CNET News Daily Podcast: Taking a spin with Microsoft Sphere

One satellite radio station to rule them all; will Intel be inside Apple's new MacBooks; and unfortunate news for Scrabulous fans.

Microsoft recently pulled an operating system switcharoo--a la the Folgers taste test or the Pepsi Challenge--on a focus group with the hopes of changing public perception of Windows Vista. Now the company has posted some of the videos of people's reactions online . But will the marketing scheme work? And separately, while in Redmond, reporter Ina Fried got an up-close look at an experimental research project, called Sphere . News intern Holly Jackson checks in with Ina on both those stories.

Also in this podcast: after a 17-month antitrust saga, satellite radio companies Sirius and XM are now one ; a new line of MacBooks expected to arrive soon might not include Intel's Montevina chipset ; IBM's trying to reduce the number of "senior moments" people have (demo video embedded below); and Beijing considers emergency measures to improve its polluted air in time for the Olympics.


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Today's stories:

Sirius and XM close merger

Intel outside Apple's pending MacBook launch?

BT guns for Android and Skype with Ribbit buy

IBM mobile software helps 'senior moments' (video below)

Microsoft goes live with Mojave videos

Taking Microsoft's Sphere for a spin

Adobe hopes Lightroom captures photo trends

In Beijing, blue skies prove hard to achieve

'Scrabulous' disappears from Facebook

About the author

Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.

 

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