Hewlett-Packard came extremely close to selling or spinning off its PC business during the disastrous year-long reign of CEO Léo Apotheker. It was around six months after Apotheker’s departure in September, 2011 that the then leading PC vendor finally decided to take that option off the table, opting instead for an "organizational realignment” that saw it merge its PC and printing divisions. Now it appears as though the company is ready for yet another shakeup under CEO Meg Whitman, the former eBay honcho who took over from Apotheker in 2011.
‘Threshold’ will be officially unveiled on September 30, 2014
Microsoft has scheduled a special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed “Threshold” but popularly referred to as Windows 9). As is usually the case, the event’s imminence hasn’t resulted in a moratorium on Windows 9 rumors and speculation, but instead caused the tech rumor mill to kick into high gear, with the latest juicy Windows 9-related tidbit coming to us all the way from Indonesia — and apparently straight from the horse’s mouth.
A basic version said to be already present in early builds
As September 30th, the day Microsoft is widely rumored to release a “technical preview” of the next version of Windows — codenamed "Threshold” and commonly referred to as Windows 9 — draws near, you can expect to see a surge in Windows 9-related reports. According to one such report, Windows Threshold is going to feature a notification center à la the Windows Phone Action Center.
Nvidia has posted its fourth quarter financial results of fiscal 2014. Ending on January 26, 2014, the manufacturer revealed its reported revenue was $1.14 billion, an increase of 8.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Also, during the fourth quarter, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX GPU revenue saw an increase of almost 50 percent.
Gartner and IDC blame poor Windows 8 uptake, bad economy and competing devices
While Microsoft’s recent claim that Windows 8 is following a similar sales trajectory as its predecessor may or may not be fully accurate, the latest PC shipment numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC have made one thing very clear: that Windows 8 sales between October 26 and December 31 weren’t enough to help the PC industry avoid a rare fourth-quarter sales slump.
Together Microsoft and Intel have ruled the PC industry for a ridiculously long time, but with smartphone and tablet sales going through the roof, they now have a lot to think about. While both parties don’t seem entirely averse to venturing out of their longstanding relationship, Intel’s Android-compatible Medfield SoC and Microsoft’s ARM-friendly Windows RT OS seem little more than half-hearted attempts at being unfaithful. On Wednesday, however, a report that Intel CEO Paul Otellini had been heard criticizing Windows 8 in a recently held company meeting in Taiwan painted a slightly different picture.
Will Microsoft’s Surface tablet really start at over $1,000? That is the question that has been on everyone’s mind ever since a listing for the upcoming Microsoft-branded tablet surfaced on Swedish site Webhallen. But we need not speculate any further as the Swedish e-tailer’s Surface pricing itself is pretty speculative.
A universal stylus capable of interacting with all kinds of displays, and not just touch-sensitive ones, is said to be in the works at Microsoft. According to the venerable MIT Technology Review, the said stylus has already won a lot of praise internally, with the decision of whether or not to move forward with its development now resting with the powers that be at the Redmond-based software giant.
So far today, I've talked about Nvidia and Intel -- let's work AMD into the mix. Remember how earlier reports pegged October as the likely release window for the company's next-generation "Vishera"AM3+ CPUs? That month may just prove to busy one for AMD, as a new report claims that the launch of the desktop flavors of the Trinity APU have been pushed back from August to October.
Don't feed the trolls; the axiom may work well for avoiding Godwin's Law in forum postings, but it isn't working so well in courtrooms around the globe. In fact, a new study from the Boston University School of Law says patent trolls -- companies that deal solely in IP litigation rather than actual services and products -- are fatter and hungrier than ever before, costing the economy a whopping $29 billion in 2011. To put things in perspective, trolling "only" cost the economy roughly $6.7 billion in 2005.