Multilanguage Windows 8 Doesn’t Equal OS X

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Windows 8′s multilanguage support may not be a big deal to many people, but if you live in a country whose language isn’t your own, or you have a multilingual family, it has enormous potential. If you can get through the installation. Microsoft’s history with multiple-language versions of Windows is brief. Actually, it’s close to non-existent. Before Windows 7, the company all but said that it couldn’t be done. Each country’s Windows was too dissimilar from others’ to allow for… continue…

Facebook Is Sued Over ‘Like’ Button Functionality

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It’s another lawsuit for Facebook, this time over the way its “Like” button works. Supposedly, a Dutch programmer, Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, patented a similar tool some five years before Mark Zuckerberg founded his now-ubiquitous company. Since Van Der Meer died in 2004, his family has been pursuing what they see as adequate compensation for his inventions. In 1998, Van Der Meer was working on a social diary called Surfbook. He registered a patent for a feature that… continue…

Samsung Adopts Tizen OS. Stay Calm

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Samsung’s finally released its much-anticipated Tizen smartphone, a welcome development in a market dominated by just two operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Tizen’s goal is to create an open ecosystem that will be compatible with all mobile browsers. For developers, the OS offers an interesting challenge: It provides a flexible environment based on jQuery and jQuery Mobile, and its SDK will allow them to build applications by using HTML 5. As a result, experienced programmers should be able… continue…

Sony Xperia Z Flagship Phone Is Tempting

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Sony’s Xperia Z phone, which it unveiled at CES, looks like a good and competitive device. But by the time it becomes available around the end of the first quarter, Sony’s competitors may well have come up with one or two products that are just as good. Still, the Xperia Z’s an appealing offering. Its is certainly on par with Apple’s iPhone. Indeed, Sony seems to have sweated the details across the entire design. The durable tempered Dragontail display looks… continue…

Is Sony’s New Xperia Z Worth Waiting For?

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Sony’s Xperia Z phone, which the Japanese company unveiled at CES, looks like it will stand up to the competition. But by the time it becomes available around the end of the first quarter, Sony’s rivals may well come up with a product or two that are just as good. Still, the Xperia Z is an appealing offering. It’s certainly on par with Apple’s iPhone. Indeed, Sony seems to have sweated the details across the entire design. The durable tempered… continue…

4 Things to do When the Job Market Sucks

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One of the realities of the today’s job market is that fewer positions match the skills of the talent pool. The irony is that if you have a job, chances are you’re under increasing pressure as management piles on more demands. On top of that, there are bosses who are capricious, unreasonable or simply mean, and so make your life even more miserable. In other times, you’d have had the opportunity to find a new job through a straightforward search,… continue…

Will Windows Blue Be Worth Waiting For?

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A couple months back, I wrote about Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch and what I hoped was the company’s first step into the future. I also wondered whether Windows 8 wasn’t akin to Vista. It appears that I wasn’t entirely wrong. The scuttlebutt now is that Microsoft is working on a new Windows OS, codenamed Windows Blue, or Windows 9 Dev, which will  be released at some point this year. It seems that this is the start of a series of… continue…

New MediaTek SoC Could Inflame the Smartphone War

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MediaTek’s new quad-core Cortex-A7 System on a Chip, the world’s first, could be a game-changer in the smartphone market. And the reason’s pretty simple: It’s cheap to make at a time when demand for powerful SoC’s is increasing dramatically. More power for less cost gives device manufacturers an advantage, and right now they need all the help Let’s Talk About Specs The SoC, officially called MT6589, integrates ARM quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, which uses 28nm architecture and is among some… continue…

Will Microsoft’s Surface RT Ever Gain Traction?

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If Microsoft had big expectations for its Surface tablet, consumers haven’t shared its enthusiasm. I see four reasons: Microsoft wants to use Surface as a way to revive Windows. Google tried the same thing with its Nexus. But right from the start of its ramp up to launch, something seemed strange about Surface, something seemed to be missing. Oh yeah, Microsoft failed to include the price or availability in the announcement. On October 26 Microsoft said that the Surface RT… continue…

Where Are Search Engines Taking Us?

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To search is to Google, to Google is to search. It’s only taken 14 years for Google to become a verb as well as a brand. Today’s search engine market has two  players: Google, and all the rest. The giant’s market share exceeds 90 percent worldwide, according to StatCounter. That leaves competitors like Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo!, Yandex, Baidu and others struggling for a slice of the remaining 10 percent. Meanwhile Google, unencumbered by the need for market share, Google focuses on… continue…