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Could Kinect be Microsoft’s iPod?

Could Kinect be Microsoft’s iPod?

On November 8, 2010, one of my most anticipated packages arrived from Amazon: a 250 GB Xbox 360 Kinect combo. Kinect is one of the more popular devices to leave the doors of Microsoft. The Redmond, Wash.-based company initially expected to sell two million of them during the holiday season but upped estimates to five million due to high preorder sales. Not a day...

What happened in the recent Hotmail outage

What happened in the recent Hotmail outage

On December 31, 2010, a number of our users reported their email messages and folders were missing from their Hotmail accounts. I want to take a little time to explain what happened, and what steps we’ve taken to fix this problem and prevent it from happening in the future. In Hotmail, one way we monitor the health of the email service is through automated...

Skype buys Qik in $100 million deal

Skype buys Qik in $100 million deal

Skype said Thursday that it had acquired streaming video service Qik for an undisclosed amount, believed to be around $100 million USD. The VoIP provider says it plans to use Qik’s technology to enhance its own video calling functionality. Qik was founded in 2006 and is compatible with about 200 phones across several platforms including the iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms....

DIY surveillance gear is surprise trend for CIS 2011

DIY surveillance gear is surprise trend for CIS 2011

Every year, the average megapixel count of consumer mobile devices takes an incremental hop upward. Last year, the most common mobile phone cameras hovered around 5 megapixels. The phones being debuted at CES 2011 seem to be sticking around 8 megapixel with 720p video capture capabilities. But at the same time as their internal sensors are getting more sophisticated, they’re also becoming more sophisticated...

Windows 8 will run on ARM natively

Windows 8 will run on ARM natively

Microsoft is taking notice of industry trends, and told attendees Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the next version of Windows would run on ARM chips. The move is an acknowledgement of the changing face of consumer electronics — that smart phones, tablets, and portable devices are indeed the future. The move is also significant for another reason — up...

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a free antivirus software product created by Microsoft that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer virus, spyware, rootkits and trojan horses for Windows XP (x86), Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (both x86 and x64). Microsoft Security Essentials replaces Windows Live OneCare, a commercial subscription-based antivirus service and the free Windows Defender, which only protected users...

Intel and AMD sign death warrant for VGA port

Intel and AMD sign death warrant for VGA port

Rival processor makers Intel and AMD may not agree on much, but they are of one mind about the future of the venerable VGA graphics port: it doesn’t have one. The two chipmakers are joined by Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and LG in an industry-spanning agreement to phase out VGA entirely by 2015, and to standardize solely on HDMI and DisplayPort. “DisplayPort and HDMI allow...

AVG does it again: Windows 7 users crash with another bad update

AVG does it again: Windows 7 users crash with another bad update

Web security company AVG has issued an apology to its customers after its most recent update caused a significant number of Windows 7 crashes. The update in question, 3292, caused a number of systems running on the Windows 7 64 platform to become bricked and continuously reboot and has since been pulled by the anti-virus providers. “AVG has identified a potential conflict between one...

AMD/ATI Ships 25 Millionth DirectX 11 GPU

AMD/ATI Ships 25 Millionth DirectX 11 GPU

AMD didn’t have the best financial news to report, as it went through another third quarter loss, but its graphics division did have some good news. Revealed at the same time as the financials was that AMD has shipped over 25 million DirectX11-capable ATI GPUs since introduction in September 2009. The added competition from Nvidia may have played a part in ATI’s revenue down...

Adobe Reader X coming next month

Adobe Reader X coming next month

Today Adobe is announcing the new Acrobat X Family of Products which includes Adobe Reader X as well as Acrobat X Suite, Acrobat X Pro, and Acrobat X Standard. Reader X will be available for download next month and we want to give you a preview of the valuable new features you can expect. Reader X continues to set the standard for reliably viewing,...