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It looks like PC owners are finally beginning to relax their grip on Windows XP. According to new worldwide usage share data, XP is down sharply, with Microsoft's two fully supported operating systems, Windows 7 and 8, picking up the slack.
Latest worldwide usage figures for PC/Mac operating systems and browsers show little change in November, a traditionally slow month. But a close look at the numbers shows that the free Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades were a hit.
The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that the PC market might be slowing, but it's not changing much. Windows 8 is growing its share as people replace their old PCs, and despite vocal threats, no one appears to have replaced their Windows PC with a Mac or Linux.
A month following its retail launch, Windows 8's usage share is trailing behind where Windows 7 was after the same period. Is the faltering PC market to blame, or is it that Windows 8 doesn't have enough to offer?
Three weeks following its retail launch, Windows 8's usage share is trailing far behind where Windows 7 was a week after retail release. Is the faltering PC market to blame, or is interest in the new operating system weak?
Report Computer Usage will provide you a list of programs run and websites visited while you were absent. Moreover, you'll get detailed...
Windows 7's share of the PC market is continuing to grow steadily, while Apple's, Linux's and Google's shares are making slow inroads, according to new worldwide PC usage data from Gartner Inc.
Nielsen is confirming what many tech watchers already knew: Apple's iPad and Android tablets are eating into PC and laptop usage. However, other devices are likely to take sales hits too.
Fully automated time usage/project tracking software with time statistic analyzing and informative reporting capability for you to...
A survey conducted by the NPD Group of 2,400 tablet owners shows a marked decrease in usage of the PC in favor of the tablet.
The household thermostat has always been difficult to program--wasting energy and driving up your utility bill. But ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how new networking technologies will one day connect your thermostat and meter to your PC so you are better able to track, monitor, and analyze the energy usage in your home.
The household thermostat has always been difficult to program--wasting energy and driving up your utility bill. But ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how new networking technologies will one day connect your thermostat and meter to your PC, so you are better able to track, monitor, and analyze the energy usage in your home.
A Microsoft patent application details a business model whereby the user gets a free or heavily subsidised PC but is charged for usage time, application and performance
A Microsoft patent application details a business model whereby the user gets a free or heavily subsidized PC but is charged for usage time, application and performance.
Readers of my blog know that I am a very big fan of the Evernote application and service and am personally a professional edition subscriber. I use it on my iPhone, Windows Mobile phones, Mac, and PC to capture thoughts and notes for archiving and usage. I was pleased to get the news that they partnered with Eye-Fi so that now your photos captured on your Eye-Fi card can be instantly synced to your Evernote notebooks.
Now that I upgraded my original iPhone to the 2.0 software, I am using it more and more with my hosted Exchange account keeping me in sync. Just like folks who are using the iPhone 3G more since it is faster and there are lots of third party applications available, I am using my iPhone more with the syncing and application testing. Thus, I am not able to get through a full day of using my device without somehow charging up the iPhone. I may be able to connect to a PC or Mac from time-to-time, but I am often out and about so I needed a mobile solution. I received a Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery a few months ago and used it once or twice. Now with my new battery challenges, this external battery solution has proved vital to my iPhone usage.
I've been having a ton more followers of my Twitter feed lately and just added the Evernote feed to my account. I then found out that Ars Technica posted a review of Evernote and also revealed the new iPhone formatted Evernote site. As readers know, I am a big fan of Evernote and as they continue to improve the product my usage continues to increase. This new optimized iPhone site allows you to access your same Evernote web account that you can access from your web-enabled phone, Mac, Linux or Windows PC.
James, Kevin, and I recorded MobileTechRoundup show #119 just before Christmas and talked about the HTC Touch Dual, usage of the HTC Advantage on the go, the WiBrain UMPC that Kevin is evaluating, the Dell Latitude Tablet PC, and the OS 2008 update for the Nokia N800. We had a couple pieces of freeware we talked about as well that you may want to try out. We'll have one more show before we try to record again at CES in Vegas in January so stay tuned for that final 2007 episode.
Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech. Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik). Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.
You will want to check out the Freeware Extravaganza that we have for you in MobileTechRoundup show #117 this week as we talk about 6 free applications for your mobile devices. You can also hear about my decision on the T-Mobile Shadow. James picked up an iPod Touch and is quite impressed with the browsing experience. Kevin likes his Eee PC and talks about more usage of the device.
How can you run your PC in the most green-efficient way possible?Tech support company iYogi (based in Gurgaon, India, with offices in New York) this week is introducing a service called Green PC that optimizes the energy usage of desktops and notebooks.
The UK version of Crave, another CNET online publication, posted an interesting piece today on how the OLPC XO (which just entered mass production) may make Moore's Law far less important to the industry. As the author asked:Think about your own PC usage -- does it honestly include anything more demanding than Facebook stalking, laughing at idiots on YouTube or hitting the digg button underneath the latest lolcat?
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)
- 2 How much does an iPhone 6 really cost? (Hint: It's way more than $199)
- 3 31 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life
- 4 Seven privacy settings you should change immediately in iOS 8
- 5 Review: Tile Bluetooth tag (verdict: Great)