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FireLock review

FireLock is a straightforward app that lets you keep photos and videos in a passcode-protected vault on your device. It doesn't have a ton of features, but if you need to keep images and videos away from prying eyes, it might be exactly what you're looking for.

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Ease of use: FireLock is one of those apps that doesn't need tutorials or instructions; everything is pretty self-explanatory. The first time you launch the app it prompts you to set a four- or five-digit passcode, and from there it looks very much like the iOS Camera Roll. You … Read more

The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

Microsoft takes on the 'free' OS

Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.

As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to "produce affordable Windows Phone devices" since last year.

The agreement was "clinched" when Microsoft agreed to offer the Windows Phone OS sans the usual licensing fee, according to the Times. Microsoft said to CNET in a statement that it &… Read more

How Target detected hack but failed to act -- Bloomberg

The November data breach that affected as many as 110 million Target customers could have been stopped in its tracks, according to a story published Thursday by Bloomberg.

Speaking with more than ten former Target employees and eight people with knowledge of the hack, Bloomberg said that Target already had in place a sophisticated malware detection system designed by security firm FireEye. The $1.6 million system was set up specifically to identify hacks and cyberattacks before they had a chance to do real damage.

Highlighting the ingenuity of FireEye's detection system, Bloomberg explained that it creates a parallel … Read more

Couple hospitalized after trying to save flat-screen from fire

On the generous side, none of us knows what we'd do if our homes suddenly caught fire.

On the less generous side, there's been a series of incidents in which people risked their lives -- and in one case lost it -- by trying to retrieve electronic items from burning buildings.

The latest comes from St. Paul, Minn. As the Pioneer Press reports, firemen were called to a burning basement apartment.

Inside the smoke-filled living room, they found a couple grappling with their flat-screen's wires, in a desperate attempt to take it with them.

As St. Paul … Read more

Man runs back into burning house to get cell phone, dies

We can all imagine the instinct, just as we cannot bear what actually happened.

A house in Plano, Texas, caught fire on Thursday. It was 1 in the morning.

You might conceive that neighbors might have noticed and called 911. This they duly did.

However, as CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports, two men who lived in the house and had managed to escape, suddenly went back inside.

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As Captain Peggy Harrell of the Plano Fire Department told CBS: "The tragedy here is that the three adults living in the home actually made it out of the … Read more

How to encrypt your Kindle Fire HDX

Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.

Unfortunately for Kindle Fire HDX owners, there's no app available that's comparable to Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager. If you want to … Read more

Tizen chairman, ever the optimist, says smartphone will hit market in 2014

BARCELONA, Spain -- Tizen Association Chairman Ryoichi Roy Sugimara is very protective of his "baby."

That baby, of course, is the upstart operating system Tizen and, by extension, any device running on the platform.

In explaining the continued delay of a smartphone running on Tizen, Sugimara said the association and its carrier partners are carefully looking at the best market for a launch. Sugimara told CNET that a phone will indeed hit the market some time this year, although he declined to get more specific.

"You'll see a real commercial launch in some markets," he … Read more

Alcatel brings trim, stylish Firefox phone to MWC 2014

BARCELONA, Spain -- Taking a thinner approach with its Firefox line of smartphones, Alcatel adds the new Fire E to its Mozilla-powered selection. Slim, trim, and compact, the Fire E flaunts a big 4.5-inch screen plus dual-core processing for 139 euros.

Showing the device at the MWC 2014 trade show, the Fire E also will use a digital camera with a 5-megapixel sensor and LED flash. Other photo abilities include an HDR mode, 4x digital zoom, along with smile and face detection. Up front and sitting above the screen is VGA front-facing camera for vanity shots.

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Alcatel announces its most affordable Firefox phone yet

BARCELONA, Spain -- Clearly targeting the entry level smartphone market, Alcatel has unveiled the Fire C. Expected to cost an amazingly affordable 59 euros unlocked, the handset will run Mozilla's Firefox mobile operating system.

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Other details for the phone include a 3.5-inch HVGA screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. A VGA camera will take care photo duties. As you can see from these specifications, you'll no doubt get what you pay for in terms of performance here. Indeed Alcatel's described components place the Fire C well below … Read more