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Google tests encryption to protect users' Drive files against government demands

The search giant is seeking ways to armor user files, sources say, a move that could curb government surveillance attempts.

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Vibrating pen checks your spelling as you write

The Lernstift Linux smart pen on Kickstarter monitors your spelling as you write, vibrating when you make a mistake.

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Microsoft, Oracle join forces to stomp on cloud rivals

"Frenemies" Microsoft and Oracle just cemented a new partnership. Here's what is really new and worth knowing about the alliance.

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Microsoft's Azure gets competitive with $1B in revenue

A jump in subscriptions to the software giant's cloud computing software reveals that the company may be starting to edge into Amazon's territory.

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Microsoft moves to match Amazon Web Services

The software giant is making generally available its Linux and Windows Server virtual machines, plus its Azure Virtual Network, both of which are key to making Azure competitive with Amazon Web Services.

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Rackspace fights back with suit against 'notorious' patent troll

The target of a patent infringement lawsuit, the cloud service provider goes on the offensive with a countersuit against the patent assertion entity.

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Raspberry Pi Model A is already sold out in the U.S.

Raspberry Pi $25 model sells out soon after U.S. debut

The $25 version of the small Linux computer is already out of stock in the U.S. after going on sale just yesterday.

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China chooses Ubuntu as state-endorsed operating system

Canonical, which runs Ubuntu, is working with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on the project.

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8 Google Reader alternatives for your PC

Google Reader will be shut down as of July 1, but never fear. Here are eight desktop and laptop alternatives to keep track of your favorite Web site updates.

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Preorders start for $1,000 Piston console

The gaming machine, a Steam Box built around Valve's digital game distribution platform, can now be preordered from manufacturer Xi3.

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Adobe issues emergency patch for zero-day Flash vulnerabilities

The company says two vulnerabilities are being actively exploited and recommends that Windows and Mac OS X users of the browser plug-in update their systems immediately.

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The Nikon Coolpix S800c marries an above-average point-and-shoot with the functionality of an Android device.

Microsoft, Nikon ink patent deal for Android-based cameras

The software maker has convinced another device maker using Android as an embedded OS to pay it patent royalties.

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