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11th Hour Veto Saves Older iPhones, iPads From ITC Ban
August 05, 2013
The Obama administration has overturned a decision by the International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain older Apple products after it found that they infringed on certain Samsung patents. The administration made the announcement on Saturday, one day before the ban was set to take effect. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman supplied several reasons for vetoing the import ban.
Microsoft's $100 Surface Pro Discount May Not Mean Much
August 05, 2013
Microsoft has knocked $100 off the price of its Intel-powered Surface Pro tablet, which features a full version of Windows 8. The discount comes on the heels of last month's price cut of its Windows Surface RT tablet. The offer, available directly from the Microsoft Store through Aug. 29, applies to the 64-GB and 128-GB versions of the Surface Pro, which will sell for $800 and $900, respectively.
Cool FPS Nav Doesn't Rescue The Drowning's Sinking Vision
August 05, 2013
The Drowning is an evolutionary new first-person shooter iOS game. It boasts a graphically rich post-apocalyptic world where an ecological disaster has turned millions of people into naked-but-genderless zombie-like monsters with bald skullish heads and claw hands. They try to kill you. You try to survive by shooting them or bludgeoning them when they get too close, and you have to reload.
Apple May Have a Rainbow of Retina-Display Minis Under Wraps
August 02, 2013
The next iPad mini, expected to debut in the December quarter, may have a high-resolution display and come in an assortment of colors other than black and white. The switch to Apple's famous Retina screen would bring the next-gen mini in line with the company's other iOS products -- and this isn't the first hint that Apple may be adding more color to its iOS line.
Facebook Reaches for Mobile Gaming's Brass Ring
July 30, 2013
Ever since Zynga and Facebook parted ways last fall, there's been speculation that Facebook might launch its own gaming intiative. Sure enough, the social network this week announced its own Mobile Games Publishing platform, an effort that's designed to give more visibility to small and medium-size developers of mobile games.
Tech Industry Closes Ranks Behind Apple as ITC Ban Looms
July 29, 2013
The Business Software Alliance reportedly is pushing to overturn the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban against older iPhones and iPads, maintaining that it would set a dangerous precedent. When the ITC makes a decision to ban a particular product for import into the U.S., it is fast and usually final. That, after all, is what companies like about the ITC.
The Case for a Bigger, Badder iPad
July 25, 2013
I'm wondering if we're not heading toward a larger iPad. First, Mac sales were down a bit last quarter. No big deal -- there haven't been any major upgrades, and the MacBook Air upgrade came late in June. Sold well, apparently. While Apple's Mac sales haven't been slipping and sliding like PC sales, clearly an awful lot of traditional computing has shifted to smartphones and tablets.
Google Sticks It to the Home Entertainment Market
July 24, 2013
Google on Wednesday unveiled a new Nexus 7 as part of its latest assault on the market for the connected living room. Another prong of that attack is Chromecast, a streaming content stick that plugs into a TV set's HDMI socket and lets users stream videos and other content seamlessly between the TV and any connected device, ranging from smartphones to tablets to laptops.
Apple Searches Haystack for Product to Move the Needle
July 24, 2013
Apple's upcoming new products will be the key to the company's emergence from its current doldrums, CEO Tim Cook told analysts during its third-quarter earnings call Tuesday. Asked by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster if there were any product categories big enough to move the growth needle for Apple, Cook responded: "We'll see, Gene. We're working up some stuff that we're really proud of."
Who's Who in the Tablet Market Melee
July 20, 2013
Nearly three years have passed since Apple first introduced its iPad, and the company still enjoys the largest market share in this space. This statement may seem a natural conclusion because Apple almost single-handedly reinvigorated this product category; however, creating a market does not guarantee a sustained monopolistic hold. This nascent market got crowded very quickly.
AT&T's New Upgrade Plan: Buy Early and Often
July 16, 2013
AT&T on Tuesday introduced AT&T Next, a plan that lets users upgrade their handsets and tablets every 12 months. Beginning July 26, the new service will let customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade or they can keep using it and have no more payments after 20 months.
