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For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

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Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana

One Gartner analyst called Cortana "Big Brother" combined with productivity, and asked some pointed questions about Microsoft's intentions.

Election 2016 teaser - A hacker pulls back the curtain on United States election data

If the election is hacked, we may never know

At particular risk are touch-screen voting machines that have no paper trails. If those are hacked or a hack is even suspected, it will be difficult to prove—and impossible to reconstruct the real tally.

Election 2016 teaser - Electronic voting, Republican and Democrat

One election-system vendor uses developers in Serbia

But even an all-U.S. team is no guarantee of security.

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U.S. efforts to build next-gen supercomputer take shape

The goal is now an exascale computer by 2023, which will consume the output of a small power plant all to itself.

App the vote: 9 mobile tools for election junkies

It's going to be an exciting election season. We've nominated nine Android and iOS apps that can help you follow the races.

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How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 17 no-contract carriers

The old two-year-contract business model for mobile phone plans is all but abandoned. And there are more choices than ever: We look at 17 alternate mobile service carriers.

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HP will slash up to 30,000 more jobs as it splits in two

HP is expecting to make some new hires to offset this reduction as it 'reshapes' its workforce, but is not divulging exact numbers.

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Microsoft to strengthen cloud security with latest acquisition

Microsoft has acquired security company Adallom in a bid to give IT departments more control over application access as well as data stored across cloud services.

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Smartphone makers hope excess will lead to success

At the IFA trade show in Berlin, manufacturers sought to impress with huge batteries, bigger screens and millions more pixels.


Connected homes, smartwatches and gaming PCs dominate IFA in Berlin

If you wanted to make your dumb home smarter, buy a fancy TV or get on board with the smartwatch craze, the IFA trade show this week was the place to be.

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Samsung will start shipping its new Gear S2 smartwatches in October

Samsung revealed that its new round Gear S2 smartwatches will start shipping in October, but has not revealed what they will cost.

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Ten things you need to know about the new Motorola and Samsung smartwatches

The hottest smartwatches at IFA in Berlin are Motorola's Moto 360s and the Gear S2s from Samsung Electronics. Here is how they compare.


Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings smart home hub

Six months late, the home automation hub is here at last, with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability.

Motorola's new Moto 360 smartwatch comes in two sizes and a Sport version


Motorola Mobility is upgrading the Moto 360 smartwatch by releasing four new variants, including two case sizes, a Sport version with onboard GPS, and one aimed at women.

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Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium aims to wow with 4K screen, 23-megapixel camera

Sony is hoping the Xperia Z5 Premium’s 4K screen and 23-megapixel camera are a winning combination.