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Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 is world's-first 4K 12.5 inch convertible -- Surface Book killer?


While 1080p is probably "good enough" for many consumers, you never want technology to get stagnant. Manufacturers pushing the envelope benefits us all. Even if 4K isn't a need, it is surely an amazing luxury.

Today, Toshiba announces the pricing and availability of Satellite Radius 12. This svelte 2-in-1 Windows 10 convertible features a 12.5 inch 4K display, which the company claims to be the world's first. Amazingly, this Windows 10 computer is aggressively priced and chock full of the latest features. Is the Surface Book killer already here?

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US has no plans to impose encryption backdoors

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US President Barack Obama’s administration will no longer pursue legislation which allows the government to legally spy on its citizens, Reuters reported on Monday.

A White House spokesperson confirmed the move, announcing a change in strategy for the US government, where it will go for a more patient approach.

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The prevalence of online porn drives Playboy to ditch nudity


Sex sells, there's no denying it. This is one of the reasons that such a huge proportion of web traffic is accounted for by porn sites. Just as the internet has changed the face of music, television, movies, and radio, so it has changed the face of print media -- including porn mags.

Magazine and newspaper sales have plummeted, and those that do exist have had to change dramatically. Stalwart of the top shelves, Playboy, is not immune. In an interview with the New York Times, CEO Scott Flanders said that people are now "one click away from every sex act imaginable for free", going on to announce that the magazine will no longer feature images of fully naked women.

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Intelligent APIs help protect businesses from cyber threats

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There are expected to be over 40 billion active wireless devices by 2020, opening up new opportunities for business. However, this rapid growth also opens up new vulnerabilities leading to operational disruption, intellectual property loss, brand reputation and financial fraud.

To help businesses protect themselves API management specialist Apigee is launching Apigee Sense, a data-driven security solution that uses a high volume of API call data and predictive analytics to continually identify bad bots.

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Apple refreshes iMac line with Retina displays, faster hardware, new peripherals

Late-2015 iMac 4K 5K Retina 21.5 27-inch

Apple has refreshed its iMac line for late-2015, making Retina 5K displays standard on 27-inch models and introducing a new 21.5-inch version with a Retina 4K screen. The new iMacs also get faster processors and graphics, new internal storage options and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

The Retina 5K display was first available on a more-expensive 27-inch iMac, initially priced starting at $2,499, that Apple introduced a year ago, and is now being made available as standard equipment on iMacs costing as little as $1,499. Meanwhile, the Retina 4K display is available for the first time on a 21.5-inch iMac, be it as an option.

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Real user monitoring optimizes control of internet traffic


DNS is the backbone of the internet, but the growth in cloud usage and the Internet of Things is putting traditional approaches to traffic management under pressure.

Intelligent DNS and traffic management company NS1, today announced the launch of Pulsar, a cloud-based Real User Monitoring (RUM) solution that brings the power of user level data to a company’s advanced data feed and traffic management capabilities.

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AKVIS Draw converts digital images to gorgeous pencil drawings


AKVIS has shipped AKVIS Draw 3.0 ($49-), its powerful digital image > pencil drawing converter, with an enhanced ability to create both color and black and white sketches.

The new release also delivers improved contours and more control over line strokes and thickness.

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Toshiba rolls out dynaPad Windows 10 two-in-one


We already knew that there was a roll out of new Windows 10 devices coming in quick succession over a two week period. The latest announcement comes from Japan where Microsoft joined Toshiba, one of the flagship device makers, for a show.

The new device is called the dynaPad and is another hybrid tablet and laptop. Terry Myerson of Microsoft was on hand with Toshiba for the event.

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Satisfaction is better with a partner (when moving to the cloud)

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Moving systems to the cloud is a big step and a significant investment. So it's important that businesses do all they can to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Cloud management company BetterCloud has released the latest set of data from its Trends in Cloud IT survey which shows that -- as with so many things in life -- cloud adoption is better with a partner.

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iPhone 6s: Touching the future [Review]

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I could have reviewed Apple’s new iPhone as soon as it came out, but I preferred to wait until I’d spent a decent amount of time with the device. My initial thoughts weren’t all that favorable, thanks to a bug that affected the mobile data feature, but Apple thankfully corrected this problem fairly swiftly and that’s the only major fault I’ve encountered to date.

Apple says with the iPhone 6s, "the only thing that's changed is everything", but that’s a bit of an exaggeration seeing as the phone looks pretty much identical to its predecessor, and sports the same 4.7-inch 750x1,334 screen (326 ppi).

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RunAsTool: easily run apps as another user


Logging in to a PC as a standard user is great for security, but not so convenient if you regularly have to run programs which need admin rights.

RunAsTool is a portable tool which makes it quick and easy to launch applications with the rights they need.

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Behavioral analysis adds protection to the cloud

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Protecting data in the cloud requires companies to secure the data itself but also to guard against cyber attacks, stolen credentials and more.

Security specialist StratoKey is announcing what it calls the 'second generation' of cloud protection using behavioral analytics tied to defensive countermeasures, as part of an update to its core StratoKey Cloud Access and Security Broker (CASB) platform.

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Would you rather disable your adblocker or pay to access content?


German tabloid Bild has made a bold move with its website -- blocking anyone using an adblocker from accessing content. Visitors to the site who want to use a tool such as Adblock Plus are now faced with a stark choice: add to a whitelist so ads are displayed, or cough up for a €2.99 monthly fee to remove ads.

This is not a move that -- at the moment at least -- every website could get away with. Bild finds itself in the unique position of being the top-selling tabloid newspaper in Europe; it can afford to lose a few visitors with this experiment. With adblocking back in the limelight at the moment, it's time to ask the question: would you rather disable your adblocker or pay to access content?

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Windows 10 devices make up more than half of Store downloads


Windows 10 devices were responsible for over 50 percent of all Windows Store downloads in September, according to the latest Windows Store Trends update from Microsoft. The new operating system had been installed on over 100 million devices by the end of last month, increasing its reach to more than 110 million devices earlier in October.

That is not the only piece of good news, as Microsoft also says that Windows 10 gets two times better user engagement and four times the revenue per user compared to Windows 8.x. The most popular category of apps with Windows 10 users is games, which makes up just shy of 45 percent of all Windows 10 downloads.

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Facebook pays less in taxes than the average UK worker


The numbers showing just how much Facebook has paid Britain in taxes has some people outraged and others utterly confused, but the problem seems to be in the legislation, and not in the companies themselves.

The biggest social media site in the world, Facebook, has paid £4,327 to the British government last year. At the same time, the company earned more than £100m from advertising and other forms of revenue.

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