Microsoft Retail Stores to Open Near Apple Stores



From DailyTech: Two of the most recognizable brands in the computer world are Apple and Microsoft. The rivalry between the two firms goes back to the foundations of both companies and the current crop of commercials both firms are airing each attack the other.

Microsoft is taking the fight...

Intel Core i7 laptops coming--or have they already arrived?



From CNET News.com: Waiting for a Core i7 laptop? While Intel is slated to release its first mobile "Nehalem" Core i7 processor in the coming months, the desktop counterpart has already spawned a cottage industry of benchmark-busting laptops.

"It's completely revitalized the desktop...

Palm confirms that iTunes update kills Pre sync



From InfoWorld: Palm confirmed late Wednesday that Pre owners can no longer use Apple's iTunes to sync their smartphones to Macs or PCs.

Apple updated iTunes to Version 8.2.1 today, and in its usual cryptic style, said that the new version "provides a number of important bug fixes and...

Intel CEO keen on 'ultra-thins' as alternative to Netbooks



From CNET News.com: During Intel's earnings conference call Tuesday, CEO Paul Otellini said inexpensive "ultra-thins" will give users what they're missing in Netbooks, a theme that the chipmaker has been reiterating in various forums lately.

Intel continues to try to maneuver this new and...

C&C4 Will Require Always-On Internet



From Tom's Hardware: Fans anticipating the release of Blizzard's StarCraft II--and the eventual release of Diablo III--have faced the bitter realization that the company has chosen to omit LAN support in both PC games. Outraged by the news, fans lashed out at the company in bitter protest...

Dell Aims to Put All-in-one PC on Business Desks



From PC World: With the aim to reclaim desk space, Dell on Thursday announced its first all-in-one PC for small-and-medium businesses.

The Vostro All-In-One is targeted at SMBs who want a cleaner and productive workspace, said Kirk Schell, director of the Vostro product group at Dell. An all...

Nokia sales and profits dip in 2nd quarter



From CNET News.com: Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, reported Thursday that its second-quarter operating profit fell 71 percent to 427 million euros ($600 million) from 1.47 billion euros during the same quarter a year earlier.

The company also reported that sales fell about...

Apple Releases ITunes 8.2.1



From PC World: It's a slow summer news week, so what better time for Apple to roll out a minor point release? On Wednesday, the company released iTunes 8.2.1. What exciting things come packaged beneath its calm outward exterior? Excellent question--we have no idea!

Apple's reverted to its...

Microsoft Isn't Too Concerned About Google Chrome OS, Says Ballmer



From DailyTech: Who thinks Google's new Chrome operating system could shake up the PC market? Apparently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer doesn’t see it happening. The often outspoken and controversial Mr. Ballmer had a crowd at Microsoft's Worldwide Partners Conference (WWPC) in New Orleans...
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