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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in November 2012
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Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Microsoft Scroogled Site Challenges Google Shopping Honesty
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Are you getting Scroogled? What does that even mean? Microsoft wants you to believe Google Shopping is a rip-off and has dedicated Scroogled.com to explaining it all. (Hint: Bing is a much safer place to holiday shop.)
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Internet Explorer Ad Attacks Hard-Core IE Hate
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Samsung Loses In Latest Apple Patent Decision
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Dutch court rules that Samsung violated Apple patents as the two firms' legal battles continue.
Google Nexus 4 Ships In 4 To 9 Weeks
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Crush of orders for Nexus 4 Android smartphone leaves Google's servers gasping for breath. It's not sold out, but you face a wait.
Windows 8 Enterprise Antivirus Market Starts Off Slow
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Test lab AV-Test finds only 6 corporate antimalware / endpoint protection solutions for enterprises. By contrast, they count 60 consumer anti-virus products available and compatible with Windows 8, including some big names -- like Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec -- not yet available in corporate editions.
Is Apple Maps Salvageable?
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Apple is dealing with the crappy mapping launch by firing the manager in charge of the software. But can this repair the damage that is already done and can Apple ever catch up to Google?
The IT Behind The Indie Gaming Company Double Fine
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
BYTE spoke to IT manager Brent Shinn at Double Fine Productions to see how he operates the lean IT department, what he thinks about Windows, and his feelings on BYOD in the workplace. While producing a video game traditionally costs millions of dollars and takes years to make, companies such as Double Fine are using consumer tools like Kickstarter to raise money and to speed up production.
iOS Squeaks Past Android In U.S.
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Strong iPhone 5 sales helped Apple's iOS platform eke out a lead over Google's Android platform in U.S. market share.
Drop Your Cell Plan And Still Use Your Phone
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Here's how to hack a free mobile phone plan. The downsides include having to change your number and not being able to make 911 calls.
Nexus 4 Returns To Google Play Store Tuesday
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Those unable to snag a Nexus 4 when the smartphone went on sale Nov. 13 have a second chance beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Google-Branded Touch Chromebook Planned
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Production of a touchscreen Chromebook is underway, reports Taiwanese financial newspaper.
AT&T Reportedly Turns FaceTime On For Cellular
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
The carrier had blocked FaceTime over mobile data for users not on their Mobile Share plans, generating outrage among some users and activists. A report says that some users are seeing the feature turned on for them, but we confirm that not all users have this feature available now.
Windows Phone 7.8 Still MIA
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Microsoft and Nokia hint that Windows Phone 7.8 might see the light of day soon, but specifics are still ethereal.
Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Samsung's latest phablet has reached an impressive milestone after just two months. The company is on track for a record fourth quarter.
Microsoft To Support Surface RT Into 2017
News  |  11/25/2012  | 
Microsoft's official support lifecycle for Surface with Windows RT hardware ends 4/11/2017. They have not yet announced the end of support for the Windows RT operating system on Surface and devices from Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba and other OEMs, nor for Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which is bundled with Surface RT. The support lifecycle for Intel-based Windows 8 is longer and more complicated.
Are Windows 8 Sales Already Disappointing?
Commentary  |  11/23/2012  | 
It's way too early to declare Windows and Surface failures in the market, although it would be foolish to expect it to obviate Windows 7 any time soon, especially in business and double-especially on desktops. In the meantime, its job is to recover market share for Microsoft that has been lost to Apple iPads and Android tablets, and there's reason to believe it's doing that.
8 Essential Black Friday Apps
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Braving the Black Friday crowds? Don't even think of leaving the house without these applications on your smartphone.
Black Friday: Unusual Apple Deals
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Apple rarely discounts its products, but Black Friday is the one day of the year you can save some green on a new iPad Mini, iPhone, or Mac computer.
HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
HP's problems go much deeper than poor sales in core businesses and some alleged accounting mischief by Autonomy.
