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  • Companies Pay No Price for Offending Christians

    07/10/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 11 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 10, 2012 | JP
    So Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer each donated $100,000 each to defeat Referendum 74, a state of Washington ballot measure that would overturn a law, passed by the state’s “progressive” legislature and governor, that would allow same-sex marriages. What both the Microsoft co-founder and CEO are telling those of us who use the software giant’s products, who object to homosexual couplings, who consider it an abomination in the eyes of the God, is that they couldn’t care less about our religious sensibilities. If we don’t like their politics, too bad. We’re welcome to purchase our next operating system from some...
  • Australian CIOs sold on Microsoft's Surface tablet

    07/09/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 13 replies
    ZDNET ^ | July 8, 2012 | Suzanne Tindal
    Australian chief information officers (CIOs) have been impressed with Microsoft's answer to the iPad — the Microsoft Surface — which was announced last month. Two tablet variants have been announced; one running Windows RT on an Nvidia ARM processor, and the other running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i5 system. Both devices have a 10.6-inch display employing Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Because Microsoft is so late to the market with its tablet — the iPad was launched in 2010 — it has been stated that the Surface's only chance of success is in the business market, which will...
  • Steve Wozniak: Microsoft's Surface Tablet Is Like Something Steve Jobs Would've Built

    07/09/2012 2:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently spoke at the Entel Summit in Chile where he was asked about everything from the Megaupload scandal to Microsoft's new Surface Tablet. Wozniak is known for trying non-Apple products, and he's not shy about criticizing the company he helped start. Wozniak's assessment of the Surface tablet? He says it's as if Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft to develop a beautiful device. Skip to 2:30 to hear Woz's thoughts on Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone, and Google Glass. We found this video on iDB: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO
  • Windows 8 Will Let You Store The Entire Operating System On A USB Drive And Use It On Any PC

    07/09/2012 8:27:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2012 | Steve Kovach
    MicrosoftMicrosoft just demonstrated a feature of Windows 8 called Windows To Go that lets you store Windows 8 on a USB drive and use it on other PCs. Windows To Go puts all your apps, settings, etc. on your USB stick. From there, you pop it into another PC and a full version of Windows 8 is up and running. It even works on machines running older versions of Windows. Essentially, it's the entire operating system stored on a USB drive. Very cool.
  • Bill Gates Supports Gay Marriage With $100K Gift

    07/05/2012 9:14:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2012 | Paul Stanley
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has waded into the same-sex marriage debate in Washington State with a $100,000 contribution to help defeat a referendum that would ban same-sex marriage. Gates, along with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, both made the same six-figure contribution said Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, the group leading the charge for gay activists. "It's going to make a tremendous difference," Silk told The Associated Press. "It's very important for us to have the broad support from business leaders and companies themselves." In addition to Microsoft, other noted Washington State based companies such as Starbucks...
  • Windows Phone 7 was doomed by design, Microsoft admits

    07/04/2012 8:37:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    C/NET ^ | 07/03/2012 | By Natasha Lomas
    Microsoft's consolation prize to anyone who owns a current Windows Phone is a new homescreen landing in an update known as Windows Phone 7.8, pictured above running on the Nokia Lumia 900. It's best described as a sweetener to coat the bitter truth that anyone who's shelled out for a Windows Phone in the last 20 months isn't getting the big upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Bitter because Microsoft knew this schism was coming all along but kept Windows Phone buyers in the dark. Instead of iterating the Windows Phone software, Windows Phone 8 is a clean break with Windows...
  • Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

    07/02/2012 11:09:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 2 July 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is the curse of Windows. Not just its appearance, mid way through some serious game play or spreadsheeting, but the messages themselves - digital monologues on the existence of a problem, its possible causes and how you can fix it. Yeah, right. Just shut down and re-start like everybody else.With Windows 8 Microsoft has re-engineered BSOD for the era of Twitter and texting - unhappy smilies and chirpy one-liners. Based on some Microsoft research, though, it seems you could be seeing more of the Windows 8 BSOD if you buy a PC from an OEM...
  • Microsoft's Surface Tablet Compatible with Xbox 360 Controllers

