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We know that Windows 8 is getting a facelift with Windows Blue sometime soon, but in the meantime, Microsoft is busily updating its apps with tweaks to make them work better and give users enhanced features. Starting today, you can download updates from the Windows Store for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps. The Mail app now lets you filter for all unread emails; gives you enhanced abilities to create and move folders and items within folders; lets you flag important messages (and stashed them in a special folder); and allows you to better manage new emails and drafts of emails. There’s also enhanced email search functionality. In addition to being a little easier to read with white... Read more...
Alternative energy advocate, Dr. Lyle Dennis, loved the idea behind General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Volt electric concept car so much, that he not only created a Website devoted to it (GM-Volt.com) soon after GM announced the concept vehicle in 2007, but he has spent a significant amount of time leading a grassroots effort to convince GM to commit to building it... Which GM finally did in June 2008. Part of GM's decision to move forward is a direct result of Dennis's efforts. The primary function of Dennis's GM-Volt.com site was to assemble a list of potential customers interested in purchasing a Volt. Dennis hoped that if enough people expressed interest, GM would respond by committing to manufacture... Read more...
Apple has agreed to buy a relatively small microprocessor company named PA Semi. PA is known for making  powerful chips that have very low power consumption. That would seem to indicate that Apple intends to use their own chips in the iPhone and other portable devices going forward, as these devices rely heavily on low power consumption. It would also seem to indicate that Apple is fixing to tell Intel to take a long walk on a short pier. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not comment on our purposes and plans," said Apple  (nasdaq: AAPL -  news  -  people ) spokesman Steve Dowling. He declined to comment on the value of the... Read more...
Ask a teenager to send you an e-mail, and you'll get the same look you'd give someone if they asked you to send them a self-addressed stamped envelope to reply to a post-it note.  As far as communication goes nowadays, get instant, or get out. But there are still prehistoric pockets of people out there that are discovering e-mail like cavemen discover fire: Doctors. Doctor Howard Stark is leading the way out of the medical communication wilderness, no longer having a handful of clerks overbooking his time and herding all his patients into his office to cough on each other and wait. Instead, he and his assistant Michele Norris-Bell check e-mail alerts on handheld devices and -- between seeing... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that their MMORPG game World of Warcraft  passed the ten million subscriber mark. Interestingly, 5.5 million of those users are in Asia, with 2 million in Europe and 2.5 million in North America. Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007.* In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of... Read more...
This holiday season has been very generous to e-tailers, with record breaking numbers left and right.  This begs a few questions such as: what changed from last year?  Well, one of the largest changes appears to be what consumers were shopping for:“According to early online shopping statistics, sales of holiday stalwarts like jewelry, watches and flowers have dropped from last year’s levels, while sales of more practical items like furniture and appliances have climbed about 70 percent.“These reports are only preliminary, and the final results could shift a few percentage points in either way.  That said, we can certainly see a possible motivation to shop online for more practical... Read more...
A recent survey indicated that as many as 25% of people would be happy left all alone, as long as it was in cyberspace.Conducted by Zogby International, a polling firm in Utica, N.Y., the survey questions were e-mailed to a scientifically selected sample of nearly 9,800 U.S. adults, who offered precise feedback to not-so-burning questions like, "Can the Internet serve as a substitute for a significant other?" To that question, 24 percent answered "Yes." Apparently, a good broadband connection and all the possibilities it opens up would compensate for not having a companion who might, after all, leave the cap off the toothpaste, fail to put the seat down on the toilet or hog the TV remote. Singles,... Read more...
Intel, the giant semiconductor manufacturer, is the darling of Wall Street today. It reported a 43% increase in 3rd quarter profits over last year's figures.  It has also announced their intention to shed 2000 jobs, and investors like the idea of making more money with fewer people; shares of Intel surged 5% in before-stock-market-opening trading. Analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research said the chipmaker offered "very strong" fourth-quarter earnings projections. "This should push next year's numbers higher, as the gross margin starting point is higher and ripples through the model," he added. Analyst John Dryden of Charter Equity Research said "PC demand continues to exceed... Read more...
Video game behemoth Electronic Arts just got a little bigger. They've acquired two software studios, BioWare and Pandemic, for  an industry record breaking $860 million.  Although Electronic Arts is the number one video game publisher in the world, their offerings in the first person shooter/ role playing/action genre are a little  thin. These acquisitions should fix that.Prior to this deal, EA's largest acquisition was its $680 million purchase of mobile game publisher Jamdat Mobile Inc. in 2006. BioWare and Pandemic have a total of 10 games under development. Together, they employ about 800 people in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, as well as in Canada and Australia. Microsoft... Read more...
