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Microsoft aims high with the Surface's corporate ambitions

Microsoft designed the Surface series of tablets with consumers in mind, but the division's head says a renewed business focus is coming soon.

U.S. to scrutinize IT system purchases with ties to China

Certain U.S. federal agencies could be hindered from buying information technology systems made by companies with links to the Chinese government under the new funding law signed by President Barack Obama earlier this week.

BlackBerry sells roughly 1 million Z10s in move to profit

Research In Motion Limited, now doing business as BlackBerry, shipped about 1 million BlackBerry Z10 smartphones during its fiscal fourth quarter.

Microsoft collects 13 design patents for Surface, keyboard covers

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday awarded Microsoft 13 design patents for its Surface line of tablets, including the innovative Touch keyboards/covers, according to published documents.

Tablets may eclipse laptops in 2014, but there's no post-PC future on the horizon

A new IDC report on connected devices says tablets will outsell both desktops and laptops in the coming years, but diving into the data reveals a less ominous future for traditional computing.

Blackstone proposes counterbid for Dell, reports say

Blackstone Group has reportedly sent a preliminary counterbid to buy out Dell, which would rival the current proposed offer of US$24.4 billion from Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell made in early February.

HP quashes investor unrest, looks to servers for salvation

HP's annual shareholder meeting emphasized opportunities in IT and servers for the big-data economy, while the company remained completely silent about its faltering businesses in PC, workstations, and printers.

HP eyeing $4 billion damages claim in Itanium case against Oracle

Hewlett-Packard may seek damages of US$4 billion to $4.2 billion from Oracle in its lawsuit over support for Itanium server architecture.

New BlackBerry PlayBook--don't hold your breath

BlackBerry may still be interested in producing a follow-up to its doomed BlackBerry Playbook tablet, but it's not a priority right now.

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Lenovo unveils redesigned, lighter weight ThinkPad

Lenovo is updating the design of its ThinkPad laptops to keep them up to date in a market where computers are getting thinner and lighter at a fast rate.

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Linksys brand name survives as Belkin takes over from Cisco

Belkin has completed its acquisition of Linksys and will keep the longtime home networking company's brand, products, and support channels.

3G and 4G USB modems are a security threat, researcher says

The vast majority of 3G and 4G USB modems handed out by mobile operators to their customers are manufactured by a handful of companies and run insecure software, according to two security researchers from Russia.

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Researcher: Security appliances are riddled with serious vulnerabilities

The majority of email and Web gateways, firewalls, remote access servers, UTM (united threat management) systems and other security appliances have serious vulnerabilities, according to a security researcher who analyzed products from multiple vendors.

BlackBerry extends Balance dual-personality features to Android, iOS devices

BlackBerry announces technology designed to securely separate work and personal data on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as its Balance software does for new BlackBerry 10 devices.

AT&T, Verizon now accepting pre-orders for the $200 BlackBerry Z10

Pre-orders for the BlackBerry Z10 are now in full swing for two major U.S. mobile carriers.