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Citi Cuts Costa Rica Growth Forecast After Firings – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Citigroup Inc. (C) cut Costa Rica’s growth forecast after Bank of America Corp. and Intel Corp. said they would fire 3,000 workers in the Central American nation following the opposition’s victory in a presidential runoff. Citi cut its growth forecast for Costa Rica’s 2014 gross domestic product to 3.1 percent from 3.5 percent, economist Jorge Pastrana wrote in a report today. The 2015 forecast was lowered to 2.2 percent from…

Computer technical support call a year after laptop was stolen leads to … – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

DOVER, N.H. –  Mike Witonis got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer. Problem is, someone had stolen it from him a year earlier. Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmouth on Monday and charged him with burglary. He’s accused of taking the laptop from Witonis’ home in Dover in February 2013. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When the break-in happened, police said they couldn’t…

Guy Gets His Stolen Laptop Back A Year Later When Suspect Calls Customer … – The Consumerist

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Not the suspect. Or the owner. (trucinette) In perhaps the only example of when a broken computer is a good thing, a man who had his laptop stolen last year was reunited with his property after the suspected thief called up Apple’s customer support. Little did he know that the original owner’s email address was on file, tipping off the owner when Apple emailed to thank him for contacting the…

How Google forced Microsoft to change its business – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Google logo is seen on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels on February 5, 2014.(Photo: GEORGES GOBET AFP/Getty Images) Last week, Microsoft (ticker:MSFT) made a radical change to its business model, effectively doing away with the strategy that helped it dominate personal computing: Going forward, it will only charge OEMs for Windows licenses if the device in question has a screen size 9 inches or…

Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses – Computerworld

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Computerworld – Microsoft on Tuesday suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates. WSUS is Microsoft’s standard corporate update service and is used by IT staffs to manage the distribution of bug fixes, security patches and other updates to Windows devices on a company’s network. “There is a known issue which causes…

Is the Internet killing religion? – CNN (blog)

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) We can blame the Internet for plenty: the proliferation of porn, our obsession with cat videos, the alleged rise of teen trends like – brace yourself – eyeball licking. But is it also a culprit in helping us lose our religion? A new study suggests it might be. Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, set out to understand the…

PluralSight Buys Digital-Tutors For $45 Million To Add Media Software Training – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PluralSight, a purveyor of online training tools for software professionals, is expected to announce the acquisition of creative software training services company Digital-Tutors in a $45 million deal. With the Digital-Tutors purchase, PluralSight adds a suite of 1,500 courses focused on media and design to its already formidable array of online training tools for professional developers. The company now boasts over 3,000 training modules in its catalog. It’s the latest shot in the…

Comcast might try its hand at mobile phone service – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

(Mr. T in DC) Comcast is reportedly weighing a move into the mobile phone business with a service that would let customers make phone calls from WiFi hotspots outside the home. According to The Information, this new proposal would also see Comcast leasing cellular capacity from other wireless providers in places where a WiFi hotspot is unavailable. The rumored plans suggest something we’ve long suspected: broadband companies and telephone companies…

How Kimberly-Clark Reshapes Its Marketing To Fit A Digital World – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

One of the biggest problems facing marketers today is falling behind the consumer. The migration away from the interruptive model of communications, and the evolution into digital technologies and platforms, makes for a very different marketing game, one in which the consumer is king. Yet, the transition into a different way of operating has been hard for most marketers. Despite the growing investment in digital marketing, marketers are still clinging…

A digital heart attack – The Economist (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE Heartbleed Bug sounds like a particularly nasty coronary complication. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. According to researchers who uncovered the bug in popular encryption software, it can be exploited by nefarious types—and prying spooks—to extract everything from user names and passwords to details of people’s bank accounts and corporate secrets. Since…

Andreessen Horowitz Makes First Major Digital Health Investment In Omada … – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Omada Health, which is pioneering the application of clinically validated programs online, raised $23 million in a series B round. Andreessen Horowitz led the investment, with participation from Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and returning investors U.S. Venture Partners and the Vertical Group—bringing the total amount raised to $28.4 million. Once a forlorn sector, investors are increasingly jumping into digital health as the Affordable Care Act gets underway. According to accelerator Rock…

Seen At 11: How Effective Are Gadget Cleaning Products? – CBS Local

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What’s likely dirtier than a toilet seat? Your cellphone. That’s according to a recent study that revealed our gadgets are full of germs and bacteria. There are a lot of products that claim to do a thorough cleaning, CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reported. But do they really work? Charles Gerba, a microbology professor at the University of Arizona, tested some in his lab to see if…

Comcast considers creating its own mobile phone service – Ars Technica

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Comcast executives are reportedly considering expanding the company’s telephone service into the mobile realm—or at least letting customers cut the cord to the cable modem. The Information reports that Comcast is looking at a plan that would offer mobile voice and data service over Wi-Fi hotspots, with leased cellular network capacity filling in the holes. Comcast already offers a service, called Voice 2go, that allows existing Xfinity Voice customers to…

Cell phone pings narrow Colorado search for father and son – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Search teams will resume their work today in a rugged area of the Colorado mountains for Damian McManus, 51, and Evan McManus, 18, of St. Louis Park. They pair has now been missing for one week. The Denver Post reports that cell phone data has more narrowly defined the broad search area. Information gleaned from their last cellphone pings have given search teams a crude idea of where to focus…

Digital Bracelet Company May End Up In Court After Rash Reports – CBS Local

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

CBS Minnesota (con’t) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSMinnesota.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSMinnesota.com/Health MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They thought they were buying a popular gadget to give them a better handle on their health. Instead, thousands of people ended up with a bad rash. The Fitbit Force is a digital bracelet that measures your physical activity and sleep patterns, but it left some consumers with scars. Now the company…

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review – AnandTech

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Although the days of AMD’s “small die” strategy have long since ended, one aspect of AMD’s strategy that they have stuck with since the strategy’s inception has been the concept of a dual-GPU card. AMD’s first modern dual-GPU card, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 (sorry, Rage Fury MAXX), came at a low point for the company where such a product was needed just to close the gap between…

Major bug called ‘Heartbleed’ exposes Internet data – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Courtesy of Leena Snidate/Codenomicon Ltd. A newly discovered security bug nicknamed Heartbleed has exposed millions of usernames, passwords and reportedly credit card numbers — a major problem that hackers could have exploited during the more than two years it went undetected. It’s unlike most of the breaches reported over the past few years, in which one Web site or another got hacked or let its guard down. The flaw this…

After 12 years, Microsoft ending Windows XP support today – GameSpot

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

After 12 years, Microsoft is ending support for its Windows XP operating system tonight at midnight. After this point, the company will no longer offer security updates and technical support for the OS. If you are still using XP, Microsoft urges you to migrate to a “modern operating system” like Windows 8. Support for Office 2003 will also end today, April 8. Microsoft launched Windows XP on December 31, 2000…