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Apple has Bigger Plans Than Just Song ID with Shazam Deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming. Full Story »
Advice & Opinion

Analysts Have Mixed Emotions in Bidding Farewell to Windows XP

Microsoft's Windows XP has reached its end-of-support deadline, but it's not easy saying goodbye to the most dominant operating system of its time. Two Aberdeen Group analysts share their (differing) thoughts on the end of Windows XP.


IE6: Retired But Not Dead Yet

Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.

News analysis

Windows' New Normal Shows Software-as-a-Service Ambitions

But the more Microsoft pushes change, the more enterprises will resist


Microsoft Extends Windows 8.1 Update Migration Deadline for Business

Microsoft on Wednesday extended the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months, but again told consumers they had less than four weeks to make the move before the company shuts off their patch faucet.


Windows XP's Retirement Turns Into Major Security Project for Chinese Firm

Since February, Qihoo 360 has been rolling out Windows XP security software to 200 million users


Microsoft Slashes Windows XP Custom Support Prices Just Days Before Axing Public Patches

Reduces after-retirement support costs for large enterprises as much as 95%


Red Hat Adds Muscle to Docker Container Technology

Red Hat plans to incorporate advanced Linux tools such as systemd and SELinux into Docker

How To

How to Switch From iPhone 5S to BlackBerry Z30 (and Why)

Spend some time with a BlackBerry 10 device and you just might put your iPhone away for good. CIO.com contributor Paul Mah did. Here he outlines the nine steps it takes to move from an iPhone 5S to a BlackBerry Z30.


Windows XP Lives On: Avast Survey Shows 27 Percent of its XP Users Don't Plan to Switch

XPocalypse? What XPocalypse? A big chunk of antimalware software vendor Avast's users are sticking with XP despite the many risks.


Microsoft Concedes Chromebooks Are Work-Worthy

Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its "Scroogled" campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.


Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Lives On--As a Pizza

Because everyone wants a pizza to commemorate their favorite Windows XP browser, right?


Your No-Fuss, Fail-Safe Guide to Protecting Android Devices

As Android's popularity continues to climb, it's increasingly joining the workplace. In its early days, Android had little in the way of security, relegating it to personal use. But over the years, Google has upped the ante in terms of Android security, as have third-party vendors.

How To

Is Windows 8 Development Worth the Trouble?

Microsoft pays some companies to produce Windows 8 versions of their products. Without this type of financial assistance, or various other incentives, is Windows 8 and especially Windows Phone development worth the effort?


Microsoft Puts the Squeeze on Windows to Shoehorn it Into 16GB Devices

Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.