SAN FRANCISCO | By Joseph Menn Fri Nov 6, 2015 8:00pm EST
The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about vulnerabilities in computer software, thereby leaving U.S. companies open to cyber attacks, said last week that it tells U.S. technology firms about the most serious flaws it finds more than 90 percent of the time.
EMC and Hartford Hospital have agreed to pay US$90,000 to Connecticut in connection with the loss in 2012 of an unencrypted laptop containing patient information of 8,883 residents of the state, according to the state’s attorney general.
Three years ago I reviewed Windows 8 and time has proved skeptics right. Microsoft was unsuccessful in combining touch and desktop features in a single OS and was forced to rush an 8.1 update that made Windows more desktop-friendly and less annoying. Because of Windows’ desktop dominance, however, most PCs sold since have come equipped with Windows 8, a capable if somewhat irritating OS that nobody loved.
Since Windows 8’s release the PC world has continued to evolve, including expectations for modern operating systems. Here are some considerations that come to mind:
Tablets occupy an odd place in the market these days. With smartphones getting bigger and faster and laptops getting thinner and lighter, their scope has been narrowed down significantly. Nevertheless, tablets are still an attractive form factor for numerous applications and use scenarios and the battle is still being fought by manufacturers to grab your attention. There are solid alternatives to choose from, we’ve gone through countless reviews combined with our own views and long-term user reviews to bring you our picks for the best tablets in the market today.
Part tech maven, part tech maverick, Kyle Wiens of iFixit is to DIY electronics repair what Mr. Wrigley is to chewing gum. And believe us, if anyone could figure out how to fix an iPhone 6s with a wad of Juicy Fruit, Wiens is the guy.