability of flu shots.

Facebook lets some people email Mark Zuckerberg for $100

Apparently Facebook is playing around with a feature it introduced last month when it began allowing people to send emails to persons they’re not friends with for a fee.

JBL's CES lineup includes Lightning-equipped speakers and high-end receivers

Three JBL speakers and two AV receivers will be touted by the company in Las Vegas.


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Windows 8 notebooks aren't selling partly due to price

The average sale price of touchscreen notebooks was about $700 and accounted for only 4.5 percent of Windows 8 sales -- a disappointment for Microsoft and its partners, considering the operating system is optimized for touch.

Google, Apple, Microsoft app number wars heat up

A new estimate indicates the number of Android apps could surpass iOS applications and hit the 1 million mark in June.

Technology comes with lessons for parents

When it comes to teaching children the best way to use their handsets and other gadgets, clear and frequent communication is the best way to go.

Ouya game consoles ship to developers

Unlike other TV game consoles, the Ouya is a cube the size of your fist.

Facebook app spurs spike in Snapchat popularity

According to Topsy, a social media and web analytics firm, online mentions of Snapchat have soared since the release of Poke.

Yahoo's Flickr offers 3 free months of its Pro service

Sign up and you get unlimited uploads up to 50MB per photo and unlimited viewing of your photo library, among other goodies.

Google, Apple show off technology in holiday ads

GoogleMobile's ad -- a cheesy production that has garnered more than 125,000 views -- stars the little green Android guy who seems to feel left out of a holiday party.

Facebook launches Poke app, reinventing feature

Supposedly coded with help from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Poke joins a handful of other standalone Facebook apps, including Instagram, Messenger and Camera.

Microsoft Surface pricing makes sense, analyst says

While previous releases of Windows operating systems have spurred a surge in PC shipments, that hasn't been the case with Windows 8.

Google antitrust probe in U.S. may be wrapping up

A news report says voluntary changes by the Internet search leader may include the scaling down of using restaurant and travel reviews from other sites and allowing search advertising campaigns to be easily used on other search engines.