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Google bets $2.7 million in Chrome hacking contest

After last year's semi-washout, the March security contest will again try to draw out exploits of the Chrome operating system.

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Microsoft loses money on every Surface tablet it sells

Microsoft's financial reports indicate it took a $39 million hit on its tablet sales during 2013's fourth quarter.

Email (and spam) retrieval moves to mobile gadgets

Two-thirds of "brand marketing messages" were opened in Q4 on a smartphone or tablet as another task flees the personal computer.

Intel will ditch McAfee name, refocus security products

Intel will transition its McAfee division to become Intel Security in 2014, putting space between it and the erratic founder of the 27-year-old security firm.

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Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

Microsoft transmits a wealth of information from Windows PCs to its servers in the clear, claims a security researcher.

Windows 8 gains as XP wanes

Windows 8 adoption increased in December to claim almost 12 percent of all Windows systems, while users finally start to abandon Windows XP, Net Applications reports.

Tablet users report hassles with balky browsers

Crashes are among the top complaint from users of iPad Air, Fire HDX, and iPad Mini.

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Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

Amazon, NPD Group trumpet sales of the bare-bones laptops in 2013 to consumers and businesses

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Tablets face a turning point

The PC industry takes "glimmers of hope" from market interest in more capable talents, analyst notes; but 2014 may be a pivotal year.

Windows 8.1 Preview will die soon, Microsoft warns

The free trial version expires in January, and users may not be able to access some data unless they license the paid version.

Windows versions may be split for consumers, business

Microsoft may revisit its earlier policy of separate release schedules for business and consumer versions of Windows.

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20% of browsing is now mobile, research finds

Traditional PCs are continuing to give up ground to smartphones and tablets.

Mozilla updates Firefox, adds click-to-play and patches

The browser's latest update features reduced memory consumption designed to boost browser performance.

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Tablets still top holiday shopping lists, researchers say

American shoppers are still eyeing tablets, but two-in-one devices may satisfy some.

Consumers warm to touch, if not Windows 8, study says

One out of ten laptops shipped this year support touch input, says NPD DisplaySearch