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Intel releases its most reliable pro SSD
Intel today unveiled its Pro 2500 series of flash drives, which include 2.5-in. drives and M.2 flash cards for mobile devices.

Surface survives Microsoft cuts, but tablet strategy remains muddled
Microsoft plans to press ahead with its in-house Surface tablets, but the company's strategy remains vague and elusive.

IBM and Apple ties go way back
IBM and Apple have a history of working together that dates back more than 20 years.

HP, Intel, GM and Walmart demand changes to renewable energy industry
A dozen mega corporations are demanding that the U.S. government and the energy industry boost renewable energy supplies and make them easier to buy.

Surface Pro 3 'notebook' reaches retail today
Microsoft today kicked off retail sales of the Surface Pro 3, the 2-in-1 device touted by the company as a notebook replacement.

Apple's new iMac is $200 cheaper -- and slower
Apple today added a new entry-level iMac to its line, pricing it 15% lower than the previous cheapest model but dramatically scaling back the all-in-one's performance/

Microsoft trims Surface Pro 2 prices as sales of successor loom
Microsoft has cut prices of its almost-retired Surface Pro 2 tablet by $100 just days before the next-generation goes on sale.

Intel plans to team up with WiTricity on wireless charging
WiTricity has agreed to work with Intel to integrate wireless charging technology for computing devices powered by the chip maker.

Apple to reveal iOS 8, OS X 10.10 June 2 at 10 a.m. keynote
Apple will again kick off its developer conference with a keynote, where top-tier executives, including CEO Tim Cook, will tout the newest versions of iOS and OS X, and likely introduce new hardware.

Microsoft to webcast next week's Surface event
Microsoft will webcast its Surface event next Tuesday, boosting the chance that the company will reveal significant news and/or multiple products.

Apple cuts MacBook Air prices, sells its first under-$900 laptop
Apple today refreshed its MacBook Air line-up, dropping prices by $100 on all four stock models.

Intel tablet chips grow, but Q1 profits fall
Intel shipped 5 million processors for tablets in the first quarter, but profits fell as PC sales remained weak.

Intel looks to Android, not Microsoft, to boost tablet business
In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at.

Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things
The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.

Intel kills SSD overclocking, unleashes its fastest-ever consumer drive
Intel won't be releasing an SSD whose performance can be customized by overclocking after all. Instead, it announced plans today to overclock a new flagship drive and begin selling that in March.

Mobile platforms with 8GB memory may be on the way
Vendors who have been calling tablets 'the new PCs' can now prove it. The development of 64-bit mobile processors opens the door for more addressable memory and PC-like performance on tablets and smartphones.

New smartphone OS flags will fly at Mobile World Congress
Smartphone OS entrants hoping to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.

Why Apple needs a $700 MacBook Air
Apple has been able to maintain high prices and high margins for its computers even as competitors jumped into a pricing pit. But with computer sales drooping, Apple may use the opportunity to lower prices.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

Intel to scrap McAfee name, give away mobile security tools
Intel plans to ditch the venerable McAfee brand for its security products and services, and offer free mobile security software to customers running Android, iOS and other OSes on their smartphones and tablets.

Mac sales estimates for Q4 are all over the map
Apple sold 2.2 million Macs in the U.S. in 2013's final quarter, or it sold just 1.6 million. IDC and Gartner on Thursday released very different estimates of Apple's performance in the U.S. for the fourth quarter.

OEMs, Intel making big mistake with two-headed, dual-OS devices
OEMs and Intel risk damaging both the Android and Windows ecosystems if they go through with plans to sell devices able to run software from both worlds, an analyst argued today.

Apple's Mac Pro is the new black
Apple's new futuristic-looking Mac Pro will be a status purchase, an analyst said today as she predicted the high-priced desktop will sell better than many expect.

Microsoft jerks Surface Pro 2 firmware update
Microsoft pulled an update for the Surface Pro 2 after owners complained that it crippled their tablets with reduced battery life and spontaneously changed the device's power-saving sleep mode.

Apple signals end to OS X Snow Leopard support
Apple has apparently decided to kill support for OS X Snow Leopard, the 2009 operating system that has resisted retirement for more than a year.

Solar power installation costs fall through the floor
The cost of installing solar power has fallen 60% since 2011  16% in this past year alone, according to GTM Research.

Coming in 2014: MacBooks as fast as data center servers
DRAMeXchange expects second-generation PCIe to replace SATA III in servers and higher-end laptops as the interface of choice for manufacturers, including Apple.

