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10 reasons why the desktop PC will live forever

"Steve Jobs piqued consumer curiosity when he unveiled the iPad and declared "the post-PC era has begun." And now with the imminent release of Windows 8 RT tablets—low-powered slates running a touch-friendly version of Office—it might seem that perhaps the world actually can live without desktop computers.

Dirty IT Job No. 3: Sexy Games Producer

"Dirty IT Job No. 3: Sexy Games Producer. You spend all day staring at pictures of naked women and talking dirty in three languages. Sounds like dream job, right? Not exactly, says Patryk Bukowiecki, a game producer and manager who worked for a maker of "sexy" J2ME mobile games in the late 2000s. There he produced games like Lessons of Passion Blackjack, in which game players engaged in simulated sex talk with scantily clad models.

Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell

"Intel on Thursday showed an experimental low-power processor the size of a postage stamp that could run PCs on solar power. The concept processor, code-named Claremont, can run light workloads on solar power by dropping energy consumption to under 10 milliwatts, said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, during a keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. That is low enough to keep a chip running on a solar cell the size of a stamp."

Google Video Swept Out in Spring Cleaning

"Looks like Google is doing a little spring cleaning and the latest on flop service to be swept under the rug is Google Video. The Mountain View-based search behemoth announced via e-mail on Friday that it will be switching off its much forgotten video service on April 29. Users have until May 13 to download their videos before they are removed permanently.

Mozilla Aims to Speed Up Slow Firefox Add-Ons

"Firefox add-ons are a great way to add features and improve security in Mozilla's browser, but they can seriously slow performance too. Now Mozilla is taking action against those speed-killing extensions. In an April 1 blog post, Mozilla product manager Justin Scott outlines a series of initiatives designed to minimize delays caused by add-ons. "Firefox performance is extremely important to our users, especially how quickly it starts up and loads websites.

Man Stole Nude Photos From Women's E-mail Accounts

"Once in, he would change the account password -- locking out his victim -- and search for any racy photographs. If he found any, he posted them to the victim's Facebook profile. Of the 3,200 accounts he broke into, Bronk found nude or semi-nude photos in 172 of them, prosecutors said. In one case he persuaded a victim to send him even more explicit photographs by threatening to post the ones he'd stolen if she didn't. Bronk faces six years in prison on felony hacking, child pornography and identity theft charges.

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