    06/28/2012 9:31:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 1 replies
    Gametrailers ^ | June 20, 2012 | Danny Gallagher
    An indie developer working on a new version of its signature title for Microsoft's new tablet said its compatibility with the Xbox 360 controllers presents some interesting advantages for the player and new challenges for designers. Creative director Jake Kazdal and the rest of the crew at 17-Bit (formerly Haunted Temple Games) are prepping their turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun for the Microsoft Surface, according to a blog post on Wired's GameLife. Kazdal said players can control their game with the touchscreen display, a mouse and even an Xbox 360 controller, thanks to the USB port provided by...
  • New mobile-focused Windows could last 20-30 years -- Gartner

    06/28/2012 5:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    C/NET ^ | 06/28/2012 | by Donna Tam
    Microsoft's new programming model WinRT -- showcased by the new Windows 8 -- is designed to keep Microsoft relevant in the increasingly mobile world, analysts from research firm Gartner said in a statement today. "Windows 8 is the start of Microsoft's effort to respond to market demands and competitors, as it provides a common interface and programming API (application programing interface) set from phones to servers," Michael Silver, vice president and analyst at Gartner, said in a press release. Gartner's analysts, who recently released a report on the changes to Windows, said enterprises will take about 10 years to fully...
  • Can Windows 8 PC Partners Still Trust Microsoft?

    06/25/2012 11:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/25/2012 | Patrick Moorhead
    Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shocked the technology world by announcing Surface, a Microsoft-branded family of convertible PCs. One of the convertibles featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Windows RT and the other, an Intel Core i5 Processor with Windows 8. Details on pricing, availability, battery life and distribution were not discussed, but Surface’s differentiating features were. These differentiating features were thin, detachable keyboards (Touch Cover), magnesium cases (VaporMg) and durable kickstands. While Surface isn’t ready to ship, it is clear Microsoft had worked on it for at least a year. If Microsoft had access to its OEM designs and...
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features

    06/25/2012 8:17:09 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 116 replies
    informationweek ^ | 06/22/2012 | Jeff Bertolucci
    -------snip------- Built-In Kickstand: Microsoft believes a stand should be an integral part of a tablet's design. (Take that, iPad!) The Surface's built-in kickstand is made of the same sturdy VaporMg material--more on this later--that encases the slate. "The hinge design is like that of the finest luxury car," said Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, sounding a bit like a car salesman. The stand does look ideal for landscape-mode viewing. But how well will it work in portrait mode? Skinny Genes: You've gotta be thin to compete with the iPad. The Surface for Windows RT is 9.3 millimeters thick--or "thin," as the marketing...
  • How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street's game

    06/25/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    "If you want to get involved in business," Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, "you should get involved in politics." Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.
  • Microsoft's new tablet: the great copier surfaces again

    06/23/2012 10:56:13 PM PDT · by trekdown · 18 replies
    FOX News Network, LLC. ^ | June 19, 2012 | John R. Quain
    ... The market may not need a Windows tablet, but Microsoft desperately does. The company has been steadily -- some might say, inexorably -- falling behind in the new era of computing, the era in which the ability to easily access information is more important than the operating system or computing device we use to do it. Microsoft still hasn't understood this, failing to become a significant force in smartphones or tablets, mainly because it's working from an outdated model of being the Great Copier. Microsoft has always mimicked other technologies, from graphical interfaces to Web browsing to financial software....
  • Microsoft Surface: the first serious iPad competitor? (Targeting the corporate tablet market)

    06/23/2012 9:11:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/22/2012 | Husna Haq
    Watch out, Apple. Microsoft’s mystery announcement is out of the bag and it’s giving the iPad a run for its money. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Microsoft Surface, a new tablet that heads a “whole new family of Microsoft computing devices,” Ballmer announced at the mystery event at the Milk Studios in Hollywood, Calif., Monday afternoon. From what we’ve seen and heard, the Surface tablet is perhaps the first serious competitor to Apple’s iPad tablet. What’s more, it’s got the capability of a PC – as good for creating content as it is for consuming, according to Ballmer’s highly anticipated...
  • Want to try the Surface Tablet? Find a Microsoft store, if you can

    06/23/2012 9:03:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNET ^ | 06/22/2012 | by Brooke Crothers
    Microsoft Store in Century City, Calif. Finding a local Microsoft Store will be a challenge for hands-on consumers looking to try out the Surface tablet. (Credit: Brooke Crothers)After all of the hoopla this week, you would think the Surface tablet was the end of the PC industry as we know it. Not so fast, say analysts. What we know so far is that Surface will be sold through Microsoft Stores only in the U.S. -- the online store and brick-and-mortar outlets. Ever been to a Microsoft Store? Didn't think so. There just aren't that many. I count about 20. Compare...
  • 3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke

