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Windows 8/8.1 about to overtake plunging XP, on Netmarketshare’s latest numbers

Windows XP’s market share has tumbled to just 17.2 percent — a fall of 6.7 percentage points — according to Netmarketshare‘s latest figures, published today by Net Applications. At the same time, the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has climbed to 16.8 percent, which is only 0.4 percentage points behind the… Read more →

Top Android news of the week: Motorola is Lenovo, hot Nexus 6, Android in McDonald’s

Lenovo closes the deal to buy Motorola from Google Lenovo has absorbed Motorola with the closing of its $2.91bn purchase from Google of the Android phone maker. In a statement from the president of Motorola, the company will continue operations from its HQ in Chicago, and operate as a subsidiary of Lenovo. Google retains ownership… Read more →

New agency with funky name wants to make federal government IT more agile

The U.S. General Services Administration has a new unit, 18F, which is pushing for agile software development practices across the world’s biggest bureaucracy — the federal government.  The question is, can the tail wag the dog? Can a small, determined feisty agency introduce agile principles to guide development and purchasing within a $82-billion-a-year IT behemoth?… Read more →

The Internet inside the enterprise: We don’t have it, and we need it

A strange thing happened on the way towards a mature, modern, and predictable practice of enterprise IT: The Internet broke out and changed just about everything about technology. It also upended the whole model of IT, from architecture, software development, and service delivery to business models, rates of change, and even the very mindset behind… Read more →

The Internet inside the enterprise: We don’t have it, and we need it

A strange thing happened on the way towards a mature, modern, and predictable practice of enterprise IT: The Internet broke out and changed just about everything about technology. It also upended the whole model of IT, from architecture, software development, and service delivery to business models, rates of change, and even the very mindset behind… Read more →

The Internet inside the enterprise: We don’t have it, and we need it

A strange thing happened on the way towards a mature, modern, and predictable practice of enterprise IT: The Internet broke out and changed just about everything about technology. It also upended the whole model of IT, from architecture, software development, and service delivery to business models, rates of change, and even the very mindset behind… Read more →

Samsung fires another shot at Microsoft in Android patent battle

You might think that Samsung stopped paying Android patent licensing fees to Microsoft because of concerns about the viability of Microsoft’s Android patents, but that’s not what Samsung has been arguing. Instead, Samsung’s position has been that Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition breached the patent license agreement. Now, Samsung has added some more details to this defense: Paying Microsoft after… Read more →

Amazon defends weak diversity scorecard with STEM programs, Affinity Groups

It’s becoming commonplace for tech companies to now reveal numbers breaking down gender and ethnicity demographics within their workforces — no matter how deplorable they might be. Amazon is finally ponying up its own stats following the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and eBay, among others. But while Amazon’s report is much more fleshed… Read more →

BlackBerry brings new privacy features to upgraded BBM

BlackBerry rolled out a new version of its messaging service BBM, adding timed messages, HD picture transfer and message retraction. Central to those features and others introduced with the new release is the extra layer of privacy that BlackBerry said allows users to take more control over their shared messages and content. In a slightly… Read more →