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All Things Appy: Top 5 Windows 8 Art Tools

The touchscreens prevalent on vast numbers of laptops awaiting your hard-earned dollars in consumer electronics stores accommodate highly suitable new tools for creating art. The tactile nature of the screen, as opposed to the awkward mouse, makes sweeping strokes and other gestures a lot easier. Th...

OPINION

Apple Forgets Steve Jobs and Announces a Non-Magical iPad

Over the years, I've watched company after company lose its invaluable edge because executives critical to its success moved on, or died, and didn't pass on critical skills. Only IBM really made a massive effort not to screw this up, and even it eventually forgot, forcing a massive reset -- which al...

OPINION

Passion Is the Thin Line Between Success and Failure

Carol Bartz got fired last week -- the Yahoo Board handled it badly, and she went ugly. Steve Ballmer is also seen as a failure both inside and outside Microsoft, and it is widely held that the only reason he hasn't been fired is that he and his best friend, Bill Gates, own the Microsoft Board. Pres...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Corel’s X3 Photo Editor Paints a Pretty Picture

In the Windows world, photographers looking for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop that will save them cash without skimping on power typically have turned to Corel's PaintShop Photo Pro. The program has consistently kept pace with the evolving needs of shutterbugs over the years and the latest "X3" ...

OPINION

The Folly of Ignoring Apple’s Success

The technology and consumer electronics markets are awash with companies that seem to be barely meeting expectations or are, like Sony, Sun and Yahoo, on and off death watch. They aren't alone; the relatively new Obama administration seems to also be failing, and the latest State of the Union addr...

Blu-ray 3-D Coming Soon to a Tricked-Out Home Theater Near You

The Blu-ray Disc Association released the specifications for 3-D Blu-ray on Thursday, just over a year after Panasonic first publicly demonstrated its application of 3-D Blu-ray technology. The specifications are backward-compatible with standard 2-D Blu-ray players, and disks and will run on Sony P...

HP Readies New PCs for the Windows 7 Party

HP has released a slew of new PCs -- both desktop and notebooks -- that leverage its growing investment in touchscreen technology ahead of Microsoft's Windows 7 release. The products target just about every buying constituency there is, from college students seeking affordable notebooks to businesse...

OPINION

Does Green Matter to You?

I'm at IFA as I write this, and in Europe, green clearly does matter. Here, they even have a viable Green Party, but in the U.S., I sometimes wonder whether we care. This was showcased in a presentation in which Sony ranked geographical areas in terms of the importance of green, and the U.S. came in...

After 15 Years Developing Wine, It’s Time

After 15 years of development and beta testing, the first stable version of Wine is now available, its developers announced Tuesday. Wine is an open source implementation of the Windows application programming interface on top of X, OpenGL and Unix that allows Windows applications to run on other op...

OPINION

Why Microhoo Couldn’t Work and How Google Helped It Fail

I'm often fascinated by mergers, or I should say I'm fascinated by how often they are attempted and how rarely they succeed. While it may appear that smaller mergers are more successful than larger ones, the reality is smaller merger failures are vastly easier to cover up. Very few mergers actually ...

EU Turns Up Nose at Microsoft Openness Initiative

The European Union is looking at Microsoft's vow to commit to openness and interoperability with a jaundiced eye. The EU's executive branch, the European Commission, will welcome "any move towards genuine interoperability," it said, while pointing out that Microsoft had made "at least four similar s...

OPINION

Microsoft, Yahoo and the Big Web Land Grab

I've had a little time to think about the Yahoo/Microsoft merger, why this makes sense and what could go wrong. This thing actually should be one of the easiest mergers of its type, and there is actually a strange amount of affinity, often taken for granted, between these two firms that most seem to...

OPINION

Seeing (Red): Saving Lives Creatively, Protecting Against Political Lies, Product of the Week

Typically I pick two or three things that I think were interesting, chat about them briefly and then make my product of the week selection. I'll still do my product of the week thing but, on doing the background work on Dell and Microsoft joining the (Product) Red campaign, I started to get really u...

OPINION

The Wii Failure, How Apple Beats CES, HD DVD Winner, Product of the Week

There are two mistakes a vendor can make that it may not be able to recover from. One is to build too many products, which stay in inventory and prevent future sales; and the other is to have too few products and lose out of sales as a result. Nintendo did the latter, and that will be a problem for ...

Whither OpenDocument Format?

Shakespeare wrote that a rose called by any other name would still smell as sweet. Proponents of open source software and standardizing document formats might wonder whether the same sentiments apply to the poetry between the OpenDocument Format, or ODF, and the Compound Document Format, or CDF. Th...

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