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Jan 9, 2011

Act natural, and take your hands off the device

LAS VEGAS, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Tech visionaries have long
dreamed of the day when PCs, TVs and phones can be controlled
with a wave of the hand or even the blink of an eye.

“Natural user interface” technologies on display at last
week’s Consumer Electronics Show suggest that vision is inching
closer to the mainstream — tearing down barriers between user
and device, and dispensing with unwieldy keyboards and
remotes.

Jan 7, 2011

Growing pains, hiccups greet tech’s old guard

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang learned firsthand how pervasive — and demanding — mobile devices can be.

When he tried to demonstrate a tablet computer at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, so many people in the audience had their devices connected to the Web that the network collapsed and his presentation short-circuited after a few minutes.

Jan 6, 2011
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Closer look at Google’s Honeycomb

Google stole the show from Verizon at the opening keynote at CES, showing off its new Honeycomb software, the first version of the Android operating system specifically designed for tablets.

Android developer Mike Cleron wowed a packed hall with a quick spin around its features, including a new-look home screen, pixel buttons, multitasking, smooth video and an eye-catching 3-D mapping tool that lets you ’tilt’ the view to get a better idea of what you are looking at.

Jan 6, 2011

Microsoft links up with ARM in new tablet drive

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is taking its biggest step away from a long-standing, lucrative alliance with Intel Corp, teaming up with Britain’s ARM Holdings to take on Apple Inc in the red-hot tablet and smartphone arena.

Microsoft, the second-largest U.S. technology company, plans to design a Windows operating system compatible with chips designed by ARM, an Intel rival and the dominant producer of chips for smartphones and tablet computers.

Jan 5, 2011

Microsoft gears up Windows for tablet drive

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is ready to take its biggest step away from a long-standing, lucrative alliance with Intel, teaming up with Britain’s ARM Holdings to take on Apple Inc in a red-hot tablet and smartphone arena.

The second-largest U.S. technology company plans to design a Windows operating system compatible with chips designed by ARM, a rival of Intel and the dominant producer of chips for smartphones and tablet computers.

Dec 29, 2010

Microsoft co-founder relaunches tech patent suit

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen relaunched a wide-ranging patent lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Facebook and others with specific allegations that the companies are illegally using technology owned by his company.

Interval Licensing LLC, a small research company set up by Allen in 1992, originally filed a broad patent suit in federal court in Seattle in August, but Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed it on the grounds that it did not specify any actual products or devices. The revised suit was filed by Interval on Tuesday.

Dec 8, 2010

Google says shut out of USDA cloud computing deal

SEATTLE, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) didn’t get
the chance to formally compete for the largest federal
government “cloud computing” deal yet struck, according to the
Web firm, adding to its concerns that government agencies are
unfairly favoring rival Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Early on Wednesday, the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) announced it was moving 120,000 of its
employees onto email, Web conferencing and messaging systems
provided over the Internet by Microsoft, generally referred to
as “cloud computing.”

Nov 29, 2010
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Kim Kardashian most Binged in 2010

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Celebrity, socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the most popular search term on Microsoft’s Bing search engine this year, outshining fellow American luminaries Lady Gaga and the U.S. president.

In a year of earthquakes, floods and faltering economies, it seems most people turned to celebrities to relieve the steady flow of grim news. Or looked for ways to save money.

Nov 16, 2010

Microsoft’s Gates, Ballmer defend stock sales

SEATTLE, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Steve Ballmer defended
recent stock sales on Tuesday as they faced tough questions
from shareholders frustrated by the lack of growth in the
company’s shares over the past decade.

Gates, who co-founded the company in 1975, sells 20 million
shares every quarter to help fund his philanthropic activities,
while Ballmer is planning to sell 75 million shares by year end
for tax planning reasons. [ID:nN05123079]

Nov 10, 2010

Washington bans “blackout in can” drinks

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state’s Liquor Control Board has voted to ban sales of high-alcohol energy drinks, known as “blackout in a can,” following the hospitalization of nine students in the state last month.

Washington is the second state to outlaw the new crop of highly caffeinated, heavy-alcohol beverages popular with young people after Michigan banned them earlier this month.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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