rossendryv writes: Although many people assume that a free application must be inferior to one that they pay for, This article makes a comparison of LibreOffice with Microsoft Office (MSO) proves that the opposite is often true. Sometimes, MSO has features that LibreOffice lacks, but, just as often, it’s LibreOffice that has more tools than MSO.
rossendryv writes: "Apple has been awarded a new patent that could spell trouble for almost all of its smartphone competitors. The patent awarded to Apple gives it control over the popular multitouch display that’s become popular on smartphones"
rossendryv writes: "Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable."
rossendryv writes: After many years and fighting against the standard, Microsoft announced they are joining http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/ to help with the development of SVG. "We recognize that vector graphics are an important component of the next-generation Web platform," said Patrick Dengler, senior program manager on Microsoft's Internet Explorer team in a blog post
rossendryv writes: The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday sued Intel Corp., accusing the world's largest chip maker of "anticompetitive tactics" in the latest legal blow to the Silicon Valley icon. The agency also alleged that "Intel secretly redesigned key software, known as a compiler, in a way that deliberately stunted the performance of competitors' CPU chips."
rossendryv writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation and UC Berkeley's Samuelson Center filed suit in California's Northern District, asking the court to force a number of government agencies to hand over any documents they have concerning the use of social networking sites as part of investigative procedures.
rossendryv writes: Major technical and economic issues continue to cloud Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML), with less than one month before voting starts on February 25 — 29 vote in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a new Linux.com article. On the technical side, Microsoft's non-disclosed the migration mapping tables and non-disclosed specs Office writes for features such as DRM, Sharepoint tags, passwords, Devmode, GUID, migration tags, VBA macros, and other hidden system dependencies which tie OOXML files to a Microsoft environment. On the economic side, OOXML raising obstacles to international trade and competition, a key no-no for ISO standards, because OOXML would be practically impossible for any vendor but Microsoft to implement, unlike the current standard, the OpenDocument Format, which can be and has been implemented by multiple vendors.