05 May 2013

Microsoft in denial, Windows 8 a dismal failure

Windows RT embarrassing, Windows 8 failing--

Windows RT: Who loves ya, baby? | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld: "Microsoft insists that Windows RT has a grand and glorious future. But if the accumulated Web usage statistics from the past six months can be trusted (always a dicey proposition), the operating system doesn't even have a pulse. Adding insult to injury, Lenovo's Think PC and visual category manager says he doesn't believe Windows RT "is what businesses want." Looks like consumers don't want it either. . . . Windows 8 pulls in a less than resounding 3.82 percent (I personally apologize for adding to that count), Windows 8 Touch rates an almost imperceptible and unmeasurable 0.02 percent, and Windows RT gets a big goose egg. Mac fans will note that OS X 10 -- all versions in total -- runs 6.98 percent. Even lowly Vista draws 4.75 percent, considerably more than Windows 8. Microsoft hasn't bothered to release any recent sales figures for Windows 8, much less Windows RT, but both products' fates seem pretty clear. . . ."

5 e-mail tricks every person needs to know - USA Today
On a given day, an estimated 144 billion e-mail messages are sent and received around the world. This doesn't even include spam! Compare that with an average of 175 million tweets per day, and it's clear most folks and companies still prefer e-mail when it ...

Acer Aspire R7 Switches Up Keyboard and Trackpad, Blows Minds
PC Magazine
Personal computing design continues to evolve, and Acer today unveiled a few new laptops that hinge on the idea of progressive design. All of the new laptops and tablets—including the Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks, and ...

App gap flap: New York's e-cabbies FOILED AGAIN
Hipsters hoping to hail a yellow cab with their smartphone app are going to be disappointed again as a last-minute injunction has limited the deployment of e-hailing taxicab apps Uber and Hailo in the Big Apple. The deployment was nominally a trial, but few ...

Gmail Update Adds Easy Calendar Access
PC Magazine
Dates and times within emails are now lightly underlined, encouraging the user to click them to schedule a dinner date or birthday party, without leaving the comfort of Gmail. Click on an underlined date, and you can preview your calendar for the day, to see if ...

Staples starts selling 3-D printers
3D Systems' "The Cube" can print 3-D plastic objects, and it is now available at Staples. NEW YORK (CNNMoney). 3-D printers have officially gone mainstream. You can now get one at Staples for $1,300. Staples (SPLS, Fortune 500) says it is the first major ...

Google Glass apps start to hit. Wink! Wink!
Computerworld - Now that developers have Google Glass in hand, the first apps are starting to come out. An early app that's already getting lots of attention is called Winky. Aptly named, the app enables Glass users to take a picture simply with the wink of an ...

Odds shorten that next Apple product will be cheaper iPhone
The Guardian
Apple will not release a large-screened "phablet" phone to compete with arch-rival Samsung this year, according to analysts, as the odds narrow that the technology group will release a cheaper iPhone to capture the pay-as-you-go market. Speculation over ...

Hotmail is officially dead: Microsoft shifts to Outlook - USA Today
It's official: Hotmail is dead. The company announced it has completed the transition from the email service to the new Outlook.com, which now boasts more than 400 million accounts. "We've been focused throughout the upgrade on ensuring that every ...

Intel Iris: More Pixels, Double 3-D Speed - CRN.com
Apple fulfilled a vision with Retina. Now Intel hopes to catch the gamer's eye with Iris, its next-gen video GPU to accompany Haswell, the company's fourth-generation Core processors. Unveiled in a blog post on Thursday, Iris will super-charge resolutions and...


Songza 3.0 for iOS: The single best music-streaming app?
CNET (blog)
With its new user interface, improved search capabilities, and continuing freedom from commercials, Songza deserves a permanent home on your iDevice. Rick Broida. by Rick Broida. May 3, 2013 10:20 AM PDT Follow @cheapskateblog. Songza 3 for iOS ...

Google Fiber Now Heading to Shawnee, Kansas - Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide
The Google Fiber blog reports that the company's Gigabit service is heading to Shawnee, Kansas. It's the latest in a string of locations that began in Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri and has expanded to North Kansas City, Missouri; Olathe, Kansas; Austin, Texas ...

United Nations: 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850 - USA Today
It marked the 27th year in a row the global average temperature was above average. Story Highlights. The years from 2001 to 2012 were all among the top 13 warmest on record. The sustained warming of the lower atmosphere is a worrisome sign of global ...