    06/23/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 274 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 22, 2012 | Don Sears
    Many have scoffed at the idea that Redmond's tablet will succeed. But there are three crucial reasons to take the effort seriously. By Don Sears FORTUNE -- Do not underestimate Microsoft's Surface tablet move. Its gambit to design and build its own hardware is a bold play to develop a thriving ecosystem of new products. It is centered on Microsoft's dominant property: the operating system. Monday's flashy Surface launch may have felt like an Apple event with its bright, pastel-colored keyboard, slick introductory videos and breathless hyping from little-known engineers. But, in fact, Microsoft's play is anything but Apple-like. The...
  • Microsoft Surface Could Totally Change the Tablet and PC Markets

    06/22/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 80 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jun 21, 2012 | Tony Bradley
    The Surface tablet unveiled by Microsoft at its mysterious event in Los Angeles this week looked very impressive. It obviously faces very stiff competition from the Apple iPad—which dominates the tablet market. But, there’s a very good chance that businesses will flock to the Surface (or other Windows 8 tablets) if Microsoft delivers something close to what it presented to the media. I am a huge fan of the iPad, so I don’t make that claim lightly. I have owned all three iterations of the iPad thus far, and I’m not prepared to abandon the New iPad any time soon....
  • Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

    06/22/2012 10:30:32 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    RegHardware.com ^ | 06/22/2012 | Alistair Dabbs
    Original URL: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/06/22/something_for_the_weekend_microsoft_surface_tablet/Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet Probe beneath the SurfaceBy Alistair Dabbs22nd June 2012 11:30 GMT Something for the weekend, Sir? When I first got into this journalism lark in the late 1980s, the exploding nature of the personal computer market would force the hand of IT companies to reveal products far in advance of their intended launch date. Such was the race to give the appearance of being cutting-edge, they sometimes found themselves announcing products that existed only in diagrams on a boardroom flipchart. Surprisingly often, nothing ever came of these vapourware products: the engineering challenges...
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet Has Potential to be Embraced by Physicians

    06/21/2012 8:57:39 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 33 replies
    MedPageToday ^ | June 20, 2012 | Iltifat Husain
    It should not be a surprise that physcians are not fans of Microsoft products -- namely Windows and Internet Explorer. Much of this hatred is due to hospital enterprise solutions still using outdated versions of Internet Explorer. Ask a physician friend to fill you in if you need a better idea. On a personal note, I had been dreading the forthcoming Microsoft tablet because I know Microsoft products make hospital health IT departments salivate. We commented last year how many hospital IT departments cite physicians using the iPad at work as their biggest headache. I knew as soon as Microsoft...
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Good and the Bad

    06/20/2012 12:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Information Week ^ | 06/20/2012 | Eric Zeman
    Microsoft revealed many new details of Windows Phone 8, its smartphone platform due later this year. Here are the cool new features that will make developers and users happy. First of two parts THE GOOD Microsoft on Wednesday revealed key pieces of its Windows Phone 8 smartphone strategy at an event for developers in San Francisco. The news is mostly good, and should vastly improve the scale and reach of the Windows Phone ecosystem when the platform launches later this year. Looking at all the pieces of its mobile strategy offered by Microsoft, it's easy to foresee a brighter future...
  • Microsoft's Research Scientists Finally Solve Why E-mail Scammers Say They're From Nigeria

    06/20/2012 6:58:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Lynley
    Scam emails usually have two things in common: they're comically bad, and they're from a Nigerian prince. You might think that's a silly strategy, but it turns out it's not. Microsoft released a new white paper from its research division this month that explains why scammers use such a "terrible" approach. It turns out it's a method for sifting out "false positives," — basically finding only the most gullible people so the scammer doesn't waste any time exchanging with a mark that isn't going to result in a payout. You can read the full paper on its research site —...
  • With Surface Tablet, Microsoft Stands Alone

    06/19/2012 8:02:28 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 146 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 19, 2012 | Lance Ulanoff
    With its new Surface Tablet, Microsoft didn’t just break the mold. It smashed it into a million little pieces, chucked them all into the furnace and set the temperature to obliterate. There really is no precedent for what Microsoft did this week. What was once recognizable is gone. The expected is no more. There are no rules, only supply and the possibility of demand. Microsoft finally built the tablet it wants to use for its platform: an ultra-thin, superlight, kick-stand-sporting, brainiac-cover wearing, touch screen wonder that elicited dozens of “I wants” in Mashable’s live blog chatter. Surface is still wrapped...
  • Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

