John P. Mello, Jr.Contributor, TechHive

John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

Ubuntu Touch OS released to Nexus phone, tablet developers

Linux offering gives mobile experimenters a taste of what's to come.


OneID unveils free Chrome add-on for filling out forms

QuickFill lets you squirrel your personal information in OneID's cloud for free and use it to speed through the checkout process

Republic Wireless lowers ante for its cheap unlimited voice, text, data service

Wireless carrier cuts the price for its new entry-level phone.


After Monday Twitter hack, Burger King reigns again

The fast-food chain is tweeting once more, after regaining access to its Twitter account. Burger King fell victim to a hack attack over the weekend -- the latest black eye for Twitter security.


Rogue Chrome extension racks up Facebook 'likes' for online bandits

Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a new phishing scam that installs a malicious extension in the Chrome web browser in order to turn Facebook 'likes' into cash for cyber crooks.

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Wikivoyage emerges from legal cloud as the travel site grows

The Wikimedia Foundation has settled its lawsuit with Internet Brands over the travel website.

Crash-proof computer tactic revealed by UK researchers

Researchers at University College in London say they have developed a "systemic computer" that they say avoids crashes by enabling a computer to heal itself.

Possible Samsung smart watch rumors heighten smart-watch fever

Photos appeared on a South Korean message board that purport to be a smart timepiece made by Samsung.

GPS accuracy improved to within 3 feet, researchers claim

Some devices can be off by as much as 160 feet because of interference from a variety of objects

Western Digital offers $69 media streamer with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube

Western Digital goes after the lower end of the streaming market with its economically priced WD TV Play set-top box.


Snapchat tests video-sharing in its Android app

Video share is available in the Apple version of the app, but Android users have been limited to sharing photos.

Microsoft Surface Pro sell-out flap: Is the tablet really that popular?

It's apparent that Microsoft's Surface Pro sold out fast upon release, but is this because of under-stock or over-demand?

Tech workers want Surface and iPhone, Forrester reports

A survey of information technology workers reveals that in this bring-your-own-device atmosphere, on top of the wish list are the Microsoft tablet and Apple's iPhone.

Microsoft's 128GB Surface Pro sells out within hours

Microsoft might finally have a hit on its hands, but it will need to step up its manufacturing to satisfy the would-be buyers left empty-handed upon the tablet's debut.

PayPal offers details on streamlined website redesign

A new internal redesign of PayPal offers a cleaner look.