Apple Serenades Musicians with New Logic Pro X
July 16, 2013
Apple on Tuesday unveiled Logic Pro X, an update to its Logic Pro line of music-mixing software complete with a new interface along with creative tools for musicians and an expanded collection of instruments and effects. Particularly notable about the new release is Logic Remote, a new feature that gives musicians the flexibility to create and mix their music from anywhere in the room.
Microsoft's New Strategy Skims the Surface
July 16, 2013
Microsoft has slashed the price of its Surface RT by some 30 percent, or $150, putting the price of the tablet now at approximately $350, depending on the version. The price cut follows hard on the heels of news that the company will undergo a reorganization, in part to bolster its still-flagging efforts in mobile and tablet computing.
B&N CEO Gets the Hook on Losses From Nook
July 09, 2013
Barnes & Noble's board of directors on Monday announced changes in the company's executive ranks that extend all the way to the top echelon. First and foremost, William Lynch has resigned as CEO and director effective immediately. In addition, former CFO Michael Huseby has been appointed CEO of Nook Media and president of Barnes & Noble.
The AOL: Mail, News, Weather & Video App Is Like High Fructose Corn Syrup
July 08, 2013
There's been a lot going on in the content aggregation world this summer, mostly due to Google turning off the power to its Google Reader. I've been following the action with half an eye open, not particularly invested in the outcome, mostly because I prefer to get my news, articles, reviews and columns directly from the original source.
Android's Audacious Desktop Debut
July 01, 2013
Well temperatures have climbed discouragingly of late here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, with the result that there's been standing room only down at the frostily air-conditioned Broken Windows Lounge. Linux Girl's most dreaded month is upon us, so it's time to hunker down with a chilly beverage and while away the dog days of summer chewing the fat with fellow FOSS fans.
The Human Face of Big Data Is a Mind-Expanding Adventure
July 01, 2013
"Big Data" is one of the most apt -- and annoying -- new terms to describe a gazillion points of information all used to understand and predict things the human mind can't parse on its own. The term has been exploited by large technology corporations to sell software and hardware that promises business executives answers that are more accurate and useful than anything coming from a gut feeling.
Microsoft Makes Bing Cool for School
June 25, 2013
Microsoft is accelerating its push into the education market with new initiatives including a school-friendly version of its Bing search engine and discount prices for its Surface RT tablets. Bing for Schools is an optional Bing experience for K-12 students that will eliminate ads from search results, filter out adult content, and increase privacy protections.
Samsung Pours On the Marketing Pressure With Galaxy Tab 3 Launch
June 25, 2013
Samsung on Monday announced pricing and other details for its 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 family. All three are WiFi-enabled and will be available in the U.S. on July 7. Samsung began taking preorders on Tuesday. Pricing ranges from $200 to $400. They will come with hundreds of dollars' worth of preloaded content and perks including three months of free Hulu Plus service.
Android Sneaks Onto the Desktop in Giant HP Tablet
June 24, 2013
The line separating the mobile and desktop computing worlds has become increasingly blurred in recent months, and HP on Monday unveiled a brand-new all-in-one PC that continues that trend. Announced during its HP World Tour event in Beijing, the HP Slate 21 tablet is powered not by Windows but by Google's Android. It's also designed for use on the desktop, with a kickstand to prop it up.
FAA May Soon OK Gadget Use in Flight
June 21, 2013
Anyone who has flown in the past two decades knows the drill: Electronic devices including mobile phones, tablets and handheld game systems must be turned off when the airplane doors are closed. Soon, however, those rules may change, the FAA announced this week. "The FAA recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft," the agency said.
France Mounts Offensive Against Amazon's Book-Discounting Ways
June 21, 2013
France plans to propose a law that would prevent Amazon from offering discounts and free delivery for books in France. Amazon's discounts amount to unfair competition and threaten booksellers' business model, culture minister Aurelie Filipetti said. The country might be unique in its attempts to preserve traditional -- or antiquated, depending on how you look at it -- business models.

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