week in review Making the biggest splash at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week was Microsoft, which took the wraps off the next iteration of its operating system.
Microsoft is trying to sew up the seams that separate mobile phones, laptops, desktops, and tablets and offer consumers a "consistent" experience, regardless of what type of device they are using, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky said as he. The company is doing so by focusing simultaneously on the operating system, apps, and hardware.
As a result, using Windows 8 should be a "super fun experience," Sinofsky said. Windows 8 has undergone more than 100,000 code changes since the Developer Preview was released and will feel much more "refined," Sinofsky said. He called Windows 8 a "generational change" in its design, function, and implementation.
Apple invites members of the media to an event in San Francisco next week, where the company is expected to unveil the next version of the iPad.
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The new timeline feature is now available for Pages as well as personal profiles, allowing users to visually check out the history of a business or brand.
New initiatives, including a standalone gameplay site, give the social gaming company some independence from Facebook. But it's not cutting the cord just yet.
Carrier considers system that would allow app publishers to pay for the subscribers' use of apps, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The carrier confirms that it's aiming to unveil a family data plan around the middle of the year as more people strive to connect more devices.
A German court has ruled that Motorola Mobility violates a patent Apple holds related to the way in which photo galleries are displayed in mobile operating systems.
A member of Anonymous tells CNET why the activist effort targets government and corporate Web sites, even in the face of arrest, and why it has your best interests at heart.
The MegaUpload founder says his attorneys told him his service was legal. In seven years, he never got so much as a cease-and-desist letter from any major copyright owner.
The Far East government is known for strict censorship when it comes to social networking, but this week its citizens caught onto a glitch in the system and glimpsed an uncensored world.
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