You Buy Anything These Days

Whether you’re looking for a new computer, designer clothes, or ephedra diet pills, you can find anything on the internet these days.

Of course, before you can buy things on the internet, you need to be on the internet, right?

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s new tablet might look a little bit like Apple Inc.’s latest blockbuster gadget but it’s not meant to be an iPad killer.

HP, the world’s largest computer maker, started selling the Slate 500 on Thursday. It costs $799 and, like the iPad, has a touch-sensitive screen and no keyboard. But unlike the iPad, the device is aimed squarely at business users.

iPad killer? Probably not. In fact, definitely not. Now go rest before it’s time to exercise.

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Steve Jobs, and Apple, haven’t become successful because of chance. Even if you disagree with Apple policy, they make a good products.

Apple Inc said on Friday it will no longer ship Mac computers with Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash player pre-installed, as the company continues to erect barriers to the software.

Apple’s decision does not ban Flash software from its computers — as it has from the iPhone and iPad. Users will still be able to download and install a Flash player, which is widely-used to view videos on the Web.

Apple has been publicly hostile toward Flash and Steve Jobs has criticized it as a buggy battery hog. Adobe has responded by calling Apple overly restrictive.

It just goes to prove you can be strict and still be very successful. You can click here to become successful too!

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Pass It Around

AOL may buy more online media and even traditional newspapers in its bid to boost the digital content it offers customers, a senior company executive said.

“It is a possibility,” AOL Chief Technology Officer Alexander Gounares said on Wednesday.
The move would be in line with AOL’s strategy to have most of its content, including international content, from internal sources, he added.

It seems like AOL may be on the rise again. Wouldn’t it be nice to become an affiliate, so we could share the wealth too?

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Success On The Track

When you have a successful track record building things, it’s a good thing to move on once an item has already been built, so you build something else. Ev could build a life fitness treadmill and make you want to walk on it.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams stepped down Monday as chief executive, handing over to a Google veteran brought in last year to help the micro-blogging service make money.

Williams, in a post on the company blog, said Twitter’s chief operating officer, Dick Costolo, would take over as CEO of the San Francisco-based startup effective immediately.

Costolo, whose Web content distribution company Feedburner was purchased by Google in 2007, has been at the forefront of efforts to begin monetizing Twitter since he joined the company last year.

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Toasty Warm

I don’t know about you, but this has happened to me. Our old laptops are so hot you could light a cigar off of them sometimes, let alone burn your skin.

Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit.

Doing it a lot can lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.

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Ugh. Not Again.

If Microsoft didn’t have deep pockets none of this would be happening. There would be no Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, and these patent lawsuits would be a trivial matter, but rather than focus on the integrity and durability of it’s own product, Microsoft is once again pulling a few strings, but unlike their common targets, Google won’t need a cash advance to deal with this one.

Microsoft filed patent infringement complaints against Motorola and its Android phones in the International Trade Commission and U.S. federal court Friday, indicating that the software giant may hope to use its strong patent position as one way to set its mobile software apart from the competition.

Microsoft said that Motorola’s Android phones infringe nine patents, including some that would appear to threaten most smartphone platforms. Android is the open source OS built by Microsoft rival Google.

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Better Things To Do

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movie theatre, here comes “The Social Network”. I know social media is a big deal to most people right now, but I don’t see the benefits of watching a ficticious movie based on a tech company that profits off the habitual nature of people.

Time would be more well spent watching bathroom fans spin than to spend a dime encouraging the perpetuation of the addictive social media agenda.

Facebook now counts one of every two Americans as a user, would rank behind only China and India in population if it were a country and has an estimated value of more than $30 billion, larger than that of Starbucks.

What could possibly be next for a website that was created in a Harvard dorm room six years ago? Try a Hollywood film, “The Social Network,” that opens nationally on Friday and is already prompting discussion of Academy Awards.

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The Good Ol’ Days

Do you remember the good old days when you had choice? You could rummage through your drawer to find your sears coupons, and then you could sit back and order anything you wanted from the Sears catalog. Oh yes, those were the days.

Microsoft Corp will formally offer a series of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on October 11, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the launch plans.

AT&T Inc will start offering these phones four weeks after the launch, which is expected to be centered in New York, with additional events in other cities, the report said.

For some reason I don’t think the “Windows Phone 7” is going to bring back that nostalgic feeling of getting what you paid for.

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Pulling The Plug

Wasn’t this once considered an iPhone killer?

Google has pulled the plug on the Nexus One, its once highly anticipated smartphone, following disappointing sales. The last shipment has arrived at Google HQ, and once those are gone there will be no more Nexus One devices for U.S. consumers.

Hmm. iPhones are still being sold. Poor Nexus One. It never had a chance.

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Virus Alert

Siemens is warning customers of a new and highly sophisticated virus that targets the computers used to manage large-scale industrial control systems used by manufacturing and utility companies.

Siemens learned about the issue on July 14, Siemens Industry spokesman Michael Krampe said in an e-mail message Friday. “The company immediately assembled a team of experts to evaluate the situation. Siemens is taking all precautions to alert its customers to the potential risks of this virus,” he said.

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