A tempest brewing over tablets
week in review Apple, Microsoft, Google, and even Best Buy ready products to storm consumers, while Softbank snaps up Sprint. Also: Windows 8 anxiety.
Microsoft and Apple are at it again -- this time over tablets.
Four months after the company unveiled its Surface tablet, Microsoft has finally announced a price and date for the RT version of the device. After an apparent accidental self-out, Microsoft with an actual release date set on October 26 this year. On the same date, Microsoft's brick-and-mortar stores also will begin selling the device; however, preorders are only available online. $499 nets you the 32GB version only, while $599 gets you the 32GB version with a Touch Cover keyboard.
Meanwhile, Apple just sent out invitations to a special event that it's holding on Tuesday, iPad came out, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smaller version. But expectations that the company would double down on its iPad line have increased, especially after competitors like Amazon and Google began to put out smaller tablets that were a third of the price and brought in critical acclaim.
The company's slate will come with a single-core processor, but won't be developed with help from Asus, according to Digitimes.
Under a deal expected to close in mid-2013, the Japanese technology company will buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint and invest $8 billion in the U.S. carrier.
Intel says PC makers are being cautious about building Windows 8 machines, which means this holiday season may not be so merry for Microsoft.
A new malware variant related to the state-sponsored Flame and Gauss cyber-espionage tools can work on its own or team up with its brethren to conduct targeted surveillance.
The company says that it investigated reports of underage interns at one of its facilities, and found that some were as young as 14 years of age.
As part of an effort to build appreciation for how it actually runs online services like search, Google is showing off its massive computing resources.
The venture, a partnership between Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, said as many as 20 compatible handsets would be in the market by the end of the year.
The gaming company is going after its former general manager of CityVille, saying that he stole "sensitive and commercially valuable data" and left a "forensic trail of his wrongful conduct."
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