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Earlier this week, Microsoft principal program manager Chaitanya Sareen dished out information on why Microsoft ultimately decided to kill the Start Menu and replace it with the polarizing Start Screen. According to her, killing the Start Menu wasn't seen as a big deal, given that consumers and businesses had largely stopped using it. We’d... Read more...
Amid a wicked thunderstorm with high winds and wide scale power outages on the mid-atlantic coast, an Amazon facility in Virginia that supports its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) server went down late last night, temporarily taking out any number of website--including Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram. By now, Netflix... Read more...
As was long rumored to be the case, Google's Nexus 7 tablet is real, as confirmed and unveiled by the sultan of search at the Google I/O conference this week. Given the device's size and spec sheet, it seems clear Google is going after the same market currently dominated by Amazon's Kindle Fire, and not necessarily the iPad. But fear not if... Read more...
It appears HTC just tipped off a general release date for its upcoming Droid Incredible 4G LTE smartphone. Apparently giddy with excitement, the mobile phone maker took to Twitter and teased the fact that it's brewing up something special to be revealed in the first week of July. "Next week, we've some special fun headed your way. We hear... Read more...
Quick, someone queue up Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," because that song describes how LinkedIn must be feeling after Twitter decided it was time to end their two-and-a-half-year partnership and move on. "Consistent with Twitter’s evolving platform efforts, Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn starting later today,"... Read more...
International love? Delta's got plenty of that. While some foreign airlines have announced sporadic plans to bring in-flight Wi-Fi to planes making the leap over entire oceans, Delta is amongst the first of the legacy U.S.-based carriers to follow suit. Today, Delta's fleet is better covered with Gogo than most other legacy fleets, but that... Read more...
Ever heard of RED? That's the company making those crazy high-resolution 4K EPIC cameras that all the fancy filmmakers seem to be using these days. But it's the 4K part here that we want to point out; while RED's 4K cameras are wildly small for capturing that much detail, what about this guy? A Canadian company by the name of Point Grey just... Read more...
Today is the day. If you're a MobileMe user, the doors are closing -- it's one last call for a clouded shot, if you will. Apple pretty much started the process of shutting the door on MobileMe just as soon as iCloud was introduced, and users have known that this day was coming for months on end. But for avid MobileMe... Read more...
While monstrous gaming towers are fun, they aren't exactly a necessity for everyone. For those with simpler desktop needs, Asus is planning to introduce something a bit slimmer. Trimmer. And, all around sexier. The upcoming EeeBox EB1030 sports a slender, tall look, with a vertical assortment of I/O ports and enough horsepower to handle the... Read more...
Yikes. If you've been considering the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you may want to act fast. Apple has just landed a huge legal victory in its fight against Samsung, as a U.S. District Judge in San Jose ruled that the Galaxy Nexus infringed as Apple had been claiming. It's all over a patent spat, but this ruling is fairly serious. So... Read more...
How much trouble is Research in Motion (RIM) in? Enough that the company is reportedly considering previously unacceptable options like spinning off the handset business, or partnering with Microsoft. The company's quarterly results, reported yesterday, were disastrous. Revenue tumbled by a third from Q4 2012 levels... Read more...
That didn't take long. HP has publicly confirmed that it has cancelled plans to bring a Windows RT (aka Windows on ARM) tablet to market in time for the Windows 8 debut. The company has decided to focus on its x86 customer base instead. HP spokesperson Marlene Somsak has said that "The decision was influenced by input... Read more...
In the competitive wireless provider market, it’s tough for the major players to gain an edge over one another, but one way to do that is by offering compelling service plans. Verizon is taking a swing at offering the type of plan consumers have been clamoring for—one that lets users on the same account share a pool of minutes,... Read more...
Google is continuing to take advantage of its I/O conference to announce new features for many of its products. One of the most requested features for Google Docs is finally here: offline editing. With this new feature, you can now create and edit Google documents and leave comments even if you don't have an Internet connection. When you get... Read more...
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