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April 9th, 2014

 

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The new Windows 8.1 update for PC has arrived. Those with Windows phones can expect the update sometime between the end of April and early May. Included in the Windows phone update is Cortana—Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, akin to Apple’s Siri. Unlike Siri and Google Now, Cortana can put information from search results into other Apps. The Windows 8 update is also attempting to bridge the gap between desktop and laptop computers with tablets. Microsoft has had a decline in sales since many consumers don’t find Microsoft 8 to be mouse friendly. Windows XP, now considered to be end-of-the-line software, will reportedly be dead within the week.

 

 

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The past can catch up to you. Brandon Eich, former CEO of Mozilla, has stepped down less than a month after being promoted from CTO. In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign for Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriages in California, but was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2013. Eich’s initial appointment of CEO brought in protestors from the gay community, Firefox users and even Mozilla employees asking for his resignation. Eich was the chief architect in building and cofounding Mozilla, as well as the creator of JavaScript.