IT Blogwatch

Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS?

HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft's battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price.

We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch the movie, but forget the popcorn.

August 19, 2014 6:05 AM EDT
Twitter

Twitter's experiment takes a dive.

Not satisfied to amble along a trail of user mistrust blazed by Facebook and OKCupid -- Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is taking a shortcut to the land of user annoyance. Its inexplicable decision to retweet favorites is making users tweet about changes to favorites -- secretly hoping their tweets become retweeted Twitter favorites -- yet at the same time hoping their own favorites aren't retweeted for the same exact reason.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think about it over and over again.

August 18, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
FOX

Tom's boss is watching every freakin' move.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being told by President Obama and Senate-President Leahy that it needs to up its net-neutrality game. And now the grayest lady in the fourth estate has joined in the act.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn, despite glitches when streaming the movie.

August 15, 2014 6:14 AM EDT
Artisan Entertainment.

MonsterMind: Hard to terminate.

Another day, another scary thing we learn about the NSA. In a recent interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden tells us to fuhgeddaboudit when the NSA gets its wires crossed. According to Snowden, even the best cable guy in the Universe is powerless when a nationwide Internet blackout is caused by the NSA!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hop in a hotwired car and head South.

August 14, 2014 6:08 AM EDT
USB 3.0 Promoter Group

Wake me up when the transition is all over.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finalized the specs for connector Type-C. No, wait, don't close this browser tab yet! Apparently, Type-C is going to change your life. Not only will you be freed from the terrible conundrum of which way around to plug in your USB plug, but also both ends of the cable will be the same! Wow, that only took, what, 10 years?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer and jeer.

August 13, 2014 7:09 AM EDT

Here comes the wide-word to phones.

The chip company with the shouty name -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) -- unveils amazing ARM benchmarks. The 64-bit "Denver" Tegra K1 will be faster than anything else, claims the company -- even rivaling PC performance. Thanks to clever just-in-time optimization, plus a plurality of pipelines, we may have some superfast hardware to play with, Real Soon Now.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dribble with anticipation. Not to mention: Robin Williams' best movie (IMHO)

August 12, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
Wikimedia

Click bait, or hook, line, and sinking feeling?

The 17 Most Annoying People You Know on Facebook link to it. It is one of the All-Time Top 5 Websites Accused of Being Click Bait. It is chock-full of enlightening, unique content such as "Absurd Misheard Song Lyrics", "The Absolute Best Misheard Song Lyrics", "10 Of The All-Time Most Misheard Song Lyrics" and the incomparable "Check Out These Absurdly Funny Misheard Song Lyrics." If you guessed from the flood of literary regurgitation the unnamed website is Buzzfeed, then perhaps that is the reason VC firm Andreessen Horowitz recently invested $50 million.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers edit a file named /etc/hosts.deny.

August 11, 2014 6:12 AM EDT

Judge Lucy H. Koh: Egg on face.

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent-infringement actions against Samsung seem to be all-but in tatters. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled, preliminarily, that a key claim in Apple's autocomplete patent is invalid, due to prior art.

In other words, no, Apple didn't invent it, after all. The decision isn't final, and Apple could still appeal it, but it's increasingly apparent that Apple has lost the stomach for the fight. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see some semblance of sanity.

August 08, 2014 6:26 AM EDT
Rhino

Morrissey celebrates Microsoft ditching the Charms Bar, with gladioli.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is said to be giving up on the whole Charms schtick. Windows 9 -- the assumed name for codename Threshold -- will instead move those Metro controls into a title bar. So here's the obvious question: Is Redmond on the threshold of greatness or irrelevance? (And other lame puns.)

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pamper life's complexities, when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat. Not to mention: Will nature make a man of me yet?

August 07, 2014 6:09 AM EDT

Tim keeps mum. He's not so dumb.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be preparing a 9/9 launch for its next smartphone -- and the new phablet. The rumor and its confirmation came from three credible organs. But it's earlier than expected -- so does that mean the iPhone 6 release date will also be earlier?

How will we contain our excitement for over a month? OMG OMG OMG new shiny incoming... etc., etc., etc. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers froth themselves into a foamy lather.

August 06, 2014 6:18 AM EDT
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