US Cellular to Sell 'Apple Products' This Year
PC Magazine
U.S. Cellular will begin selling "Apple products" later this year, the company announced in a first-quarter earnings report. The carrier did not specify which Apple gadgets it will sell, though the iPhone 5 is most likely. "By further strengthening our device ...

NASA to Boldly Explore the Alien World of Greenland - The Escapist
Escapist Magazine
After engineering vehicles that drop from floating rocket platforms and travel autonomously across alien worlds, NASA is ready for the next great frontier: Greenland. It's taking its latest rover out for a spin up towards the apex of Greenland's icesheet, where ...

Ford to Set Hybrid Sales Record in Five Months
Ford Motor Co. (F), seeking to challenge Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its full-year record for U.S. hybrid sales this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max models. Hybrid deliveries for Ford reached a ...

This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)
The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the "Liberator." Click to enlarge. (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes). Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world's first entirely 3D-printable handgun. Now he has. Early next week, Wilson, ...

Graphene paint could power homes of the future
Scientists at the University of Manchester used wafers of graphene, the discovery of which won researchers a Nobel Prize, with thin layers of other materials to produce solar powered surfaces. The resulting surfaces, which were paper thin and flexible, were ...


Gamer Sues Over Deceptive 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' Demos
PC Magazine
Sega and Gearbox have been hit with a class-action lawsuit that accuses the companies of promoting gameplay demos of Aliens: Colonial Marines that were nothing like the game that actually got released. According to the suit, filed in California district court ...

New Trailer Provides Sneak Peek at 'The Elder Scrolls Online'
PC Magazine
One year after Bethesda Softworks announced plans to take The Elder Scrolls online in a massively multiplayer online version, the company today revealed more details about its next chapter. The new title, developed at ZeniMax Online Studios, pits players ...

Google Getting Serious About Gaming ? It Just Hired Noah Falstein as ' Chief ...
Google Google is cooking something up with gaming. Techcrunch spotted the fact that it recently hired veteran game developer Noah Falstein as “Chief Game Designer,” meaning that it either has some sort of project going that requires a pro like Falstein, ...

Tiny Robotic Insects Take Flight
It took over a decade of work, but robotics researchers at Harvard have achieved a first: they've created robotic insects that are capable of flying. A paper describing their work is being published in this week's Science. Lead researcher Robert J. Wood has ...

Optimus Pro G: LG Releases Also-Ran Android Phablet To The Wild
A smartphone showed up at my house yesterday. Now, this is not an infrequent occurrence, so I was not surprised by its arrival. I ripped open the packaging, pulled out the familiar AT&T box and found… a gargantuan smartphone. Wait, I told myself, they sent ...


World Wide Web At 20: 12 Milestones
Two decades ago, the first Web page came to life. These milestones for users and developers have made the Web what it is today. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Thomas Claburn | May 03, 2013 09:06 AM. Microsoft Surface: Round Two ...

Don't expect more wacky 'Blood Dragon' games, says Ubisoft's Jade Raymond
Globe and Mail
Jade Raymond doesn't have any immediate plans for revenge on Montreal despite her former comrades there nuking Toronto, her new home and base of operations, in their latest game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The Ubisoft Toronto director, who is originally ...

Globe and Mail

Intel's New CEO Faces a Major Challenge - Mashable
Intel's new CEO Brian M. Krzanich, elected by the board this week to replace retiring chief executive Paul Otellini, is a longtime Intel insider whose vision must now guide the company through a time of tumult in the computing industry. The world's largest ...

Robot hand can pick up 50-pound weight, use tweezers
CBS News
The chance of having a robot that can open a can of soda for you is becoming more of a possibility. Using a three-fingered model, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and iRobot, have released a robotic hand that is able to pick up a ...

CBS News

Google: The future of search is Now
CNET (blog)
Google Now is the company's big bet to maintain market share as people leave the desktop and search on mobile and wearable devices. Dan Farber. by Dan Farber. May 3, 2013 7:25 AM PDT Follow @dbfarber. Google Now's cards try to predict what you ...

Blizzards in May. Wild fires. Is this global warming?
Sandy's been followed by massive spring snowfalls. Here's what to look for as our climate-change awareness grows. Blizzards in May.


