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The US is switching from credit card signatures to PINs, but banks need to get on board

US banks and merchants may finally shift to a more secure way of authorizing credit card transactions in which customers will enter a personal identification number (PIN) at checkout instead of signing a receipt.<p>The US is the last major market in the world using the signature system, which is part …

Analyst reveals that Microsoft earns $1.6 billion a year from Android

<i>ZDNet</i> has managed to get its hands on an interesting report from Nomura, a financial services company, which shows that Google’s Android is proving to be a major breadwinner for Microsoft.<p>Due to licensing agreements between the two technology giants, Microsoft netted $1.6 billion from Android over …

Nokia will reportedly unveil its Android phone later this month

Nokia is preparing to unveil its first Android phone later this month. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Nokia will unveil its "Normandy" phone at Mobile World Congress later this month. Citing sources familiar with Nokia’s plans, the <i>WSJ</i> reiterates previous reports from <i>The Verge</i> that Nokia’s …

Microsoft Helps Save Developers 1 Million Hours Testing for IE

Microsoft launched modern.IE at the end of January 2013 to help ease the pain points of developing for its browser. Today, the company says the site has saved developers over 1 million hours testing for Internet Explorer, especially for those who don’t use Windows and/or who need to work with older …

Google Launches Chromebox For Meetings, A $999 Videoconferencing System Based On ChromeOS

At a small media event in Mountain View today, Google announced the launch of Chromebox for Meetings, a $999 Core i7-based ASUS Chromebox setup with a remote, camera and microphone for conference rooms. The system uses Hangouts in the backend and is also compatible with existing conferencing setups …

Google, Cisco sign deal to avoid future patent squabbles

The new patent cross-licensing agreement is designed to protect both companies from patent lawsuits.<p>Google and Cisco have formed a new agreement to ward off potential patent trolls.<p>The agreement gives each company a license to the other's patent portfolio and covers a wide range of products and …

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

The future of wearables: 8 predictions from tech leaders

Top executives from ARM, Broadcom, Intel, Freescale, MediaTek, and Qualcomm weigh in on what's ahead for the market.<p>Wearables: Everybody in the tech world is talking about them, but no one has quite nailed it -- yet.<p>The category, which includes everything from<p>smart glassesthat record video …

Google Now Arrives in Chrome Beta for Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS

Google today announced it is rolling out Google Now to the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS this week. The company says notifications will be available in English initially, with other languages supported “soon.”<p>Google Now notifications will show up in Chrome’s notification …