Are you blue over Microsoft Windows 8.1?
It seems a lot of Windows customers are very blue over the latest "tiled" version of Windows, and are eagerly awaiting today's tune-up, entitled, strangely, "Blue."
I gave the latest Windows a whirl last summer and left it loaded for about a day before re-imaging my machine to Ubuntu Linux. Tiles are for the living room.
Especially if you're going to be remodeling your e-commerce storefront.
Because in unrelated news, the US Senate on Monday passed a bill that would authorize states to require online e-retailers to collect sales taxes.
Though this is a move the National Retail Federation supports, according to a story from The Wall Street Journal, it's not clear the Republican-dominated US House of Representatives will go along to get along.
Critics suggest the legislation will generate an undue burden on smaller retail businesses operating in the online realm, while proponents suggest those compliance concerns could be easily remedied with software.
For those congressfolk who need to resort to online solutions in the Skype vein in order to discuss the pending legislation F2F, there's a new kid in town.
Viber, which launched as a free voice calling app for the iPhone back in 2010, has evolved since that time to become a "head-to-head" Skype challenger in the form of its "Viber Desktop," or so says NextWeb.
Though the video feature's still in beta, it is available for both Windows and Mac OS X, along with a range of mobile platforms.
The key selling point seems to be the ability to quickly transfer an existing call between your mobile and your desktop, and to call from mobile to desktop, and vice versa.
Somebody out there apparently likes it, as their self-reported user base has hit 200 million users from 193 countries, and Viber's multilingual support is up to 27 languages.