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Retailers share blame for poor Windows 8 sales

Retailers share part of the blame for poor Windows 8 sales and the ensuing decline of PC shipments, analysts contended Friday.

Rare working Apple I computer to hit auction block this month

A German auctioneer will put a working Apple I computer on the block later this month, and expects the handmade computer to fetch between $261,000 and $392,000 at Thursday's exchange rate.

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Windows 8 grows slow, XP just won't go

Microsoft was hit with a double whammy last month as it made scant progress in either boosting the usage share of Windows 8 or depressing the share of Windows XP, data published today showed.

Internet Explorer 10 usage doubles after Microsoft triggers auto-update

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) doubled its usage share last month, and now accounts for nearly 11% of all copies of IE in use, a Web measurement company said today.

Google backs off redesign of Chrome's New Tab Page

Google has apparently rethought a change to its Chrome browser that had users up in arms and has restored an older design of its popular New Tab Page in the newest beta of Chrome 27.

Google pays record $31,000 bounty for Chrome bug reports

Google in April paid a security researcher a record bounty of $31,336 for reporting a trio of bugs in Chrome.

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Windows Blue may help, but Microsoft still faces hurdles

Microsoft is still looking to boost PC and tablet sales with a refresh of Windows, and the next expectations are on a 2013 refresh dubbed 'Blue.'

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Apple to challenge $368 million patent infringement verdict

Apple will challenge a November 2012 jury verdict that awarded $368 million in damages to Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX, a filing with U.S. regulators showed.

Microsoft re-releases 'Blue Screen of Death' patch

Microsoft Tuesday re-released a security update that had crashed customers' PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots, saying that the revised patch is now safe to install.

Microsoft: Mum's again the word on Windows 8 sales

Even though PC shipments were down 14% last quarter, Microsoft's Windows division posted revenue about the same as the last year, making up for slumping sales to OEMs with growth in long-term licensing agreements sold to enterprises.

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Microsoft files patent for new open windows viewer

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a new method of browsing through open windows on the desktop that builds on an older, now-abandoned feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Apple keeps patching Java on OS X Snow Leopard after proposed drop-dead date

Apple Tuesday patched Java for the aged OS X Snow Leopard and tweaked Safari to give users more control over what websites they let run the vulnerability plagued Oracle software.

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Microsoft exec talks mobile smack, trashes iOS as 'boring,' Android as 'a mess'

Microsoft's top executive for mobile phones took shots at both iOS and Android today, calling Apple's operating system "boring" and claiming Google's is "a mess."

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Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' patch

A patch that shipped earlier this week has crashed customer's PCs and crippled machines with endless reboots.

Windows XP's looming retirement won't shake PC business out of sales funk

Even if Windows XP's retirement won't stem the dramatic drop in PC sales, Microsoft is likely to reap more revenue from the disappearance of XP than will system builders, as many customers will do in-place upgrades to Windows 7 on current hardware.