HotHardware has no idea if the mid-eighties Michael Jackson look of having zippers all over your clothes is going to make a comeback. We were referring to your cellular phone handset. According to Mei-Hui Tsai, president of Empia Technology, touch panels are becoming a very hot component right now, and it's leading to shortages in production capacity for items that use them. And the demand is only going to grow. Currently, handsets equipped with touch panels only account for 3% of the total handset market. However, the number should increase to 40% within five years, pointed out Tsai. Capacitive touch panels, as used in the iPhone, represent the newest technology, while mature... Read more...
Dialing information on your phone usually costs over a dollar. No thanks. Google's begun offering a free 411 service; just dial 800-GOOG-411 and yell what you're looking for into the phone, and hope your accent doesn't throw the automated service off.The service applies speech recognition technologies to figure out what you're searching for, and using speech synthesis to read the results back to you. Users can receive their results as a text message to their current number by saying "text message, and Goog 411 can connect users directly to a found business. Unlike some other automated 411 services, Goog 411 users can't be connected to a live operator, so users searching for something the system... Read more...
Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge PC Design People's Choice Awards Runs Parallel to $1 Million Industry Competition for Stylish Computers Built with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com and vote for their favorite concept PC design. Voters get to choose from designs submitted by companies competing for $1 million in the industry Intel Core Processor Challenge. A group of computer and design experts will award the winners in April, but consumers can now pick their favorite designs in a separate online People's Choice Award contest that also features a random $100 certificate... Read more...
Microsoft has 6 million console users on its "Live" online gaming service, and announced that starting on May 8th, you can join in using your desktop computer. Cross-platform mayhem here we come. This development has been foreshadowed by Microsoft for some time, with their ultimate aim of letting you play almost anywhere, or at the very least access your 'Live' account from any device, including your cell phone, although that last particular development is still set for the future. Unsurprisingly, the initiative is called 'Live Anywhere'. The new Live experience for PCs is said to look very much like that enjoyed by existing Xbox 360 owners, ensuring a smooth experience for those already... Read more...
Wal*Mart is starting their own online video download service today. They'll be offering movies and TV shows for a little less, generally, than Apple's similar iTunes service. Unlike some offerings, Wal-Mart will not rent films online. The films can be played on a PC or transferred to Microsoft Windows Media-compatible portable digital players. The movies will not play on Apple computers or the popular iPod. Movies bought from the Wal-Mart store also can't be burned onto a DVD, although the company said it hopes to offer the option by the end of the year. Wal-Mart says it doesn't expect digital sales to cannibalize its retail DVD business... Read more...
EDA, or Electronic Design Automation, is perhaps the single most important component of the semiconductor industry. With out EDA tools it would be impossible to develop the CPUs, GPUs, ASICs, and assorted chips that power everything from personal computers, iPods, mobile phones, game console and so on. EDA Cafe posted an article today that gives a little background on the various players in this field over the years. William Shockley, Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, Phil Moorby, Aart De Geus, Jim Solomon and others are briefly profiled. Outtake: "EDA industry is what it is today because of contributions of lots of people: academics, entrepreneurs,... Read more...
Pretty soon we're all just going to have to admit we got the message, and do our jobs. Google isn't making plausible deniability any easier;now it's a snap to get Gmail on our portable gizmos: Gmail for Mobile Devices is a free, downloadable Java application that will work on any Java-enabled mobile phone, of which there are about 300 in the United States, said Tony Hsieh, product manager for Google Mobile. The software improves on a version of Gmail released nearly a year ago that lets people access their e-mail through a mobile Web browser. Once the new Java application is installed on a phone, a person can quickly launch... Read more...
The places we live, work, and shop have not kept up with the explosion of hardware we've integrated into our lives already. When Real Estate developers talk about utilities, they're talking about water and electricity and making what's in the toilet go away when you're through with it. There's an enormous opportunity to integrate the 21st century's utilities into buildings the way running water was added before:VAR Business calls for buildings with brains: Residents of this upscale property on the Upper East Side of Manhattan can use an IP telephone and touch screen to control lighting, play music and raise the temperature... Read more...
Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People' Otellini Demonstrates Education Notebook PC for Developing Nations; Unveils Plan with Mexico to Provide 300,000 Low-Cost PCs to Teachers      AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 - The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits worldwide in the next 5 years, Intel Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said today in a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology. "We're close to achieving Andy Grove's vision of a billion connected PCs - and the economic, social and personal gains that come with them,"... Read more...
Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People' Otellini Demonstrates Education Notebook PC for Developing Nations; Unveils Plan with Mexico to Provide 300,000 Low-Cost PCs to Teachers AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 - The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits worldwide in the next 5 years, Intel Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said today in a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology. "We're close to achieving Andy Grove's vision of a billion connected PCs - and the economic, social and personal gains that come with them," said Otellini, referring to the Intel co-founder... Read more...