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Submission + - Windows 8 sales match it's reviews (cnbc.com)

Mattygfunk1 writes: "CNBC reports PC sales are down after the release of Windows 8. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the Americas division of Acer, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said sales of the company’s Windows 8 PCs had been lower than expected. He said one factor was the system’s unfamiliar design, which appeared to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”"


Submission + - Portugal says file, music and movie copying vie p2p is legal (exameinformatica.sapo.pt)

mynameiskhan writes: There seems to be at least one government that thinks p2p is fine. Throw the url on to translate.google.com and there is more to this. Of course, the trade association of the entertainment industry in Portugal says the government is twisting the law and does not want to end up send 2 million letters to the violators.

Submission + - Best use for an old smartphone?

zaba writes: Ask Slashdot:
The original iPhone was a dream come true for me. Phone, camera, mp3 player and data all in one device. It had more cpu and memory than my first computer!

Several generations of smartphones later, my wife and I have some random smartphones (some iPhone, some Android) lying around. Between privacy concerns, bad batteries, etc. these phones are not worthy of donation.

So, I ask you, Slashdot readers, have you done anything fun with an old smartphone? Any suggestions/ideas?

Submission + - When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide

theodp writes: Last July, Slashdot reported on Kyle McDonald, the artist who had the Secret Service raid his home at the behest of Apple, who was miffed with Kyle's surreptitious capture of people's expressions as they stared at computers in Apple Stores. A year later, Wired is running McDonald's first-person account of the preparation for and fallout from his People Staring at Computers project. 'I really wasn’t expecting the Secret Service,' McDonald begins. 'Maybe an email, or a phone call from Apple. Instead, my first indication that something was “wrong” was a real-life visit from the organization best known for protecting the President of the United States of America.'

Submission + - PDFCreator: malware and alternatives (pdfforge.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Recently some friends reported me that they had malware installed by pdfforge.org PDFCreator. At first I didn't believe them, but even the official forum confirms it. Although the authors of the software say the installation asks for permission, I cannot recommend this kind of software to anyone. Now I'm looking for alternatives. Which free software would you recommend? What do you think of the tactic of using toolbars, spyware and other suspicious extras coupled with open-source software installations?

Submission + - Algorithmic pricing on Amazon 'could spark flash crash' (computerworlduk.com)

DerekduPreez writes: "Sellers on Amazon’s retail site are increasingly using high-speed algorithmic trading tools to automatically set prices, which could lead to a malfunction similar to the 2010 flash crash.

According to the Financial Times, prices on Amazon’s website change as often as every 15 minutes, where sellers are using tools traditionally developed by data miners at banks to ensure that their prices are always below their rivals’.

Third-party software is allowing sellers to detect a competitor’s price and automatically undercut that price by, for example, £1.

However, this could lead to a situation similar to the US flash crash, where algorithmic trading was blamed for stock prices falling to near zero and then bouncing back within 20 minutes."

Submission + - Kindle Fire & Amazon Appstore to Be Released Internationally (mobile-ent.biz)

YokimaSun writes: "Mobile Entertainment have today posted that Amazon are set to release their Android Tablet the Kindle Fire and also their own Amazon Appstore Internationally. Sales in Q4 of last year were an impressive 4Million but fell to 700,000 in the first quarter of this year, with 31,000 apps on the platform it may not rival the what iPad owners have access to but nonetheless impressive. The Appstore should release this summer in readiness for the Kindle Fire to be launched."

Submission + - Google's QuickOffice Could Pressure Microsoft's Office 365 (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Google’s acquisition of QuickOffice, a cloud-based productivity suite already present on many mobile devices, could make things a little trickier for Microsoft’s own cloud plans. QuickOffice products are available for Apple’s iOS, Google Android, and Symbian. Although cloud-based productivity software owns a relatively miniscule portion of the overall market, both Google and Microsoft realize that percentage will only increase in coming years."

Submission + - Dell Outs First Ivy Bridge All-in-One PC, Competition for the iMac (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "The AIO form factor isn't new by any means but it's finally starting to gain momentum. As all-in-one PCs become more popular, companies like Dell have begun paying more attention to ways they can improve on the design. Dell's new XPS One 27, reviewed here, introduces a spacious, vibrant 27-inch display with a Wide Quad HD (WQHD) 2560x1440 resolution in a Samsung PLS panel. It's absolutely gorgeous, more so than some professional monitors actually, and it's carrying an entire system in its belly. This particular configuration shipped with a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3700S quad-core processor clocked at 3.10GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics (Kepler), 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, and a 2TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive flanked by a 32GB mSATA SSD enabling Intel SRT caching. Performance-wise, it's one of the fastest all-in-ones tested to date, courtesy of Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge platform and its SSD cache system."

Submission + - Chrome Browser Usage Artificially Boosted (windowsteamblog.com)

bonch writes: Chrome was recently called the world's no.1 browser, but Microsoft is accusing the source, StatCounter, of using flawed methodology. When a user enters a search in Chrome, the browser preloads an invisible tab not shown to the user, and these were being counted by StatCounter. Net Applications, another usage tracking group, ignores these invisible tabs and reports IE at 54%, Firefox at 20.20%, and Chrome at 18.85%.

Submission + - Best way to save pictures?

An anonymous reader writes: Now that I have more than 10,000 digital photos and videos, what is the best way to back them up? The videos alone take up hundreds of megabytes meaning I would have to burn a lot of DVDs. Portable hard drives have the capacity, but I've had them fail on me. Is flash a possibility? How reliable is it?

Submission + - The Big Lie of the Facebook IPO (thestreet.com) 1

McGruber writes: American financial news and services website thestreet has posted a piece titled The Big Lie of the Facebook IPO (http://www.thestreet.com/story/11543996/1/the-big-lie-of-the-facebook-ipo-opinion.html) by business journalist and futurist Dana Blankenhorn (http://www.thestreet.com/author/1258529/DanaBlankenhorn/all.html).

In the piece, Dana Blankehorn argues that that the only gains to be made on the Facebook stock offering were made by insiders and that the mainstream media helped pump up the insiders' gains.

A few of Mr. Blanenhorn's past articles have been featured on slashdot, including "Open Source Complaint Against IBM Gets Support" (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/06/25/149228/open-source-complaint-against-ibm-gets-support) in June 2010; The War Is Over, and Linux Has Won (http://slashdot.org/story/06/11/10/2336218/the-war-is-over-and-linux-has-won) in November 2006; and "Does It Matter Where Open Source is Based?" (http://slashdot.org/story/06/07/07/2112250/does-it-matter-where-open-source-is-based) in July 2006.


Submission + - Kickstarter Game Project Turns Out To Be A Scam (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "A lot of great games have gotten funded via Kickstarter, but it was inevitable that people with less noble intentions would take advantage of the platform. "Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men" raised over $8,700 before eagle-eyed users began to notice that all of the art in the demo video was cobbled together from other sources."

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