Wireless charging consortium launches Rezence, its consumer brand
One of the three leading wireless charging groups today launched its consumer branding for products along with a certification program for mobile devices and chargers.

Dell's Chromebook is a sign of shakier times for Windows
Dell's debut of a Chromebook, an inexpensive laptop that runs Google's browser-based Chrome OS, is a sign that the platform has gone mainstream, an analyst argued today.

Most people see tech innovation as the key to better health
Most people believe tech innovation holds the best promise for curing fatal diseases and are confident they could administer their own tests, according to a new multinational survey.

WD combines 120GB SSD with 1TB HDD in a laptop drive
Western Digital has unveiled its WD Black Dual Drive, which allows users to access ether a 120GB SSD for performance or a 1TB hard drive for archiving massive amounts of data.

Why the U.S. may lose the race to exascale
In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers -- exascale -- there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

NAO robot can now speak 19 languages -- thanks to the cloud
Aldebaran's NAO humanoid robot now gets speech recognition abilities from a cloud-based voice recognition service from Nuance.

Newest forecast kicks Windows' rebound further down the road
Gartner this week downgraded its Windows device shipment forecast for the second time this year, saying that while Microsoft's platform is still expected to rebound in 2014, its climb out of the PC slump will take longer.

BlackBerry offers itself up to six would-be buyers; Cisco looks like the best fit
BlackBerry has reportedly asked Cisco, Google, SAP, Intel, LG and Samsung separately to consider buying all or parts of its embattled company.

Apple quietly refreshes iMac all-in-one desktop
Apple quietly refreshed its iMac desktop computer line with Intel's newest quad-core "Haswell" processor, faster solid-state storage options and support for the 802.11ac wireless standard.

Google's Chromebook enters adulthood, thanks to Intel
Intel's decision to bring its Haswell chips to Google's Chromebook might make it the system it was meant to be.

An ultrabook workstation is not an oxymoron to HP
Usually, workstations are big and brutish. But HP is betting that workstation users are just like everyone else and want thin and light systems.

Scot Finnie: Is Apple OK?
It has stumbled under Tim Cook, and 2013 has been mighty thin in terms of product launches. Can it still do amazing things?

U.S. consumers pick MacBook as their preferred next laptop
American consumers named Apple as the most likely brand of their next notebook purchase, but a resurgent Dell easily captured future honors for desktop PCs, according to a survey published today

How about a solar-powered, submersible laptop for $350?
A Canadian company plans to unveil a solar-powered laptop in Ghana next week and the device could find its way to North America, perhaps as a Chromebook, by the end of the year.

Apple plunges to No. 79 on Forbes innovative companies ranking
Apple's innovation problems were highlighted today when Forbes published its 2013 list of the world's most innovative companies and ranked Apple at No. 79.

Asus kills its line of Windows RT tablets
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen confirmed today that his company will no longer produce Windows RT tablets.

Windows tablets capture more share, but Surface suffers
Windows' share of the tablet market grew slightly in the second quarter, as shipments also ticked up in the face of a slow-down by tablets overall, researcher IDC said today.

Microsoft marks down Surface Pro tablet by $100
Microsoft on Sunday cut the price of its Surface Pro tablet by $100, or between 10% and 11%, dropping the 64GB model to $799 and the 128GB to $899.

USB will soon catch up to Thunderbolt with 10Gbps speeds
After five years, the ubiquitous SuperSpeed USB communications protocol got a huge upgrade this week with a new specification that more than doubles its speed.

Microsoft chops Surface RT price to $349
Microsoft on Sunday slashed prices on its Surface RT tablets by as much as 30%, with the entry-level 32GB model selling for $349.

With reorg, Microsoft bets big on home-grown hardware
Microsoft's reorganization is the biggest shot yet fired against the company's core partners, the computer makers who have made the software developer a technology giant, analysts said today.

Skeptics don't get that new-time Windows 8.1 religion
Analysts remain skeptical that Microsoft's relaunch of Windows 8 and the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 will translate into increased PC and tablet sales in the second half of the year.

Can ARM hold the mobile advantage over Intel's x86 architecture?
As more is demanded of smartphones and tablets, the limits of ARM's RISC architecture will become apparent.

Here come the pricey, 12-hour laptops
Apple and Samsung have both released new laptops that utilize the power management capability of Intel's latest chip, but high prices could dampen sales.