    06/19/2012 10:05:11 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 126 replies
    Microsoft.com ^ | 18 Jun 2012 | MS
    LOS ANGELES — June 18, 2012 — Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview - One word: fail (hilarious rant)

    06/19/2012 9:08:43 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 47 replies
    http://www.dedoimedo.com ^ | 21 March 2012 | Igor Ljubuncic
    Windows 8 is obviously geared toward smartphones and tablets, or as we should call them, stupidphones and craplets. Lovely. Except, Windows 8 will also be shipped to customers running normal computers where battery life is of no consideration, screen size is ample, and productivity and efficiency are more important than looking cool. OK, let me be blunt. No one is going to write their business PowerPoint presentations on a smartphone. No one is going to design a new car on a tablet. No one will run protein folding on their smartphone. No one will play ArmA II on a smartphone....
  • Is this the 'iPad killer' at last? Microsoft unveils new Surface tablet..

    06/19/2012 5:24:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2012 | Staff
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has an uphill battle on his hands. He needs to break into the tablet market, taking on both the iconic market-leader, the iPad, as well as as an ever-burgeoning range of svelte Android tablets. However, after Microsoft's repeated attempts over 30 years to break into the tablet market, it now seems the software giant has the right tools to make it right. The Microsoft Surface tablet was officially unveiled in Los Angeles last night, and from the favourable first impressions, it looks like we have a three-way race in the tablet market. The Surface comes with...
  • Here's Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft's Big Windows 8 Announcements This Week

    06/18/2012 9:15:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/18/2012 | Steve Kovach
    This is going to be a huge week for Microsoft. Today, the company is expected to announce its first tablet, which will be designed to compete with the iPad. On Wednesday, we're expecting Microsoft to give us details on the next major version of its Windows Phone operating, which will likely be very similar to Windows 8. Here's you need to know: * Microsoft will announce its own tablet. This will be the first time Microsoft builds the hardware and software for a tablet. * The tablet will run a special version of Windows 8 called "Windows RT." Windows RT...
  • Asus Transformer AiO 18.4 Inch Docking Windows 8 Android Tablet Announced

    06/05/2012 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    geeky-gadgets.com ^ | Tuesday 5th June 2012 7:33 am | Roland Hutchinson
    Asus has announced another new device at this years Computex, the Asus Transformer AiO, which is a tablet with a giant display that can also be used as an all in one computer.The Asus Transformer AiO is a dual boot device that will run Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS and Google’s Android OS, and the device features a 18.4 inch touchscreen display.
  • Acer's Iconia W700 Ivy Bridge Windows 8 Tablet: The Start of Something Big ( very responsive)

    06/10/2012 5:33:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Anandtech. ^ | 6/9/2012 12:45:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    My first meeting of Computex wasn't a meeting at all, rather it was Acer's press conference a day before the show officially started. In its press conference, Acer introduced a top to bottom lineup of touch enabled Windows 8 devices. Among the list were two particularly interesting tablets: the Iconia W510 and W700. The former is an Atom (Clovertrail) based tablet with Transformer-style keyboard dock, while the latter is a full fledged Ivy Bridge based tablet. On my last day in Taipei I managed to secure some extended hands on time with the W700. I'm always asked what I was most impressed...
  • Will Microsoft's new Windows Tablet be a Zune or an Xbox 360?

    06/17/2012 8:54:11 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/17/2012 | Ewan Spence
    It looks like Microsoft are about to launch their own Tablet device, probably running a version of Windows 8 (and yes, I’m assuming Taniyama-Shimura once more). I’m fully expecting a lot of commentators to talk about how inexperienced the Redmond based company is at making hardware. So let me point out two counter-examples before the big event for your consideration. I’ll start with the Xbox 360. It’s had a pretty rough ride in terms of hardware with the Red Ring of Death and numerous issues early in the life cycle of the platform, but as Microsoft have understood the issues,...
  • Nokia Implodes... Taking Microsoft's Mobile Dreams Down With It (Watch video)

    06/16/2012 7:52:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/15/2012 | Henry Bldoget
    The once-great Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia (NOK) is now undergoing one of the most spectacular implosions in the history of business. Several years ago, Nokia was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when it came to making phones. Now, the company is frantically cutting costs and downsizing in a desperate bid to survive. What happened? The iPhone happened. In the five years since Apple (AAPL) released its first iPhone, Nokia has lost a staggering 90% of its market value. Worse, the company has gone from coining money to burning it. And the situation has gotten so bad that Nokia...
  • Microsoft will announce 'something big' on Monday... will it be a Windows tablet..

