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Windows 8 Release in October 2012

Microsoft is aiming for October to release the commercial version of Windows 8, based on comments attributed to a Microsoft spokeswoman at CES. During a demo of the new operating system, public relations director of the Windows Business Group Janelle Poole said, “Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7,” according to a posting by Pocket-lint. “So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.”

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Five musicians on one guitar – Somebody That I Used to Know – Cover

A Burlington-based band has captured social media lightning in a bottle with their unique video featuring five musicians performing a song on one guitar.

Walk off the Earth does write and perform original material, but it is a cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” originally sung by Gotye featuring Kimbra, that is racking up the hits on YouTube. The video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times since it was posted on Jan. 5.

Thanks Alan for the link.

Feel Trapped at Work? Researchers Create Virtual Sky for Office Workers

Sitting at your desk at work, looking up, all you might notice is a flat, offwhite panel with holes in it. Looking behind you, you may notice a wall, and looking across the room, you may notice that the only window is what seems like miles away, and just so happens to have a shade pulled over it. Feel trapped? Never fear, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering is here. Emulating why cool college teachers have been taking their students to the chemistry green for ages, the German researchers have created a ceiling with fluctuating lighting that acts as a virtual sky, simulating the light patterns and cloud cover that one may see if they can ever get a seat by that window with the shade.

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Why Best Buy is Going out of Business…Gradually

Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors. In 2011, the company’s stock has lost 40% of its value.

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