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Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional review

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 Professional is an integrated solution for developing, debugging, and deploying all kinds of applications. It takes up several gigabytes and costs $799, but you can try it free for 30 days.

Pros

Easy ins: Visual Studio's compact download manager greatly eases the process of downloading and installing this 3389.6MB package. We like being able to specify which tools and programming languages to install and the individual disk space requirements for all of our drives.

Executive suite: Visual Studio has specific settings for different areas of development work, starting with General Development and including … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source application that gives you the ability to play media from your computer or a disk, or to stream it from the Web. Have your favorite videos playing in a snap through this app's intuitive interface.

Pros

Wiki help: For just about any process you want to carry out with this software, you'll find a detailed Wiki with step-by-step instructions. All of these documents have been created and edited by other users, so they're surprisingly detailed and complete.

Intuitive controls: For all basic functions, this medial player is accessible to users of … Read more

FileZilla review

FileZilla is a powerful, free file management tool for FTP access to your Web site's server. Containing numerous tools to help upload and download files between your local machine and the server on which your site is hosted, this is a reliable, intuitive tool for anyone in the Web development field.

Pros

Reliable and fast: FileZilla may be free, but it's a very stable program and offers reliable, accessible tools for anyone who needs to manage files via remote FTP connection. With your username and password you can quickly log in to the FTP server, move files, upload … Read more

Hackers transform EA Web page into Apple ID phishing scheme

Using some trickery, hackers were able to breach Electronic Arts' Web site and transform one of its pages into a bogus Apple log-in screen. Once users logged on to the fake site, they were prompted to input their credit card numbers, date of birth, and other personal information.

Security firm Netcraft discovered the breach and notified EA on Tuesday. The game maker told CNET that it investigated Netcraft's claims and as of Wednesday the phishing page is gone.

"We have found it, we have isolated it, and we are making sure such attempts are no longer possible," … Read more

IBM laying off up to 25 percent of 'hardware' division

IBM has confirmed that it's laying off a portion of its workforce in order to focus on new priority areas, like the cloud, analytics, and cognitive computing. This means certain divisions of the company must see cuts.

"As reported in our recent earnings briefing, IBM continues to rebalance its workforce to meet the changing requirements of its clients, and to pioneer new, high value segments of the IT industry," IBM spokesman Doug Shelton told CNET in a statement. "To that end, IBM is positioning itself to lead in areas such as cloud, analytics and cognitive computing, … Read more

Namecheap targeted in monumental DDoS attack

The Web-hosting service Namecheap was hit with what it says was one the largest distributed-denial-of-service attacks "anyone has seen or dealt with."

On Thursday morning roughly 300 domain names hosted by Namecheap were targeted in a DDoS attack -- a common hacker tactic that causes sites or servers to be bombarded with illegitimate traffic. The massive attack likely caused wide-spread connectivity issues among the hundreds of thousands of other domain names using Namecheap's DNS platform.

"Today is one of the days that, as a service provider who strives to deliver excellence day in and day out, … Read more

Time to extend that support contract? No more free firmware for HP servers

Hewlett-Packard server customers might have a new expense to worry about for older ProLiant models: the company no longer gives away firmware updates to just anyone.

Instead, the update is available only if the machine is covered by a warranty or service contract. That's got some folks angry.

"I am really enraged by this action from HP," said Glen Drager, a school district network administrator, in a forum post at IT discussion site Spiceworks where others also complained. Among his reasons: hardware updates could become more expensive, buying used servers could become unwise, and it raises the … Read more

Behind Google profits, massive spending on computing gear

You think it's easy printing money at Google? Think again.

The company on Thursday reported enviable financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, with revenue of $16.86 billion, up 17 percent, and net income of $3.38 billion. It's just another three months of success for Google's money machine, but to make it work Google has to spend a gargantuan amount on its own infrastructure -- chiefly servers, networking equipment, and the data centers that house them.

In the fourth quarter, Google spent $2.26 billion on that infrastructure -- a few pennies short of … Read more

IBM sells its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion

Giving up a years-long fight for profits in a highly competitive part of the market for powerful networked machines, IBM has agreed to sell its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion, the companies announced Thursday.

The x86 server line uses Intel and AMD microprocessors, typically beefed-up cousins to those that run the vast majority of personal computers. IBM in 2005 sold its PC business to Lenovo, too, but it's keeping its other server lines -- its mainframes and those that use its own Power processors.

The sale reflects the changing dynamics of the market for servers, … Read more

Review: Air Video Server HD for Mac streams videos from your computer to iOS

Air Video Server HD for Mac makes it easy for you to watch your favorite videos streamed from your Mac computer on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV. This fantastic application installed quickly on our test Mac and detected and played videos on our iOS devices without any delays or errors.

If you have videos on your Mac computer, then you know how hard it can be to share and view them on your other devices such as iPhone and iPad. Air Video Server HD for Mac streamlines this process by eliminating lengthy conversion and file transfer processes, … Read more