First impressions of Apple's new MacBook Air
Apple's newest MacBook Air uses Intel's latest Haswell chip and promises "all-day" battery life. Columnist Michael deAgonia offers up some early thoughts on Apple's stylish ultra-thin laptop.

Lawmakers move to block black box recorders in cars, DVR snooping
Privacy issues are bubbling up in Congress, where lawmakers are pushing bills to give car owners control over data collected by black box-style recorders on their vehicles and more control over viewer tracking by DVRs at home.

Intel wants to be your new cable provider
Intel wants to create a virtual cable service that would bundle TV channels for subscribers. But cable providers are expected to put up a fight.

New MacBook Air still stymies repairs, upgrades
Apple's newest MacBook Air, nearly identical to its predecessor, is not any easier to repair, iFixit said this week after tearing apart one of the just-released ultra-light notebooks.

The new MacBook Air gets a 45% performance boost with PCIe flash
Apple has slipped new superfast PCIe flash into its thinnest of thin notebooks -- the new MacBook Air models released on Monday

The world is not flat: Apple unveils 'fresh, light' iOS 7
Apple CEO Tim Cook and several of his top executives took the stage today at the company's annual developers conference to unveil a spruced-up, new-look iOS 7, introduce iTunes Radio and talk up this fall's "Mavericks" upgrade for OS X.

Apple hosts live webcast of WWDC keynote today at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET
Apple will webcast the keynote of its developers conference live starting at 10 a.m. PT, but the webcast will be available only on the company's own hardware, or via an OS X-powered virtual machine.

Launch of Outlook RT testifies to Microsoft's app troubles
Microsoft's announcement Wednesday that it will add Outlook to Office on Windows RT says as much about the company's app problem as it does about customers clamoring for a business-grade email client.

The next corporate revolution will be power to the peons
BYOD is only the beginning of a shift away from traditional corporate bureaucracy, as companies begin to realize they have a deep creative asset -- their employee base -- just waiting to be tapped.

It's the end of the road for the Camino browser for Macs
After 10 years, developers of Camino, a Mac-only browser built atop Mozilla's Gecko engine, called it quits yesterday.

Windows 8 earns a second chance in enterprise after changes
Microsoft will get another shot at tempting businesses to try Windows 8 after it rolls out the "Blue" update later this year, analysts said Thursday.

Vanishing into thin [MacBook] Air: Shortages signal WWDC refresh
Apple's lowest-priced MacBook Air was out of stock on as of Friday, hinting that rumors of a refresh in two weeks are on target.

Windows 8 isn't New Coke, says top Microsoft exec; it's Diet Coke
Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft's head of corporate communications, defended his company's Windows information disclosure strategy, denying that Microsoft has adopted Apple's "cone of silence" approach to imparting news.

When cars talk, this is what they'll tell each other
Researchers at Intel and National Taiwan University are developing technology that allows cars to exchange data, a move that could make roads safer and give drivers a street-wise perspective on those around them.

Western Digital and SanDisk deliver their first hybrid drive
Western Digital has unveiled more information on its first hybrid solid-state drive, revealing that it worked with SanDisk to create the 500GB drive.

Amazon leaks evidence of first smaller, cheaper Windows 8 tablet
Details of what could be the first smaller Windows 8 tablet leaked Friday when Amazon briefly published a listing for an 8.1-in. Acer Iconia tablet.

Retailers didn't do Windows 8 any favors
Retailers share part of the blame for poor Windows 8 sales and the ensuing decline of PC shipments, analysts contended today.

Could be business as usual with Intel's new CEO
With Intel's new CEO ready to step up next month to lead the world's largest chip maker, industry analysts don't expect to see any big change in strategy.

Time to say goodbye to Windows RT tablets?
Windows RT tablets grabbed just 0.4% of the tablet market in the first quarter, a dismal result that led some tech experts to urge Microsoft to scrap the platform that's in its six-month infancy.

Windows Blue won't solve all Microsoft's problems, analysts say
Microsoft's failure thus far to significantly spark PC and tablet sales with Windows 8 has put high expectations on an expected 2013 refresh of the OS, dubbed 'Blue.'

Next-gen USB SuperSpeed to eliminate power cords
USB SuperSpeed will move from 5Gbps bandwidth to 10Gbps in the coming year, but it's also leaping from 10 watts to 100 watts for charging, which could power monitors and even HDTVs.

