Business Industry

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May
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Apple Refuses to Build Windows RT iTunes App

Things just keep getting worse for Microsoft's Windows RT operating system (OS), which is designed specifically for mobile devices like tablet computers. Now, it appears Apple has no plans to construct an iTunes app for the OS. The news won't be a ... big deal for people running Windows 8-based devices, like the Surface Pro tablet. After all, they can simply download iTunes to the desktop. However, for people who own the Surface RT (or anything else running the Windows RT OS), that's impossible. They can only access applications (like iTunes) via Microsoft's own Windows Store. No iTunes in ... (view more)

Tue
07
May
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Bill Gates Rips Apple's iPad Tablet

Is there room in the crowded tablet computer market for Microsoft's Surface? Sales figures would indicate that there may not be. However, Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates thinks many consumers will opt for the Windows-based Surface ... because they're frustrated with Apple's ubiquitous iPad. In a recent interview with CNBC's Warren Buffett, Gates took the opportunity to promote Microsoft's Surface and its newest operating system (OS), Windows 8, while slamming Apple's tablet device. Windows 8 and Surface: The Best of Both Worlds? According to Gates, Windows 8 "is revolutionary in that ... (view more)

Mon
29
Apr
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Ballmer, Gates Help Push for Immigration Reform

Some of the tech world's biggest players are joining forces to press for immigration reform. Led by Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, the group has now enlisted Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve ... Ballmer. Zuckerberg's political action group is known as FWD.us, and is devoted to changing how the United States approaches immigration policy. Tech Firms Look to the World for Help Specifically, the group hopes to adjust immigration policy to allow foreign engineers and scientists easier access to the United States. Many tech companies have been ... (view more)

Wed
17
Apr
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Samsung Accused of Posting Fake Product Reviews

Samsung is under investigation for allegedly paying people to post bogus comments online. However, the fake reviews didn't talk up Samsung products but instead attacked devices from rival smartphone manufacturer HTC. News of the alleged dirty tricks ... came from a Taiwanese website that published a document from a marketing firm hired by Samsung. The document lists numerous online discussion forum posts made by people acting on behalf of the marketing firm and, in turn, Samsung. Some of the posts simply praised Samsung products. Others included comparisons between Samsung and HTC smartphones ... (view more)

Mon
18
Mar
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CEO Approval Ratings: Zuckerberg Liked, Ballmer Not

Although David Fincher's 2010 film The Social Network portrayed Facebook's chief executive officer as a strange loner, it seems Mark Zuckerberg is adored by his employees. A recent study shows that Zuckerberg gets a 'thumbs up' from 99 per cent of ... Facebook workers. Glassdoor, which calls itself a "career community" site "that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies," carried out a survey of more than half a million employees. It then put together a list titled "50 Highest Rated CEOs 2013." Zuckerberg's Approval Rating Skyrockets in 2013 Topping that list was Zuckerberg ... (view more)

Thu
07
Mar
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Microsoft, Google Execs Dominate Billionaires List

A recent Forbes report reveals just how much money can be made in the lucrative consumer technology business. Forbes' annual list of the world's wealthiest people is largely dominated by executives from the tech industry's biggest firms, including ... Microsoft and Google. Sitting atop the world's richest people list is Mexican mobile mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who controls Latin American firm America Movil. Helu's net worth: an astounding $73 billion. Gates, Ballmer, Allen in Top 60 Not far behind is Microsoft chairman Bill Gates , who is worth a reported $67 billion. A short jump down the list to ... (view more)

Mon
28
Jan
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Lenovo May Buy BlackBerry Maker

Lenovo, the world's second-largest PC manufacturer, is reportedly considering the acquisition of troubled smartphone company Research in Motion (RIM). Reports suggest that the PC maker could use RIM, which produces the popular BlackBerry device, to ... expand its burgeoning smartphone business. Bloomberg notes that Lenovo is currently "assessing potential acquisition targets" and that those targets may include Waterloo, Canada-based RIM. The latter has been in financial trouble for some time, though its stock has rebounded in recent weeks as the firm prepares to launch its highly-anticipated ... (view more)

Thu
20
Dec
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Time Person of the Year: Tech CEOs Make List

Two of the technology industry's most powerful figures have been named runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year award. The list of eight finalists includes Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Neither won, ... however. Instead, the honor went to U.S. President Barack Obama, who was re-elected in November after a fierce presidential race with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Mayer Trying to Turn Yahoo's Fortunes Around Both Mayer and Cook made major headlines in 2012. This past year Mayer took over the helm of one of the technology industry's most troubled ... (view more)

Thu
20
Dec
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Mac Users More Generous Than Windows Users: Report

A new report suggests Santa might be more kind to Mac than Windows users this holiday season. The reason is simple: During the past year, they were considerably more generous about making donations to charity. Donation management company Qgiv ... recently examined the giving patterns of approximately 165,000 people, analyzing a total of 320,000 donations made by these people between November 2011 and November 2012. Mac Users Were 25% More Generous The results: The average Mac user gave non-profit charities $182, while the average Windows user donated only $137. If these statistics are to be ... (view more)

Wed
19
Dec
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IBM: Future Computers to Detect Smell, Taste, Sound

IBM says the next wave of computing devices will address areas never before associated with technology, including the ability to see, smell, taste, and hear. If the report's predictions prove accurate, such new computer capabilities could ... dramatically change human society. IBM made these predictions in its recent "IBM 5 in 5" report. It's the seventh straight year that IBM has released the report, which discusses innovations expected to affect the technology industry during the next five years. This year, the "5 in 5" report's predominant theme was human senses, and the way future computers ... (view more)

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