• The Start Menu will reportedly return to Windows this fall

    At BUILD 2014, Microsoft surprised many by showing off a Start menu that will be making its way back into Windows. After Windows 8 debuted without the iconic feature, there was a great deal of negative feedback, and along with numerous other contentious issues surrounding the OS, it eventually lead to the departure of Steven Sinofsky.
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  • The impact of Apple's decision to launch its own home grown maps app for iOS 6 way too early continues to be felt at the company. Apple's head of the iOS division, Scott Forstall, will leave the company in 2013, but some people believe he was fired over not being able to apologize for the iOS 6 Maps release debacle.
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  • It shouldn't come as any surprise, but it's depressing nonetheless. With HP's webOS devices division having no new products to work on, the writing was on the wall. According to AllThingsD, HP will be cutting 500 jobs at the webOS department, now that the TouchPad, Pre 3 and the handful of webOS devices that did make it to market will be their last. HP has stated their intentions to continue supporting existing webOS customers, but that won't require an entire development staff around the platform. Tough news, indeed.
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  • All the attention is on Microsoft right now as the tech world tunes in to see what Windows 8 and its funky Metro UI is all about. Maybe that's not sitting right with Apple, who'd prefer to hog the limelight for itself. If that's the case, it would make perfect sense to refresh its MacBook Pro line this month, as is rumored to be the case.
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  • One thing you can't really say about Intel's Atom processors is that they're expensive. If they were, netbooks would cost a lot more than they do, people would stop buying them, and the market would cease to exist, as least as we know it.
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  • SIM cards are pretty small. The Micro-SIM within the iPhone 4 and iPad is even smaller. But is there a need to go even smaller? One could argue that you could never actually have an electronic component that's small enough; the world of tech is constantly evolving, and having smaller SIM cards would allow for smaller phones in the future. A Reuters report suggests that Apple has already "proposed" a standard SIM card size that's smaller than the ones already in use, and that's according to an Orange executive. Orange is a cellular provider in France, so the rumor definitely has some legs.
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  • If the only thing preventing you from picking up a MacBook Air is the Core 2 Duo foundation, hang tight, things are about to get better (and significantly faster). According to reports, Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface. New models will be ready to launch in June or July.
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  • On online store to sell Android apps is reportedly being prepared by Amazon.com to compete with Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market. Amazon reportedly will take the same 30 percent cut for apps as Apple and Google, but its agreement prohibits selling an app for less elsewhere. More stores could hurt Google's control of Android.
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