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Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity
How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment? The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership.

Android mobile ad traffic beats iOS for first time
Android smartphones and tablets now get the most mobile ad traffic worldwide, but iPhones and iPads still get 52% of the revenue.

Google Glass dips its toe into iOS pool
As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said this is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear.

The iPad's expected ebb, and the search for why
Apple is expected Wednesday to confirm Wall Street's fears, that iPad sales growth not only slackened in the March quarter, but reversed course with fewer of the iconic tablets sold than the year before.

Apple customers downsize iPhone, iPad storage in March quarter
U.S. iPhone and iPad sales skewed more toward devices with less storage space in the March quarter compared to the final three-month period of 2013.

Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal
Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

How to get a job in manufacturing IT
To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Tip of the Hat: An iWatch won't affect Apple's long-term success
Some Wall Street analysts are warning that Apple needs to unveil its post-iPhone and iPad products to assure it can survive and thrive in the years ahead.

Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars
Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers.

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices
Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.

MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows
Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.

LaCie doubles wireless capacity for iPhones, iPads
LaCie announced it is releasing a 2TB version of its Fuel wireless hard drive.

Microsoft's Word for iPad cracks top 10 in gross revenue
Microsoft's new Word for iPad app has cracked the top 10 on Apple's App Store 'Top Grossing' chart.

Where's the touch-first Office for Windows?
When Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad on Thursday, neither CEO Satya Nadella nor the company said much of anything about a similar touch version for Windows 8.1. Analysts expect that to change this week.

Nadella wins praise for public debut as CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first public appearance on Thursday was a hit with analysts, who gave him a thumbs up for his time on stage as the company unveiled Office for iPad.

Microsoft's freemium Office apps jump to top of iPad chart
Microsoft's new Office for iPad apps vaulted to the top of the free application chart on Apple's App Store shortly after their Thursday debut.

Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.

Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android
Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud.

Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.

Update: Microsoft unveils Office for iPad
As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for the iPad at a press event in San Francisco led by CEO Satya Nadella.

On eve of expected Office for iPad, some remain skeptical
Although rumors have pegged today as the day when Microsoft will announce a long-awaited Office for iPad, some remain skeptical that the company will actually pull the trigger.

PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014
The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is expected to continue in 2014 -- and Gartner envisions another decline of nearly 5% in 2015

Microsoft to webcast event where Office for iPad may be announced
Microsoft on Thursday will publicly webcast a press event from San Francisco during which many expect CEO Satya Nadella to not only make his first appearance but also announce an upcoming Office for Apple's iPad.

2-in-1 devices face a long, slow slog to credibility
Microsoft's efforts to push the concept of a "2-in-1" device, a tablet that does double duty as a notebook, will continue to struggle, an IDC analyst said Tuesday.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?
Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.

iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries.

Talk is not cheap: Microsoft adds $23B to market cap on rumors of Office for iPad
Microsoft's share price cracked $40, setting an 11-year high in trading on Thursday.

Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.

Apple drops iPad 2, inserts 4th-gen Retina iPad into $399 price slot
Apple today replaced the iPad 2 with 2012's fourth-generation Retina iPad as its lowest-priced tablet, a likely reaction to both pressure from cheap Android tablets and the advanced age of the iPad 2.

Microsoft CEO Nadella to unveil Office on iPad next week
Microsoft will announce Office apps for Apple's iPad on March 27, according to a pair of reports Monday.

Microsoft's OneNote strategy: Battle Evernote, or something bigger?
Microsoft today began offering Mac users its OneNote application free of charge, making rumors last week about a release a reality.

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements
Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

Microsoft's new lower-priced Office 365 is 'obvious preface' for iPad suite
Microsoft's announcement today of a less expensive Office 365 subscription for consumers was the strongest hint yet that the company will soon offer an edition for Apple's iPad, an analyst said.

Activist investor who wants Office on iPad joins Microsoft board
Microsoft added G. Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors, making good on its part of the deal it struck with the activist shareholder last year.

IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.

