Hardware / Software

  • Microsoft Hires ex-FTC Google Expert as Lobbyist

    March 02 2012 10:07 AM

    Microsoft Corp hired as one of its lobbyists a former Federal Trade Commission lawyer who had access to thousands of confidential Google Inc documents, according to a source close to the situation.

  • iPad 3: Will Windows 8 Pose Threat to New Apple Tablet?

    March 02 2012 9:31 AM

    Apple iPad sales so far have crushed any other tablet thrown against it. Blackberry Playbook is no threat to iPad, even after the Playbook OS 2.0 update. Kindle Fire lacks premium offering. There is no other tablet that has been successful in crushing iPad 2 business, including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line of tablets. But after MWC 2012, where Microsoft revealed Windows 8 – a universal OS for tablets, laptops and desktops – Windows 8 tablets could pose a serious threat to iPad 3, which is schedule...

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Downloaded 1 Million Times on Day 1: Top 5 Exciting Features Explained

    March 02 2012 9:13 AM

    Microsoft has just revealed the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 in MWC 2012, and on the first day itself, the new operating system has been downloaded 1 million times as per a Twitter post by Microsoft. The figures are good for an OS in beta version. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available as a free download from Microsoft Preview Web site. You can grab the early build for free.

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Features Explained: Should You Download Now?

    March 02 2012 1:28 AM

    At the Mobile World Congress on Wednesday, Microsoft presented the Windows 8 Consumer Preview amid much fanfare. Unlike the Developer Preview that was released in 2011, this beauty of an OS is more fluid and feels like something that could really work. The Tile-based Metro UI, which was first seen on Windows Phone devices, is at the center of attention here, and probably the main aspect of Windows 8, and a huge part of Microsoft’s future.

  • Top 10 Best Games For Blackberry Playbook

    March 01 2012 10:53 AM

    The latest Blackberry Playbook has got a pretty good collection of games in its store. It is fun to play the games on Blackberry Playbook, especially as the new PlayBook OS 2.0 is now out. Check out some of the popular BlackBerry PlayBook games here.

  • iPad 3 Release Date March 7: Will New Apple TV Also Debut on Same Day?

    March 01 2012 10:18 AM

    It is no secret anymore - Apple has sent out invitations to its March 7 event where the company is expected to announce the iPad 3. But could Apple go one-step further and announce the new Apple TV too? Possibly. In our previous article where we decoded the Apple invitation letter (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/307398/20120301/ipad-3-media-invite-decoding-expect.htm), we mentioned that the touchscreen device seen could also be that of the new Apple TV, and we are sticking to our guns on this o...

  • Microsoft Releases Windows 8 for Public Testing

    March 01 2012 9:58 AM

    Microsoft Corp released an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the public to download and try out on Wednesday, looking to rev up excitement for the slick, new-look operating system that it hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

  • Windows 8 versus OS X Mountain Lion: Microsoft and Apple's New OSes Compared

    March 01 2012 9:18 AM

    The traditional fight between Mac versus Windows has now expanded to include OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The developer preview of both these operating systems is out and now Microsoft has even raised the curtains to give consumers a glimpse of Windows 8 at MWC 2012.

  • Stunning Research Projects Realize Holographic 3-D Display and See Through Monitor [VIDEO]

    February 29 2012 7:19 PM

    Microsoft's enormous research and development program may not be well known, but that could be about to change. Stunning new research projects recently unveiled at a TechForum event in January show new designs like holographic 3-D displays and see-through monitors. These prototypes may never become consumer products, but they integrate popular functions and help develop other uses and ideas that will show up in gadgets. Take Microsoft Kinect, for example. The sensors used in Kinect have so fa...

  • Windows 8: Top 10 Features Explained

    February 29 2012 9:26 AM

    Microsoft will soon be launching the Consumer Preview (beta) of Windows 8 in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. has unveiled its latest version Windows 8 at California which consists of various upgraded features. The software giant will be gung-ho about proving to users that Windows 8 is really good not only on traditional laptops and desktops but also on touch-centric tablets and PCs. But before it does that, here's a quick look at what we know so far about the new OS.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive iPad Apps: Are They Really Worth Buying?

    February 29 2012 9:18 AM

    There are tens of thousands of iPad apps in the Apple App Store, ranging from those that are free to those that cost a whopping $999! We all love free apps but what about the expensive apps? Check out the top most expensive iPad apps below. And decide for yourself whether they are worth their price.

  • iOS Apps May Steal Your Photos in iDevices, Fix Coming Soon

    February 29 2012 9:17 AM

    Another iOS security concern, when will it end? New to the scene is a security loophole in the way iOS allows users to share information about their location. An application that implements this feature could grab user photos for the developer’s viewing pleasure. We are not certain how this is happening, but at the moment, that doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is how fast will Apple release a fix to combat the problem.

  • Windows 8 Set to Unveil at MWC 2012: What to Expect

    February 29 2012 8:46 AM

    MWC 2012 is underway and although the Nokia PureView 808 has already stolen the show, our anticipation level for anything related to Windows 8 is still high. It was recently announced that a test version of the OS called Windows 8 Consumer Preview, would make its way to consumers on Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012. The full announcement should come at MWC along with a highlighting of the new features that never made it to the Developer Preview last year.

  • TI Sees Its Chips Paving Way for New Health Products

    February 28 2012 11:07 AM

    Texas Instruments is working with makers of medical devices and sports accessories to develop new types of energy-efficient products, according to an executive at the company.

  • Microsoft's Next Steve: Windows Boss Faces Biggest Test

    February 28 2012 10:40 AM

    For Steven Sinofsky, the stern but creative engineering manager who runs Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows division, February 29 is showtime.

  • Interview: China's Xiaomi Hopes for Revolution in

    February 27 2012 11:02 AM

    Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Technology is looking to raise more funds within the next year or two to boost production and sees revenue in the future coming from software applications rather than handset sales, the firm's president told Reuters on Monday.

  • Elpida Files for Bankruptcy Protection with $5.6 Billion Debt

    February 27 2012 10:59 AM

    Japan's Elpida Memory Inc said it filed for protection from creditors on Monday with 448 billion yen ($5.55 billion) in debt, the biggest bankruptcy filing by a Japanese manufacturer.

  • Olympus Risks Foreign Backlash with New Board Line-up

    February 27 2012 10:45 AM

    Japan's Olympus Corp proposed a new board of directors on Monday in an effort to recover from a $1.7 billion accounting fraud, but the line-up could face a hostile reception from foreign investors when it goes to a shareholder vote.

  • Samsung Exec Says Targets 380 Million Handset Sales This Year

    February 26 2012 9:11 PM

    Samsung Electronics' mobile chief said it aimed to sell 380 million handsets this year, media reported on Monday, which would enable the world's No.2 handset maker to maintain double-digit sales growth.

  • Top 5 Business Apps for Android Smartphones

    February 25 2012 10:38 AM

    The Android Market has around 390,294 apps and still counting. Among them the business apps are really worth using for the professionals. The Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 has been updated that is customizable and has led in building up of more apps that are easy to use and are intuitive. Recently, the Twitter app was updated with new features and design, making it possible to share and retweet the messages even without exiting from the timeline. The Android users can make the best use of...