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LightSpeed turns iPad into a sales tool

LightSpeed for iPad was unveiled Wednesday by Xsilva Systems. It’s similar to Square Register, the iPad app that lets small merchants track inventory, ring up sales, and take credit cards for payment, but with a couple of wrinkles.

Seagate signals growing interest in SSDs with stake in DensBits

Seagate Technology, known mainly for its hard-disk drives, continued to build its solid-state storage portfolio by announcing Monday that it will take a stake in DensBits Technologies.

Yahoo, Facebook said to be in talks to settle patents dispute

Yahoo and Facebook are in negotiations to resolve a patents dispute, an attorney for Yahoo told a federal court on Tuesday.

Microsoft could be alienating hardware partners with new tablets

Microsoft's Surface tablet is a measured gamble to enter the cutthroat tablet business, but the company could be alienating longtime hardware partners that are also expected to announce Windows 8 devices starting later this year.

Square launches support for customer loyalty programs

Square, a startup focused on facilitating credit card transactions at small businesses, began supporting customer loyalty programs in updates of its major apps launched Tuesday.

Timeline: A brief history of email

The first emails traveled over computer systems less powerful than a modern digital watch. Since then, a lot of things have changed. Here's a look at the history of email.

Stop using email for everything

If you spend hours emptying your inbox, you may wonder: it possible to do without email? To find out, Macworld surveyed Apple-savvy businesses and workers who have dramatically curtailed—or completely stopped—their use of this ubiquitous technology. Here’s how these businesses are making it happen.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, AOL join new alliance to fight 'bad ads'

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and AOL have joined an alliance that has been set up to counter "bad ads," including those that deliver malware, direct users to scams, or try to sell counterfeit goods, said StopBadware, the promoters of the alliance.

In first, Apple issues Java update in sync with Oracle

Normally 'many, many months' behind, which left 650,000 Macs in lurch with Flashback infections and no fix available

The Macintosh II celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Macintosh II made its debut 25 years ago. Here's the story of how Steve's worst nightmare--an expandable Mac--built a bridge to the future.

Gartner: Macs invading the enterprise

Look out, information technology managers: The era of "keep Macs out" is coming to an end.

Disney Mobile changes game strategy with release of Temple Run: Brave

Instead of just another movie tie-in game, Disney Mobile wants its latest release for the animated movie Brave to have more longevity and App Store downloads.

Can Apple iOS devices gain confidence of IT security pros?

There's great enthusiasm for using iPhones and iPads in the workplace, but experts interviewed by Network World say Apple's limited transparency about security issues can make enterprise adoption problematic.