Kenneth van Wyk: Apple's big fail
It's disturbing that Apple would release an essential fix for iOS while ignoring the exact same problem in OS X.

What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?

Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.

Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows

Apple shifts to hardware-first TV strategy with revamped set-top box
Apple is gearing up to launch a revamped Apple TV, but will not push into the television market this year, as many assumed.

iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.

Icahn says 'I can't' and stops $50B fight over Apple stock buyback
Investment agitator and former corporate raider Carl Icahn today ended his fight to get Apple to boost its share buyback program by another $50 billion after an influential proxy advisory service nixed the idea.

ConnectED brings in $2B in federal funds for high-speed Internet at schools
The FCC will invest $2 billion during the next two years to expand high-speed Internet at America's schools and libraries, and major tech companies will chip in another $750 million.

Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally
A year after the launch of Microsoft's ambitious Office 365, it's almost impossible for outsiders to get a grip on how the software-by-subscription program has done, analysts admitted today.

Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.

Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.

24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.

How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool
As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do.

Tablet trends for 2014: More Windows tablets, 3G/4G and phablets
Android and iOS tablets will both begin to lose global market share in 2014, while Windows ramps up slightly, according to research firm IDC.

iPad sales skew even more toward Mini
iPad sales shifted over the last year, with fewer buyers purchasing the aged iPad 2 and more choosing the lower-priced iPad Mini, a research firm said today.

Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft
Complexity may be Windows' downfall, and Microsoft has not only failed to address the problem, but exacerbated it by shipping the dual-threat, two-UI Windows 8.

Apple CEO Tim Cook boasts of record iPhone sales in China
Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim today that the company broke iPhone sales records in China during 2013's fourth quarter meant that the firm sold in excess of 10.4 million smartphones in the region, an IDC analyst said today.

Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too
Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.

PCs wrap up 2013 with unprecedented 10% downturn
The PC industry finished 2013 down about 10% compared to the year before, research firms IDC and Gartner said. But both are optimistic that the death spiral will weaken this year.

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in court dispute
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung Electronics will participate in mediation ahead of a March trial in a patent dispute in a federal court in California.

Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential
Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.

Roku beats Apple to the TV market
While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.

The case for an iPad Pro
Apple will move upmarket to an iPad Pro tablet, perhaps this year, as it faces pressure from Android device makers searching for profits, an analyst said today.

2014: Does Apple still look doomed?
Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.

Is Apple's 13-in. iPad a desktop for kids?
Rumors about Apple building a very large iPad have been unavoidable for seven months. But does a giant iPad make sense?

Mobile management: InfoWorld's expert guide
iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys, Androids -- learn how to secure whatever smartphones and tablets your employees have

Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut
Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer and industry analysts. And that's bad news for Microsoft.

Cook's 'big plans' remark reveals nothing about Apple product timing, everything about what fans crave
A leaked email from Apple CEO Tim Cook touting "big plans" for 2014 renewed speculation that the company could soon make good on expectations by launching new product lines.

Balky browsers tick off tablet owners
Browser problems are the most common complaints of iPad Air and Fire HDX tablet owners, an online community of troubleshooters said.

The PC's fate hinges on tablets, but it's 2014 or bust
The downturn in the PC industry may soon reach rock bottom, where it could stabilize even as cheap tablets stay hot, an analyst said today.

iPhone, iPad dwarf mobile rivals in small- and mid-sized firms
Apple has won the hearts and minds of small- and mid-sized businesses, which have overwhelmingly adopted Cupertino's mobile devices over rivals powered by Android or Windows.

iPad grabs top spot in tablet purchase poll
Apple's iPad was the preferred pick of prospective tablet buyers this holiday season by a huge margin, according to a market research firm's survey of 25,000 Americans.

South Korea court denies Samsung a ban on Apple's iPhone and iPad
A South Korean court on Thursday ruled against Samsung Electronics in a lawsuit that threatened to ban older iPhone and iPad models in the country for alleged patent infringement.

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.

