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.

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Corning says Gorilla Glass trumps sapphire screens, but the truth is more nuanced

Corning claims Gorilla Glass is a better, more durable display material than sapphire—but is it true?

Web suffered 9000 service outages in last five months

Outage Analyzer tracks Internet service and found that there have been 1413 full outages worldwide and nearly 8000 partial outages in the last five months.

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Microsoft may be scanning your Skype messages

Microsoft appears to be peeking into Skype messages for security reasons, according to Ars Technica.

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Chinese hackers resume attacks on U.S. targets

Shame campaign by Obama administration fails to deter cyber bandits.

Facebook, financial firms targeted by online maurauders

Several new and persistent schemes have emerged for spreading malware on popular sites.

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Electronics deals are skimpy on the eve of Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day touts the start of summer sales, but bargain-hunters might do well to be patient and wait for a few upcoming events that will bring real deals.

Cybersecurity chat focuses on industry-government collaboration

Threat information sharing has been a sore point between the federal government and private sector for years.

Hackers get busy with Glass at Google's invitation

Running desktop operating system apps on Google Glass may be possible, but not necessarily a good idea, Google warns.

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Testing firm: Internet Explorer tops browsers for malware protection

NSS Labs found that Internet Explorer 10 blocked more than 99 percent of the malicious downloads thrown at it. Google Chrome also showed marked improvement over previous tests.

It is a good day to Bing: Microsoft adds Klingon support

As part of a marketing partnership with Paramount Pictures to promote the latest Star Trek movie, Microsoft will add Klingon to the languages available at Bing Translator on the Web and in a Windows Phone 8 app.

New Samsung tech could pave way for 5G in 2020

Samsung says it's developed some transceiver technology that can deliver 5G speeds in the 28Ghz frequency at 1.06 Gbps for a distance of two kilometers.

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Porn troll case prompts ISPs to fight to protect customer IDs

Cox, AT&T, other ISPs are fighting a court order in a copyright case, seeking to protect BitTorrent users from a legal fishing expedition.

Nexus 4 may be nearing the end of its short, tough life

The Nexus 4 disappears from the shelves of two UK phone stores, stoking speculation of the model's imminent replacement.

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Banned 3D printed gun files will never truly vanish from the Web

Even though Defense Distributed quickly complied with the State Department's command to strip its 3D printed gun schematics from its servers, the information is now and forever in the wild.

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Is this leaked hybrid the world's first Haswell-powered laptop?

A leaked video purports to show an upcoming Sony Ultrabook hybrid, and it may just be our first glimpse at Haswell in action.