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  • News: For a Speedy Boot, Try Firefox-Based xPUD Linux

    Microsoft may be able to achieve relatively quick boot times using its forthcoming Windows 8, but the fact remains that for most of us--running on less-than-ideal hardware--those records will likely be out of reach.

  • News: Apple battles Nokia, RIM and Motorola over nano-SIM standard

    Next week, two proposals for a new, smaller SIM card, dubbed nano-SIM -- one backed by Apple and the other by Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility -- will go head-to-head as ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) decides which card future smartphones and tablets will use.

  • News: Microsoft Ad Pokes Fun at IE, Urges Users to Give IE9 a Chance

    In a new ad campaign, Microsoft is showing acceptance for Internet Explorer's dark past, calling it “the browser you loved to hate.”

  • News: Smule's Beatstream game taps into your iPhone's music

    Smule, the developer behind musical iOS apps like Magic Piano and I Am T-Pain, on Wednesday unveiled its latest musically-focused app: Beatstream. It’s a fast-paced casual game where you play along to the music you already keep on your iPhone.

  • News: Outlook 15 Gets Ready for Touch Tablets

    The next version of Outlook, part of Office 15, is all about touch and unification with other Microsoft products including native Hotmail and social networking integration, a new feature called Peek, a Windows Phone-style "People" menu, and touch optimization. That's my takeaway from Paul Thurrott's look at the Outlook 15 preview, as part of the Windows-focused blogger's sneak peek at the next version of Microsoft Office. While Outlook 15 is still a traditional desktop app, several changes appear to be preparing the way for users to access the program on a touch tablet.

  • News: What to do when Windows Explorer doesn't refresh

    Since the Vista era, Windows users have been suffering from one of the most annoying bugs in the history of Windows bugs. It's no bluescreen, it's no random driver freeze -- at least those always have a clear solution. It's a bug in Windows Explorer that prevents files and folders from properly updating until you perform a manual refresh. And it apparently has several solutions and workarounds but no concrete fix by Microsoft -- not for Windows Vista, Windows 7 (SP1) and not for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It's still there. These are the symptoms:

  • News: Fujitsu tech can tell when you're stressed on the phone, vulnerable to scams

    Japanese technology giant Fujitsu said it has developed a system that can determine when someone is being targeted by a phone scam.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Debuts Detailed 3D Landmarks

    The 3D representations of buildings in Google Maps have been enhanced, with more than 1,000 landmarks across the world available to check out in detailed imagery. The new renderings look more like the real buildings with shadows and smoother curves, but they’re available just in Google Maps online for now.

  • News: Cisco offers virtualized video surveillance

    Cisco today announced a virtualized version of its Video Surveillance software for use on its Unified Computing System platform for enterprise- or government-operated video-camera deployments.

  • News: Browser survey puts Chrome in first place -- for just one day

    Google's Chrome browser overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer, all versions combined, to become the number one browser for a single day last weekend, according to figures from website analytics company StatCounter.

  • News: GAME files for administration

    GAME Group, which sells computer video games and consoles, has filed for administration.

  • News: Microsoft unveils localized Windows Phone 7.5 for China

    Microsoft unveiled its localized Windows Phone 7.5 operating system for China on Wednesday, as the company's partners prepare to bring the mobile OS to the country for the first time.

  • News: JP Morgan goes live with LSE-hosted trade messaging platform

    JP Morgan has gone live with a London Stock Exchange-hosted communications platform that is designed to increase operational efficiency and fully meet compliance demands.

  • News: Rolls-Royce revs up retuned vendor strategy

    Rolls-Royce has replaced HP as its single outsourcer, appointing Capgemini to lead a new multi-vendor strategy.

  • News: Quantum unveils enterprise-class cloud backup services

    Quantum has partnered with Xerox, which is using two new products for a cloud-based backup service.

  • Opinion: Google Gets Patent for Using Background Noise to Target Ads

    Google, on Tuesday, was awarded a patent for "advertising based on environmental conditions." In other words, Google has patented the technique of using environmental factors gathered through a device's sensors to target ads at users.

  • News: Venmo aims to make mobile payments social

    Venmo, a venture-funded East Coast startup, Tuesday publicly launched a person-to-person payment app that emphasizes sharing payments on social networks.

  • News: How Soon Will Your Mobile Video Chat Be Fantastic?

    Once cameras became standard equipment on mobile phones, it was only a matter of time before vendors realized that the foundation was there for using image-capture technology to transmit video. It's actually possible that by the time we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the AT&T picture phone shown at the 1964 New York World's Fair, video chat may even be commonplace.

  • News: Oracle net income rises 18 percent, but hardware sales slump

    Oracle on Tuesday said third-quarter net income rose 18 percent to US$2.5 billion, while revenues grew 3 percent to $9 billion. However, hardware systems revenues sagged 16 percent to $869 million.

  • News: Sonos releases new desktop controller for Mac

    Sonos, maker of multiroom wireless home speaker systems like the Multi-Room Music System 2.7 and the Play:3, released the latest version of its Mac Controller app on Tuesday. The Controller app, which allows users to remotely control their Sonos speaker system, recieved updates that include a sleeker look and improvements to search, streaming, and volume control.



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