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Different companies have different corporate cultures, different visions, different goals, and make money in different ways. The mix of the just-mentioned elements often determine what a customer — in other words, me and you — mean to a company. Curious what six tech giants — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and RIM — think of you?…Read More »
A photographer by the name of Colleen Pinski wanted to capture awesome photographs of the solar eclipse that occurred on May 20 earlier this year. So she hopped in her car and traveled from Colorado, Denver, to Albuquerque, New Mexico (roughly 370 miles).…Read More »
Over the past few years the Pirate Bay has been in the news thanks to attempts by law enforcement authorities to bring it down. Most recently, a founder of the Pirate Bay — Gottfrid Svartholm Warg — was extradited from Columbia to Sweden to serve a one year sentence in relationship to breaking copyright law.…Read More »
We have seen tornado. We have seen lightning. We have seen fire (sort of). But we haven’t yet seen tornado, lightning, and fire all in the same place at the same time. That will change… now.
The following photograph, which includes a combination of a tornado, lightning, and fire, is of Puyehue Chile on June 5, 2011.…Read More »
Had enough Windows 8 hate to go around? Too bad, ’cause here comes more.
Self-professed geek Chris Pirillo, best known for founding the website Lockergnome, took to the streets to see how “normal people” react to Windows 8. What did he find?…Read More »
With the combination of magnesium casing and Gorilla Glass 2, no one can deny Microsoft Surface tablets have an excellent physical build… despite the questionable price tag(s). Steven Sinofsky, the President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, tweeted “couldn’t resist taking it out for a spin” with an accompanying photo of Sinofsky riding a Microsoft Surface tablet (it isn’t clear if it is the Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro version — likely Windows RT) like a freaking skateboard:
So that half-a-grand tablet can double as a skateboard.…Read More »
Any semi-techie that has being following the development of Window 8 and Windows 8 tablets knows that Windows RT tablets are akin to Android tablets and the iPad — Windows RT is essentially a mobile version of Windows 8. However, the general public is not full of techies and people knowledgeable about tech.…Read More »
Microsoft Surface tablet (32 GB, Windows RT version) is sold out within 24 hours — a sign of success despite the ridiculous price?
Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the pricing on the Windows RT Surface tablet, and opened preorders for the Oct 26 release. Less than 24 hours later, the 32 GB standalone version is backlogged, going from an estimated 10/26 shipment date to “within 3 weeks”… which more or less means it has sold out.…Read More »
Poor BlackBerry. It used to be loved by the world, so much so that it was dubbed “crackberry” for those people who wouldn’t live without it. Now look at it. It is the butt of jokes, is hated by Wall Street, and ditched by most everyone except diehard fans.…Read More »
Okay, today I have something to share with you that is mind boggling and interesting at the same time. The following are photographs of the Rain Room, an exhibit put together by Random International at the Curve gallery in the Barbican in London.…Read More »
Not liking Windows 8? You aren’t the only one. And it seems individual consumers aren’t the only ones unhappy with Windows 8. According to the Wall Street Journal, a survey by Forrester Research shows that only 33% of businesses plan on upgrading to Windows 8, either soon or in the more distant future.…Read More »
It is official: Microsoft Surface tablets start at $499, Windows RT version will be available Oct 26
After much speculation, the cat is out of the bag. Microsoft has officially announced the pricing on one of the Surface tablets… and it isn’t very pretty.
According to Microsoft, the WiFi-only Windows RT Surface tablet with 32GB will start at $499.…Read More »
If Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer had personalities and could talk, what would they say? If they were to happen to get together have a little chat, how would it go? “I’m the best”? “I am faster”? Nah, that is way too boring and predictable.…Read More »
Ever see in the movies those cameras that secretly shoot a bullet? You know, the ones often used to assassinate people. Yeah, well, today I have something similar to show you today albeit it is a bit less devious.
The following is a photograph of a camera gun, as imagine by Australian artist Adam Wheatley.…Read More »
Since Windows 7, Windows has been shipping with a fairly good built-in desktop search feature. However, for one reason or another, many people don’t like Windows Search. So some turn to third-party desktop search programs. dotTech has taken a look at the wide selection of free desktop search programs available on the market and reviewed the best free ones for you here.…Read More »
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While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans – is devastating.
