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  • Michaels finally confirms massive POS hack (Aaron Bros. as well)

    Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.

    Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It's unclear what's taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was "highly sophisticated," but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.

    Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.

    In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company's POS was hacked -- lasting almost nine months.

  • Not quite as virtual as he thought

    It's the 1980s, and this IT contractor is working on a big project to install an accounting system for a utility in the days before ERP. And with a little downtime on his hands, he gets his first opportunity to try using a virtual machine.

  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which should you get?
    Two of the most eye-catching Android phones of the year are begging for our attention right now -- and all the hype can make it hard to know which one's right for you.
  • Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over

    If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.

  • 5 great apps to boost you in business (Mac, iOS)

    This collection of essential apps will help you make better use of your contacts, develop ideas, work on projects and print from an iOS device without needing a new printer.

  • Police make Heartbleed arrest: Taxing times in Canada

    Our neighbors to the north get their man, allegedly.

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says it arrested the perp behind the recent hack of the country's tax agency. The allegedly-Heartbleed-mediated alleged hacker, one Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, is charged with "mischief in relation to data." Oh, Canada!

    In other news, nasty new implications of the OpenSSL bug continue to come to light.

    In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hold their heads in their hands and weep. Not to mention sleeping all night and working all day...

  • Better hope that was one lonnnnng exit interview

    One employee is being laid off at at this manufacturing plant, and a pilot fish is tasked with disabling the newly-ex-employee's accounts while he's getting the bad news. How hard could that be?

  • Intel: We're betting our tablet future on Android, not Windows

    The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?

  • Researchers spoof fingerprint, bypass Samsung Galaxy S5 security, access PayPal

    Well that was fast...four days after Samsung released the Galaxy S5, security researchers bypassed the fingerprint authentication, using the same fake finger as in the iPhone 5S hack, and gained access to the owner's PayPal account. Although Samsung spends about $256 per S5 build, it provides less security than Apple's $207 5S build.

  • Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style

    Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".