21 August 2013

Windows 8 fallout, Collapse of PC sales, Tech industry slump

More bad news about Windows 8 --

Windows 8 banned by world’s top benchmarking and overclocking site | ExtremeTech: "Moving forward, HWBot simply says that it’s “impossible to verify the veracity of a system performance” under Windows 8, and thus benchmarks performed under Windows 8 will no longer be accepted. The blog post also says that all previous Windows 8-based records will be disqualified, though some comments from the moderator suggest that they’re still deciding if this is the best course of action."

 "Mian chalks it up to the lackluster global economy. Tech firms are increasingly dependent on sales and profits abroad, where corporate spending remains weak. In the U.S., others have pointed to the faster-than-expected collapse of PC sales." (source infra)

Tech industry slips into a surprising slump - latimes.com"in recent months, tech earnings have plummeted as tech companies have reported slower growth or declines. Venture capital has fallen almost 7% this year. Tech mergers and acquisitions have tumbled. And tech stocks have lagged the broader stock market this year. As of early August, the S&P 500 was up 19.68%, but tech stocks in the index were up only 11.1%, one of the lowest-performing categories."

Apple iPad market share plummets in China as domestic vendors grow | PCWorld: "One vendor that didn’t fare as well in the market was Microsoft, which is selling both its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets in the country. The company had less than 1 percent market share from 37,000 units shipped. Most of the units sold were of its Surface RT product, Chang said. “The Surface Pro has been too expensive . . ."

Microsoft merges Skype with Outlook in several countries | Microsoft - CNET News: "Microsoft has integrated its two biggest communications services: Skype and Outlook. The tech giant announced Monday that Skype is now available for all Outlook customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and Brazil. What this means is that people can use the video calling and messaging service directly from their e-mail. Microsoft first announced it would begin rolling out this feature in April . . . Google also gives users the ability to make voice calls and message people through their Gmail accounts. And besides e-mail, the Google Voice feature lets users place calls from Google Hangouts, Google+, and the Chrome extension, holding conversations with up to 10 people at a time."

Microsoft: Don't Worry, 'Halo Xbox One' Won't Actually Be Called ...
Forbes
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Forbes
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InformationWeek
There's an ongoing debate about Amazon Web Services and its place in ... We still hear: "You've got to hand it to Amazon for having put together a great offering.
Businessweek
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN:US) is stepping up a warehouse building spree, signaling the urgency of getting products to customers more quickly amid rising ...
InformationWeek
Google's latest cautious moves on behalf of its computerized eyewear hasn't matched the spectacle seen at the debut of Glass last year, as skydivers wearing ...
Indian Express
Internet giant Google on Monday said it would increase its focus on photograph sharing in India by offering tools to help both professionals as well as amateurs ...

Indian Express

Apple Has the Most Loyal Customers for Now
Wall Street Journal
So far, Apple has won the contest for consumer loyalty. Even as Google Inc.'s Android widens its lead in the smartphone market, Apple's iPhone poaches one in ...
Apple Insider
According to multiple reports, Apple has hired fitness expert Jay Blahnik, who consulted on Nike's FuelBand, for an unspecified project, suggesting the Cupertino ...

Apple Insider
Belfast Telegraph
A new biopic of Steve Jobs has prompted a furious row between Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder and Ashton Kutcher, the actor who stars as the technology ...

Belfast Telegraph

Amazon shopping site goes down | Internet & Media - CNET News
Donna Tam
Amazon.com was down temporarily on Monday, according to site Is It Down Right Now? Shoppers... Microsoft merges Skype with Outlook in several countries.
CNET News 
Steve Dent
Microsoft just flaunted some of Project Spark's gaming powers at Gamescom 2013 in Cologne: motion and voice capture. If you'll recall, the platform enables ...
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Groklaw Shuts Down, A Self-Described Casualty In The Privacy Wars
ReadWrite
Groklaw Shuts Down, A Self-Described Casualty In The Privacy Wars. Its author cites the NSA's email dragnet as the reason for shuttering her techo-legal blog. Brian Proffitt Author: Brian Proffitt Publish date: August 20, 2013 Section: Web Interaction count: 3 ...

Google starts integrating Waze into iOS, Android Maps apps
ZDNet
Summary: The Internet giant is starting to demonstrate what all the fuss was about after it bought Waze...

Microsoft unveils 23 launch titles for Xbox One
USA TODAY
Microsoft's next video game console will hit stores with 23 titles when it makes its debut in November. The company unveiled the launch lineup for Xbox One ahead of the Gamescom video game ...

Tesla received a combined rating of 5.4 stars
DailyTech
Tesla Motors recently received the highest safety rating ever from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA gave Tesla's Model S a five-star safety rating in each individual category and overall, achieving a combined rating of 5.4 ...

'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'
Register
The Apple rumour mill is approaching lightspeed, fuelled by a growing number of insiders talking up a C-3PO-like gold iPhone 5S. Today's iOS mobes are only available in black and white, but more and more anonymous sources are piling in online to claim ...

Battlefield 4 dynamic map events showcased in 'Paracel Storm' trailer, October ...
Neoseeker
Battlefield 4 made an appearance at this year's gamescom press conference from EA, naturally. No groundbreaking revelations about the game, unfortunately, but a couple of interesting tidbits. First, we'll be getting a Battlefield 4 beta in October prior to the ...

Samsung Galaxy Mega Release Date Coming: 6.3-Inch Device Heading To ...
International Business Times
Samsung's latest mobile behemoth, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, is finally making its way state side with several mobile networks set to power the device, including AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. Samsung Galaxy Mega Heading To AT&T, Sprint, And U.S. ...

Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming
New York Times
An international panel of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if ...

Origin Now Offers Full Refunds On EA Titles
Game Front
Origin is now offering full refunds on EA game downloads through its “Origin Great Game Guarantee” initiative, a policy that EA says will “make things right if you decide that the game you just bought didn't live up to your expectations.” According to the official ...

Famous TV Show Opening Credits Recreated As Shows About ...
By Casey Chan
Even if you replaced the characters and show title with technology like ElectRoulette did. That means the periodic table in Breaking Bad becomes acronyms in Texting Bad, The Simpsons turn into The Smartphones, How I Met Your Mother ...
Gizmodo

New report outlines how network technology must increase ... - Phys
The collective power consumption of core networks is outpacing technological advancements in energy efficiency, putting a strain on growth in the IT and telecommunications industry—and potentially on global energy resources.
Phys.org - latest science and...

Goal-line technology welcomed - Wide World of Sports - Ninemsn
Goal-line technology has proved a success after being used in two EPL games on the weekend.
wwos.com.au top football stories

Birst raises $38M for its next-gen BI technology — Tech News and ...
By Derrick Harris
Business intelligence and analytics startup Birst has raised a $38 million Series E round led by Sequoia Capital. Birst has been very busy in the past couple years, moving from SaaS to on-prem software, rethinking the data warehouse and ...
GigaOM

Twitter Account Buying Spree Points to New Way to Beat Spammers ...
Researchers spent $5000 buying Twitter accounts from spammers in an attempt to learn how to outwit them.
Communications - MIT Technology Review

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