    06/15/2012 6:22:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 15, 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Speculation is rising that Microsoft will formally introduce the Windows Tablet next Monday - with the tech giant holding a mysterious event in San Francisco. AllThingsD, a respected tech site, say sources have told them that this is a tablet event, introducing the software and the first apps which will run on the system. Early models of Windows tablets have been spotted at tech shows in Japan, with Acer among the manufacturers building the hardware. It will be big news If Microsoft reveals an in-house tablet - one manufactured by Microsoft itself or perhaps by its latest bedfellow Nokia -...
  • Microsoft Fights Flame Malware With Certificate Killer

    06/14/2012 1:25:27 PM PDT · by OldEarlGray · 6 replies
    InformationWeek ^ | 05 Jun 2012 | Mathew J. Schwartz
    Microsoft identified the culprit Sunday when it released a security bulletin warning that "unauthorized digital certificates could allow spoofing." Its related Windows update revokes trust for three fraudulent certificate authority (CA) certificates: two Microsoft Enforced Licensing Intermediate PCA certificates, as well as the Microsoft Enforced Licensing Registration Authority CA. The revelation that Flame included the ability to pass off fake Windows updates is yet more evidence of that Flame, in Gostev's words, "is one of the most interesting and complex malicious programs we have ever seen." Indeed, the certificate flaw gave Flame's creators a way to attack all versions of...
  • Patch Tuesday: Microsoft raises alert for dangerous IE, Windows flaws

    06/13/2012 9:39:00 PM PDT · by OldEarlGray · 77 replies
    ZDnet ^ | 12 Jun 2012 | Ryan Naraine
    Summary: Microsoft expects to see exploit code targeting at least one of the vulnerabilities within the next 30 days. Microsoft today warned that cyber-criminals could soon aim exploits at critical security flaws in Internet Explorer browser and Windows to hijack and take complete control of vulnerable machines. The warning comes as part of this month’s Patch Tuesday where Microsoft released 7 bulletins with fixes for at least 26 documented vulnerabilities affecting the Windows ecosystem. The company is urging users to pay special attention to MS12-037 and MS12-036, which provides cover for “remote code execution” vulnerabilities that could be used in...
  • Windows 8, Intel Atom SoC Will Be iPad Killer

    06/07/2012 7:15:15 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 108 replies
    Informationweek ^ | June 04, 2012 | George Ou
    When Intel announced its Windows 8 Tablet check list running on a soon-to-be-released Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core System on Chip (SoC), the reaction was mild enthusiasm with a healthy dose of skepticism. Intel said that Intel Windows 8 tablets would come with 10- or 11-inch screens, measure less than 9 mm thick, weigh less than 1.5 lbs, and offer more than nine hours of battery. The typical reaction was disbelief because no Intel notebook or netbook has ever come close to being as thin and light as an iPad with the battery life of an iPad. Conventional wisdom among tech...
  • Microsoft Is In Serious Danger Of Flying Straight Into A Mountain With Windows 8

    06/07/2012 7:00:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/07/2012 | Jay Yarrow
    Alarm bells must be ringing in Microsoft's Redmond headquarters. Microsoft is close to releasing Windows 8 and it's shaping up to be another "Vista". Only this time the repercussions could be much worse. The critics who have been using Windows 8 are extremely negative on the new look and feel of the operating system: At Slate, Farhad Manjoo writes, "In my time with Windows 8, I’ve felt almost totally at sea—confused, paralyzed, angry, and ultimately resigned to the pain of having to alter the way I do most of my work." At Marketwatch, John Dvorak says, "Windows 8 looks to...
  • Windows 7 hits 600 million sales

    06/07/2012 4:50:35 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    HEXUS ^ | 6 June 2012 | Mark Tyson
    Microsoft has announced today that Windows 7 has reached a milestone of 600 million licenses sold. Just four months ago, in February, the figure stood at 525 million licenses. Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and is currently the operating system on nearly 40 per cent of internet connected devices according to Microsoft figures. Windows XP still accounts for approximately 45 per cent of global market share. Speaking at the Computex ICT show in Taipei, Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer updated us on Windows 7 sales figures while showing some new Windows 7 based devices. Most of the new Computex hardware...
  • Bold Call: Microsoft To Pass Android, Grab No. 2 Spot In Tablets Behind Apple