5 Things We Learned About Bike Share After A Trip To DC
Citi Bike is coming, and there's nothing you, me, or anyone else can do to stop it. Tourists may get maimed by cars, old ladies and children may get maimed by Citi Bikes, and Citi Bikes may get maimed by fat people trying to ride them. All of these things could ...

Facebook Trusted Contacts Offers Friend-based Password Recovery
While it certainly seems like hackers have got the best of social networks like Twitter and Facebook over the past couple of months, Facebook is still looking for ways to make your account more secure. As noted by The Next Web, this week brings the ...

Hackers Turned Defense Contractor QinetiQ Into Intelligence Playground - eWeek
For three years, digital thieves linked to China stole intellectual property and defense information from the U.K.-based firm. For more than three years, hackers linked to China thoroughly compromised U.K.-based QinetiQ, a firm that bills itself as "a world ...


Blockbuster rolls out iOS app
The former movie rental giant, which was acquired by Dish in 2011, brings its on-demand movie rental service to iOS. Jason Parker. by Jason Parker. May 2, 2013 1:51 PM PDT Follow @jparkerCNET. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET). Dish Network ...

Apple Adds New Flash Storage Options to the iMac
The Mac Observer
Apple quietly added a new built-to-order option for the iMac that lets users choose either a 256 GB or 512 GB solid state flash drive instead of a traditional hard drive. Previously, iMac buyers could choose from hard drive or Fusion Drive solid state/hard drive ...

The Mac Observer

Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection Won't Release On The Xbox 360; Here's Why
The Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection will not release on the Xbox 360 due to its huge game disc size, franchise creator Hideo Kojima says, according to a report. "I'm sorry to say an Xbox 360 version isn't being released, because an Xbox 360 version of...


Eternal Darkness Creators Will Crowdfund a 'Spiritual Successor'
IGN says it will release the full details on the game on Monday; for now it has posted a trailer (above). Denis Dyack, head of Eternal Darkness developer Silicon Knights, is reportedly involved with the project. However, the website that the trailer points to ...

Rovio's upcoming Angry Birds Seasons update confirmed to have portals
Back in April we talked about Angry Birds Seasons and that Rovio was getting ready to release an update to it which would bring a whole new game mechanic to it, one that we speculated would be something along the lines of portals that you could fling a ...

Lemurs' long-buried secrets revealed
PARIS — Scientists curious about the winter time vanishing act of a Madagascar dwarf lemur type were astonished to find the animals burrowed deep into the soil, curled up for a months-long sleep. The discovery, announced in a study published in Nature ...


Undergraduate Student Discovers How To Tell Time On Saturn
Nature World News
Undergraduate student Timothy Kennelly made a significant observation about a process occurring Saturns's magnetosphere that is linked to the planet's seasons and changes with them. The find provides the breakthrough astronomers needed to accurately ...

Nature World News

Thor's hammer modded with portable Tesla coil summons real lightning
Geek (blog)
Though Iron Man 3 is the hot Marvel commodity at the moment, production on Thor 2 is currently underway. The sequel is set to release on November 8 of this year, so if you're a fan of biceps and god-hammers and need a Thor fix before then, Caleb Kraft over ...

Geek (blog)

Bug-Eyed Camera With 200 Lenses Seen Improving Surgery
Bugs, the bane of Sunday afternoon picnics, are opening a new horizon for researchers who are mimicking some of their more extraordinary attributes in a wave of research that may save lives in the future. A digital camera with 200 lenses that mimics the ...

IBM Warps Atoms Into Crazy 'Star Trek' Art
In honor of the iconic science fictoin franchise's latest film "Star Trek: Into Darkness" — set for release on May 17 — IBM has unveiled amazing new photos crafted from the microscopic movements of single carbon atoms. "Scientists used a microscope the size ...

That Tiny Tina Borderlands 2 DLC Will Release on June 25 - Kotaku
Today Gearbox acknowledged the next piece of downloadable content coming to Borderlands 2 is indeed named Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. It's coming out on June 25, either for $9.99 (aka 800 Microsoft points) or for free as part of the Season Pass ...

Mozilla releases Firefox UE3 demo
Mozilla has released a demo of Epic Citadel for its recently announced Unreal Engine 3 Firefox port. The game was ported to Javascript using the new browser-based engine. Significantly, it was the first game to make use of the engine on the iPhone after it ...

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