Tablets remain tops in American gift-buying plans
A slightly-smaller percentage of American families plan to buy a tablet during the holiday season than last year, but tablets remain a hot-ticket item, a market research company reported today.

Mobile browser usage share hits 20% for the first time
Mobile devices generated 20% of the world's browsing activity last month, the first time that the surging category reached the 1-in-5 milestone, according to StatCounter, a Web analytics company.

iOS 7 now powers 3 out of 4 Apple devices
Nearly three months after the launch of iOS 7, three-quarters of all mobile devices from Apple are running the newest operating system.

Black Friday bargains prompt consumers to self-gift iPad Air
Aggressive discounting by Apple and its biggest retail partners last week resulted in a surge of new iPad Air tablets going online.

7 business card apps for smartphones: Scan 'em and store 'em
If you can't keep track of your business cards, one of these 7 smartphone apps will help you scan and store all those new contacts.

Aggressive iPad discounts signal Apple's move for market share
Apple's discounts of the iPad Air and first-generation iPad Mini were "very aggressive," a retail analyst said today, and were aimed at scooping up as much U.S. tablet market share as possible.

Apple ditches discounts, goes with gift cards for Black Friday sale
Apple earlier today launched its annual Black Friday sale, but rather than directly discount hardware -- as it's done for years -- it offered gift cards of up to $150 with a purchase.

Apple's new iPad Mini: With a Retina Display, it's a Mini in name only
The new iPad Mini with Retina display offers a no-compromise option for tablet fans who want the speed of an iPad Air and the portability of the smaller iPad.

Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2013: Tablets and accessories
Part 4 of our annual gift guide showcases the best Android, iOS and Windows tablets, plus some choice tablet stands, cases and other add-ons.

Second take: The iPad Air sets a new benchmark for performance and style
Having spent a few weeks with the new iPad Air, columnist Michael deAgonia is ready to declare that it's a stunning improvement on what was already a rightfully successful tablet.

Retina iPad Mini's 'secretive' launch continues, shortages persist
The Retina iPad Mini's "secretive" launch was driven by severe shortages, which have not improved since Apple started selling the smaller tablet a week ago, a financial analyst said today.

Still got a first-gen iPad? Don't ditch it yet
In the life of every device, there's a moment when you wonder whether it's finally obsolete. If you're wondering that about the original iPad, columnist Michael deAgonia has some advice.

As promised, Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork for iCloud
Apple yesterday updated its online iWork for iCloud productivity apps, adding collaboration tools that let users simultaneously edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Retina iPad Mini inventory tracker returns from dead
A pair of inventory trackers, including one resurrected after Apple demanded it stop collecting data from its online store website, are helping buyers locate scarce Apple smartphones and tablets.

Retailers to slash prices of Apple, Microsoft tablets on Black Friday
Several of the largest retailers in the U.S. will sell older-generation Apple and Microsoft tablets at cut-rate prices during their Black Friday sales drives.

First Look: iPad Mini with Retina display
Jason Snell gets his hands on the new iPad Mini with Retina display. Can its small size beat out the iPad Air for a place in his heart and his backpack? After half a day with it, he shares his first impressions.

Once-pilloried Apple Maps gets the last laugh
Even after its extraordinary rough start last year, Apple Maps was used by nearly six out of every 10 U.S. iPhone owners during September, according to data recently published by metrics firm comScore.

Apple springs Retina iPad Mini on customers
Apple today sprung the Retina iPad Mini on customers, kicking off online sales of the smaller tablet that it introduced last month.

Perspective: What's Microsoft's Office Web Apps strategy?
Microsoft's addition of real-time collaboration to its free Office Web Apps last week was necessary in the short term to counter Google Docs, analysts said.

Apple tries to calm stormy iWork waters with pledge to restore 18 features
Apple today responded to complaints from Mac users over features dumped from iWork, promising to restore 18 of them to the productivity suite in the next six months.

Microsoft's big test: Deciding what stays, what goes in touch-based Office
What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.

