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Language Barriers Block BlackBerry From Japan Launch

Unable to justify the operating costs, BlackBerry will not launch its newest handsets, the Z10 and Q10, in Japan -- at least not anytime soon. The requirement to modify its operating system to accommodate the language reportedly influenced BlackBerry's plan to bow out of Japan. Another possible fact...

Google Gives Talk Users Something to Squawk About

The Google Talk chat application went down some time on Wednesday night, provoking many users to anger. Some said they had switched temporarily to Skype or Twitter. Google posted updates regularly on its App Status website, and began restoring service on a rolling basis. The problem apparently also...

Microsoft, Alibaba Kick Yahoo’s Tires

Looks like a couple of disparate groups are forming to bid for Yahoo. Microsoft reportedly is working with Silver Lake and one of Silver Lake's investors, the Canada Pension Plan, to put together a proposal that would include several billion dollars from Microsoft, with additional financing arranged...

Xbox Gets Set-Toppy With Cable Deal

Verizon and Microsoft are teaming up to bring new FiOS TV-powered entertainment offerings to the Xbox 360 gaming console, a move that highlights the rapid expansion of diverse content across multiple platforms. The deal will use Verizon's FiOS TV application to allow Xbox Live Gold members to watch ...

OPINION

How Google Could Murder Your Digital Identity

I'm in the midst of doing the biggest tablet review I've ever attempted, and I have to admit I'm rather impressed with a number of the Android offerings. The funny thing is, the ones closest to the phone work the best, suggesting there is a bit of a Windows XP/Vista event going on in this space. Whi...

Microsoft May Be Getting Into Social Networking – Hint, Hint

Weeks after Google launched Google+, rumors have begun making the rounds that Microsoft is working on its own social networking platform. The chatter started with an image posted on the Web. It appeared to depict a landing page for a service called "Tulalip." A message on the page read "With Tulalip...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Ubuntu: Harder to Use, or Just Harder to Spell?

At first glance, it's easy to be taken in by Jeff Hoogland's recent post entitled "Why Ubuntu Is Harder Than Windows." "I use Ubuntu on all my personal computers and I even recommend it to friends," Hoogland began. "I am starting to think maybe I shouldn't though, because it is obvious: Ubuntu is ha...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Ubuntu Learns New Tricks, Forgets Some Old Ones With Lucid Lynx Upgrade

Lucid Lynx, Canonical's latest desktop release of Ubuntu, sports a new look and feel designed to attract new users, both in business and at home. No doubt the launch of a music store component for the Ubuntu One cloud service available through the Ubuntu OS will give consumers a reason to consider o...

Lucid Lynx on Prowl for Users of a Different Stripe

Canonical on Thursday released Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop and Server Editions, the latest in its string of popular Linux distributions. Both are available for free download. The desktop version will be preinstalled on a range of computers from a number of manufacturers this summer. Canonical wants Luc...

Mystery Tablet’s Not the Only Thing on Microsoft’s Slate

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday took the stage to deliver a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ballmer showcased products from several partners at the event, including a tablet device made by HP. He also announced a tie-in with HP to promote the Bing search engin...

Google Gives URLs Shave and a Haircut

URL shortening -- a niche service that exploded into the mainstream along with Twitter -- has suddenly become a hotly competitive market, with a handful of new offerings. Market leader Bit.ly, as well as TinyURL and scores of other smaller players, now have to contend with Google and Facebook. The G...

Adobe Makes Video Power Grab With Flash, Air Betas

Adobe on Tuesday announced pre-release betas of Flash Player 10.1 and Air 2. The technologies have been enhanced to enable access to online video on any platform, including smartphones. They will also help provide a single, unified application development platform for online apps. Flash Player 10.1 ...

PRODUCT REVIEW

New Ubuntu OS Features Create Good Karma

Canonical's Ubuntu 9.10, otherwise known as "Karmic Koala," could be for the Linux community what the recently released Windows 7 OS from Microsoft is to the Windows world. Of course, this latest release that replaced Ubuntu 9.04 did not have as much to do in bettering its predecessor as did Window...

Does Bing Have Wings?

Some positive reviews and a humorous TV ad campaign have helped, but online measurement service comScore is providing Microsoft's new search engine even more wind beneath its Bing with new statistics indicating gains in Microsoft search sites' penetration and their share of search results pages. com...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Asus and Microsoft: ‘It’s Better With Windows’?

Every once in a while a topic comes up on the Linux blogs that simply can't be ignored. Just last week, for example, the blogs were humming along as they always do, with various cheers and debates over news such as Red Hat's appeal for open competition in Switzerland and the New Zealand government'...

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