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Microsoft’s Sinofsky responds to complaint over Office 2013 on Surface RT

Throughout the Windows 8 development cycle, Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has been a regular participant in comment threads on the Building Windows 8 blog, delivering often lengthy replies to complaints or suggestions in the blog’s comment section. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s also willing to sign in on other popular discussion forums and contribute an authoritative answer. Case… Read more →

Windows 8 surfaces without me

Tulsa’s Surface Store A product like Windows 8 only comes along once every 15 years or so–Windows 95 was the last such product–and it’s disappointing to think that the whole thing left me a little underwhelmed. One possible reason for my disappointment might be because I missed the launch entirely*. I visited the Microsoft Popup Store the day of the… Read more →

Danger lurks in counterfeit iPhone/iPad USB adapters

A recent blog post by software engineer Ken Shirriff tested a dozen USB chargers sold worldwide: both the versions that come in the shrinkwrapped box from the manufacturer, as well as third-party products. It also looked at counterfeits. The article asked the question whether “a charger provides silky-smooth power or if it is a dangerous charger that emits noisy power… Read more →

Does OpenOffice have a future?

A few days ago the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache OpenOffice had graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). That’s nice but will be it enough to make OpenOffice matter given that its LibreOffice fork has stolen much of its thunder? Sure, it’s nice as Andrea Pescetti, VP of Apache OpenOffice, said “The OpenOffice graduation… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

I.B.M. Reports Nanotube Chip Breakthrough

I.B.M. Research The face of an I.B.M. research scientist, Hongsik Park, is reflected in a wafer used to make microprocessors. I.B.M. scientists are reporting progress in a chip making technology that is likely to ensure the shrinking of the size of the basic digital switch at the heart of modern microchips for more than another decade. The advance, first described… Read more →

In The Enterprise, Windows 8 Tablets May Zoom Past PCs

With Windows 8 in enterprises, it’s increasingly looking like a Tale of Two Versions. Despite having an entrenched user base of hundreds of millions of potentially-upgradeable PCs, CIOs and other IT leaders are showing more interest in Windows 8 on tablets and convertible devices that some are nicknaming ‘tabtops’ or ‘laptablets’ (see my gallery of seventeen of the hottest Windows… Read more →

Details emerge on Apple’s Fusion Drive technology

At last week’s event introducing the iPad mini, Apple also rolled out new iMac and Mac mini models that be configured with a proprietary “Fusion Drive.” This technology presents a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD) as a single volume to the user. There are all kinds of labels being applied to the technology, however, it looks… Read more →