The sudden, quiet killing of the legendary Winamp media player sent a shiver across the Web last week. Just like that, a software giant of yore was gone. But once the initial shock wore off, another thought settled in: "Wait, Winamp was still around?"
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Steve Ballmer's audacious vision of "One Microsoft, all the time," delivering a single, seamless user experience across a wide range of devices, from PCs to tablets to video-game consoles, will not be achieved without digital bloodshed. Windows will die, a Microsoft exec suggested last week..
What does "all-day charge" mean? For most devices, "all-day" means "all work day," or about 8 hours. But Toshiba just announced a laptop in Japan that's only getting started when your work day ends: The company claims its Dynabook Kira V634/27K gets a jaw-dropping 22 hours of battery life.
The masses seem to be buying into the dream behind the $35 Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, barebones computer designed to get PCs into the hands of kids who want to learn to code. Sunday, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced that the company sold its two-millionth micro-PC sometime towards the end of October.
Technology marches relentlessly onward, discarding the old to make way for the new. Today’s heroes quickly becomes yesterday’s news.
The PC industry's hemorrhaging continued on Tuesday, as Acer announced that it lost nearly half a billion dollars in the last three months--an utter disaster that prompted the company to boot CEO J.T. Wang out the door, along with 7 percent of Acer's staff.
Let's start with the bad news: If you've purchased a Dell Latitude E6430u, there's a solid chance that it smells like cat pee. But don't worry! Dell says it's not actually cat pee and while the smell may be unpleasant, it won't make you sick.
As Apple vice-president, Craig Federighi, declared OS X Mavericks would be a free upgrade, an image of a boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro flashed on the screen behind him, next to a $199 price tag. "Today we're going to revolutionize pricing," Federighi said.
What a long, strange trip it's been.
Some of the best things in a PC lover's life are indeed free, but they're not always obvious.
Tremors are a-quaking throughout the PC industry, and the violent shake-up is turning former bedfellows into bitter rivals. Over the past year, PC makers have been vocally complaining about Microsoft's recent decisions, and what's more, virtually every manufacturer has put their money where their mouths are, turning to the open arms of Android and Chromebooks in ever-increasing numbers.
The pitchfork wielders have won: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring sometime in the next year, after he completes the search for a successor. And you know what? It couldn't have happened at a better time.
We are gathered here today to mourn the death of the Ubuntu Edge. This ambitious project blurred the line between smartphone and PC, and while it burned but only briefly, it burned brightly enough that its legacy will live on in the hearts of future generation of phones.
Mixing modern style with business needs
Few Windows hybrids highlighted the compromises inherent in straddling device genres as thoroughly as the original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11. Physically designed as a "notebook first" hybrid, yet sporting a tablet-oriented ARM processor and the neutered Windows RT operating system, it was nothing short of an elegant piece of convertible hardware crippled by its slate-friendly software.