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Intel reported revenue that was roughly flat with the same period last year, as profits fell slightly for the first quarter. However, revenue from its PC group fell just 1 percent from a year ago, an unexpectedly rosy sign. Intel reported net income of $1.9 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago, on revenue of $12.8 billion, up 1 percent from a year ago. Analysts polled by Yahoo Finance had expected Intel to report earnings of 37 cents per share...
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Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now. Google wins, but the real story is how Cortana fared. 
From the bold vibrancy of its new Start screen, to its new digital assistant, Cortana, Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 establishes itself as a top-tier smartphone platform. And that’s critical—especially for an operating system currently holding a market share of less than 4 percent among U.S. smartphone buyers (though to be fair, it’s more popular elsewhere). That’s not to say it leaps ahead of Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android, but neither is...
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When Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP last week, along with it went one of Microsoft’s popular browsers, Internet Explorer 8. But ne plurez pas, mes amis: IE8 lives on—as a French pizza. Yes, from the land that gave us Marcel Marceau and museums stuffed with human bones, meet the IE8 Explorer pizza from Speed Rabbit Pizza. And lest you think the Internet Explorer connection is somehow coincidental, Le Journal Du Geek reports that it ...
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This was worth sitting in Napa traffic for!
It’s not too far-fetched to believe that a billion people have viewed the “Bliss” image that defines the desktop view of Windows XP, the seminal OS that Microsoft is retiring Tuesday. But you’d barely notice the real-world “Bliss” scene if you stepped out of your car and gazed at it today. Driving anywhere in California’s wine country can be treacherous. Roads curve back and forth, well, drunkenly. Bicyclists are common, and the next bend could...
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 Windows XP support will be available after April 8. Just not for you, unfortunately. 
On Tuesday night, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, will go to sleep secure in the knowledge that his government’s Windows XP PCs won’t be hacked the next day. That doesn’t mean you will.  Meet Microsoft’s Custom Support for Windows XP, described as a last-ditch effort for big businesses to quite literally buy some more time to migrate from Windows XP to a more modern operating system. The U.K. paid 5.548 million pounds to Micro...
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I wonder what kind of PCs those corporations are running...
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Microsoft may have ended support for Windows XP, but free antivirus software vendor Avast projects that for millions of users, that won’t mean squat. Avast had previously reported that 23.6 percent of its users were still running Windows XP. In the days before Microsoft ended support of Windows XP on April 8, Avast surveyed close to 165,000 of those users. The results, released in in a blog post on Monday, indicate that 27 percent of Avast’s Wi...
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Universal Windows apps will bring with it universal pricing—which, at least for the Windows Store, will mean the option of lower prices for all. And it’s live now. On Monday, Microsoft added $0.99 and $1.29 pricing tiers for the Windows Store, price points for apps that should be familiar to those who own a smartphone. Technically, the pricing is part of a new “consolidated pricing structure,” which is a follow-on to Microsoft’s new universal app...
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Solid work, Microsoft.
From the bold vibrancy of its new Start screen, to its new digital assistant, Cortana, Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 establishes itself as a top-tier smartphone platform. And that’s critical—especially for an operating system currently holding a market share of less than 4 percent among U.S. smartphone buyers (though to be fair, it’s more popular elsewhere). That’s not to say it leaps ahead of Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android, but neither is...
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Say goodbye one last time.
Windows XP, Microsoft Corp.’s beloved seventh major operating system and arguably the company’s most successful, was left to perish on Tuesday at its creators’ hands. It was 12 years, seven months old. For now, Windows XP will persist in brain-dead stasis on literally millions of PCs, including those of customers who have either ignored, or were never aware of, Microsoft's decision to pull the plug. Although the software may physically remain on ...
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Want to see what Microsoft has up its sleeve for Windows for connected cars? 
Microsoft is moving Windows to the car, again. Microsoft has been in the automotive space for a very very long time—probably more than 15 years, according to Steve Teixeira, who works in the developer division at Microsoft. A good chunk of cars on the road run either Windows CE or Windows Automotive, including BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan. Now, Microsoft is prepping yet another version, Teixeira revealed at last week’s Build event. The co...
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