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Hands-on with the HTC Titan II on AT&T

Hands-on with the HTC Titan II on AT&T

AT&T is the premier Windows Phone partner in the U.S. and in addition to the new Nokia Lumia 900 they launched the HTC Titan II. After testing out both of the devices, I have to say I like the HTC Titan II better than the Lumia 900.

published April 25, 2012 by

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A deep dive into Windows 8 Pro features

A deep dive into Windows 8 Pro features

You don't need a complicated matrix to understand the differences between the base version of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. The Pro-only feature list is short and straightforward. Here's what to expect.

published April 17, 2012 by

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VMware chief sees the end of the traditional OS

At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, VMware CEO Paul Maritz anticipates the changing role of the operating system. Maritz says that, increasingly, hardware coordination and software abstract services are moving to virtual layers and that the traditional OS is becoming just one component of the virtual framework.

published August 31, 2010 by

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Microsoft demos new 'social' phone

At a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft's Robbie Bach and Derek Snyder unveil the Kin mobile phones. Based on the Windows 7 operating system, the new phones will have extensive social networking built in and will also be able to access the Zune music service.

published April 12, 2010 by

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Microsoft highlights new devices at CES 2010

At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage and highlights some of the key devices and technologies the company will be launching in the coming year. He demos a new slate PC from HP running Windows 7 as well as some new Windows Mobile phones. Robbie Bach, the company's president of Entertainment and Devices, also talks about Microsoft's plan for Natal and announces a ship date of Christmas 2010.

published January 7, 2010 by

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Google demos 'Earth' app on new Android OS

At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."

published January 5, 2010 by

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The year in review: Top 5 stories of 2009

What were the top five stories that shaped 2009? From the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, to the departure and return of Steve Jobs to Apple, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz share their views on the tech news that mattered most.

published December 7, 2009 by

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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone

Microsoft's Robbie Bach gives details on a new platform called Windows Phone that features a mobile app store. The company also unveiled updates to Zune HD and Xbox 360, including the ability to stream HD video to Microsoft's gaming console.

published October 7, 2009 by

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Windows 7, a better power saver?

At Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, ZDNet's Sumi Das talks to Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, about power-saving features in the new Windows 7 operating system. Bernard says Microsoft made energy efficiency a core design element, with better battery optimization, and Bluetooth and DVD features that won't be activated until necessary.

published October 5, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Windows XP Mode

Is an incompatible program or device standing between you and a Windows 7 upgrade? If you’re willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop. ZDNet's Ed Bott provides a close-up look at how XP Mode works.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Search tools

A terabyte here, a terabyte there, and pretty soon you're talking about some pretty serious information overload. It doesn't matter how well organized you are, once your collection of data files and other digital stuff gets big enough, you're going to need some help finding things. ZDNet's Ed Bott takes a closer look at the search tools in Windows 7 and shows you how you can use them to make your digital life a little more organized.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Taskbar features

Sociologists say that multitasking has shortened our attention spans and made us more easily distracted than ever. Apparently it's a losing battle. With 4GB or more of memory in the standard Windows PC these days, it's possible to open dozens of windows at once. The challenge for Windows users is how to keep track of all those windows without losing focus. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you how some new features in Windows 7 can help you multitask more effectively.

published September 28, 2009 by

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SUSE Linux 10

SUSE Linux 10

SUSE Linux 10 is a full Windows/Microsoft Office replacement on one DVD at a bargain price. Home users could do a lot worse, and even IT managers may learn to love it.

published November 14, 2005 by

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Sun Solaris 10

Sun Solaris 10

Significant performance, availability and feature enhancements make Solaris 10 an automatic choice for existing Sun customers. But as an alternative to Linux, it doesn’t yet deliver.

published April 21, 2005 by

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Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+

Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+

It may lack the high profile of other Linux distributions, but Mandrakelinux 10.1 is one of the easiest to get to grips with -- if not the easiest of the lot. This new release also has lots to offer both novices and experts alike.

published January 6, 2005 by

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SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

This is a significant update, with important scalability and management enhancements positioning it ahead of the competition, and as a rival to Microsoft's latest Windows Server 2003 product.

published December 6, 2004 by

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Windows Services for Unix 3.5

Windows Services for Unix 3.5

Microsoft's Windows Services for Unix will be most useful if you've already made the decision to switch platforms. This free download will also make life easier for Unix experts who need to use a Windows desktop system.

published April 5, 2004 by

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First Look: Windows XP Service Pack 2

First Look: Windows XP Service Pack 2

 Windows XP SP2  Introduction Improved network protection Memory overflow protection Safer e-mail handling More secure Internet browsing Improved Windows Update Requirements Conclusions Screenshots The forthcoming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is actually a significant upgrade for Microsoft's OS, delivering much-needed security enhancements.

published March 24, 2004 by

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LindowsOS 4.0

LindowsOS 4.0

LindowsOS 4.0 remains the easiest Linux distribution around, but its software subscription scheme can get pricey. We'd also prefer more bundled applications.

published August 27, 2003 by

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SuSE Linux Desktop

SuSE Linux Desktop

Can you use a Linux system successfully in a Windows-dominated environment? That's what SuSE's Linux Desktop is designed to facilitate. We find that you can, although there are plenty of glitches to iron out.

published July 28, 2003 by

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Red Hat Linux 9 Professional

Red Hat Linux 9 Professional

Red Hat 9 is a boon for those who already use it, but it's too expensive to warrant a switch from Windows. Try SuSE (or the free version of Red Hat) for a better mix of price and features.

published May 13, 2003 by

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