BYTE's BYOD Holiday Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  11/20/2012  | 
This year, get friends and family a gift they can really use: A bring-your-own-device -- BYOD -- gadget, something that makes it easier to use their favorite mobile device. They'll thank you every time they use it.
Skype For Android 3.0 Excels At Voice, Transfers
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Skype for Android 3.0 improves voice quality and adds new tablet-specific features -- but requires the latest hardware and Android platform for the best results.
Android 4.2 On The Nexus 7: First Impressions
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Google recently pushed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to the Nexus 7 and other devices. Here's a first look at the newest version of Android on Google's 7-inch tablet.
HP Takes $8.8 Billion Charge On Autonomy Unit
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
HP reports bruising loss for fourth quarter, says Autonomy officials misrepresented financial position prior to 2011 acquisition.
Otellini Exits Intel, With Windows 8 Fate Uncertain
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
During Otellini's tenure, Intel was caught flatfooted on the shift to mobile computing. Early Windows 8 launch results don't show a Wintel win, either.
Fake Apple Apps In Google Android Play Store
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Garage Band, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto and others for Android were all apparently for sale in the Google Play store, but it was not to be. The programs were fake and have been removed by Google.
More NY Subway Stations Will Get Wi-Fi, Cell Service
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Transit Wireless is bringing Wi-Fi and cell service to the dark subways of New York City, keeping the city that never sleeps connected underground.
Apocalypse Now (Here Comes the Sun)
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
One major belch from the sun can destroy our ability to connect to the grid and leave us in the dark for months. So says science journalist Lawrence Joseph in his new book, Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future, reviewed by BYTE columnist Bob Guccione Jr.
Intel CEO Otellini To Step Down
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Intel's Paul Otellini, president and CEO, is retiring as Intel stares down a post-PC era favoring mobile chips.
Online Backup Vs. Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Online backup services such as Carbonite, Acronis, IDrive and Mozy might be a bad deal for some users when compared to cloud storage services Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive. The former usually just backs up files; the latter does backs up files and also gives you working access to them.
Antitrust Feds Scrutinize Patent-Holding Firms
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are investigating the use of patent-holding firms by tech companies to sue competitors. Many big companies, such as Apple, Sony, Nokia, Cisco, RIM and Microsoft, have been caught up in suits by such "patent trolls."
Google Maps For iOS 6 In Beta
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
After the disastrous debut of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5, demand is sure to be high for the return of a Google Maps app on iOS.
Why Apple Can't Deny Google Maps On iPhone
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
When Google submits its rewritten Google Maps app for iOS, Apple can't block it.
Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Lawsuit claims OS and pre-installed apps hog half of the available storage space on new Windows 8 tablet.
Good Claims Sovereignty Over Mobile Security
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
The Mobile Device Management (MDM) industry is surely worried about the implications of Good Technology asserting their foundational mobile security patents. MobileIron and AirWatch may be big deals in MDM, but there are some much bigger companies -- Apple and Samsung are two -- who could get tied up in this in a really nasty way.
LTE iPad Mini Reaches Stores
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless have stocked shelves with LTE-capable versions of the Apple iPad Mini and full-sized iPad.
TI Cuts 1,700 Jobs, Exits Mobile Chip Market
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
High profile customers like Amazon will need to find alternative platforms for devices like the Kindle Fire.
Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Surface Pro, as well as systems that run Win8 on Intel's Clover Trail platform, are missing in action at a key time -- creating a nasty enterprise tablet problem for Microsoft.
MDM Wars: Good Technology Sues AirWatch and MobileIron
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
Good Technology has filed patent infringement lawsuits against competitors MobileIron and Airwatch citing four of the company's 75 patents. Good's patents are broad and basic to mobile device management functionality, raising the question of whether all of the scores of players in the MDM space have to go through the Good tollbooth.
Fastest Supercomputer List Topped By Titan
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
U.S. national labs operate five of the top 20 supercomputers, according to the Energy Department.
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