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Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’s outlandish chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced he’s got his heart set on retirement. The gregarious CEO reckons he’s pensioning himself off within the coming 12 months.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Microsoft under Ballmer’s helmsman-ship has missed many obvious opportunities, leaving the once mighty company languishing in cyber-nomans land.

Ballmer’s retirement might just open a new chapter for Microsoft, while its Windows OS is used in the vast majority of personal computers. Microsoft during Ballmer’s 13 years of control has had little impact in the fast-growing mobile device segment.

The tech-behemoth has faced a slurry of criticism for not keeping pace with this fast-evolving tech-sector. A large part of Microsoft’s problem seems to be a huge lack of self-concept, 15 years ago the company quite willingly accepted that it wasn’t the cool-kid on the block, Mr Gates indeed embraced his uncoolness.

15 years ago the tech-galaxy seemed balanced. Apple had creatives covered, the NASDAQ had a bunch of competitors to fill each niche between Microsoft’s dullness and Apples glistening stardom. This was a plus-place for Microsoft to be, so long as it stayed away from Apples end of the market, so long as it stayed boring.

While Apple has gone from strength to strength, Microsoft’s continuous failure at recognizing what it does super-well, the dull stuff, OS and Office, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. Unless of course you’ve become slightly insecure, forgotten who your buddies are and you’ve grown a need to play with the good-looking kids. Microsoft has sacrificed it’s solid image in a futile attempt at cornering the glamour-end of tech. I realise this sounds like a bit of hot air, but (I need to say this: old people love Microsoft)

Old people love Windows 8, the OS and amazingly the phone. The fastest – and most ignored – group of technology consumers LOVES WINDOWS 8! So who does Microsoft market Windows 8 to… clever little bumpkins, trendites and fashion conscious iPhone owners? :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Recognises Palestine

Posted: May 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Google Recognises Palestine

Google-PalestineInternet search behemoth Google has recognised Palestine’s upgraded United Nations status, placing the name “Palestine” on its search engine instead of “Palestinian Territories,” the US company said, raising the ire of Israel.

The domain name www.google.ps, Google’s search engine for the territories, now brings up a homepage with “Palestine” written underneath the Google logo.

In November last year the UN general assembly upgraded Palestine to the status of non-member observer state by a vote of 138 votes in favour, 9 against and 41 abstentions.

Palestinian authorities have since begun to use the “State of Palestine” in diplomatic correspondence and issued official stamps for the purpose. The google recognition took effect this week, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said in a statement :: Read the full article »»»»

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DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPSGPS – Global Positioning System – has served the direction-challenged well, but the satellite based system some pretty outstanding drawbacks. Ever tried using your satnav in a tunnel? …or how-about something as simple as retrieving directions indoors??.

These hiccups might be a slight inconvenience for joe-public, but it’s downright disastrous for the military, the original GPS users.

Our favourite gadget-factory – DARPA – is addressing such concerns with the development of a completely self-sufficient navigation system, one that aids navigation when GPS is down.

DARPA researchers working at the University of Michigan have taken a clever approach with the creation of a – TIMU – Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit. The unit, a single chip containing a six axis IM – three gyroscopes and three accelerometers – integrating with a highly accurate master clock, all in a system  smaller than a 5 cent coin.

The chip integrates breakthrough devices from DARPA’s übercool – Micro-Technology for Positioning Navigation and TimingMicro-PNT program. The TIMU prototype gives the device the superneat ability to gather precise orientation, acceleration and time information to track a user’s position while travelling from point A to B :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! Apple, Microsoft and Adobe Front Australian Parliamentary Inquiry

Posted: April 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! Apple, Microsoft and Adobe Front Australian Parliamentary Inquiry

Australia's IT Price WarAustralia’s parliamentary inquiry into consumer electronics and IT pricing has heard testimony from Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, the testimony however failed to impress. Australia consumers pay up to 90 per cent more for some of the most commonly required IT products, the trap of course is that programs like Adobe’s Photoshop are essential, irreplaceable tools in many businesses. The price discrepancies rely heavily on an enthusiastic abuse of copyright and a heavy handed approach to geo-blocking.

The price gouging by some of the planets largest companies led the parliamentary inquiry to take the unusual step of forcing Apple, Microsoft and Adobe – The Big Three – to front up and explain their obscene pricing policies. The inquiry issued a threatening summons to the world’s technology behemoths, demanding they answer accusations.

Committee chairman Nick Champion says the inquiry has heard from many Australian consumers and organisations frustrated at the prices charged for digitally downloaded software, computer games, music, movies, and e-books. Matt Levey, head of campaigns for independent consumer organisation Choice, says Australian consumers should not have to pay so much more.

Microsoft, which employs 800 people in Australia, says attempts to compare absolute prices across different counties is of limited use because there are a range of regional factors that need to be taken into account. The company says it provides recommended retail prices for its products that take into account various market forces, such as the size of the market, and the consumers willingness to pay :: Read the full article »»»»


Europeans Fine Microsoft $700 Million Over Lack of Browser Choice

Posted: March 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Europeans Fine Microsoft $700 Million Over Lack of Browser Choice

MicrosoftThe technology behemoth that is Microsoft has been fined more than $AU700 million for failing to offer it’s OS users a choice of different internet browsers in Europe.

The company was found to have breached its own 2009 commitment to introduce a pop-up screen offering users a choice of browser, rather than just Internet Explorer. The pop-up was introduced as part of an earlier European Union competition case, but was dropped in a Windows 7 update in early 2011.

Microsoft claims the omission was simply the result of a “technical error”. The tech-behemoth was fined 561 million euros – $AU711 million – taking the total cost of its regulatory troubles in Europe to 2.15 billion euros – $AU2.75 billion – since 2002.

The European Commission, which acts as competition regulator across the 27-member European Union, said it found Microsoft broke its undertaking between May 2011 and July 2012. The Commission said it takes such settlement commitments very seriously :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Hacked

Posted: February 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Facebook, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Hacked

FACEBOOKFacebook says its computer system has been targeted in a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, however, the social media behemoth has stressed they don’t believe there is any evidence that user data has been compromised.

The company says the malware came from the infected website from a mobile developer.

“Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post.

“The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. We remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.”

The social network, which says it has more than 1 billion active users worldwide, said it was not the sole target. Facebook’s announcement follows recent cyber attacks on other prominent websites :: Read the full article »»»»


US Regulator Bails on Google Hunt

Posted: January 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News | Tags: | Comments Off on US Regulator Bails on Google Hunt

Google vs US Trade Commission US regulators have announced they will not be charging Google over its internet search practices. Google had been accused of manipulating search results and abusing its market dominance to snuff out competitors.

In a statement the US Federal Trade Commission said that after a 20-month probe it could not bring a case against the search behemoth.

Despite the absence of charges surrounding Google’s search business, the Trade Commission has found that Google misused its broad patents on mobile phone technology, acquired in its takeover of Motorola, and it has ordered the company to make that technology available to rivals through license arrangements.

Google has also agreed to change some of its search and advertising practices. However, rivals including Microsoft are not happy with the changes. Google is also still under investigation from European regulators and some US states :: Read the full article »»»»