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Facebook to design an open source switch

  As part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), Facebook network engineering team is leading a project to develop an open source networking switch. “It’s our hope that an open, disaggregated switch will enable a faster pace of innovation in the development of networking hardware,” wrote Frank Frankovsky from Facebook in a blog post announcing […]

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Amazon’s new China app store could help pave way for Kindle products

Amazon’s app store built in the Chinese language Amazon.com has updated its mobile app store to include support for its Chinese customers, in a sign that the U.S. company could be preparing to sell its Kindle e-readers and tablets in the country. The update effectively launches a new version of Amazon’s app store built in […]

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 Blue Upgrade, 100 Million License Sales to Date

Windows 8 Blue Upgrade Microsoft marketing chief Tami Reller says Windows 8 has sold 100 million licenses, and an upgrade (code-named Windows 8 Blue) is under development. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) confirmed an upcoming Windows 8 update, code named Windows Blue, that will enable the touch-enabled operating system to run on more devices (including smaller tablets) and, […]

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The pixel is all but dead–no thanks to the PC

The pixel Be sad, fellow geeks, for we are witnessing the slow death of a staunch companion the pixel . Between the proliferation of Retina displays, ultrahigh-resolution smartphone screens, überexpensive 4K televisions, and the ironically named Chromebook Pixel, eye candy has never been so abundantly available, nor so abundantly delicious. Screens are saturated with millions–millions–of […]

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Microsoft Readies Windows Update as PC Sales Slump

  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is preparing an update for Windows 8 as new licensing figures indicate the new operating system isn’t fueling enough demand to reverse a slump in personal-computer sales. The 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold since the software’s debut in October are in the “general ballpark” with the previous version during a […]

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Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 review: washable keyboard

On the surface, the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 sounds like a great idea. With so much dust and dirt regularly falling between the gaps on keyboards, it would make life easier to just throw your keyboard under a running tap and wash it away. See Group test: what’s the best keyboard? But putting ideas into practical […]

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Kobo Aura HD vs. the competition: A backlit e-reader tale of the tape (chart)

 Kobo Aura HD Kobo has Amazon in the crosshairs with its new Aura HD e-reader, which features a higher-resolution display than the Kindle Paperwhite–albeit at a higher price tag. Kobo dubs the Aura HD a “premium” e-reader, with a 6.8-inch E Ink display sporting a 1440 by 1080 pixels resolution. That’s good for a Kindle […]

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Rain Design mStand 360 review: lifting your MacBook with strength and style

Rain Design mStand 360: Design The post-PC world in which we live isn’t really devoid of PCs of course. The sorry Wintel box is on the endangered list but every personal device that computes is a PC, whether phone, tablet or laptop. And it’s laptops that are now the heavy lifters, carried from home to […]

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Intel Net Down 25% on Decline in PC Demand

Intel Decline in PC Demand Intel Corp.’s (INTC) first-quarter profit fell 25% as the chip maker continued to suffer from declining demand for personal computers. Intel, which supplies chips for most of the world’s PCs, has been grappling with a stark decline in PC sales. Data released last week by two research firms fed pessimism; […]

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The real reason for the PC sales plunge: The era of "good enough" computing

IDC’s PC sales numbers show a dramatic fall, but they’re not the whole story. Before we blame one thing we need to take a much more nuanced view and look at the last decade of the IT world. After all, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. We’re at an interesting inflexion point in […]

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