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Most USB thumb drives can be reprogrammed to silently infect computers

The firmware in such devices is unprotected and can be easily overwritten by malware, researchers from Security Research Labs said

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Mobile app data collection poses risks for enterprises, Gartner says

Consumer data collected through mobile devices should be considered a full 'citizen' of companies' data infrastructure

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10 tools for stealthily slacking off at work

We don't mind if you take a little downtime on the job, but your boss might. Use these tools–at your own risk–to hide your extracurricular activities.

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Swarm 'Portal' beacon to provide retailers insight on in-store activity

The device picks up heat signals from shoppers to give retailers foot traffic patterns

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Microsoft's prototype keyboard understands gestures

The gestures are designed to replace some more advanced keyboard shortcuts.

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USB 3.0 jumps to light speed with new 10-meter optical cable

Corning's new 10-meter USB 3.Optical Cable is priced at $109.99 on Amazon.

Developer spotlight: Talking microphones with Blue

Blue Microphones tells us about the latest audio accessories they've made for the Mac.

Expo Notes: Sit or stand, the Ergotron’s WorkFit works both ways

Standing desks are growing in popularity, and the WorkFit lets you switch between standing or sitting.

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Invasion of the body snatchers: wearable devices are coming for you

Privacy and form-factor are some of the big questions for this emerging category

Fitbit sued over rashes experienced by bracelet wearers

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The startup misled consumers in the promotion of its Force device, the suit alleges

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Archos turns to Bluetooth Low Energy to monitor activities in the home

A tablet linked to a range of sensors and control devices allows the programming of simple home monitoring and automation scenarios.

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Fujitsu glove uses NFC, sensors to speed hands-free work

The glove and a head-mounted display could, for example, hasten cabling jobs with NFC tags

Thunderbolt 2 cables are now longer, and more expensive

Other World Computing starts selling a 30-meter optical cable for $899, and Corning shows a 61-meter cable

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The top PC accessories for $200 or less

A nice router, handy storage, or cool headphones all make great holiday gifts.