Computers

Microsoft’s Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras? – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A short time ago, I worried aloud that I had lost one of the Windows Phones PCWorld keeps on hand for testing. A colleague snickered. “Why would anyone steal a Windows Phone?” she asked. A good question—and I worry further that Microsoft’s senior executives won’t know how to answer that in a year or two.Today, I’m more convinced that Microsoft understands what it should be prioritizing on Windows Phone: the…

Congress can, and should, sort out the Internet’s tax structure – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, July 31, 2014

At the dawn of the broadband era, Congress recognized that the Internet was becoming so fundamental to communications and the economy that it barred states from taxing the services that enabled people to log on. But some anti-tax groups and online businesses have hijacked the “Don’t tax the Internet” rallying cry for a specious argument: They say companies that sell taxable goods online shouldn’t have to collect sales taxes from…

Lois Lerner email: Some in GOP ‘crazies’ – Politico

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refers to some Republicans as “a—holes” and “crazies” in an exchange from 2012, according to emails released by House Republicans on Wednesday. “Maybe we are through if there are that many a—holes,” the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division wrote in an exchange with an unnamed non-IRS official, dated Nov. 9, 2012. Later she added: “We don’t need to worry about alien terrorists….

Microsoft’s China woes increase – Fox News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in Beijing, June 2, 2010.REUTERS/Stringer China took its investigation of “alleged monopoly actions” by Microsoft to a new level this week, raiding four of the company’s offices and carrying away internal documents and computers. China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce — the state anti-trust regulator that enforces business laws — said in a statement on its website…

The Sarah Palin Internet channel: Niche ‘news’ for her supporters – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the video pitch for her new Internet endeavor — yours for only $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year! — Sarah Palin implores those watching: “Really, make this your channel.” But let’s not kid ourselves: It’s called the “Sarah Palin Channel” for good reason. There she is wishing Mom and Dad “Happy 53rd anniversary” and touting a “Word of the Day … brought to you by my Scrabble-obsessed mom…

Microsoft’s Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras? – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A short time ago, I worried aloud that I had lost one of the Windows Phones PCWorld keeps on hand for testing. A colleague snickered. “Why would anyone steal a Windows Phone?” she asked. A good question—and I worry further that Microsoft’s senior executives won’t know how to answer that in a year or two.Today, I’m more convinced that Microsoft understands what it should be prioritizing on Windows Phone: the…

Lois Lerner email: Some in GOP ‘crazies’ – Politico

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refers to some Republicans as “a—holes” and “crazies” in an exchange from 2012, according to emails released by House Republicans on Wednesday. “Maybe we are through if there are that many a—holes,” the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division wrote in an exchange with an unnamed non-IRS official, dated Nov. 9, 2012. Later she added: “We don’t need to worry about alien terrorists….

Microsoft’s China woes increase – Fox News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in Beijing, June 2, 2010.REUTERS/Stringer China took its investigation of “alleged monopoly actions” by Microsoft to a new level this week, raiding four of the company’s offices and carrying away internal documents and computers. China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce — the state anti-trust regulator that enforces business laws — said in a statement on its website…

The Sarah Palin Internet channel: Niche ‘news’ for her supporters – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the video pitch for her new Internet endeavor — yours for only $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year! — Sarah Palin implores those watching: “Really, make this your channel.” But let’s not kid ourselves: It’s called the “Sarah Palin Channel” for good reason. There she is wishing Mom and Dad “Happy 53rd anniversary” and touting a “Word of the Day … brought to you by my Scrabble-obsessed mom…

Meet Microsoft’s Sharks Cove: A Raspberry Pi-style mini-PC running Windows 8.1 – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Microsoft has never been ashamed to copy smaller companies if a trend proves popular enough, and its latest homage is dedicated to pint-sized PCs like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards. Hoping to show that Windows can run on just about anything, Microsoft has teamed with Intel and product manufacturer CircuitCo to announce a Windows-compatible development board, which is now available for pre-order, as ArsTechnica first reported. Dubbed the Sharks Cove,…

Microsoft’s Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras? – PCWorld (blog)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A short time ago, I worried aloud that I had lost one of the Windows Phones PCWorld keeps on hand for testing. A colleague snickered. “Why would anyone steal a Windows Phone?” she asked. A good question—and I worry further that Microsoft’s senior executives won’t know how to answer that in a year or two.Today, I’m more convinced that Microsoft understands what it should be prioritizing on Windows Phone: the…

Analyst: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 ranked among the best tablet displays – PCWorld (blog)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PCWorld raved about Microsoft Surface Pro 3’s display. Now, professional display analyst Raymond Soneira has done so as well, proclaiming Microsoft’s tablet among the best in display quality. In a report released Wednesday, DisplayMate’s Soneira said the Surface Pro 3 joins the top tier of tablet displays, just behind the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Soneira called the Surface Pro 3 “one of the very best and most accurate displays…

Lois Lerner email: Some in GOP ‘crazies’ – Politico

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refers to some Republicans as “—-holes” and “crazies” in an exchange from 2012, according to emails released by House Republicans on Wednesday. “Maybe we are through if there are that many —-holes,” the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division wrote in an exchange with an unnamed non-IRS official, dated Nov. 9, 2012. Later she added: “We don’t need to worry about alien terrorists….

We’re Fighting the Feds Over Your Email – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On Thursday Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court in New York, arguing that it can’t force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud. In…

With EA Access, Microsoft brings Xbox One vision back from the dead – CNET

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sarah Tew/CNET EA announced a bold initiative on Tuesday called EA Access, a Netflix-for-games subscription service that will cost $5 or £4 per month or $30 per year for access to full titles like FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4. Even in its infancy, the service represents one of the more profound business model shifts the game industry has undergone in the last few years. Not coincidentally, EA Access is arriving…

We’re Fighting the Feds Over Your Email – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On Thursday Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court in New York, arguing that it can’t force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud. In…

China Raids Microsoft Offices – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

China confirmed it is investigating whether Microsoft Corp. broke its antimonopoly laws, the latest sign of growing commercial and policy tensions between the U.S. and China that are roiling technology companies in both countries. Roughly 100 investigators on Monday raided Microsoft offices in four Chinese cities including Beijing, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on Tuesday. The agency said that Microsoft…

China Probes Microsoft Over Antimonopoly Issues – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING—China confirmed that officials are investigating whether Microsoft Corp. broke antimonopoly laws and called on the software company to make its executives available to investigators. In a statement on Tuesday, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce said about 100 investigators participated in raids on Microsoft’s offices on Monday in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou. It said they…

Microsoft Cortana challenges Siri in new video spot – CNET

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Battle of the voice assistants: Apple’s Siri vs Microsoft’s Cortana. YouTube/screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant is much more helpful than Apple’s Siri, at least as portrayed in a new video spot from Microsoft. Pitting Cortana on a Lumia 635 against Siri on an iPhone 5S, the video spot finds Microsoft’s assistant much more cooperative at a couple of specific tasks. First, the user says to Cortana: “When…

Chinese Officials Descend on Microsoft Offices – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

China is investigating Microsoft Corp., the company said on Monday, in the latest challenge in what has proved to be a difficult market for the software giant. The Redmond, Wash., company said it was working with officials. “We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect,” Microsoft said….