Google escalates offensive against Office with Android 'KitKat'
Google last week again turned the screws on Microsoft and its Office franchise, this time by including Quickoffice with its newest Android mobile operating system, version 4.4 and dubbed "KitKat."

iPad Air's usage share hints at opening weekend sales boom
Apple's new iPad Air got off to a fast start this weekend, according to measurements of its online activity, which was twice the combined shares of 2012's then-new fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini tablets.

Hands on: At just 1 pound, the iPad Air is worth the weight
The first thing you notice when you pick up Apple's new iPad Air is how light it feels. But there's more to the Air than it's new slender look and feel. Michael deAgonia offers his first impressions of the new tablet.

Samsung squeezes out Apple for J.D. Power tablet satisfaction honors
J.D. Power and Associates yesterday gave its top ranking in tablet satisfaction to Samsung, the first time since it debuted the award that Apple did not take the prize.

iPad trade-in interest doubles over 2012
Long before Apple started selling its iPad Air today, more than double the number of consumers asked for price quotes on their older tablets than last year, a pair of buyback companies said.

Early indicator puts Cook's 'iPad Christmas' prediction at risk
While Apple CEO Tim Cook last week said that it would be an "iPad Christmas" this year for his company, one early demand indicator signals a less than stellar fourth quarter.

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5 steps to save the planet, Earth Day, Apple special

The potential difference to global energy demand made by billions taking these few steps is significant. Doing so will help encourage other electronics firms to do what Apple wants them to do and the earth needs them to do: "Benchmark" its commitment to greener IT.

How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users. Need more space? You got to pay for it. If you don't want to do this then you should take a look at these tips to keep your iCloud usage under control.

Well, THAT narrows it down

This museum has a constantly rotating list of special exhibitions on the website, and a pilot fish who has to keep the list updated manually -- so it's fish who has to handle a middle-of-the-night call from the frantic CEO.

5 great apps to boost you in business (Mac, iOS)

This collection of essential apps will help you make better use of your contacts, develop ideas, work on projects and print from an iOS device without needing a new printer.

Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style

Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".

Google's flat Android plan is not just about Apple

User interfaces won't be defined by what you see on the display forever, of course. Voice and gesture recognition will become part of the user interface equation -- this absolutely makes sense when the challenge of developing logical user experiences for wearable devices really takes off.

Apple has no Heart (bleed)

“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”

Smartphone makers: If you don't make iPhones or Samsung you may as well quit

What’s bad about the Apple/Samsung market duopoly is that lack of competition in the sector inevitably weakens innovation in the space, prompting further market consolidation and ultimately limiting consumer choice.

Microsoft: Thank Ballmer, not Nadella, for Office for iPad go-ahead

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has gotten kudos for launching Office for the iPad, but the company now says that former CEO Steve Ballmer was the one who really gave the go-ahead. Does this mean Nadella should get no credit?

The iWatch Mac: Why Apple should put Siri in OS X

Apple's "done innovating"? Don't be stupid. There's plenty more it can achieve.

Why is Facebook killing iPhone battery life?

Facebook is one of the world's most popular smartphone apps so why, just why, is the Facebook app devouring iPhone battery life?

Apple's sensor experts are developing much more than an iWatch

Apple has assembled an all-star team featuring some of the world's most proficient and well-connected biosensor engineers. Is this extensive investment entirely dedicated to an iPhone app called Healthbook and an accessory called an iWatch? 

WWDC 2014: Apple's return to glory?

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins June 2 in San Francisco; the company says -- will the event mark a return to industry leadership?

Review: Apple's recent iWork improvements

Apple's much-improved iWork is now a perfectly credible cross platform, device-agnostic productivity solution that will achieve what most casual users need while also being compatible with Microsoft Office.

Quick guide to Microsoft's Office for iPad

Microsoft has promised regular Office for iPad updates, so future features should reflect the increasing capabilities of iPad range, but the company has made a pretty good start with this release, subject to a few annoying (and unecessary) limitations designed to drive Office 365 sales.