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Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

October 18th, 2012 10:32 admin View Comments

Handhelds

First time accepted submitter thetechblock writes “On Tuesday, with the release of pricing and pre-orders for the new Surface RT tablets, Twitter exploded with comparisons to the iPad. So, I decided to put together a little comparison chart to contrast two equivalent models.” The comparison is interesting, but note the source; you can discount the conclusions of writer Jeff Blankenburg by as much as you want for his role as “developer evangelist” for Microsoft.

Source: Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment

September 12th, 2012 09:41 admin View Comments

Displays

Mackadoodledoo writes “Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title’s environment around a player’s room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging to Microsoft.”

Source: Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment

OpenBSD’s De Raadt Slams Red Hat, Canonical Over ‘Secure’ Boot

July 26th, 2012 07:17 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes “OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has slammed Red Hat and Canonical for the way they have reacted to Microsoft’s introduction of ‘secure’ boot along with Windows 8, describing both companies as wanting to be the new Microsoft.”

Source: OpenBSD’s De Raadt Slams Red Hat, Canonical Over ‘Secure’ Boot

Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux? Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

July 26th, 2012 07:50 admin View Comments

Linux Business

An anonymous reader writes “Gabe Newell wants to support Linux because he think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in PC space. He wants to move away from a closed ecosystem of Microsoft Windows 8. He recently made a rare appearance at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle. From the allthingsd article: ‘The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.’ Some Linux users think that this is a win-win situation for Linux users as it will brings good game titles on the Linux system that haven’t been there and it will protect steam business model from both Apple and Microsoft.”

Source: Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux? Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

July 8th, 2012 07:50 admin View Comments

Internet Explorer

glitch0 writes “Internet Explorer used to be the most prevalent browser with a market share that peaked at 88% in March of 2003. Now they’re down to almost 15% due to stiff competition from Google, Mozilla, and even Apple. What implications does this have for the future of Microsoft?”

Source: Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

RIM Considers Spinning Off Handset Business From Messaging

June 24th, 2012 06:27 admin View Comments

Blackberry

According to this Reuters report, RIM is considering separating its messaging network business from its manufacture of handsets, and either listing the resulting new company separately, or selling it to another firm. According to the article, “Potential buyers would include Amazon and Facebook, it reported, adding that RIM’s messaging network could also be sold, or opened up to rivals such as Apple and Google to generate income. An alternative option would be to keep the company together but sell a stake to a larger technology firm such as Microsoft.”

Source: RIM Considers Spinning Off Handset Business From Messaging

Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

June 22nd, 2012 06:45 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes “Canonical has laid out their plans for handling UEFI SecureBoot on Ubuntu Linux. Similar to Red Hat paying Microsoft to get past UEFI restrictions, Canonical does have a private UEFI key. Beyond that they will also be switching from GRUB to the more liberal efilinux bootloader, and only require bootloader binaries be signed — and they want to setup their own signing infrastructure separate from Microsoft.”

Source: Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

June 22nd, 2012 06:45 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes “Canonical has laid out their plans for handling UEFI SecureBoot on Ubuntu Linux. Similar to Red Hat paying Microsoft to get past UEFI restrictions, Canonical does have a private UEFI key. Beyond that they will also be switching from GRUB to the more liberal efilinux bootloader, and only require bootloader binaries be signed — and they want to setup their own signing infrastructure separate from Microsoft.”

Source: Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

Australian Govt Re-Kindles Office File Format War

February 24th, 2012 02:03 admin View Comments

Australia

An anonymous reader writes “The Australian Government’s peak IT strategy group has issued a cautious updated appraisal of currently available office productivity suite file formats, in what appears to be an attempt to more fully explain its thinking about the merits of open standards such as OpenDocument versus more proprietary file formats promulgated by vendors like Microsoft.”

Source: Australian Govt Re-Kindles Office File Format War

British Schoolchildren To Get Programming Lessons

January 11th, 2012 01:35 admin View Comments

Education

judgecorp writes “The British Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that the school ICT curriculum will be scrapped and replaced with programming and real computer science. Britain’s schoolchildren have had compulsory ICT (information and communications technology) lessons for some time, but they are hated by staff and pupils alike, amounting to little more than Power Point training, using the products rather than understanding the code. There is room for improvement — and the British-designed Raspberry Pi could be part of this, but can the new system break away from the old product-centric regime when it will apparently be sponsored by companies including Google and Microsoft?”

Source: British Schoolchildren To Get Programming Lessons

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