    06/03/2012 8:11:25 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/01/2012 | Brian Caulfield
    Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty upped her sales projections for the tablet computer market Thursday, and argued that Microsoft will grab the number two spot in the market, after Apple iPad and ahead of tablets running Google‘s Android software, with the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Huberty and the tech team at Morgan Stanley are now estimating shipments of 133 million tablets in 2012, up 57% from their original estimates; and 216 million tablets in 2013, up 112%. No surprise there, tablet sales have been growing fast — despite high-profile stumbles by Hewlett-Packard and Dell — thanks to...
  • Microsoft reinvents the wheel with Windows 8

    06/03/2012 7:30:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 06/03/2012 | John C. Dvorak
    BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — I am writing this review on a computer that runs Windows Vista. It’s not that bad. Generally speaking, I like Microsoft Corp. MSFT -2.54% and what it has done. Over the years, I’ve even supported the idea that Microsoft’s Bob interface was mismarketed and actually was unique and interesting. That said, Windows 8 looks to me to be an unmitigated disaster that could decidedly hurt the company and its future. This opinion is based on using the new release candidate beta that is pretty much what will finally ship after some bug fixes. It’s not that...
  • Implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Fedora

    05/31/2012 11:34:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    Blog ^ | 30 May 2012 | Matthew Garrett
    (Brief disclaimer - while I work for Red Hat, I'm only going to be talking about Fedora here. Anything written below represents only my opinions and my work on Fedora, not Red Hat's opinions or future plans) Fedora 17 was released this week. It's both useful and free, and serves as a welcome addition to any family gathering. Do give it a go. But it's also noteworthy for another reason - it's the last Fedora release in the pre-UEFI secure boot era. Fedora 18 will be released at around the same time as Windows 8, and as previously discussed all...
  • ITC Judge recommends U.S. Ban for Xbox 360

    05/24/2012 10:44:03 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Mobile & Apps ^ | May 24, 2012
    Patent wars are getting dirtier day by day. Not only they result in loss of thousands of dollars for companies, but also result in frustration for consumers. Earlier Microsoft was successful in banning Motorola smartphones. Now Motorola is punching back with Xbox 360 ban in U.S. and the gaming console might get pulled away from shelves in upcoming few months. A judge at International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a recommendation for import ban on Xbox 360 gaming console. The ban is limited to 4GB and 250GB edition of Xbox 360. The ban is a part of Motorola's complaint filed...
  • Google Chrome knocks Internet Explorer off the top spot as the world's favourite web browser

    05/22/2012 9:18:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/22/2012
    Google's Chrome has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most widely used web browser in the world, according to statistics released today.Data from web analytics service StatCounter showed that for the week of May 14-20 Chrome has averaged a higher share of web traffic for a full seven-day stretch.The development will be welcome news for web designers, who have long struggled with the Microsoft browser's patchy implementation of new web coding standards. Enlarge   Overtaken: This graph shows the market share of the top five web browsers Statcounter's data showed Chrome in the lead in the field of five major...
  • Apple's Siri Says Nokia Windows Phone is Best Cell Phone Ever

    05/16/2012 7:56:31 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/15/2012 | Tim Worstall
    This is really rather amusing. Until just recently if you asked Siri, the voice assistant on the latest of Apple‘s iPhones, which was the best cell phone ever the reply would be that it was the Nokia Lumia. Which is, as all know, a Windows based phone. The proof is here with a screen shot. The reason why it gave this unexpected answer (well, unexpected to me, it might actually be that the Lumia is the best cell phone ever) is that Siri interrogates the Wolfram Alpha database to answer such questions. And if there are four reviews (as there...
  • Microsoft returning Windows to 'the digital dark ages'? (Mozilla argues Windows 8 bans Firefox)

    05/10/2012 9:29:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/10/2012
    The biggest lawsuit in Microsoft’s history dominated the 90s, when the company battled accusations that it was stifling browser competition. Rival Netscape couldn't survive, but the Windows giant was ultimately forced to strip Internet Explorer from its operating system in a landmark ruling. That conflict may be brewing up again. Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, argued Wednesday night that Firefox is being banned from certain versions of Windows 8, the forthcoming tablet-centric OS from Microsoft -- returning Windows users to the dark ages before competition. “The upcoming release of Windows … and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding...
  • Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs

