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Despite good intentions, government suffers Obamacare website woes
To kick off the US's new healthcare law, Obamacare, it was necessary to enter the online world with a blast of registrations. Turns out the website wasn't even close to being ready and fell down at the starting line. Not only did spammers jump on the bandwagon, hackers also attacked the site. But the site's crucial flaw is that it just didn't work. President Barack Obama described the flaws in his own flagship policy's website as "unacceptable." He called in the Silicon Valley big guns to sort out the mess. Though the White House's deadline of November came and went, there are still reported issues on the healthcare marketplace.
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Windows 8.1 released, hopes to regain customer confidence
In efforts to redeem itself after the widely accepted flop of Windows 8, Microsoft issued an update, Windows 8.1, to the world's most-used desktop operating system in efforts to claw back some of its loyal users.
Windows 8 (and the "confusing" Windows RT) may not have been all that to so many — millions have kept with aging Windows XP and many more stuck with Windows 7. At the very least, Windows 8.1 brought back in some fashion the Start menu and the ability to boot-to-desktop, bypassing the bevy of tiles on the redesigned Start screen. Whether it changes people's minds about Windows 8 remains something else entirely.
U.S. government throws a hissy-fit, shuts down for three weeks
Blame Obamacare? Or blame the stubborn Republicans who threw the entire country under the bus? You decide. In fact, many didn't care that the government had shut down for about three weeks, with many instead pointing the finger at the politicians who couldn't get their act together. On the other hand, the shutdown affected tens of millions of Americans — many government workers, who weren't even allowed to check their email during the extended "stay-cation." Almost everything shut down — from Healthcare.gov development to the NASA space agency. Even IT spending took a hit as a result.
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