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The best apps to make and save you money

Install the best money apps on your smartphones and tablets - here is Telegraph Money's pick of the bunch<p>If you are one of the millions who use a smartphone or tablet – perhaps one recently opened for Christmas – there is a good chance you have already downloaded several apps to make your life a …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete DNA profile, including risk percentages …

Snapchat Rejected A $3 Billion All-Cash Offer From Facebook

According to a new report from Evelyn M. Rusli and Douglas MacMillan at the WSJ, Facebook offered $3 billion in cash to buy Snapchat, but Snapchat turned it down.<p>This is not the first time that Facebook tried to buy Snapchat. Zuckerberg previously offered $1 billion for Snapchat and was rejected.<p>In …

Social Media

Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world

Can a low-end Android phone be any good? For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake<p><i>"As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." — Sundar Pichai</i><p>At its root, Google’s Android platform has always been about growing the audience …

Samsung fined $340K for fake online reviews and comments — by Taiwan

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung $340,000 for an organized campaign of using a “large number of hired writers and designated employees” to post good reviews and comments about its own products and criticism of competitors’ products.<p>Samsung got off easy, however; the fine could have …

Which hashing algorithm is best for uniqueness and speed?

Which hashing algorithm is best for uniqueness and speed? Example (good) uses include hash dictionaries.<p>I know there are things like SHA-256 and …

IT security

Google patent allows you to launch apps using pattern unlock

Exhibiting good security practices is important when it comes to keeping your Android device safe from intruders. Unfortunately, using certain security methods can also require a bit of sacrifice on the user’s end, as is the case with pattern lock.<p>Pattern lock might be an easy way to secure your …

New software services tax leaves technology professionals confused, concerned

As a new state tax on software services went into effect Wednesday, Jason Haley, a self-employed software consultant from Salem, said he was …

Is your company’s cloud computing service secure? You need to ask

It’s one thing for security vendors to scare people into thinking the cloud isn’t secure and their products can save the day: that’s been part of the …

Rocket scientist tells hackers to take big risks

LAS VEGAS -- What's the difference between building a successful computer security company and going to Mars?<p>If you ask Brian Muirhead, who has been instrumental in building and landing Mars rovers for NASA, there's not much difference at all.<p>Muirhead shared the lessons he's learned about team …

Tablets, smartphones, BYOD add fresh momentum to virtual desktop projects

Does the device-neutral nature of desktop virtualisation give it fresh relevance in a world where PCs aren't the only devices that need access to …

BYOD