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There's something to be said for being blunt, and HP CEO Meg Whitman certainly didn't pull any punches when talking about her company's relationship with Intel and Microsoft. She said they went from being HP's partners to "outright competitors," which is commentary on the fact that they're both now competing with OEMs... Read more...
Looking for a career change? Consider becoming a professional bug hunter. Don't worry, it's not as gross as it sounds. We're talking about software bugs, such as pieces of code with unintended consequences or underlying security vulnerabilities. Turns out you can make a lot of money doing this kind of thing. For... Read more...
Fox News is trying to bring TV news further into the digital age, where news runs 24/7 and updates are up-to-the-second, with its ambitious “Fox News Deck”. Comprised of a small sea of 55-inch touchscreen machines (called “BATS”, for “big area touchscreens”) and a 38-foot video... Read more...
When Logitech revealed its new Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 last month, it immediately caught my eye. After upgrading my home theater PC to Windows 8, I've often thought it would be nice to take advantage of some of the new gesture controls while browsing the web and using my HTPC from the comfort of my couch. I... Read more...
If you're rooting for Microsoft to succeed (and really, why wouldn't you?), then keep your fingers crossed that its mobile strategy is starting to work. That's what the Redmond outfit would have you believe, hence a call out to developers to get on the ball building apps because, wouldn't you know it, the company's... Read more...
The online search wars are serious business, so when Microsoft got called out by a Yale study suggesting the Redmond software giant's claims of users choosing Bing over Google at a nearly 2-to-1 clip in its "Bing It On" challenge are hogwash, Microsoft felt compelled to fire back and address each and every point of... Read more...
We were on hand at Microsoft's unveiling of its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, and having seen and played with these second generation devices in person, we can say we're much more enthused with these products than their first generation siblings. They're fast, well configured, and sport several improvements for a... Read more...
Since Steve Ballmer is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the Redmond software giant is getting a bit of a fresh start, and depending on who takes his place, the company will get a fresh new perspective, as well. However, some feel that Ballmer's departure isn't enough; they want... Read more...
Video games often times get a bad rap. If they're not being blamed for real world violence and carnage, there's the stereotypical view of the diehard gamer who's overweight, under-groomed, and lacks social skills. Like anything else, it all boils down to how you use something, and with the introduction of Xbox Fitness... Read more...
Microsoft is bringing the Start back to Windows with the introduction of Windows 8.1, a free update that will ship to the masses on October 18th. Unfortunately, the Start menu isn't making the return trip, though at least you'll be able to switch between the Desktop and Windows 8.1 Start screen with the click or tap... Read more...
In a couple of months, the next generation of console wars will officially kick off as both Sony and Microsoft enter the fray with their respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems (meanwhile, Nintendo lies in wait with its Wii U). Which one will prove more popular? That's tough to say at this early stage, though there are some early signs... Read more...
If there’s anything positive to take away from this summer’s NSA spying scandal, it might be the increased transparency of major tech companies, as Microsoft has its latest Law Enforcement Requests report for the first 6 months of 2013. Of course, a downside is that these companies still aren’t... Read more...
Rumblings earlier this week suggested Microsoft was going to make a full court press on Apple, offering a buy-back incentive program for old iPhone users to trade-up for a new Windows Phone 8 device. The move makes sense.  Lots of iPhone users were probably disappointed with Apple's recent iPhone 5S and 5C... Read more...
Whatever you may think about Steve Ballmer and his tenure in the big chair at Microsoft, you have to admit that the man’s good for a show. At his final companywide meeting before he retires in August, which took place in Seattle’s KeyArena, Ballmer reportedly brought them to their feet during his tearful... Read more...
Bill Gates was and is a genius, and his brilliance and leadership brought to life the juggernaut that is Microsoft, but of course, he and his company made some missteps along the way. (And continue to do so.) Some of them were large, some were tiny, but something that millions of users had to live with every day was... Read more...
Nokia is hosting a launch event in Abu Dhabi on October 22nd, and the company is expected to announce a lineup of six new devices, including an accessory that’s “pretty special”, according The Verge’s sources. Among the expected new devices is the purported Nokia Lumia 1520 (Bandit), a six-inch... Read more...
Let's stop harping on it. We've already discussed Microsoft's failures and shortcomings with their first generation of Surface and Surface RT devices. The company's $900 million dollar mistake has been bounced around along with Steve Ballmer's tenure ad nauseam and so it's probably no surprise that more than a few... Read more...
Microsoft recently unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products, both of which feel like premium upgrades over the original (we were on hand at the event and got to play with these devices). They're leaner, faster, and generally better equipped than the original Surface tablets, but if there's one area consumers... Read more...
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Surface, Panos Panay had his work cut out for him at the company's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch event on Monday. Microsoft needed compelling product demos to showcase their new hardware against the current backdrop of stiff competition of alternative platforms and products from Google... Read more...
It should come as a surprise to no one that Microsoft hasn't been pleased with how smartphones equipped with its mobile OS have been selling, with many speculating that a solution could only come about if the company took things into its own hands. Well, with its announced acquisition of Nokia, it's clear that... Read more...
In the hardware world, even the best-selling devices eventually reach EOL (end-of-life) status. And, as fate would have it, it seems that the software world follows suit. But every now and again, a product is killed that leaves us scratching our heads. While Windows Phone 8 is clearly the premier mobile product for Microsoft, it sure doesn't... Read more...
Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s mobile business, effectively ending any possibility that Nokia Lumia phones might someday run Android, and the Redmond-based company is wasting no time in rebranding the line of handsets currently bearing the name “Nokia”. According to a photo dug up by IBtimes, a UK advertisement from Microsoft... Read more...
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