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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 8's locked bootloaders: much ado about nothing, or the end of the world as we know it?   —  Microsoft has published the hardware requirements that manufacturers must follow if they want to slap a “Designed for Windows 8” sticker onto their systems.  In among many innocuous requirements …
Jan 17, 2012, 9:45 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 8 Storage Spaces detailed: pooling redundant disk space for all   —  When Microsoft killed Windows Home Server's “Drive Extender” technology, we mourned its loss but held up hope that the company would persevere with the concept.  The company has done just that with a new Windows 8 …
Jan 6, 2012, 10:45 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: AMD's Bulldozer server benchmarks are here, and they're a catastrophe   —  The desktop benchmark scores for AMD's new Bulldozer architecture didn't make happy reading for fans of the chip company, with the new design sometimes failing to beat AMD's own predecessor architecture, let alone Intel's comparable offerings.
Nov 22, 2011, 8:10 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft authorized a $9 Windows Phone jailbreak   —  The creators of smartphone platforms have to perform an unusual balancing act.  Every platform now has a first-party application store of some kind.  But each platform makes its own set of particular trade-offs …
Nov 9, 2011, 12:35 PMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
More than just sexy phones: how Nokia will help sell Windows Phone 7   —  Unlike, oh, to pick a random example, Apple, Microsoft has only a very limited retail presence.  The company has opened a handful of (high-quality and actually rather pleasant) Microsoft stores in the US, but has little direct consumer reach beyond that.
Oct 30, 2011, 9:15 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Mango WiFi sharing to have hardware, driver, and carrier restrictions   —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update has started rolling out.  With the release, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it will include the ability to share a data connection over WiFi to up to five computers …
Sep 28, 2011, 4:15 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ultrabook: Intel's $300 million plan to beat Apple at its own game   —  My desktop isn't the only computer I plan to replace in the next few months.  I need a new laptop too, and my goal is simple: to find a 13" MacBook Air that isn't made by Apple.
Sep 5, 2011, 11:45 PMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: “A sort of PC”: how Windows 8 will invade tablets (and why it might work)   —  For the first time in fifteen or more years, Redmond faces a genuine challenge to its Windows desktop monopoly.  The threat isn't coming from Linux or from Mac OS X or from any other operating system.
Aug 20, 2011, 2:55 PMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
It didn't have to end this way: what HP should have done with webOS   —  HP has missed out on a fantastic opportunity with webOS.  The company was in a position, by hook or by crook, to give webOS the kind of wide distribution that even Apple would be impressed by.  It just had to spend some cash to do it.
Aug 19, 2011, 3:20 PMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: How the London riots showed us two sides of social networking   —  I watched in disbelief, horror, and dismay as news broke of Londoners laying waste to their—and my—city.  My part of South London, Tulse Hill, escaped the riots, probably for want of anything to steal …
Aug 11, 2011, 5:20 AMIn context

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