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The Windows 8 Flop: What Does It Mean For Microsoft?

Windows 8 was the revolution that wasn’t. But don’t count Microsoft out just yet. In a lot of ways, the boring, button-down software giant was just a little ahead of its time.<p>After a storm of criticism from frustrated long-time Windows users, Microsoft announced that it would be making significant …

Prison exclusive: Bernie Madoff can't sleep

Bernard Madoff once had billions of dollars, but now he makes $40 a month doing menial prison labor.<p>"I used to work as a clerk in the commissary, and now they have me taking care of the telephone and the computer systems," said Madoff, speaking by phone from a federal prison in North Carolina. His …

The U.S. is looking like Japan - The Buzz - Investment and Stock Market News

America is almost halfway into a post-recession Lost Decade. But despite comparisons to Japan, investors couldn't be happier.<p><i>The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica</i> …

The 20 Worst Airlines In The World

Since nothing is worse than being stuck in a small uncomfortable seat with limited leg room, terrible food, and rude service, we think the in-flight experience is the most important factor in enjoying your flight.<p>We ranked the 20 worst airlines for flying economy in the world, based on the most …

This Summer, Hire Your Kids

Unemployment figures may be improving, but young people today still face a tough road summers and after graduation. Even professional school isn’t the job offer bonanza it once was. That can make offering kids a job in the family business almost a necessity. Besides, on top of tangible and familial …

Five Steps Toward Fixing the Hole In Your Retirement Plan

A new report casts considerable doubt on how well many Americans will fare in retirement: Those born between 1966 and 1975, the so-called Gen-Xers, will be the worst off, able to replace only half their working income. Older savers will do better, but only just.<p>What happened? One way to look at the …

Five Lessons from Apple’s Fall

Shares have recovered modestly from their autumn swoon. But future gains won’t come easy.<p>The stock market may be the world's most ruthless …

Why doesn’t every manufacturer make a Nexus-like device?

Some folks love customized skins like HTC Sense and TouchWiz. They feel that these customization add extra value, or that they simply look or work ‘better’ than stock.<p>For those of us that don’t have the same love for custom skins, we pretty much have two options: flash a custom ROM or get a Nexus …

Resetting the Theory of Time

Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book <i>Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe</i>, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists—and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the …

Nexus 7 refresh gets teased in Google+ Hangouts video

We saw a lot of cool things during the Google I/O keynote yesterday, including new Google Maps, updated Google Search, and a unified Google+ Hangouts …

Android News

Google engineers: We're trying to fix Android fragmentation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Engineers on the Google Android team say they are still working hard to ensure that Android updates are rolled out to new devices in a timely fashion.<p>During a fireside chat at the Google I/O developer conference here Thursday, 11 members of the Android development team fielded …

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Google on Glass: You'll Just Know When Someone's Spying on You

Yesterday saw Google face a lot of questions over Google Glass privacy: not only was it grilled by developers at I/O, but Congress also sent it a …

WebRTC is growing fast: soon to surpass one billion devices

WebRTC, the new technology that enables plugin-free voice and video chat within the browser, should be available on more than one billion unique …

Surprise: Yahoo’s mobile push is working better than you think

Don’t look now but it looks like Yahoo’s mobile apps push is bearing fruit, at least according to new data from Onavo.<p>Case in point: Yahoo(s yhoo) …