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  • Microsoft returns to its roots at Build with smart cows

    I was the top launch analyst for Windows 95 and that product effectively launched me and I've worked with that firm for two decades now. Since then I've watched and been troubled by the many unfortunate changes and mistakes Microsoft has made.

  • NEWS FEATURE: Kinect - more than just a toy

    When the Kinect for Xbox 360 was released in late 2010, it created a buzz in the video gaming industry that had not been seen in many years. A webcam-style add-on peripheral for Microsoft’s video game console, the Kinect eliminated the need for a traditional control pad and instead allows the user to interact with video games through body gestures and voice commands. While Kinect was a success, selling an excess of 10 million units as of March, it was still just a video game accessory that was locked to the Xbox 360 platform and its implementation did not go further than video games.

  • Banking services aim to help Gen Y manage money

    PNC Financial Services is targeting 18- to 24-year-olds with its Virtual Wallet, a mobile and online banking service that is designed for people who are setting up their first bank accounts. Since the service launched in August 2008, PNC is averaging 200 new accounts per day, says Michael Ley, vice president at PNC.

  • Blog: Here we go again – searching for sustainable prosperity

    A hundred years ago we saw the introduction of a new process for organizing and performing work (now we're looking for another one). That process employed the most powerful technology of that time - industrial technology - to deliver a significant increase in productivity that made possible the rise of the middle class in what we now call the developed world. That new way of working was called the assembly line. Manufacturing companies in the United States (led by Henry Ford) pioneered the introduction of the assembly line in their factories. Soon companies everywhere were using that new workflow process.