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In Memoriam: Tech Products We Lost Too Soon
December 29, 2011

The year is nearing its end, and while 2012 is expected to be increasingly cloud-y, voice-controlled and filled with more mobile madness, this seems like an appropriate moment to look back and remember those that have gone to the tech-product graveyard in 2011.

The Flip Camera San Jose, Calif. - The Cisco Flip, a beloved handheld video recorder, was killed on April 12, 2011. Its untimely death was a result of the realignment of Cisco's consumer electronics business. Born in May 2006 as the Pure Digital Point & Shoot,

Microsoft Joins the Anti-Flash Crowd With IE10
September 15, 2011

The first big blow to Flash was Apple's iOS. Now Adobe Systems' browser plug-in faces another major threat to its relevance: Microsoft has banned it and all other plug-ins from the "Metro" version of Internet Explorer 10. Metro is the modern "touch-first" interface that plays a starring role in the radically new look of Windows 8, which Microsoft plans to release in 2012. Microsoft will ship the new OS with two versions of IE10, one for Metro and one a brushed-up version of the current Windows 7 interface. While the legacy version of IE10 will accommodate plug-ins, the Metro

Sony Offers An Advance Glimpse of its Tablets
July 13, 2011

Sony on July 13 provided a sneak peek of the two Android 3.0-based tablet devices it announced in late April in Japan, as they progress toward their market debuts later this year. The Wi-Fi-only tablet, code-named S1, and its Wi-Fi and 3G (and eventually 4G)-capable dual-screen folding tablet cousin, code-named S2, were demonstrated at a press meeting held in Sony’s New York offices.

Why are Electronics Makers Serving Up Half-Baked Gadgets?
April 20, 2011

In their rush to get products into the marketplace, electronics makers are selling gadgets that may have been yanked out of the oven too soon. With the long-awaited debut of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on Tuesday, Research in Motion becomes the latest gizmo chef to serve up a product that many critics say has not been fully baked. The PlayBook lacks several important functions that most tablet computers offer, such as built-in cellular-internet services and applications for e-mail, calendar and contact management. Initially, PlayBook users will need to connect their tablets to a BlackBerry phone in order

Adobe Caves In to Apple -- Fewer Blank Spots on i-Devices?
March 14, 2011

For decades -- dating back to the 1980s -- Apple and Adobe Systems have had a deeply troubled relationship. The most recent phase of their ongoing struggle has been over whether Flash (Adobe's hugely popular proprietary format for adding animation, video, and interactivity to web pages) would run on Apple mobile devices. Apple has always resisted putting Flash on the iPhone, because Flash has performed notoriously poorly on Macintosh computers. But these days internet access is swiftly going mobile, and Apple's iPhone holds the most interactivity- and video-hungry

Tech Firms, Awash in Cash, Ready to Deal
February 1, 2011

With coffers still overflowing with cash, high-tech companies may look to step up deal-making and public offerings this year. Reports from the earnings season so far indicate that cash continues to pile up on balance sheets in the tech sector. Heavyweights like Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., and Intel Corp. have amassed a combined war chest of more than $170 billion as of the end of December, which is expected to fuel more acquisitions and — in some cases — share buybacks and dividends.

Adobe CEO to Apple: 'Let the Games Begin'
November 17, 2010

Adobe's CEO says he's tired of the debate over Apple barring Flash from its products, but that didn't stop Shantanu Narayen from taking a few shots at the iPad maker."

"Anyone who wants to design for a multiplatform world is our customer," Narayen said Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. "Apple would like to keep it closed and proprietary. Well, let the games begin."

6 Tech Giants Settle DOJ Hiring Lawsuit
September 24, 2010

Six major technology companies have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over what regulators say were anti-competitive hiring practices. Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Disney's Pixar had pacts to refrain from using certain recruiting techniques to poach employees from each other, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Adobe 3Q Net Income Soars, Outlook Disappoints
September 21, 2010

Adobe Systems Inc. posted a 69 percent jump in quarterly net income Tuesday but its shares tumbled after the software company said its revenue in the current quarter would be less than what Wall Street expected. Analysts cautioned investors not to read too much about the broader economy into Adobe's numbers, saying the company's niche software for creative professionals doesn't make it a good proxy for the technology sector as a whole.

U.S. Tech Probe Nears End With No Poaching Agreement
September 17, 2010

Several of the U.S.'s largest technology companies are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other's employees.

The companies, which include Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc. and Walt Disney Co. unit Pixar Animation, are in the final stages of negotiations with the government, according to people familiar with the matter.