Five Reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | February 6, 2012, 9:48am PST Summary: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Vista will have several things in common: Both are unwanted operating system updates that will flop in the marketplace. Some of my die-hard Windows friends are very excited by Windows 8 arrival later this year. Others fear that Windows 8 will be a repeat of...

Verisign wants power to shut sites down upon law enforcement request

In a request made yesterday to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Verisign outlined a new “anti-abuse” policy that would allow the company to terminate, lock, or transfer any domain under its registration jurisdiction under a number of circumstances. And one of those circumstances listed was “requests of law enforcement.” The request,...

HP confirms layoffs at Palm unit

Network World – HP has started laying off workers associated with last year’s billion-dollar acquisition of Palm, as it closes down the mobile device business it planned to base on Palm’s webOS. The news comes almost exactly a month after HP announced a sweeping reorganization and refocusing of its business. News reports say that HP has...

Google Desktop Update

Google Desktop Update – Friday, September 02, 2011 12:48 PM In 2004, Google launched Google Desktop, a program designed to make it easy for users to search their own PCs for emails, files, music, photos, Web pages and more. Desktop has been used by tens of millions of people and we’ve been humbled by its usage and great user feedback. However, over the...

Palm post mortem: what could have been

Palm post mortem: what could have been

For those of you who are still following all of the webOS news, I thought I’d share what I know about how things have been going at HP since the announcement, and shed some light on a few projects that never came to be. Some of the information below comes from friends who work in the webOS Global Business Unit, née Palm. I’ve always been enthused...

R.I.P. Microsoft Zune, 2006-2011

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has finally decided to put an official end to its Zunemedia player line. “A person familiar with the decision” has informed them that Microsoft will not be putting out any new hardware in the line, and will be henceforward focusing on integrating Zune functionality with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Not exactly unexpected;...