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Windows 7: Why risk it?

Windows 7: Why risk it? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: There's a big gulf between liking a product, and liking it enough to pay for it. Though 5% of people said they were willing to upgrade now, and another 10% in a year, a large number of people are playing the waiting game. Here are four reasons why.

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Snake oil at its slickest: A social media spam story

Snake oil at its slickest: A social media spam story Jennifer Leggio: Social media snake oil is becoming so rampant that potential scammers have taken to spamming out emails in the hopes of what? Making money, of course. I couldn't let this go. It wasn't even amusing this time; it was more of a reality check on the state of our industry.

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Google's Chrome OS: A threat to Intel and the rise of ARM chips

Google's Chrome OS: A threat to Intel and the rise of ARM chips Larry Dignan: Google's Chrome OS, which generated an extreme amount of hubbub, is a defensive move as much as it is an offensive one, say analysts. Nevertheless, Google's move will have a wide impact on the industry.

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To the Moon: How we built the technologies

To the Moon: How we built the technologies Jason Perlow: The Apollo 11 mission in July of 1969 culminated in the first manned moon landing. Forty years later, the technologies behind that historic flight live on, are being further refined, and will return us to that lonely world and beyond.

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One-third of mobile phones to use accelerometers by 2010

One-third of mobile phones to use accelerometers by 2010 Jason D. O'Grady: Accelerometers are expected to appear in one-third of mobile phones shipped next year, due to their inclusion in the popular iPhone and Palm Pre handsets, according to a new report.

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Can Office 14 live up to the trailer?

Phil Wainewright: Office 14 will take the spotlight next week, but in the meantime we have some funny trailers from the folks at Microsoft. What follows isn't going to lead to a lot of Office 14 sales, but it's worth the two minutes. Or is it?

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