Microsoft just shut down its Clip Art library, and going forward, the company suggests using Bing's image search functionality instead. No problem, most people have already made the transition to web-based image searches when they're in need of a graphic or photographic, just not everyone has been using Bing to hunt down images. In an initial draft of the blog post announcing the change, Microsoft was blunt in saying that usage of the image library in Office has seen a steady decline as users turn towards search engines.
Sceptre today announced the availability of its E275W-1920, a 27-inch monitor with an LED backlight and 1920x1080 display resolution. It's not the elusive (so far, anyway) 4K monitor with IPS panel, 120Hz refresh rate, and affordable price tag that we're all waiting for, but then again, there are reasons why someone might want to stick with 1080p if buying a new display, like the lack of scaling issues.
Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year, and it follows on the heels of Black Friday, an increasingly busy day for e-commerce. If you're Amazon, trying to keep up with all the orders can be a daunting task, which is why it's getting help from robots. Amazon on Monday unveiled its eight generation fulfillment center, which uses robotics supplied by Kiva Technology to keep everything running smoothly.
Have something handy to wipe up your drool? You'll need it because drooling is an involuntary reaction whenever Girl Scout cookies enter the equation. The only problem is, it can be a bit of hassle tracking down a box of Thin Mints or whichever is your favorite, though that's about to become old news. For the first time ever, Girl Scouts of USA is opening up cookie sales online through its new Digital Cookie program.
Microsoft's mobile play is reportedly worth $200 million
Consumers aren't the only ones looking to make purchases during the ongoing Black Friday and Cyber Monday festivities, firms are going on spending sprees as well. One of them is Microsoft, which today announced it has acquired Acompli, a venture-backed startup in San Francisco that offers a self-titled mobile email application available for both iOS and Android platforms.
With so many people clinging to Windows XP despite Microsoft's repeated attempts to bury the legacy OS and the lukewarm (at best) response to Windows 8, it didn't seem like the latter would ever overtake the former in market share. Never say never, right? For the first time ever, the combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is higher than that of Windows XP, based on the latest data provided by Net Applications.
Intel may be pairing with Google Glass, replacing Texas Instruments as the supplier of chips that power the wearable device. The Santa Clara chip maker is said to be producing processors for a new version of Google Glass that's expected to come out next year. If true, this would give the chip giant a vested interest in a wearable platform that hasn't seen much media attention lately.
QNAP Systems has unveiled the TS-451S Turbo NAS (network-attached storage) device, a 4-bay NAS appliance that it says is its response to increasing consumer appetite for SSDs (solid-state drives). Featuring a quad-core Intel Celeron processor clocked at 2.0GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.41GHz) and 4GB of DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 8GB), the NAS vendor’s latest offering packs four 2.5-inch bays, having been designed with high-speed SSDs in mind.
When Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 Technical Preview back in October, it requested ordinary consumers (i.e. humanity minus enterprise users and enthusiasts) to steer clear of the new operating system until the release of the consumer preview. However, it did not give a specific date for the release of the consumer preview, only saying that it would be sometime during early 2015. A much more specific time frame for the release of the consumer preview has now emerged.
Asus recently announced a new gaming headset called the Strix 7.1. While it retains the same “iconic” owl-eye design as the Strix DSP that the company announced in July, this newest member of the Strix family differs from the DSP in one big way. Unlike the DSP, which has two massive 60mm drivers, the Strix 7.1 has as many as ten discrete drivers.