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Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.

Smartphone, tablet users downloaded 1.76 billion apps after Christmas

Analytics company Flurry says 50 million devices were activated


Update: Windows 8's early uptake lags behind Vista's

Final online usage numbers for 2012 released Tuesday by a U.S. analytics firm confirmed that Windows 8 failed to match Windows Vista's uptake pace during its first two months.

Microsoft confirms zero-day bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8

Newer versions of IE, including 2011's IE9 and this year's IE10, are not affected, Microsoft said. It urged those able to upgrade to do so.

Windows 8's uptake falls behind Vista's pace

With just a week left in the month, Windows 8's usage uptake has slipped behind Vista's at the same point in its release, according to data from Net Applications.

Microsoft unveils future retail store plans

Microsoft on Wednesday revealed six locations for new retail stores it will open in early 2013, including four transformed from its holiday specialty stores, dubbed "pop-ups," that it established in October.


Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims

Cyber extortionists shilling "ransomware" have upped the ante by pushing users' panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives, a security firm said Monday.

Mozilla caves on x64 Firefox development after uproar

Mozilla on Friday backtracked from a decision to suspend all work on a 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows, acknowledging that user criticism had changed its mind.

Windows 8 previews to go dark in 3 weeks

Microsoft's free previews of Windows 8 will expire in January, giving users about three weeks to upgrade to a paid copy or face hourly restarts.

Consumer Reports makes case for Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 may be the better choice as a PC operating system on new systems than the just-released Windows 8, Consumer Reports magazine said this week.

Ousted Windows exec Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft executive ousted as the head of its Windows group five weeks ago, yesterday said he would teach at the Harvard Business School this spring.

McAfee's business takes reputation beating after founder fled police

In the wake of his Belize neighbor's unsolved murder, John McAfee's lurch through the news damaged the reputation of his namesake, the security company McAfee Inc., a brand expert said Thursday.

Microsoft courts Google Apps users with free Office 365 trial

For the second day in a row, Microsoft pitched its online productivity suite for small businesses to customers abandoned by arch-rival Google.

Google Maps tops 10 million downloads on iOS App Store

Google made up for months off iPhone with 48-hour return rush.

Adobe drags Google into Microsoft's Patch Tuesday

Google has been dragged into adopting rival Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, a move that is fall out from action Adobe took last month.

Customers blast Amazon for Surface RT price gouging

Amid speculation that Microsoft will soon expand distribution of its Surface RT, giant e-tailer Amazon continues to offer the tablet through partners, who jack up the price or post inflated list prices to claim large savings.