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Windows 8 inches up in desktop OS market

Windows 8 inches up Here is the breakdown of the desktop OS in April, according to Net Applications. Windows 8 is slowly scratching its way up the OS food chain. Microsoft’s latest version of Windows took home 3.8 percent of all traffic captured by Web tracker Net Applications in April. That proved a small gain from its 3.2 percent share …

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Good bundled software, for a price

Good bundled softwar The good: The compact Toshiba Canvio Connect drive offers decent performance and a generous set of bundled software, including Pogoplug PC, which turns a host computer into personal cloud server. The bad: The drive is not compatible with some USB 2.0 ports and its current pricing is noticeably higher than its peers. The bottom line: If you’re …

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Microsoft shares hit five-year high despite Windows 8 flop

Microsoft shares hit five-year Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the Windows 8 launch in New York last October. The news may seem bleak for Microsoft these days, what with Windows 8 sales disappointing, and the PC market itself sliding. But don’t tell Wall Street. Microsoft shares closed Tuesday at $33.10, their highest level in more than five years. Microsoft shares …

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Does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen?

PC with a touch screen You may beg to differ, but this is not my idea of productive computing. Smartphones with touch screens? Great! Tablets with touch screens? Duh. But PCs with touch screens? Meh. Recently I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 ultrabook, my first-ever touch-screen-equipped computer. I didn’t necessarily want the feature, but figured I might as well give …

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Nest software update aims for more comfort, lower bills

Nest software update aims The slim, second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. With all of the 10 hottest years on record having come since 1998, it’s hard to deny that things are getting hotter. And as the temperature rises, so too does society’s power usage. With that in mind, Nest, the maker of the Learning Thermostat, has just issued its latest software …

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