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  • If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

    What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. Just to compoun... 

  • North Korea to build three PCs. After Kim Jong-il, who gets the other two?

    You may not have seen it but there was quite a bit of coverage on the Internet devoted to North Korea's PC production plans. Apparently, it is making three models and Korean state TV showed pictures of eight people assembling one of them. So, if ... 

  • Windows 8 next year? Probably

    Hold the phone. Microsoft has jumped in quickly to downplay comments by CEO Steve Ballmer that Windows 8 will be released next year. Should we surprise? No. Does this mean it won't be released next year? No. The official Microsoft response was th... 

  • No system is 100% secure says Sony chief. And he should know

    Sony boss Howard Stringer made some interesting comments about the recenthacking of its PlayStation Network and the theft of the personal data from more than 100 million accounts. According to the Dow Jones Newswires, he suggested it might not be... 

  • Is Google's Chromebook the right idea in the wrong place?

    Google's Chromebook seems to me to be a good idea but not necessarily one that is being executed in the right way. As others have remarked, there is an issue over what you do with a machine that runs on a browser-based OS if you're not able to connec... 

  • Steve Jobs: business genius or football manager?

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a reputation for being tough but the latest anecdote about the less than perfect launch of its MobileMe online service in 2008, shows that a brutal boss can also be, intentionally or otherwise, quite funny. According to a... 

  • Outrage over Foxconn's 'no suicide' pledge is a year late

    Foxconn has been making all the wrong sorts of headlines in recent months over the treatment of workers at its factories in China. Those factories have made products for a number of vendors, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Nintendo and Nokia. As many as 18 ... 

  • Apple overtakes Microsoft on revenue and profit

    A landmark of sorts was reached this month when Apple overtook Microsoft in terms of revenue and profits in the respective companies' most recent quarterly financial results. The difference in the figures from a revenue perspective are quite spectacu... 

  • Is the Samsung ML 3310 ND printer a beast or a puppy?

    Every day, productivity in the IT in Context office is threatened by a monster who wants to invade the premises and eat every piece of paper she can get her teeth on. We call this monster Molly. (see left) But Molly isn't the most dangerous paper mun... 

  • Screen saver blues for Dixons: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (13)

    A Scope staffer was taking a wander around the Dixons in Heathrow Airport back in 2002, marvelling at all the wonderful electronic gadgets for sale. Settling his gaze on a laptop, our man's eyes were drawn to the screen saver message scrolling ac...