Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft's new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was [...]

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Are you a Windows 8 user that wants their start button back, along with more improvements to the OS? If you already have tried the Windows 8.1 preview, Microsoft has finally announced that Windows 8.1 will be officially released on October 18th worldwide. It will be a free update for current Windows 8 customers, and [...]

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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade – $14.99

Windows 8

Did you know that if you purchase(d) a Microsoft Windows 7 notebook or desktop between  June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 then you may be eligible for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99? The offer is for customers (e.g. home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is [...]

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Microsoft has its Surface Tablet with Windows RT available for pre-order on their store. In the US, pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB model without a cover going up to $699 for the 64GB model with included Black Touch Cover.  Purchased separately the  Touch Cover in white is $119.99 and the Black Type Cover is $$129.99, [...]

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Microsoft Hardware 8

With Microsoft's release of the  Surface Tablet there's some conjecture as to whether a company best known for their software can develop and market a hardware based product. Perhaps it's appropriate at this time to reflect on the Microsoft's history in hardware development, especially given that it's the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Hardware . Microsoft has [...]

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Microsoft Surface

At a press release today Microsoft  announced the Surface Tablet, Microsoft's foray into the tablet market. The unit is made of lightweight magnesium, has a 10.6"  HD ClearType display with full size USB, 2X2 MIMO Wifi, Display Port, microSDXC, Gorilla Glass screen and a built in kickstand . Much like the Apple Smartcover, screen covers connect via magnets however there's also the [...]

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Using a web-based interface called on{X} allows you to easily control your Android smartphone by programming "when this happens, then do that" rules using a set of Java APIs and pushing those rules down to your Android smartphone. These rules or "recipes" can then be published for other people to use, and they can be [...]

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I saw over on Engadget that the Windows 8 Developer Preview will be available for download tonight, at 8PM PST. There's no activation and it'll be available for 32bit and 64bit x86 processors. Of course, don't go installing this on a computer you rely on - It's a developer preview and bound to have unknown [...]

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Nokia’s Fight Part 2


See this man? His name is Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. He has a problem-- A big problem. As of now, Nokia has lost its dominance in smartphones world wide to Android. Symbian is a throwback OS and it looks like it. Nokia has no presence in the U.S., where the hottest Mobile OS lives. [...]

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When I first saw that Microsoft was putting in a retail store three doors down from one of my local Apple Stores, I was betting it was going to be a ghost town within the first week/month. I was skeptical Microsoft and its partners had anywhere near the draw Apple does. But this monolithic store [...]

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