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Technology News Archive - October 26, 2008

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Amazon.com’s Kindle just got a big boost on Friday when the $359 e-book reader received a rousing endorsement by popular media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

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Just one day after Microsoft distributed a rare emergency security patch, hackers have found new ways to exploit the bug.

PC makers say they're introducing a new generation of machines that can start up in 30 seconds or less. "It's ridiculous to ask people to wait a couple of minutes. People want instant-on," said Sergei Krupenin, spokesman for DeviceVM, a company that makes a quick-start program for PC makers.

Microsoft Corp.'s release of its Windows 7 operating system could be vital to the U.S. company's future success, experts say. Michael Cherry, an analyst for Directions on Microsoft, a firm that monitors developments at Microsoft, said increased competition from Apple Inc.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.