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More Tech Industry Opinion

  • Opinion: Anonymous Hackers Meet the Long Arm of the Law

    Civil disobedience isn't always glamorous--especially when it comes time to pay the piper.

  • Opinion: If e-readers destroyed high-street bookshops, they have only themselves to blame

    What's the difference between bookselling giants Amazon and Barns & Noble on the one hand, and Borders and WH Smith on the other? Simple: you have never yet seen a WH Smith- or a Borders-branded e-reader. And you never will.

  • Opinion: HTC's Apple Patent Loss: Android Fans Shouldn't Worry

    HTC's infringement of two Apple patents has led to some gloomy predictions about the future of Android phones, but for consumers it's business as usual -- at least for now.

  • Opinion: Internet access: Can the government cut you off?

    The UK has been heavily criticised in a new UN report stating that internet access is a human right.

  • Opinion: Google Antitrust Scrutiny: The Price of Success

    It was revealed this week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun an antitrust investigation of Google business practices. Whether or not Google is guilty of unfair practices or not, the very fact that antitrust assertions are being made is a sign of success. Congratulations Google! You've officially made it to the big time.

  • Opinion: Why ICANN changes spell out: 'no you can't'

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently approved a radical shake-up of the way website addresses are formulated. The current method of assigning one of a limited number of domain names (.com or .co.uk, for instance) was inevitably going to buckle, but it’s worth reflecting on how well it worked.

  • Opinion: Copyright Grinch Pulls 'Friday' YouTube Video

    You don't know what you've got until it's gone -- it rings true for YouTube video sensation Rebecca Black with her viral song Friday. The popular YouTube video, with more than 167 million views, is no longer available due to a copyright claim filed by none other than Rebecca Black.

  • Opinion: Apple Back-to-School Deal Pales to Microsoft's Offer

    The back-to-school season is a great time for new students (or people who have latched on to their old college IDs) to get discounts on laptops and other computer gear -- not to mention awesome freebies that big PC companies throw in. Traditionally, Apple has one of the best giveaways: a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. But this year, Apple went to the Land of the Lame, and was easily bested by Microsoft's superior special.

  • Opinion: Cloud CIO: In Defense of Corporate IT

    The threat that cloud computing poses to CIOs and IT professionals' careers does not stem from cloud computing rendering corporate IT departments irrelevant. Rather, it comes from CIOs' and IT professionals' failure to face the revolution that cloud computing brings and to assume much more important positions inside their firms.

  • Opinion: Nokia Wins Patent War with Apple--You're Next Android

    Don't put any dirt on Nokia's coffin just yet--the company still has some life in it. A victory in its patent war with Apple means a new revenue stream for Nokia, and a stronger position to enforce its patent portfolio with other mobile device makers.

  • Opinion: Invisible tablet war hots up

    It's time for tablet makers to stop telling us about their fabulous devices, and start making them available.

  • Opinion: Why E-Books Are Bad for You

    At first glance, e-readers and e-books seem like a good thing for consumers and business users. After all, they've been found to increase the amount of reading people do, and prices on the readers keep getting lower, putting them within reach of an ever-larger proportion of the world.

  • Opinion: Microsoft @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    After the unexpected success of the Kinect Microsoft is a company at ease, and more than willing to disappoint.

  • Opinion: MESH in Administration: the day the UK PC industry died?

    The final independent UK manufacturer of its size, MESH's demise is bad news for its 150 or so employees, bad news for customers awaiting product or refund, and even worse news for the idea that an independent UK medium-sized business can compete with the likes of Apple, HP and Dell.

  • Opinion: How to get 10-meg broadband, anywhere in the UK

    As we reported earlier, Eutelsat Communications today announced affordable, always-on broadband for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live in relation to the nearest phone exchange.

  • Opinion: Navigate Office Documents Freely With Office Tab Free

    What's one of the most annoying things about Microsoft Office? How difficult it is to keep track of all the documents you have open. Wouldn't it be nice if you could see them all as separate tabs, in the same way you can see different Web sites in a browser? With Office Tab Free (free), you can do exactly that. It comes in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

  • Opinion: Unite Microsoft Office With Google Docs

    Wouldn't it be great if you could combine the best of Microsoft Office and Google Docs? Imagine the feature set and usability of Office with the ability of Google Docs to store documents in the cloud and share them. With Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, that's exactly what you get. This free add-in for Microsoft Office, which hails from Google, lets you save your Office documents to Google Docs, where you can use them as you would normally.

  • Opinion: IHS Acquires Dyadem

    On April 27th, IHS acquired Dyadem as part of its strategy to expand its environment, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability portfolio. Although IHS did not release any data on the financial details of the acquisition or Dyadem's recent revenue numbers, we do know that Dyadem and its 100 or so employees will bring capabilities in operational risk management, particularly with respect to product design, product quality, and manufacturing. (Dyadem is headquartered in Toronto; its placement on PROFIT Magazine's list of Canada's fastest growing companies indicates Dyadem grew 345% over the five years leading up to 2010, and [04 May 2011

  • Opinion: Rethinking Licensing

    Last week, I attended a music industry conference that was presented by the Berklee College of Music in association with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Harvard Business School. Rethink Music examined the business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era, with topics on licensing, cloud, and alternative business models factoring prominently in the discussions.

  • Opinion: It's Time to Give Digital Rights Management the Boot

    Today may be "Star Wars" Day thanks to its lispy slogan, "May the 4th be with you," but it's also a day the Free Software Foundation has chosen to call attention to a tech-enabled problem. Specifically, by designating May 4 as its Day Against DRM, the organization hopes to draw attention to the high costs of digital rights management.



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