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Windows 8 showdown: Face-off on whether Windows still matters

Windows 8 is coming this year, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be out later this month, and the burning question is: does anybody care? ZDNet editor and long-time Linux proponent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims Windows 8 will be DOA. Meanwhile, ZDNet Government and DIY-IT editor David Gewirtz (who claims all operating systems annoy him to one degree or another), claims Windows 8 is here to stay, that it matters for "real work," and so will Windows 9. In this video, originally presented as a live webcast on Feburary 15, 2012, here two opposing views on whether Windows is still relevant in a world where iPads, Android devices, and even Linux are grabbing more and more consumer attention:Discover why SJVN (as he's known to the blog-o-sphere) claims that the new Windows Metro user-interface is already stillborn and why Windows is just no longer relevant.Explore why Gewirtz (who recently vowed to move his servers back to Windows, with mixed technical results, and thousands of crazed ZDNet comments), claims that Windows is here to stay, new Microsoft UIs are often imperfect at first, and the Microsoft juggernaut will not be defeated.Learn about why the Post-PC era isn't really here yet and why most productive people can't really survive without a desktop PC or laptop.If you use computers in your business, Windows will be a factor. Don't miss this video featuring CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz, one of America's leading cyberdefense experts, and ZDNet Contributing Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, one of America's most-read technology journalists.Bring popcorn. Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about operating systems. It just doesn't get any better than this! Sparks will fly and there will be fireworks

February 29, 2012 by

CES 2012: WHDI wireless HD video streaming

Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) isn't the only solution for streaming video from PC to TV. The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) standard is increasingly popular for transmitters you can plug into a PC, game console, tablet or phone to send video to up to four TV screens and projectors at once (and more in the future).

January 19, 2012

Dell announces fast compact Alienware X51

Dell has launched a small console-style Alienware X51 that, while part of its games-oriented range, could appeal to other users who want an affordable, upgradeable Windows PC for video and graphics processing. It packs a full-size graphics card into a small box, and the options include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 5551 with a gigabyte of GDDR5 video memory.

January 18, 2012 by

Cloud TV recording just like Foxtel IQ: Optus

Optus has compared digital video-recording systems, such as Foxtel's IQ, to its cloud-based TV-recording app, TV Now, in arguing that it falls within the "time-shift" provisions of the Copyright Act.

December 18, 2011

Has Steve Jobs made jailbreaking your iPhone/iPad too much of a hassle?

Currently, any device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) running iOS 4.2.1 can only be jailbroken using a tethered hack. A tethered jailbreak means that the device will need to be connected to a PC or a Mac each and every time it is rebooted and the reboot carried out using redsn0w is the jailbreak is to persist.

December 19, 2010

Verizon launches Flex View movie streaming app for FiOS subscribers' Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile devices

Verizon's FiOS TV service is branching out to mobile devices, just unleashing the Flex View video on demand app for Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile handhelds. It gives FiOS subscribers the ability to rent or purchase movies from FiOS's collection of titles (the app itself is free) and watch them not only on phones, but also on your PC or your HDTV.

October 7, 2010 by

Nvidia selling graphics cards under its own brand name at Best Buy

When you buy a discrete Nvidia graphics card as an add-on for your PC, you're actually buying a retail model sold by one of the company's partners, like Asus or EVGA. That is, unless you stop by your local Best Buy, where you can now obtain Nvidia video cards that are being sold under the Nvidia brand itself.

October 5, 2010 by

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