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Microsoft, Asus deal combines Android patents, Office bundling

Commentary: Is Microsoft making Office software and services part of its patent-licensing negotiation terms? A new deal between Microsoft and Asus points in that direction.

By October 2, 2015


Qualcomm eyes speedier smartphone recharging

The chipmaker's Quick Charge 3.0 technology not only improves battery cell life but allows for rapid charging.

By September 16, 2015


Second verse, same as the first

The names are different, but revisiting a column from 1995 shows how little some things have changed for the companies that dominate the tech industry.

By July 17, 2015


Microsoft not abandoning mobile market, Nadella tells ZDNet

The tech titan's CEO says he sees the company's mobile future in Windows 10, the next-generation operating system that will run across a variety of devices.

By July 14, 2015


Asus sets its sights on a top 10 spot in the smartphone market

Asus chairman Jonney Shih thinks the company will be able to more than triple last year's shipments and break into the phone-making elite.

By June 1, 2015


Microsoft doubles down on Office apps, services for Android tablets

LG and Sony, plus more than a dozen regional device makers sign deals with Microsoft to bundle Office apps and services -- such as Word, OneNote and Skype -- on their Android devices.

By May 26, 2015


'I can't figure out why someone would buy a Tizen phone': Ubuntu boss talks Android alternatives

We spoke to Ubuntu's mobile boss, Cristian Parrino, to find out how the operating system is different from Android, Firefox and Tizen.

By March 3, 2015


Sorting out Windows 10 versions: Desktop, mobile and more

We know Microsoft is developing a number of Windows 10 versions for use on different hardware. How they will each stack up is a work in progress.

By January 27, 2015


AT&T: Standalone smartwatch is key to true mobile freedom

Jeff Bradley, head of AT&T's devices business, talks to CNET at CES 2015 about the huge growth of wearables and what it will take to make them stick.

By January 5, 2015


Windows 10 to offer Mac-like trackpad gestures

The upcoming OS will add new trackpad swiping features, including a three-finger swipe that can minimize or maximize all open windows.

By October 28, 2014