Electronic waste in Europe is growing sofast that it will double between 1998 and 2010, according to European Union documents. And in 1998 it already measured in the region of six million metric tons. The pace of its accumulation worries public officials because e-waste contains lead and other chemicals that can, to quote electronics recycling entrepreneur Simon Greer, literally "send you bonkers" if they leak into water supplies. As consumers and businesses dump their old computers, regulators are scrambling to steer machines and their parts out of landfills. While this spreading scrap threatens towns around the world, the European Union is preparing a broad response. Or trying to. It will soon issue a Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive, requiring manufacturers to take machines back for free and to recycle 65 percent of their average weight. The European Parliament passed the directive--abbreviated as WEEE and pronounced like the scream of a child riding a roller … [Read more...] about Europe Cracks Down On E-Waste
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Microsoft has closed down Pioneer Studios roughly three years after its launch, CNET reports. It was the creation of company executive J Allard, who announced his retirement just about a year ago along with Robbie Bach. Pioneer was established to develop outside the box ideas, though its failure to produce anything marketable coupled with Allard’s 2010 departure almost certainly fueled the decision to pull the plug.The confirmation came from a Microsoft spokesperson, who said that the division’s offices have been emptied and that employees have either moved to other departments or left the company all together. In addition to contributing to the development of Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360 and Zune, Pioneer also worked on two notable, now-dead Microsoft projects, the dual screen Courier tablet and the discontinued Kin phones. Interestingly, the Courier cancellation came just a few weeks before Allard left the company and the Kin was taken out of production a little more than a … [Read more...] about Microsoft shuts down Pioneer Studios
Microsoft has been trying to crack open the enormous opportunity in the cellular industry for a decade. CEO Steve Ballmer always says the company's software is terrific, but it has never seemed to move the needle. Could that be about to change? Microsoft is about to release its newest version, Windows Phone 7, and we are about to see.This will be the one, according to Ballmer. Of course, he is one of the most optimistic people in the world -- so as nice a guy as he may be, I think it is important to dig a little deeper.The mobile space is one of the most important opportunities for Microsoft to do well as it evolves. The company has led the computer operating system space forever, but the opportunities for growth and success are much different in 2010 than just a few short years ago. And going forward, they will continue to change.As this evolution occurs, Microsoft will have to embrace and lead in at least one of the new segments in order to continue to grow. The mobile space is … [Read more...] about OPINION Windows Phone 7: Will Microsoft Hit It Out of the Park This Time?
Microsoft has asked China to crack down on pirated Office software used by four major state-run companies, according to Bloomberg.Speaking to a government panel last month, Microsoft named China National Petroleum Corp., China Post Group, China Railway Construction Corp. and Travelsky Technology as serial users of pirated software. Microsoft alleged that 40 percent of Office and Windows server client software used by China National Petroleum -- which according to Bloomberg is the parent of China's most valuable company -- is unlicensed, while 84 percent of China Railway Construction's Office software is unlicensed.A spokesman for China National Petroleum said the company hadn't heard about Microsoft's complaints, which means he was either bluffing or China hadn't taken Microsoft's allegations all that seriously.If these companies do indeed use pirated software, they wouldn't be alone. In May, the Business Software Alliance published a report alleging that China has a US$9 billion … [Read more...] about TECH TREK Microsoft Piracy Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears in China
Since the RIAA and record companies began their campaign of suing college students, grandmothers, children, single moms and anyone else who might have shared a song over peer-to-peer networks, most people on the receiving end of the lawsuits have meekly agreed to pay settlements amounting to far less than the RIAA warned they could be sued for.A handful have fought back, though. One was single mother Jammie Thomas, who lost and is now looking at a lifetime of bankruptcy as punishment for stealing 24 pop songs. Another, Tanya Andersen, was more fortunate -- the case against her was dismissed.However, now, Andersen is countersuing, and she wants to make it a class action. She claims that in her case -- and in the cases of thousands of people who paid to settle -- the RIAA and its member companies illegally looked at the hard drives of people they intended to sue.In other words, they spied on them. In many cases, they falsely claimed they had proof the defendants had infringed copyrights, … [Read more...] about PODCAST File-Sharers Fight Back, Apple Mulls Subscriptions, China Cracks Down