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Thu
23
Aug
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Dell Profits Plummet; Slumping PC Sales Blamed

With consumers moving away from PCs in favor of tablet computers and smartphones, Dell has reported a significant decline in both its revenue and its share price. Dell Inc., for many years a major PC maker, recently made public its second quarter ... earnings. The report shows that the firm's second quarter profits declined 18 per cent, while revenues dipped nearly 8 per cent. Even more concerning may be the company's inability to predict this trend. In May, Dell suggested that revenues would significantly increase, not decrease. Mobile Devices Lure Consumers Away from PCs Dell has blamed its ... (view more)

Tue
15
May
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Google Admits: Search Results Biased

Under investigation for abusing its domination of the search market, Google has floated a new argument: that the way it chooses and arranges its search results qualifies as protected free speech under the U.S. First Amendment. The new approach is ... part of an attempt to stave off government investigations that could seriously hamper Google's ability to operate, as well as its profits and its reputation. The investigation is based upon two related issues: first, that Google has a dominant position in the search engine market, and second, that Google uses this position to support its own ... (view more)

Thu
03
May
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FTC Hires High-Profile Lawyer to Investigate Google

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hired a high-profile lawyer to work on its antitrust investigation into Google's search activity. The hiring may signal FTC expectations the probe will result in a major court case. The FTC has its own in-house ... legal team, and rarely hires an outside lawyer for such work. It has reportedly happened just twice in the past decade. Ironically, one of the more memorable times the FTC hired outside legal help was in the late 1990s, when the agency took legal action against Microsoft over claims it exploited its dominance of the PC market. The new hire this ... (view more)

Tue
13
Mar
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Report: Some Windows XP Users Migrating to OS X

While fewer and fewer folks are continuing to employ Microsoft's aging Windows XP, according to a new report from industry analyst firm, Net Applications, more and more people are using Apple's Mac OS X operating system (OS). Net Applications ... compiles its reports on OS usage by using data gleaned from 160 million web users visiting 40,000 distinct Internet sites. The research firm's new study finds that Windows XP's market share slipped nearly two percentage points in the last month, down to 45.4 per cent. That marks the decade-old operating system's most significant decline in months, and ... (view more)

Mon
30
Jan
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Report: Tough Year May Be Ahead for Windows Tablets

A new report reveals that only a tiny portion of all people with a tablet computer right now are using one that runs the Windows 7 operating system (OS). According to statistics from research firm Strategy Analytics, Microsoft's operating system ... provides the software basis for just 1.5 per cent of tablets sold during the fourth quarter of 2011. The report reveals that 27 million tablet computers sold in the fourth quarter of 2011, a big increase from the fourth quarter a year ago. "Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 ... (view more)

Wed
28
Dec
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Firefox Receives Three More Years of Google Funding

Google has renewed its deal to be the default search engine for the Firefox browser, providing Mozilla a major financial boost. But some suggest Microsoft bargained for that same slot, and ponder the implications for the search market. Google's ... contract for Firefox's default search engine position was worth $89 million in 2009 and $103 million in 2010, about 85 per cent of Mozilla's revenue. Experts believe Mozilla's other licensing deals, grants, and donations from users would produce nowhere near enough income to keep the browser well supported and updated. That may explain why it is asking ... (view more)

Wed
07
Dec
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Google Could Pull Plug On Firefox

Mozilla's Firefox is in the news this week and not for any positive reasons. The web browser slipped to third in the market behind Google's Chrome, and there's speculation a major financial backer of the browser may pull out. If so, that could be ... the end of the popular web browser. News on market share comes from Statcounter, which tracks visitors to about three million websites and collates this data to provide credible estimates of online usage. Google Chrome Usage Up 550% in 2 Years The company's figures for November show that Google's Chrome is used by 25.69 per cent of people worldwide ( ... (view more)

Thu
17
Nov
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Nokia to Offer Win8 Tablet Mid-2012: Report

A Nokia executive recently let slip that next summer the firm will release a tablet computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. In an interview with a French newspaper, Paul Amsellem, who heads up Nokia France, was quoted as ... saying: "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8." (Source: fnno.com ) In an effort to reduce speculation and diminish the impact of Amsellem's lip-slip, a Nokia spokesperson later retracted the statement and told the media: "We have not announced any specific plans as it relates to tablets." Not the First Hint at a Nokia Windows 8 ... (view more)

Thu
27
Oct
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Revamped Windows Phone 7 Gets Windows 8 Core

Microsoft has recently released the first major overhaul of its Windows Phone operating system and it's getting some generally good reviews. The revised system is powering a range of devices, including the first significant results of the ... Nokia-Microsoft partnership. Windows Phone 7, released late last year, was a much-delayed revamp of what had previously been Windows Mobile. Although the system was generally praised, it appeared to come far too late to overcome a significant loss of market share to systems such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Sales of the Windows Phone 7 handsets thus ... (view more)

Fri
12
Aug
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HP Cuts $100 from TouchPad, iPad Rival

This week, Walmart announced it would bow out of the digital music business , presumably because competition from Apple's iTunes proved too fierce. Now, it appears Apple's dominance of another market is forcing hardware firm Hewlett-Packard (HP) to ... take drastic action. HP has announced it will cut $100 from the price of its tablet PC, the TouchPad. The cost of the 16GB TouchPad tablet has dropped from $500 to $400, while the 32GB edition goes from $600 to $500. That means both choices are available for roughly $100 less than comparable iPads from Apple. (Source: wsj.com ) Apple iPad Market ... (view more)

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