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Comic-Con 2012

CNET heads to San Diego for Comic-Con, America's pre-eminent entertainment geekfest.


Buzz Out Loud 712: Windows XP--a 'pre-downgrade' upgrade

Dell, HP, and Lenovo will offer Windows XP as a "pre-downgrade," as a convoluted way to get you out of having to buy Windows Vista. Hear that, Microsoft? The bell tolls for you.

By April 28, 2008


Windows 7 will allow downgrades too

Software maker will let users of certain editions go back to Windows Vista or even Windows XP if they wish. The company says it's expanding Vista downgrade rights program a bit too.

By April 6, 2009


Google Fiber copycat to deliver 1Gbps broadband in Mississippi

Regional wireless provider C Spire is using the Google Fiber playbook to deliver ultra high-speed broadband in Mississippi. The move could signal a trend in which other companies use the Google business model to bring fiber to other regions of the US.

By March 19, 2014


PC makers find ways to extend XP's life

There will be big-name XP computers sold after June 30. Technically, they won't actually be XP machines. They'll be "pre-downgraded" Vista machines.

By April 26, 2008


Windows 7 may have limited XP downgrade rights

Microsoft plans to only allow those who buy Windows 7 machines during its first eighteen months on the market to go back to XP. Will that be a headache for businesses?

By June 16, 2009


Windows XP era draws to a close

Love Vista or hate it, it will soon be the only Windows game in town for most computer buyers. News.com's Ina Fried takes a look at the dwindling options for those who want to buy XP.

By June 16, 2008


Hands-on with the Asus N10

We've previously mentioned the upcoming Asus N10, the more-expensive cousin to the low-priced Eee PC line.

By September 18, 2008


AT&T breaks sales records with iPhone 3GS launch

Carrier sells more phones the first day the iPhone 3GS went on sale than it ever has, even on the two previous iPhone launch days, according to an internal memo.

By July 2, 2009


Google Chrome OS

Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.

October 18, 2012

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Windows 7 testers have long path to upgrade

Moving from the test to final version of the operating system is not as easy as just forking over the money. In some cases, two installations are required.

By July 6, 2009