Do people still use Yahoo? Apparently, seeing as Yahoo.com is still one of the top five destinations on the web. However, Yahoo is quickly losing its readers to the competition and new CEO Marissa Mayor wants to change that. One way Mayor feels will retain readers is a modern modern Yahoo.com design.…Read More »
You know those iPhone 5 issues, such as fail iOS Maps, purple halo ring, and damaged goodies? Yeah, well, Saturday Night Live (a comedy show) ain’t gonna pass up the golden opportunity. The above video is a of a SNL spoof that pokes fun at iPhone 5 critics.…Read More »
There is enough Windows 8 hate to go around. Apparently Asian manufacturers are in the same boat. Topeka Capital analyst Brian White recently traveled Asia meeting with various Asian manufacturers, at different nodes in the supply chain. White felt “the sentiment around Windows 8 was overwhelmingly negative” and most manufacturers do not expect Windows 8 to solve manufacturing woes.…Read More »
Thanks to eBay and Amazon, many people have started sell stuff online as their day jobs and earn a steady income to support their families. Then there are people who just offload all their crap onto eBay in the hopes that some idiot across the country — or world — will pick it up.…Read More »
Every man dreams of having his very own Batcave. Carlyle Livingston II and Wayne Hussey took a different approach to the Batcave dream and decided to build their very own Batcave replica — with LEGO blocks. And build it they did, with 20,000 blocks with a total weight of over 100 lbs.…Read More »
We have shared photos of 3D art with you all in the past before, such as the batman symbol and the alligator pit. Today we are going to share more 3D art with you; this time around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are featured on the streets of London’s Southbank.…Read More »
A few days ago I asked a simply but loaded question — should dotTech start its very own “Best Free Windows Software” section? While there were (are) some naysayers, the overall answer was a resounding “YES”. So I’ve decided to take the dive; however, I need your help in making this successful.…Read More »
Man skydives from the edge of space (24 miles above Earth), breaks the sound barrier, and lives to tell about it
What did you do this weekend? Whatever it is, I bet it isn’t as amazing as what Felix Baumgartner did — jump from the edge of space.
Baumgartner, a 44 Austrian skydiver, took an air balloon up 128,100 feet (24 miles, 39km) above New Mexico, United States and jumped.…Read More »
Despite dominating office suites on desktops, Microsoft has yet to move into the realm of office on mobile devices. This may be changing, and this may be changing as soon as this upcoming March.
According to Petr Bobek, product manager at Microsoft’s Czech Republic subsidiary, let it slip at a press event that official Microsoft Office apps will come to iOS and Android in March 2013.…Read More »
Remember that Swiss clock design Apple stole for use in iOS, specifically the iPad? Yeah, well, looks like the tech giant has finally put its money where its mouth is and coughed up greenbacks for rights to use Swiss Federal Railway’s trademarked clock design.…Read More »
I remember once I had a brain fart and tried to CTRL + F to search for something on a piece of paper. (Have I already told everyone this story? I’m getting old…) Have you ever tried to use computer commands in real life (aka life outside your computer)?…Read More »
King of the jungle, they are called. Scary, they are. Big teeth, they have. Fast, they can be. But does that deter an angry elephant from chasing after a pair of lions? Heck no! In fact, the elephant in the following photograph may be proving a point — my husks are bigger than yours, jerks.…Read More »
[Windows] Best free password manager program — LastPass vs Dashlane vs KeePass vs Roboform vs Sticky Password
Experts always recommend using different passwords for different logins. Any normal person cannot possibly follow that advice and memorize all their usernames and passwords. That is where password managers come in. Password managers securely store your usernames and passwords so you don’t have to remember them — you just need to remember the one master password that opens the door to all your passwords.…Read More »
Do you know a technically challenged person who is always asking for your help with computer issues? A parent, grandparent, neighbor, or co-worker, maybe. If your answer to the question is an astounding “yes”, then you should print the following flowchart to help teach them how to find solutions to their issues without bothering you.…Read More »
WARNING: The photo I have to share with you today may make your heart melt… if you have a heart.
The following photograph is of a litter of three three-weeks old cubs (they look like cheetah cubs, but I’m not 100% sure about that).…Read More »
Due to their frequent giveaways last year, most of us probably have heard of — if not used — Zemana AntiLogger, a security solution that costs $29.95 per year. However, I’m sure most dotTechies have not yet heard of Zemana AntiLogger Free, the freeware version of Zemana AntiLogger.…Read More »
Reports are emerging of an extension by the name of “Settings Protector” is installing itself in Google Chrome for some users. It isn’t entirely clear where this extension comes from, how it is being installed, what it does, or if it is Windows-only or affects other platforms too.…Read More »
Like any other computing platform, Android is susceptible to malware. The issue with Android, however, is while malware on other platforms (namely iOS) comes from third-party sources, there have been instances of malware making it into Android’s official Play Store. Earlier this year Google moved to mitigate the malware threat in Play Store by introducing Bouncer, a cloud malware scanner that scans all apps prior to allowing them to be available in Google Play Store.…Read More »