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It appears that Microsoft is doing a lot more than having Jerry Seinfeld munching churros and going shoe shopping with Bill Gates to help bolster the company's image. Part of Microsoft's $300 million marketing campaign includes placing Microsoft customer service representatives in select consumer electronics retail outlets across the U.S. Similar in nature to "Apple Geniuses," Microsoft will be placing 155 "Microsoft Gurus" at Best Buy, Circuit City, and similar stores before the end of this year--presumably in time for the holiday shopping season. While the Microsoft Gurus will "be answering questions about PCs and Microsoft products, as well as giving demos of how the company's products work... Read more...
A job posting spotted on ComputerJobs.com shows that Microsoft is looking for a Senior Product Manager for a project called Skymarket, a "a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile." With both Apple and Google either having or planning centralized stores for applications for their platforms, Microsoft's been the odd-man out. There are various stores that sell Windows Mobile software, but nothing centralized and Microsoft-backed. According to the job post: Key Responsibilities include the following: Definition of the product offering, pricing, business model and policies that will make the Windows Mobile marketplace "the place to be" for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows... Read more...
There have been rumors of a Google-developed browser circulating for a few years now, and it appears that rumor is about to become fact. The Wall Street Journal posted a news story today confirming that a launch of Google's open-source web browser, now known as Google Chrome, is imminent..."Google Inc. confirmed that it plans to launch its own Web browser, in the latest twist in a battle with Microsoft Corp. over key Internet technologies.  The Internet company, in a posting on its Web site Monday, indicated that a beta version of the software would be available for download on Tuesday.  The company said the software is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering... Read more...
A recent survey of IT professionals reveals that just under half of them (45 percent) were either "not confident or only slightly confident" that they were aware of all the endpoints connecting to their organizations' networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, half of the respondents were also concerned that a security breach on their organizations' networks could jeopardize their employment or that of some of their staff. The study was sponsored by Mirage Networks, a Network Access Control (NAC) provider, and included "194 respondents, representing a variety of IT functions and companies that ranged in size from small businesses with less than 100 endpoints to large enterprises with more than 10,000... Read more...
ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award-- Integrating Dual CPU Performance with Compact Size -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities. With a CEB form factor, the Z7S WS offers a compact, yet powerful workstation.In additions to dual CPU sockets, the Z7S WS' 6 fully buffered (FB) DIMMs, dual Gigabit LAN, dual e-SATA, firewire, and 5 USB ports offer rich flexibility... Read more...
Microsoft has created a blog dedicated to Windows 7, the upcoming (in 2010, according to Microsoft) successor to Windows Vista. The first post in the blog, Microsoft said that first in-depth technical details will come at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), both scheduled for October.We have two significant events for developers and the overall ecosystem around Windows this fall. The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) on October 27 and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) the following week both represent the first venues where we will provide in-depth technical information about Windows 7. This blog will... Read more...
We just received some breaking news out of SIGGRAPH 2008 that we thought many of you would be very interested in. If you recall, one of the capabilities Intel is touting in regard to their upcoming Larrabee architecture is the ability to perform real-time ray tracing. In the graphics space, ray tracing is a technique used to generate an image by tracing the rays or paths of light as they bounce through and around the objects in a scene. When done right, ray tracing can produce photorealistic imagery because shadows are cast correctly, water and other materials show proper reflections with correct coloring, and lighting in general just looks more realistic. The problem with ray tracing is... Read more...
Market research mavens NPD went computer shopping, and came back with some  info we've all suspected for a long time: Desktop or laptop, a Macintosh computer costs more than double a roughly comparable Windows PC machine. Since they compiled prices for three years running, they also saw which way the trend line was going. Average selling prices for Macs either went up or stayed the same, depending on whether it's a desktop or laptop, while Windows machine prices either held steady, like desktops, or in the case of laptops --plunged. Joe Wilcox of Applewatch noticed the same thing while pricing laptops:On Saturday, Aug. 2, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing... Read more...
Sony Pictures Television, like every branch of the Sony world, always seems to be swimming around in a pool of twenties. They arrive late, bring money, and buy whatever they like. They apparently like the semi-snarky vlog news site Rocketboom.com a lot; they've acquired the rights to distribute it in all media platforms. They plan on plopping it into their existing Crackle site, which has a large network and is no doubt hungry for things to show to web-savvy hipsters. But seriously; seven figures for Rocketboom? Andrew Baron, owner of Rocketboom, explains: Upon becoming free to make a move, we signed up with Creative Artists, and engaged in months of talks about possible partnerships with traditional... Read more...
Since moving to the "top of the world," everything Apple does is watched - and watched carefully.  With iPhone launches done (though iPhone shortages still of interest), some have turned their eyes toward the more mundane portion of Apple's business: the computer portion of it.  And some circuit board orders are being pointed as a possible clue of new MacBooks.The Commercial Times reported (in Chinese, but translated by Digitimes) that Apple has increased its orders of printed-circuit boards for notebooks by 20 percent, compared to last quarter.Macs are selling pretty well lately, but that's a stronger boost than would be expected from the usual seasonal patterns, and it's unlikely... Read more...
Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ... All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft announced that as of November 1st, that venerable old OS would go the way of the dodo.As John Coyne announced in the blog post: for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. Now we all know that it's been long gone... Read more...
Ever wonder why Microsoft releases these sorts of major updates via manual update first? Well, if you've been reading along, you know why (and we've seen more than one example of why). However, Windows XP SP3, after its initial fits and starts, is nearly ready to hit automatic distribution via Windows Update.This was revealed in an MSDN blog post by Nick MacKechnie, senior technical account manager at Microsoft New Zealand:Hi All,Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly. The third service pack to Windows XP includes the previously... Read more...
