News Around the Web

News Around the Web

Roundup of interesting news headlines and articles making their way around the Web.

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

Weekend tech reading: Why Microsoft's tablet can't fail

After stripping us of our cellphones and anything else that can take pictures, a Microsoft employee who does not stop smiling directs us into a blank, white rectangle of a room, where Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft Surface, explains that we're the very first journalists...

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

Weekend tech reading: Origin of the "post PC" buzzword

I've been examining the whole "post PC" buzzword that everyone is using these days on the eve of the Windows 8 release. I first heard the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs use it in 2007. But then I found out that David Clark, a senior scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab...

Weekend tech reading: Analysis of Intel's Haswell architecture

Weekend tech reading: Analysis of Intel's Haswell architecture

When I first started writing about x86 CPUs Intel was on the verge of entering the enterprise space with its processors. At the time, Xeon was a new brand, unproven in the market. But it highlighted a key change in Intel's strategy for dominance: leverage consumer microprocessor sales to...

Weekend tech reading: What HTPC users can expect from Trinity

Weekend tech reading: What HTPC users can expect from Trinity

Intel started the trend of integrating a GPU along with the CPU in the processor package with Clarkdale / Arrandale. The GPU moved to the die itself in Sandy Bridge. Despite having a much more powerful GPUs at its disposal (from the ATI acquisition), AMD was a little late...

Weekend tech reading: Will the GTX 650 Ti be a dud at $170?

Weekend tech reading: Will the GTX 650 Ti be a dud at $170?

Specifications for the next graphics card in Nvidia’s Kepler-based lineup, the GTX 650 Ti, have leaked. Last week saw the introduction of two new Kepler graphics cards from Nvidia with the GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 660. Those cards filled in the massive void between the...

Weekend tech reading: Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" hits RTM

Weekend tech reading: Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" hits RTM

Chalk up another one for those Windows Phone tipsters. Back in July, I heard whispers that Microsoft would release to manufacturing (RTM) the Windows Phone 8 operating system in September. The plan, as of then, was that the first Windows Phone 8 devices would ship...

Weekend tech reading: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" versus the iPad 3

Weekend tech reading: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" versus the iPad 3

On paper, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 blows the iPad 3 out of the water. The Fire HD is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the iPad 3. The Fire HD has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, while the iPad has a single mono speaker. Where the iPad 3 is capable of...

Weekend tech reading: AMD shares Steamroller details

Weekend tech reading: AMD shares Steamroller details

Ever since the relatively disappointing debut of AMD's Bulldozer microarchitecture, we've been curious to find out what happens next. New architectures sometimes have their share of troubles, but they often bring with them quite a bit of headroom for improvement, especially once there's...

Weekend tech reading: Inconsistencies in Apple v. Samsung ruling

Weekend tech reading: Inconsistencies in Apple v. Samsung ruling

Late in the process yesterday at the Apple v. Samsung trial, when the parties and the judge were reviewing the jury verdict form, Samsung noticed that there were, indeed, inconsistencies in the jury's verdict form, a possibility Samsung anticipated. In two instances, results were crazily contradictory...

Weekend tech reading: OnLive reboots with new owner after layoffs

Weekend tech reading: OnLive reboots with new owner after layoffs

"OnLive ... will continue to operate," the statement read. "...there is no expected interruption of any OnLive services." It was a statement that read as an assurance: everything is fine, we're still here, it's business as usual. But it was clear that everything wasn't fine. Earlier yesterday...

Weekend tech reading: Google punishes sites for DMCA takedowns

Weekend tech reading: Google punishes sites for DMCA takedowns

Has someone filed a large number of DMCA "takedown" requests against your site? If so, look out. That's the latest penalty that may cause you to rank lower in Google's search results. It joins other penalties such as "Panda" and "Penguin." We're dubbing it the "Emanuel Update" in honor of...

Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Admit it. You are in a love-hate relationship with Firefox. Either Mozilla gets Firefox right and you are jumping up and down, or Mozilla screws up and you threaten to ditch the browser in favor of Chrome. Mozilla’s passionate user base keeps Firefox dangling between constant ups and downs...

Weekend tech reading: What is Yahoo?

Weekend tech reading: What is Yahoo?

That straightforward question has so far baffled the people who run the company. I got a taste of the fuzziness when I visited Carol Bartz, then the chief executive, back in 2010. She was funny, profane and articulate, except on the question of what the company is. After five minutes of listening...

Weekend tech reading: Why the PC still matters

Weekend tech reading: Why the PC still matters

Many, including Apple's Tim Cook and Steve Jobs before him, believe that we're entering a "Post-PC era" where smartphones, tablets and cloud-powered thin clients like Google's Chromebooks will eliminate traditional computers. Sales numbers seem to...

Weekend tech reading: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

Weekend tech reading: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

Samsung Electronics Co. suffered a second legal setback at the hands of a California judge, who issued a preliminary injunction Friday against one of its flagship smartphones at the request of Apple Inc. The order, which bans Samsung from selling or importing the Galaxy Nexus...

Weekend tech reading: Mozilla teases something big for Android

Weekend tech reading: Mozilla teases something big for Android

The folks at Mozilla have taken to Twitter to tease us all about a big BIG update in Firefox for Android next week. The details are sparse (as they should be in any teasers worth their salt) only promising something fast, smart, and safe. Firefox development for Android has been steady...

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Just over eight years after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook has officially gone public today. And, what better time to dig back into the company's history, as documented by everyone from The Harvard Crimson and The New Yorker to Zuckerberg himself?

Weekend tech reading: How HP lost its way

Weekend tech reading: How HP lost its way

A few months after she took over as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) last September, Meg Whitman held one in a series of get-to-know-you meetings with employees. To say the audience, a group of software engineers and managers, was sullen would be an understatement...

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