Microsoft kits out new Envisioning Center with 120-inch 4K TV

Microsoft doesn’t make televisions, and yet over the years it has made some impressive displays. The first of those was the original Microsoft Surface interactive display, then the second-generation Surface, and now they’ve created a one-of-a-kind 120-inch 4K TV. The super-wide display is hanging on a wall in Microsoft’s newly opened Envisioning Center located in Seattle…. Read more →

BlackBerry CEO knocks Samsung’s enterprise plans, security: Fear or fact?

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins knows where his company’s bread is buttered—the enterprise—and he’s not too keen to Samsung’s encroachment amid the bring your own device trend. In an interview with CNET’s Roger Cheng, Heins made the following points as the BlackBerry Z10 launched in the U.S.: Android is susceptible to attacks. BlackBerry 10 was designed… Read more →

Apple: On the art of entering a (corporate) corner

When Scott Forstall left his post as the leader of the iOS team at Apple, some called it a return to the minimalist designs championed by Jonathan Ive, the leader of the industrial design team at the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. The design concept known as “skeumorphism” — in which digital resources mimic their real-world counterparts… Read more →

How Microsoft’s Bing-related research is funneling back into products

Microsoft officials have been attempting to make more explicit how Microsoft Research (MSR) projects end up benefiting the company on the commercial-product front. One way they’ve attempted to do this is by publishing lists of research technologies that end up “transferring” to product groups. In looking at these lists recently, I was struck by how… Read more →

BlackBerry Z10 accessories roundup (review)

Previous | Next Image 1 of 24 BlackBerry Z10 Transform Hard Shell The BlackBerry Z10 launces today in the US and as you go to pick one up you may want to try out some accessories. I have been testing the BlackBerry Flip Shell, Transform Shell, Mini Stereo Speaker, and Battery Charger Bundle. Z10 Flip… Read more →

Could drive vendors end transient drive failures?

For several decades drive vendors have defended the reliability of disks by noting that half of all returned drives worked just fine when tested. But why would customers go to the trouble of returning a perfectly good drive? The problem is so widespread that there is a storage company – X-IO – whose products can… Read more →

Blackstone Studying Dell, but Said to Be Unlikely to Bid

Brendan McDermid/ReutersEarlier this year, Blackstone hired Dell’s chief in-house deal maker, David Johnson. The private equity giant Blackstone Group is weighing whether to make an offer for all or part of Dell as a Friday deadline looms, people briefed on the matter said Thursday. But some people close to Blackstone are skeptical that any offer will materialize. Rivals to the… Read more →

Microsoft Releases Report on Law Enforcement Requests

The report, which Microsoft said it planned to update every six months, showed that law enforcement agencies in five countries — Britain, France, Germany, Turkey and the United States — accounted for 69 percent of the 70,665 requests the company received last year. In 80 percent of requests, Microsoft provided elements of what is called noncontent data, like an account… Read more →

Lockheed Martin Harnesses Quantum Technology

But a powerful new type of computer that is about to be commercially deployed by a major American military contractor is taking computing into the strange, subatomic realm of quantum mechanics. In that infinitesimal neighborhood, common sense logic no longer seems to apply. A one can be a one, or it can be a one and a zero and everything… Read more →

Executives Press European Antitrust Chief on Google

The letter, organized by one of the original complainants in the case, a British online shopping service called Foundem, asked the E.U. competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, to take a hard line in ongoing negotiations with Google to produce concessions that would protect small European competitors. Google, which is used for more than 80 percent of the searches conducted in Europe,… Read more →