Dell Goes for the Windows 8 Gold

With Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 operating system set to launch later this month, Dell on Friday announced new computers that will support it: the Dell XPS 12 convertible laptop, the Dell XPS One 27 all-in-one desktop, and the Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one. “Dell and Microsoft have strived to make technology more accessible and intuitive […]

Silicon Valley Goes to Washington for Anti-Huawei Campaign

Cisco Systems was among the “array” of American tech firms lobbying against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. Huawei and ZTE — which were recently dubbed security threats by the House Intelligence Committee — were targeted in a lengthy “marketing campaign” designed to discredit Chinese firms by insinuating — or outright saying — that they […]

Rockmelt for iPad Lets Pictures Do the Browsing

Rockmelt brought social browsing to the desktop in 2010 with an innovative Web browser, and now it hopes to do the same for the iPad with a new browser introduced on Thursday. Unlike traditional browsers, Rockmelt for iPad presents a user with two columns of floating tiles containing information that the user may be interested […]

ROM Toolbox Pro’s Pretty Nifty for Rooting Around in Your Phone

Privileged control of your smartphone is one of the killer features of the Android operating system. This control, known as “root access,” allows users to remove manufacturer and mobile operator hardware and software limits to takeover the device. I’ve written about competitor ClockworkMod’s ROM Manager Premium app that you can use to automate and streamline […]

Panetta Rattles Cybersword

In a wide-ranging speech on cybersecurity, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Thursday warned about a cyber Pearl Harbor, indicated the Department of Defense would respond in such a situation, called for greater public-private cooperation in cybersecurity, and talked about the need for a Presidential executive order on cybersecurity. A cyberattack perpetrated by nation-states […]

Mobile Gains Greater Ad Share, Sparks Innovation

Online outlets’ share of the advertising pie grew 14 percent from a year ago, with mobile channels commanding a larger bite as more users consume content on smartphones and tablets, according to a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Advertisers spent a total of $17 billion on online ads in the first […]

Samsung Beats Apple in a Lesser Patent Skirmish

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a preliminary injunction granted to Apple this summer in district court by Judge Lucy Koh. Apple had shown it would see a significant loss of sales and smartphone marketshare if a preliminary injunction were not granted, she found. However, the appeals court stayed […]

Lithium Social Web Nudges Customers in the Right Direction

Lithium Technologies acquired Social Dynamx this week and moved immediately to bring a combined product to market: Lithium Social Web is available now. The two companies offer complementary functionality, which made the acquisition a natural fit, said Rob Tarkoff, CEO of Lithium. “We build communities for customer interaction that solve problems. The features on these […]

More than 51 million TV viewers watched Biden-Ryan debate

WASHINGTON — The rollicking debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul D. Ryan Thursday night drew 51.4 million television viewers, a 26% smaller audience than watched Biden face off against Sarah Palin in 2008, according to Nielsen. That much-anticipated showdown drew close to 70 million viewers and was on in 45% of […]

Clinton boosts Senate candidate Donnelly of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — The crowd of 3,000 mostly loyal Democrats was freshly energized off of Vice President Joe Biden’s feisty debate performance Thursday night, but it wasn’t the presidential race that drew former President Clinton to an Indianapolis rally Friday. Read more from the original source…

No Swing State Firewall for Obama

Even though recent swing state polling shows President Obama maintaining a lead over Mitt Romney, Nate Silver says the president’s Electoral College advantage is build on a shaky foundation. “Even if one grants Ohio to Mr. Obama, however, that would not seal victory for him. He would still need to win some other combination of […]

Latest Swing State Polls

Here are the latest polls from the battleground states: Colorado: Romney 48%, Obama 47% (Denver Post) Florida: Romney 49%, Obama 46% (American Research Group) Florida: Romney 51%, Obama 47% (Rasmussen) Michigan: Obama 52%, Romney 45% (Rasmussen) New Hampshire: Romney 50%, Obama 46% (American Research Group) North Carolina: Obama 46%, Romney 45% (High Point University) Virginia: […]