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Oracle Finally Releases Pricing for Cloud Software

Oracle has finally answered a big question hovering over its emerging family of cloud services: What do they cost? While not giving a public price for every one of its cloud products, Oracle's website now has pricing for its on-demand database and Java development service, as well as for some applications. Pricing for the database service, which uses version 11g R2, starts at US$175 per month for one schema, 5GB of disk storage and 30GB of data transfer. A midtier option costs $900 per month with one schema, 20GB of storage and 120GB of data transfer.

October 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Facebook Groups Gets Dropbox File-Sharing Option

You never really know what to expect when two of the bigger names in tech join forces and announce something fresh. Facebook users can now share their Dropbox-stored files from inside their Facebook groups. The two companies have partnered up to roll out the new integration. Soon, all users will have the Dropbox option in their groups. Now you can share notes with your study group, add the latest game schedule to your basketball team's group, or post a birthday video to your family's group at lightning speed from wherever you are.

September 28, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

YouTube Launches New iPhone App

Days before iOS 6 lands on iPhones without the familiar pre-installed YouTube app, Google has released a new version with some significant upgrades. Tens of thousands of additional videos can now be played through the iOS app, notably major-label music videos. That will be made possible by advertising, which was forbidden in the original Apple-designed app. The new YouTube also includes an easier way to browse any channels you've subscribed to - just swipe right from the left side of the screen to see a list of them - and new options for sharing videos with friends, including Facebook and Google+.

September 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

HP Announces Spectre One Desktop

HP has announced their Windows 8 desktop lineup, leading off with 23.6-inch Spectre One. It's the first all-in-one in the company's premium Spectre line and a scant 11.5 millimeters thick — HP's thinnest all-in-one to date. The desktop also lacks a touchscreen, a curious omission in light of finger-friendly Windows 8. You'll still be able to get your multitouch-gesture fix, as HP has bundled a wireless touchpad with the PC.

September 10, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

HP Releases Two Beta Versions of Open-Source WebOS

Hewlett-Packard released two beta versions of its open source webOS on Friday: one for developers that runs on the Ubuntu Linux desktop, and one for the "OpenEmbedded" development environment, intended to help developers port webOS to new devices. The August Edition, as the webOS team calls the latest release on the project website, consists of 45 open source webOS components and 450,000 lines of code. The two versions were released under the Apache 2.0 license, which is one of the most liberal and accepted in the open source community.

September 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Oracle Patches Java 7 Vulnerability

In response to the findings of a recent vulnerability in Java 7 that was being exploited by malware developers, Oracle has released an official patch that takes care of the problem. In the past week, a new vulnerability was unveiled in Oracle's Java 7 runtime, which has been used by hackers in targeted attacks on Windows-based systems. Similar to the recent Flashback malware in OS X, this vulnerability allows criminals to create a drive-by hack where the only action needed to compromise a system is to visit a rogue Web page that hosts a malicious Java applet.

August 31, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Samsung Launches Windows 8 ATIV Line and More

Samsung announced an ambitious line of Windows 8 mobile devices using the ATIV name on Wednesday, including an ATIV S smartphone with a 4.8-in. HD display and three tablet PCs. The lineup, unveiled in Berlin, Germany during a webcast, also includes an ATIV Tab that runs Windows RT and two Windows 8 x86 tablets that have magnetically attachable keyboards called the ATIV Smart PC and the ATIV Smart PC Pro. The company didn't offer pricing or availability information.

August 30, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Sony Unveils Android Tablet, Three Smartphones at IFA

During its big press event at the IFA trade show yesterday, Sony unveiled Android tablet and three smartphones. The devices were described by Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai as helping accelerate Sony's turnaround. Hirai briefly described the new products along with innovations in gaming and camera technologies, but offered no details on pricing. All of the smartphones are slated to launch globally sometime in the fourth quarter.

August 30, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Samsung to Demo New Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet

Samsung will take the wraps off its new Windows 8 hybrid tablet at the IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin. The company's Facebook page displays a photo of the new tablet with the tagline "Ready to be smart" and the phrase "IFA 2012, Berlin." IFA 2012 officially gets off the ground this Friday and runs until September 5. But the press will get a head start with events scheduled this Wednesday and Thursday. Samsung's press event is scheduled for Wednesday and will be live streamed.

August 28, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Java Zero Day Vulnerability Actively Used

Security researchers from FireEye, AlienVault, and DeependResearch have intercepted targeted malware attacks utilizing the latest Java zero day exploit. The vulnerability affects Java 7 (1.7) Update 0 to 6. It does not affect Java 6 and below. Based on related reports, researchers were able to reproduce the exploit on Windows 7 SP1 with Java 7 Update 6. There's also a Metasploit module available.

August 27, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov