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Noam Chomsky disputes email history

Disputing a great deal of counter-evidence, famed cognitive psychologist and linguist Noam Chomsky insists that email was invented in 1978 by a precocious 14-year-old.

Hortonworks' Hadoop distro debuts

For the first production release of what will be its flagship Apache Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks has focused on providing a set of tools to help deploy, manage and extend the data analysis platform.

ActiveBatch heads to the clouds

Advanced Systems Concepts has updated its ActiveBatch job scheduling software to include the ability to schedule and automate tasks in the cloud.

Microsoft to run Linux on Azure

After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service.

Cloudera moves Hadoop beyond MapReduce

With the latest update to its Apache Hadoop distribution, Cloudera has provided the possibility of using data processing algorithms beyond the customary MapReduce, the company announced Tuesday.

HP touts unified Cloud services

Hewlett-Packard kicked off its annual HP Discover user conference, being held in Las Vegas this week, with a number of new Cloud computing offerings, emphasizing a single architecture that can be used across both in-house and public Clouds.

HP's Autonomy connects to Hadoop

Hewlett-Packard's Autonomy subsidiary will release an add-on component to link the company's IDOL flagship search software to the Apache Hadoop data processing platform, it announced Monday as part of its HP Discover user conference this week in Las ...

IBM updates Rational tools for cloud, mobile

With a focus on both cloud and mobile, IBM has updated its Rational line of software development management products and services, the company announced Monday during the kick off its annual Innovate software conference, being held this week in Orlan...

Microsoft previews new versions of Visual Studio and .Net

Closely following its preview release of Windows 8, Microsoft has also posted a release candidate of its next version of the Visual Studio IDE (integrated development environment), as well as release candidates of the .Net framework and the Visual St...

Fedora Linux capitulates to Microsoft boot certificate

In order to get its Linux distribution to run on the next generation of secured desktop computing hardware, the Fedora Project will obtain a digital signature from Microsoft, a developer from the project announced Wednesday.

HP appoints new head of software

Following through on promises to shuffle the ranks of upper management, Hewlett-Packard has hired George Kadifa to head up the company's software division and promoted Bill Veghte, who formerly led the division, to the role of chief operating officer...

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Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.


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