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No Windows 8 demo at CES in January?

Thanks to a single sentence in a New York Times article, a number of blogs are trumpeting the first public demonstration of Windows 8 at CES in January. It was already known that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be on stage to showcase a handful of slates, but would they really be running the first builds of Windows.next already? According to the Times, a source "with knowledge of Microsoft's...

New York Times Chrome Web app hands-on: jaw-droppingly awesome

Truth be told, I've never been sold on the whole Web apps paradigm. They're just websites! Very pretty websites, but ultimately... just websites. But it seems I was missing the point: while they're websites to you and I, publishers and developers see them as something else entirely. They see Web apps as beautiful, standardized, cross-platform tools for dissemination of their content and, of...

New York Times iPad app updated with more sections, free until early 2011

The New York Times iPad app hasn't exactly been selling anyone on the future of newspapers with its extremely selection of content. Well, that's starting to change with the latest edition, which includes more sections of the paper, and even some of the Times blogs. On top of the larger number of stories, the app also includes more videos and photo slideshows. The design has also improved a bit,...

Starbucks' free Wi-Fi will let customers get around paywall sites for free, too

We've all seen dying media companies try to patch up their sinking ships by putting their content behind paywalls. Rupert Murdoch's papers, including the Wall Street Journal, are probably the most famous examples, and even the New York Times is planning to launch paid content soon. While the paywall is probably only hurting media businesses, it might turn into a good thing for Starbucks. The...

iPad launch has publishers scrambling to offer HTML5 video

With the first Apple iPads already shipped and on their way to customers, publishers are in a hurry to dump Flash video and switch to iPad-friendly HTML5 video. Brightcove, which provides video services for a huge number of publishers, including The New York Times and Time, just announced that it's going to be delivering HTML5 vids, starting with the New York Times. This says a lot about the...

Would you pay to read the New York Times online?

For well over a century, readers were willing to pay to have newspapers delivered to their homes. A lot of people still do, but not enough to keep the newspaper industry afloat in the face of declining ad revenue. And few traditional newspapers (the kind with huge staffs of reporters, editors, fact checkers, and so on), have figured out how to make enough money from online advertising to turn a...

The New York Times prepares to lose, I mean charge, its online readers

Haven't we been through this before? The New York Times is apparently getting ready to charge readers for online access. According to sources close to Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. Two main models are being considered. One is the Wall Street Journal's part-free, part-paywalled plan, where users pay for access to a lot of the paper's content. The other, more likely solution is a metered...

Times Skimmer: a different look for the New York Times

It's hard out there for a newspaper. Even if you're the New York Times, survival still depends on finding new ways to get eyeballs on your articles (and your ads). The NYT's latest trick is called Times Skimmer, and it's a convenient, attractive new way to read the paper's major headlines online. Articles are presented in a grid, using the same fonts the NYT uses in its print edition. It looks...

New York Times Article Skimmer

Sometimes a really interesting piece of software slips through the cracks here at Download Squad head office, and we miss covering it when it was first released. Sometimes when that happens, it's worth going back and pointing out what we missed. Though it was released back in February, we have somehow up until now neglected to mention the experimental New York Times Article Skimmer, and for that...

David Pogue's productivity secrets

Venerable New York Times technology columnist David Pogue recently posted a list of his productivity tips and tricks that allow him to be uber productive. The list is good in that he tries to generalize and talk about ways of doing things instead of specific software or hardware. For example, Pogue talks about using macro utilities instead of specifically naming utilities like Quicksilver for the...

New York Times adds Mixx button to the mix

Mixx, a young social news site similar to Digg, just scored a button under "SHARE" next to the articles on the NY Times site. But this is hardly important news, so what's the big deal? The Digg-clone is only about half a year old, and as you can see in the picture on the right, only the the most established of social sites get a mention. Yet del.icio.us, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Fark, and other...

Microsoft VoIP & conferencing server ready to rock

The New York Times' Bits blog reports that tomorrow, Bill Gates will be unveiling Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 in the company's first unpretentious bid to dominate the PBX phone system space. Only one problem with the Times' angle: Office Communications Server is not a PBX system. It certainly supports the use of VoIP phones and software like Office Communicator, allowing you to do...

The New York Times pay for content service bites the dust

As of midnight tonight the New York Times pay to view Select Service is no longer. The Times began the subscription service exactly 2-years ago and charged users $49.95 a year or $7.95 a month for the ability to access specific content online. Overall they managed to get 227,000 paid subscribers which made for a profit of close to $10 million a year. In their announcement the Times said more users...

My Times start page launches on NYTimes.com

Personalized webpages are all business when it comes to the New York Times personalized My Times page. Like other start pages, Netvibes, iGoogle, PageFlakes, MyYahoo and Windows Live, MyTimes allows users to pull in all of their important everyday RSS news and build a single resource. Widgets like weather, Flickr, stock quotes and crosswords can also be added to pages. Sections can be dragged...

When is an emoticon inappropriate?

The New York Times ran a lengthy article on emoticons this weekend. It's a must read for anyone who can decipher this symbol ~(_8^(I), or for anyone who can't but would like to. While the Times gives a brief history of the emoticon, with the first modern usage traced back to 1982, the juicy bits involve the creep of emoticons from casual conversations into the professional arena. For example, if...