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.

April 18, 2014 6:08 AM EDT
April 18, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

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.

April 17, 2014 7:46 AM EDT

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...

April 17, 2014 6:10 AM EDT

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?

April 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

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?

April 16, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
Image credit: SRLabs

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.

April 16, 2014 11:47 AM EDT

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".

April 16, 2014 9:55 AM EDT
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Rumor confirmed! (Or at least, triangulated.)

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expected to release its 'Duke' 3D smartphone in the summer. The rumors are rife, reaching us from many sources. All agree there are four tracking cameras that permit a "true" parallax effect, without glasses or the cruddy lenticular nonsense of a Nintendo 3DS.

However, there's some debate whether the "3D" is done by eye-tracking or head-tracking.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers drop several F-words, including FireOS and Fragmentation.

April 16, 2014 6:04 AM EDT

This IT consultant really likes his job, including the opportunity to go to conferences and training. To make the most of that, he makes a list of the conferences that will be most valuable -- and to his surprise, they're mostly approved.

April 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Microsoft's controversial anti-Google "Scroogled" campaign finally seems to be at an end, with a Microsoft corporate vice president saying the company is "done with the campaign." But not so fast -- the Scroogled site still lives, and Microsoft has left itself wiggle room. Is Scroogled really done?

April 15, 2014 11:41 AM EDT
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