Outgoing Intel CEO knocks Windows 8, predicts $200 touch PCs this year
Intel's outgoing CEO took a few parting shots at Microsoft's Windows 8 Tuesday as he explained a slump in both revenue and profits for the first quarter.

Intel profit dives 25 percent amid PC market slump
Intel reported a drop in profits and revenue for the first quarter, as the biggest PC market slump in recent memory weighed on its business.

Apple's hire of Adobe CTO foretells move toward iOS-OS X hybrids
Apple's hiring of Adobe's former CTO Kevin Lynch opens some intriguing possibilities for the company's future moves, analysts said today.

Samsung plans high-end Tizen OS phone
Samsung is planning to release a high-end smartphone running on the open-source Tizen operating system in August or September.

Samsung offers barely a mention of Android amid Galaxy S4 hoopla
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S4 smartphone in New York City Thursday night using the theme of a Broadway musical, but almost completely avoided any mention of the Android OS inside.

DRAM trends herald a slowdown in PC uptake
With accelerating growth in tablets and smartphones and a maturing of OSes, PCs are seeing far less growth in DRAM use.

Sepaton releases upgrades to high-end storage appliance
Sepaton today announced its latest update to its enterprise-class data backup appliance, which almost doubles performance and increases connectivity by 2X over its predecessor.

Top tech companies plug into renewable power
Leading tech companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple are making huge inroads in the use of renewable energy for corporate facilities and data centers, but cost and delivery challenges remain.

Apple, Samsung and Google under fire at Mobile World Congress
Mobile World Congress showed that Apple, Samsung and Google are still the smartphone industry leaders, but upstart and would-be has-been companies are fighting back.

Second wave of Windows 8 client promotions coming soon
Microsoft is about to embark on a second wave of Windows 8 client hardware promotions and user education, an executive said Wednesday.

Intel demos perceptual computing software toolkit
Software engineers at Intel are exploring new ways for computers to perceive the human voice, gestures and head-and-eye movements to supplement the traditional ways that people use the keyboard and mouse.

Dell Latitude 10 gets some attitude with 20-hour battery, fingerprint reader
Dell has bolstered security features on its Latitude 10 tablet and offers an extended life battery, all in the hope these add-ons will appeal to large institutional users like the government, healthcare operations and the financial services industry.

Google unveils touch-based Chromebook Pixel
Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Chromebook Pixel, a touch-screen-enabled laptop.

Will Apple envy wreck Samsung?
Samsung is tired of watching Apple run away with most of the money in mobile and is making a big play to become like Apple -- a company that makes not only the hardware, but also the software and the store where you buy stuff.

Surface Pro flops in repairability test, says iFixit
Popular do-it-yourself website iFixit today gave Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet the lowest-possible repair score, just 1 out of a possible 10, after spending hours getting the device open.

Obama, in State of the Union, offers shout-outs to tech
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama made a point of drawing attention to three big tech firms: IBM, Apple and Intel.

Intel releases SSD cache acceleration software for Linux servers
Intel today released its Cache Acceleration Software for applications running on SSDs inside Linux servers.

Microsoft sells out of 128GB Surface Pro
Microsoft started selling its Surface Pro tablet on Saturday, and quickly exhausted its supply of the 128GB configuration.

If the PC dies, Windows 8 will be its killer, says analyst
In another illustration of the diminishing importance of the PC, a research firm today said that more than a third of surveyed consumers who once used personal computers to access content have switched to tablets and smartphones.

OS X Snow Leopard stubbornly rejects retirement
Apple's OS X Snow Leopard, which shipped in August 2009, continued to resist retirement last month, new data from Web analytics vendor Net Applications showed.

Microsoft pitches Surface Pro with Mac-iPad price comparison
Microsoft made the clearest case yet for its Surface Pro tablet when a top Windows executive said it should be compared with not one, but two Apple devices.

Review: Surface goes from amateur to Pro
Microsoft delivers an ultrabook in the sleek guise of a tablet.

Microsoft's loan to Dell certain to trigger more OEM angst, say analysts
Microsoft's $2 billion loan to Dell, one of its largest computer-making partners, will have an impact on how other OEMs view their Windows ecosystem collaborator, analysts said today.

IronKey Workspace review: Windows 8 PC on a stick
Imation's IronKey division has introduced a new USB drive from which you can boot up an encryption-secured Windows 8 PC on any computer.

