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  • PCs in retreat as market prepares for tablet invasion

    Poor old PC. Things are not looking good. After all the furore surrounding HP's decision to retreat from the PC arena, we now read that Gartner has downgraded its PC market forecast for 2011, suggesting the PC is "not a particularly compelling p... 

  • Why did Yahoo's CEO get the boot by phone?

    So Yahoo has fired CEO Carol Bartz. Whatever the reasons for her sacking, I'm intrigued by the way Yahoo chose to fire her. In an email to Yahoo employees, Bartz wrote: "I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo... 

  • Global services sector takes a big hit in Q2

    Ouch. Things aren't looking great in the services sector right now. Ovum has revealed that the value of global IT services sales in the second quarter of 2011 was 40% (yes, that's right, 40%) down on the same quarter in 2010. There were no deals ... 

  • Where MeeGo now if Intel shifts to Android and Windows Phone 7?

    I confess to knowing very little about MeeGo apart from the fact it used to be Intel and Nokia's next generation OS for smartphones and tablets. Most of the time when MeeGo has impinged on my consciousness it's been for negative reasons, such as Noki... 

  • Why is HP "pleasantly surprised" people will pay £89 for a TouchPad?

    Let's play a game of spot the link: 1) HP says it is going to discontinue making the TouchPad and slashes the price by £260 for a 16GB model from £349 to £89 and cuts the 32GB model price from £429 to £115 (a reduction o... 

  • Post-PC or PC Plus? The result is still the same

    Are we in a post-PC age or a PC plus age? Lots of people have been saying the golden age of the PC is over, a perception reinforced by HP's abrupt decision to get out of the PC business as soon as it can. When the biggest PC maker in the world tells ... 

  • If HP wants to be the new IBM, does Google want to be the new Apple?

    So I go away for two weeks and all hell breaks loose. First, Google decides to buy Motorola's mobile phone operation, then HP says it's getting out of the PC business and discontinuing WebOS products. Now, the Google thing makes sense, kind of, if yo... 

  • Google spurned offer to join Microsoft and Apple in bid for "bogus patents"

    To many people out there, the name Brad Smith might not be too familiar. He'sMicrosoft's general counsel and most of the time anyone would have come across his name in the past would probably have been in defending the software giant against anti-mon... 

  • Is there more to Microsoft than Windows?

    Only the churlish would seek to dismiss a company reporting record revenue and profits, especially when that company is Microsoft, the biggest software business in the world. As I'm not churlish by disposition, I won't, although quite a few others ha... 

  • Apple may not be a computer company anymore but it's doing very nicely

    In January 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company was dropping the word "Computer" from its name to become "Apple Inc". As he pointed out at the time, only one product (the Mac) was a computer out of the four pr...