    05/06/2012 3:10:12 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 68 replies
    Yahoo Y-Tech ^ | Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tecca
    The upcoming Windows 8 operating system (which you can download and preview now) is dropping the ability to play DVD content. According to Windows engineering team member Steven Sinofsky (emphasis his), "Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray." In other words: If you want to watch that Bridesmaids DVD on your next plane trip, you're going to have to pay...
  • Microsoft gears up for fight with Apple, Amazon by investing in Barnes & Noble's Nook

    04/30/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/30/2012 | Phil Wahba
    Microsoft will invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader, gaining a foothold in the fast-growing e-books market as the bookseller gets more firepower to compete against Amazon.com's Kindle and Apple's (AAPL) iPad. The move comes as Microsoft is looking to generate excitement around its tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system, expected on the market around October. The deal announced on Monday includes Microsoft taking a stake in the bookseller's college bookstore division. It also means that the two companies have settled their patent dispute. Shares of Barnes & Noble soared nearly 70 percent on Monday, while Microsoft shares were...
  • 'It's no contest': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak praises Windows phone...

    04/30/2012 6:22:27 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 29 Apr 2012 | Daily Mail Author
    He may have co-founded the company that became Microsoft's largest competitor, but former Apple boss Steve Wozniak has glittering things to say about his former rival's mobile OS. Mr Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976, has given a shocking endorsement of Windows' 7.5 Mango interface. The 61-year-old, who no longer works full-time for Apple, says of the four phones he travels with (including two iPhones), the Nokia Lumia makes him feel as though he is 'with a friend, not a tool'. Shock endorsement: Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976,...
  • Windows 8 preview popularity kicking Windows 7's butt

    04/29/2012 6:50:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    IT World ^ | 04/29/2012 | By Tim Greene,
    Microsoft says that so far the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is twice as popular at this point than its predecessor Windows 7 was based on the number of downloads. The company didn't say how many downloads that is, but claimed it is used by millions of people per day. Meanwhile, the next prerelease version of Windows 8 will be available in about six weeks, inching closer to a final product that is still expected to launch this fall. Microsoft's Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview version will be ready for download the first week of...
  • Steve Wozniak Says Windows Phone Is More Beautiful Than iPhone Or Android

    04/28/2012 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Businessinsider ^ | April 28, 2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is known for playing around with all kinds of mobile tech, even if it competes with iOS devices. Wozniak recently bought Nokia's new Lumia 900 Windows Phone, and shared some of his thoughts on Microsoft's Mobile platform in a podcast interview with The Report. (The Verge first picked up the interview). Overall, Wozniak says he prefers the look and feel of Windows Phone apps over Android and iPhone apps. He also likes Windows Phone better overall than Android. We had similar feelings towards Windows Phone apps when we reviewed the Lumia 900. Many apps such as...
  • Carriers Desperately Seeking Windows Phone

    04/28/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 32 replies
    PCWORLD ^ | Apr 27, 2012 8:20 pm | Matt Hamblen
    AT&T and Verizon Wireless want Windows Phone smartphones to succeed in the U.S., partly to provide leverage against Apple's demands for subsidies and other concessions required for selling the popular iPhone. AT&T recently began selling the Nokia Lumia 900 with the Windows Phone 7 operating system for a competitive $99.99 price. Meanwhile, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo recently told Reuters that Verizon is "really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that's a differentiator." Both carriers need a strong competitor -- like Windows Phone -- to go up against the iPhone and Android phones, analysts said. The wireless...
  • Saudi hacker dies of asthma attack [Karma upon a cyber jihadist]

    04/25/2012 2:56:57 AM PDT · by Milagros · 15 replies
    al-Arabiya ^ | 22 April 2012
    Saudi hacker dies of asthma attack A Saudi hacker known just as "Cyber Terrorist" died in Riyadh after suffering an apparent acute asthma attack caused by the dust storm that hit the Saudi capital last week, UAE’s al- Bayan newspaper reported on Saturday. The 28-year-old hacker was known for penetrating the most well protected sites including Microsoft, Kaspersky, Milworm, besides the server of another hacker known as the king of hackers Kevin Mitnick. In addition to numerous Jewish sites, banks and major companies, he was also able to hack into the site of the Danish cartoonists who drew caricatures...