Surface Pro storage space in short supply
Microsoft's low-end Surface Pro tablet, slated to start shipping Feb. 9, sports just 23GB of free storage space out of the box, Microsoft confirmed today.

Lenovo buying RIM? Not necessarily
Lenovo played down reports that it was interested in buying Research In Motion, saying that the BlackBerry maker was one of many companies it was looking at as a potential takeover target.

SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD review: Fast and inexpensive
The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD, which sports data speeds of up to 530MB/s, is aimed squarely at replacing aging hard drives in existing desktops and laptops.

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6 Steve Jobs stories we learned this month

Apple's Steve Jobs is a modern icon, but biographers have painted his character with a wide brush. That's why many who worked with Jobs seem keen to give us a much better insight into the man. Here are six Steve Jobs stories we learned this month.

Intel: We're betting our tablet future on Android, not Windows

The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?

Quick guide: Upgrading older Intel Macs

These suggestions should help you tweak a little extra usable life out of your older Mac.

Would you kill for your smartphone?

Smartphones are incredibly advanced devices, iPhone or Android, they are packed with advanced components manufactured using some of the world's rarest raw materials -- but in some cases the cost of those materials includes an unconceivable degree of human suffering.

Verizon streams TV on cue.

Verizon channels Intel.

As if on cue, Verizon (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) recently announced a deal for Verizon to purchase Intel's OnCue Cloud TV platform. The platform allows customers to watch streaming video content at any time from all networks. Pouting in the corner we find Comcast, which previously had worked with Verizon on similar technology before the OnCue purchase.

Verizon, not sharing new technology with the other children, taunts its former friend, leading inevitably to a full-on shoving match. Meanwhile, older and wiser bloggers value friendship, but question how much OnCue is worth.

3 reasons Apple's Mac Pro is ultimate choice for video pros

Apple will set the video industry ablaze when it introduces the Mac Pro in the next few weeks. Here are three reasons why these most discerning PC users will be stoked:

Flashback: Remembering the 386SX

What the heck is a 386SX? If you're old enough to know the answer, then you may just be old enough to have read this comparative review in the August 1990 issue of BYTE Magazine.

Asus retreats from Windows RT, pounds one more nail in its coffin

Asus, one of the few companies to build Windows RT-based tablets, now says it's pulling back on that troubled platform, and will instead spend its time and money on full-powered Windows 8 devices running Intel chips. Given RT's many problems, this is just one more nail in its coffin.

WWDC: Will pro users stay with Apple if Mac Pro no show?

Eight years since Apple announced the move to Intel processors, Mac users are asking: 'Does Apple even care about pro users any more?' It has been years since the company did anything for them and its vapourware promises of something exciting this year are wearing thin. What's going on?

Rumor: Apple plans high-res Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV resolution revolution

Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, once advised students to "join the dots", but it seems Apple's future plans include making dots seem to disappear as it focuses on delivering the highest possible resolution across its product range.

Microsoft, Apple, and Google agree: The federal ban against gay marriage must go

Microsoft, Apple, Google, and other tech giants rarely agree on anything. But they all agree on this: The Supreme Court should rule that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which for federal purposes defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Doomed Apple is world's Number One PC maker, with a Snow Leopard problem

Poor, beleaguered Apple -- nothing's going right: on the one hand it must try to make its business out of a minority (20 percent) share of the PC industry; on the other, Macs manufactured six or more years ago are still in active use. Life really does suck, sometimes…

CES 2013: Five technologies Apple users should watch

CES 2013: Apple [AAPL] isn't at the show, but there's a selection of new solutions in discussion at or around the show that may get picked up by Cupertino's I/O execs who have been seen prowling the exhibition floor. These include better wireless, more responsive displays, and much more.

At CES 2013, Intel drops powerful bomb on ARM

Intel Ivy Bridge Core CPUs down to 7W today. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) surprised everyone at CES 2013 by announcing it's way ahead of schedule in reducing power requirements for its Core i3/i5/i7 range. Rather than wait for the fourth generation "Haswell" chips to reach 10W, it's touting a current generation part that goes as low as 7W. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see bigger competitive pressures for ARM and AMD.

Intel Atom 64-bit server SoC "Centerton" breaks cover

Microserver chips with ECC, HT and VT FTW! Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) unveils its latest Atom S1200 system-on-a-chip range, but it's not for netbooks; it's for low-powered microservers. Going as low as 6.1W TDP, the parts run cool and fast (ish). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see Intel spoiling for a fight with ARM and AMD.