Sometimes a "very, very, very small minority" can have a big impact--especially if that minority is a very, very, very vocal one. A week and a half ago, Netflix announced that it would be killing off its Profiles feature. But following the outpouring of a not-so-silent minority who were less-than thrilled with this decision, Netflix has done an about-face and now reports that Netflix Profiles has been not only been granted a stay of execution, but a full pardon. The following e-mail went out to some Netflix users today:The Netflix Community Blog further reports on this issue by stating:"We were persuaded by the well-reasoned, sincere responses of loyal members who very much value this feature.... Read more...
Buried in the letter which Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group sent to Windows customers earlier this week, which re-affirmed that XP is pretty much gone after June 30th (with a few exceptions, more later), was a note that indicated that customers wanted a "more regular, predictable Windows release schedule." Based on that, he said the following:Some of you may have heard about "Windows 7", which is the working name for the next release of Microsoft Windows. We have learned a great deal through the feedback you have shared with us about Windows Vista and that feedback is playing an important role in our work on Windows 7. You have told us you... Read more...
Upon first glance, today's press release from AMD, "AMD and Havok to Optimize Physics for Gaming," caused us to do a double take. Considering the long-time feud between AMD and Intel, it seemed surprising that any sort of amicable partnership could develop between AMD and an Intel-owned company, such as Havok:  "AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Havok today announced plans to jointly investigate the optimization of physics effects utilizing AMD's full line of products. With over 100 developers and 300 leading titles already using Havok’s physics engine -- Havok Physics -- the company has clearly defined its position as the leading developer of game physics. By working together, both companies are demonstrating... Read more...
Thecus Sensation At Computex 2008 Reporting live from Thecus booth at Computex 2008 in Taipei, it is packed with visitors who are looking for latest innovation in digital storage technology. During the exhibition, users have the opportunity to meet with the most outstanding NAS products from Thecus. This year, Thecus is introducing 5 new products to be launched this year, offering much higher data security and performance plus more functionalities and convenience. Home users extremely enjoy the experience with the latest N4100PRO and M3800. Powered by AMD Geode LX800 CPU and 256MB of DDR memory, the N4100PRO is capable to provide supreme performance with much lower power consumption. The additional... Read more...
The Firefox browser from Mozilla is on version three. And version three is currently available as "Prerelease Candidate 2". That means it's not ready for public consumption, but many people are using it. It's unlikely that much will change after Prerelease Candidate 2, so let's go with it. According to Walt Mossberg at least, Firefox 3 is the best browser you can buy right now, and of course, like all the other major browsers, you can't buy it -- it's free. I’ve been using prerelease versions of Firefox 3.0 for months, and have recently been testing a near-final version and comparing it closely to IE and to Safari. I have tested it on multiple Windows PCs and Macs, on desktops and laptops, over... Read more...
The Wall Street Journal's sixth All Things Digital conference (D6) continues to make news--this time with Sony Corp.'s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, showing off an OLED TV prototype that he claims is a mere "0.3mm" thick, has a contrast ratio of "a million to one," and is "a hundred times brighter than an LCD screen." Sony plans to introduce a 27-inch version within the next 12 months. The TV can be made of either glass or plastic and can be used to produce displays on curved surfaces. The D6 conference released a seven-minute video with clips from the Stringer interview. From 1:53 in to 3:22, Stringer talks about and shows off the display:Stringer showed this next-gen OLED TV technology, sitting... Read more...
Microsoft is going multi-touch crazy. First it was the Microsoft Surface technology, which debuted last year at The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) fifth edition of its All Things Digital Conference (D5). Next came multi-touch walls, which Bill Gates demonstrated only a few weeks ago at Microsoft's own CEO Summit. Fast forward to last night, and (not coincidentally) Bill Gates showed off Microsoft's latest multi-touch foray at WSJ's sixth edition of its All Things Digital Conference (D6)-- this time multi-touch is going to be an integral element of the next version of Windows, Windows 7. "Touch is quickly becoming a common way of directly interacting with software and devices. Touch-enabled surfaces... Read more...
All of the three major browsers are given away free to anyone that will take them. But that doesn't make the the competition among them any less ferocious; just the opposite, really. Microsoft's Internet Explorer enjoys about a 75 percent share of users, Mozilla's Firefox 18 percent, and Apple's Safari has 5 percent. Mozilla and Microsoft are battling one another by offering newer versions of their browsers, out in beta now, and Apple is trying to gain market share by surreptitiously bundling Safari with automatic updates for its iTunes music player. Why fight over free stuff? Because many feel the browser will become everything to the user in the future, supplanting the importance of even the... Read more...
Apple is certainly litigious over the use of the word "pod," and on Wednesday it received a taste of its own medicine, as it was sued over its "Mighty Mouse."  No, it's not for the reason you might think, as its already licensed the name "Mighty Mouse" from CBS.Apple is facing a new lawsuit over its Mighty Mouse peripheral, reports say. The case was filed in Greenbelt, Maryland by a company called Man & Machine, which is accusing Apple of violating a trademark associated with its own Mighty Mouse device, an optical mouse designed to be waterproof and chemical-resistant for use in environments such as labs and hospitals. Crucially, M&M began selling its product in 2004, over a year... Read more...
Besides the obvious question: why would anyone want this on their iPhone, there's also the question: why would anyone create this ... monstrosity?The images we received imply that somehow has found a way to get Windows running on an iPhone. As soon as you pick yourself up from the floor and you catch up with reality, you will find out that this is just a sorta-Vista iPhone. It doesn’t run Windows, not natively and not in emulation mode, but is simply a pixel-perfect skin for the iPhone GUI, complete with a taskbar, a round Start button, icons, wallpapers, user interface elements and even sounds, including Windows chimes. The lock screen is also modified, as well as boot and restore screens.A... Read more...
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