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Tablets to carve out nearly half of PC market next year

Tablets will come close to outshipping notebooks and desktops in 2014. At least, that's the latest forecast from research firm Canalys.<p>In a report released Tuesday, Canalys predicted that tablets will account for almost 50 percent of the total worldwide PC market (which includes desktops, …

Iran ready to talk if US shows 'goodwill', says new president

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, has said his government is determined to engage in "serious and substantive" negotiations with the west without wasting time in order to resolve the impasse over Tehran's nuclear programme.<p>Two days after he was sworn into office and in his first press …

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei endorses Hassan Rouhani as president

Iran's supreme leader has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as the country's president, opening the way for the moderate cleric to take over from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.<p>In a ceremony broadcast live on state television on Saturday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his official approval for Rouhani. As the …

Bolden courts Asian powerhouses for asteroid missions

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is continuing his attempts to gain additional international collaboration for the Agency’s Near Earth Asteroid …

UK team designs human mission to Mars

Scientists at Imperial College London have designed a concept mission to land astronauts on Mars. The plan envisages a three-person crew journeying …

Hassan Rouhani takes over as Iran president

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/999000/999844_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532462084_37a4575196f2752050db1c4a34c8557d<p><b>Cleric Hassan Rouhani has officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran.</b><p>Mr Rouhani's election has been endorsed by Supreme Leader …

Finding the Galactic Internet

Greg Egan, a jewel in Australia’s science fiction crown, writes in his 1997 novel <i>Diaspora</i> about a mind-bending far future scenario for interstellar …

Naming the Space Station (1988)

On 12 April 1988, James Odom, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Station, sent out a memorandum with two attachments to a long distribution …

Super telescope captures sensational image of Andromeda galaxy

Astronomers have captured a sensational high-resolution image of the Andromeda galaxy located 2.5 million light years (14,696,563,432,959,020,000 miles) from Earth. No illustration, no mock-up -- it's the real deal, and it's breathtaking.<p>The stunning mosaic comes from the National Astronomical …

Worlds Without End - Issue 3: In Transit

It might sound strange to you, but a telescope is no less a vessel of exploration than the ones used by ancient explorers to discover new continents. …

Ready for Windows 8? We're just starting on Win 7, says Dell

Maybe everyone's focused on the wrong Microsoft operating system.<p>Dell said during its earnings conference call on Thursday that "commercial" customers, meaning corporate customers, are just now transitioning to Windows 7.<p>"I think you continue to see Win 7 on the commercial side of the business. …

Microsoft's Windows XP is still kickin' -- do you use it?

Microsoft's XP operating system is still used on more than a third of the installations out there, according to figures from Net Applications. Is it really still that popular?<p>XP was released in August of 2001, more than a decade ago. It got a new lease on life when its successor, Vista, was …

Windows 8.1 makes video debut ahead of June 26th preview release

Microsoft unveiled a number of new changes for its Windows 8.1 update recently, but we've only seen them demonstrated in a small number of screenshots. Today the company revealed a new video demo of Windows 8.1, complete with some of the new features in the update. Start Screen changes, UI …

Microsoft Confirms Outlook for Windows RT Tablets

At Computex 2013 earlier today, Microsoft CFO and CMO Tami Reller finally confirmed that Outlook 2013 <i>will</i> be arriving on Windows RT tablets as part of the broader Windows 8.1 update that’s scheduled to land later this year.<p>The popular desktop email client will rejoin its Office 2013 RT counterparts …

New Active Authentication Allows Azure Customers To Identify And Secure Office 365, Other Apps

Microsoft is now offering multi-factor authentication for Windows Azure to allow enterprises to secure employee, partner and customer access to cloud applications.<p>According to the Azure blog, the capability will allow customers to enable the authentication capability for Windows Azure Active …

Microsoft Waits to Fix Your Software Bugs So the NSA Can Use Them First

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In a move as fiendishly clever as it is galling, Microsoft tells the U.S. government about bugs in …

Microsoft claims US Customs refused to block Motorola smartphone imports after ITC order

Microsoft is accusing US Customs officers of refusing to block imports of certain Motorola smartphones in a new complaint filed today in a US district court. According to <i>Bloomberg News</i>, Microsoft claims in the complaint that Customs has continued to allow Motorola Android smartphones into the …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to pass, and the company Bill co-founded became a gigantic machine for making money, and Bill became the richest man on Earth.<p>This agreeable outcome was …

Why Bill Gates isn't coming back to run Microsoft

Once more. With feeling. Everyone repeat after me: Bill Gates is not going to sweep in like a white knight and take over as Microsoft's CEO.<p>There's an unsourced report from the Australian International Business Times claiming this might happen, which is being picked up by various sites and blogs. …

Microsoft forced to rename its SkyDrive service (but not yet)

Microsoft will have to rename its cloud storage service currently known as SkyDrive, following a ruling in the English High Court that found it infringed on BSkyB’s trademarked name.<p>In June, High Court Judge Mrs Justice Asplin sided with Sky that Microsoft’s use of SkyDrive infringed upon the …

Bill Gates Has Started Posting Stuff On Reddit

As you can imagine, his links are popular and already attracting a lot of comments.<p>But his links are leading back to his own web site, which is a technical violation of Reddit's rule against hyping your own stuff. Reddit has banned publications in the past when it has caught authors and employees …

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Sorry, Windows Phone Fans: Instagram Hasn’t Anointed A Third-Party App

Turns out Instagram isn’t kingmaking among the third-party developer community on Windows Phone.<p>Today the Windows Phone community is buzzing with the news of a meeting between developer Rudy Huyn and Instagram that has led some to believe his forthcoming application for Microsoft’s smartphone …

US watches Iran's president-elect for moderation ahead of nuclear 'breakout'

<b>Analysis</b><p>With a possible Iranian nuclear breakthrough looming despite sanctions and covert action by the West, U.S. officials are hoping a more moderate incoming president will offer a unique opportunity for an accord on the issue.<p>Hassan Rouhani will be inaugurated Sunday, ending the contentious …

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser roars to life for first time in 8 years

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupted for the first time in eight years on Wednesday afternoon, drenching delighted viewers who stood in the spray from the safety of a nearby boardwalk.<p>The unexpected blast occurred at 7:30 p.m. MDT (9:30 p.m. EDT), shooting water and steam 200 to 300 feet (60 to …

DOJ demands Apple terminate publisher deals and rival e-bookstore restrictions (updated)

In a decisive move in the legal battle surrounding Apple's fishy e-book pricing practices, the US Department of Justice has issued a proposed remedy aimed at leveling the playing field. The terms of the proposal, which requires approval by the court, call for an end to Apple's deals with major …

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

YouTube co-founder Hurley: loosen copyright rules around video

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley had some choice words for channels seeking copyright protection on video-sharing sites. People should be able to see …

Apple slams government’s proposed punishment in ebook pricing case

As expected, Apple(s AAPL) has expressed its strong disagreement with the federal government’s proposed remedies in the ebook pricing case, which the …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …