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Submission + - Steve Ballmer: We won't be out-innovated by Apple anymore (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Let's be honest. If you were to compile a list of words that encapsulate the last 10 years for Microsoft, the word 'innovative' probably wouldn't make the cut. Sure, they've had great overall success with the Xbox and, more recently, with Xbox Kinect, but the bulk of their revenue is still derived from unexciting software like Microsoft Office and various iterations of Windows

But going forward, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to change that. In a recent interview, Ballmer explained that the company had ceded innovations in hardware and software to Apple but that the times they are a 'changin.

"We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple," Ballmer explained... "Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch."

Submission + - TSA testing drinks at the gate (wfaa.com)

shutton writes: Apparently being forced to discard your Aquafina in the security line doesn't convince the TSA that you haven't had access to something interesting in the so-called "sterile" area. Anyone seen this happen?

Submission + - US Federal Agencies No Longer Allowed to Buy Apple Products (cellular-news.com)

narcc writes: US federal government agencies are no longer able to purchase Apple products after the company withdrew from a mandatory certification scheme.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification is required under a law passed in 2009 if a federal government agency is to buy goods or services from a company. It ensures that the products meet minimum environmental protection standards.

It is not clear why Apple withdrew from the ratings service, especially as it cuts off sales to a fairly substantial customer — the US Government. One report by the iFixit blog suggested that the problem relates to the difficulty of repairing Apple products and stripping them down for recycling.

Apple has struggled with its eco-friendly credentials, with repeated reports from agencies such as Greenpeace criticizing the company, not just for what they know the company is doing, but also for their apparent secrecy about the environmental impact of their various manufacturing processes.

Comment Liberal in Germany (Score 1) 72

The Literals in Germany only stand for the Liberty of Trade. And perhaps the liberty to exploit your workforce. And finally the electorate have understood that. Currently the FDP are at 3 4 % which means they are below the minimum of 5% needed to be admitted into Office.

See: http://www.wahlrecht.de/umfragen/index.htm

The Party which stands for the liberty of the individual is the Pirate Party which are at 4 8%. Too bad the next election is in 2013 — plenty of time for the FPD to recover and the Pirate Party to loose momentum.

Comment Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Android (Score 1) 675

Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Android On ARM.

There I fixed that for you.

Because, 96% of so called “Linux” access awstats reports on my website turn out to be — once you dig deeper — really Android devices. Don't be so vain Linux users, Microsoft would not give a shit about you if it was not for Android.

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