I grew up watching Star Trek. The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine – everything with absolutely fantastic futuristic touchscreens, Padds, and other technology that seemed so far beyond the realm of what we could make that I had no doubt I was watching something set hundreds of years in [...]Read More »
Google Chrome does something unique with Flash. Instead of relying on Flash as a third-party plugin, Chrome has a built-in version of Flash. Google is the one that manages updates for this built-in version of Flash as opposed to Adobe. While it may sound like this would result in a [...]Read More »
Back in July it was revealed that Microsoft is being investigated by European Regulators for failing to provide users with the now-famous ‘browser choice’ screen in Windows 8. Apparently Microsoft doesn’t want to go toe-to-toe with the EU because news is coming in that they have caved into European demands.[...]Read More »
Not sure you will like Windows 8? Yeah, many people are in the same boat. If you are on the fence about purchasing a Windows 8 PC (after Windows 8 comes out), there is some good news that may sway you over to making the purchase. Anyone that purchases a [...]Read More »
During their “ongoing tests to measure our relevancy, assess customer feedback and satisfaction, and examine our product in many different ways”, Microsoft discovered that “Bing was beating Google in our search relevancy tests” (surprise, surprise). Microsoft says they followed the trends for a few months then hired an independent third [...]Read More »
Microsoft has taken a step in taking a bit of the big market share in search engines away from Google. Thanks to their deal with Amazon, Bing is now the default search engine attached to the Amazon Silk browser, the default browser that comes with all Kindle Fire and Kindle [...]Read More »
Nokia announces Lumia 820, a budget Windows Phone 8 device with 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch display, and 8GB storage
Similar to how last year Nokia revealed a flagship and a budget Windows Phone 7 device, today Nokia too has revealed a flagship and a budget Windows Phone 8 device. The flagship device, Lumia 920, we have already covered. Let’s take a look at Nokia’s budget offering, the Lumia 820.[...]Read More »
Nokia unveils flagship Windows Phone 8 device, Lumia 920: 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 4.5 inch display, 32GB storage, and wireless charging
Windows Phone, while in better shape than before Nokia joined the fray last year, is not even close to the dominance of Android and iOS. Microsoft, and Nokia, are hoping to change that with Windows Phone 8, the latest iteration of the Windows Phone platform. You, of course, need a [...]Read More »
Like the classics? Miss Pong? Want Atari back? Atari Arcade may fulfill your cravings.
Atari Arcade is a new, free online joint-venture by Microsoft and Atari that brings classic Atari games to your web browser — any web browser, on any operating system. Hit up Atari Arcade and you can [...]Read More »
Gaming is huge on traditional PCs and has become huge on mobile devices. Seeing as Windows 8 is the hybrid operating system that plays in both worlds, one can only expect gaming to be huge on Windows 8. (Or at least we hope.) Microsoft clearly feels the same way because [...]Read More »
SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage offering, offers a decent amount of free storage space (used to be 25GB but is 7GB for new users now) but has been lacking in one thing: cross-platform mobile support. SkyDrive, of course, is on Windows Phone and — due to their popularity — hit iPhone [...]Read More »
Research in Motion insists on keeping BlackBerry OS on BlackBerry devices. This is understandable seeing as that is how they have always operated and they see Apple dominating with a similar model. However, ever wonder what a BlackBerry would look like if RIM decided to jump ship to Android or [...]Read More »
Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now.
The above quote is from Bill Cox, the Senior Director of Marketing Communications for the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft, and it just about amplifies what Android manufacturers should be feeling right now.
Despite Microsoft’s gutsy attempt at offering a differentiated iPhone and [...]Read More »
How long ago since Microsoft has changed its corporate logo? According to Jeff Hansen, General Manager of Brand Strategy at Microsoft, it has been a whopping 25 years. Now, among its re-branding attempts with Windows 8, Outlook.com, Skydrive, Office 2013, and more, Microsoft has officially unveiled a new corporate logo.[...]Read More »
Windows vulnerability allows hackers to remotely extract password hints (the reminders you use for Windows account passwords)
Do you have a password set to protect your Windows account? If you do, then more likely than not you setup a reminder hint to help you remember the password in case you ever forget. Microsoft claims this password hint is only accessible to someone physically accessing a Windows PC, [...]Read More »
Windows 8 Pro full retail version (not upgrade) will cost $69.99 until January 31, then $199 [rumor]
Looking to buy Windows 8? We already know that Windows XP and higher users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. We also know people who purchase Windows 7 PCs after July 2 can grab a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99. If you don’t fall into one of [...]Read More »
Are you holding back on purchasing a new Windows 7 machine because you want to wait until Windows 8 hits stores? If you have US$14.99 to spare, you don’t have to wait. Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 to those people who have purchased or [...]Read More »
Giants from gaming industry have already expressed their dislike of Windows 8 (and Windows 8 Store). Add Raluca Budiu, User Experience Specialist at Nielsen Norman Group, to the list of naysayers. In an interview with Laptop Magazine, Budiu, who has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Melon University [...]Read More »
Despite rumors that Microsoft will sell its Windows RT Surface for US$199 and price the other Windows 8 Pro Surface around the same as current ultrabooks, pricing on the much-anticipated Windows 8-powered tablets have eluded us for the most part. Enter David Schmoock, Senior Vice President of Lenovo North America.[...]Read More »
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 in June and previewed many of the enhancements added to new mobile OS. Nokia, being the premier Windows Phone maker, is set to co-host a press conference on Sept. 5 in New York where Windows Phone 8 and the next generation Nokia Lumia handset will [...]Read More »
As reported earlier, Microsoft is facing a challenge by European retailer Metro AG over Microsoft’s use of the name ‘Metro’ in Windows 8 branding. As such, Microsoft is looking to eliminate the use of the name ‘Metro’. At first it appeared as if Microsoft would limit the eradication of ‘Metro’ [...]Read More »
Dying for a taste of Windows 8? Windows 8 Previews not cutting it for you? Well wait no longer… if you have access to MSDN and/or TechNet.
Microsoft has released Windows 8 RTM (Release-To-Manufacturing) to MSDN and TechNet subscribers; this is the version of [...]Read More »
Windows is the bane and backbone of modern day computing society. For better (Linux) or for worse (Mac), the world would be a completely different place if Windows was never born. Initially outed as Windows 1, Windows of the old age is nothing like Windows now. Indeed, I’m sure the [...]Read More »
SkyDrive is redesigned, looks more like Windows 8 and Outlook.com than Hotmail now; Android app coming soon
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that offers ample 7GB of free online storage. Until now SkyDrive has had a Hotmail look to it, using the soon-to-be-depreciated Hotmail interface and design. That has now changed with Microsoft releasing a new and improved SkyDrive.
The new SkyDrive is part of Microsoft’s [...]Read More »
We know Windows 8, Windows RT, and Microsoft Surface tablets will be released on October 26. What has been eluding us is pricing for the Surface tabs, and pricing is critical to the success of these tabs. With the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire dominating the sub-$200 market and the [...]Read More »
Microsoft’s Windows RT is a lean version of Windows 8 designed to run on ARM based processors and which will not be sold as a standalone item (i.e. you can’t buy Windows RT in a retail store or online — you need to purchase a tablet to get it). Earlier [...]Read More »
Since it hit the airwaves, Microsoft has been touting its new ‘Metro UI’ for Windows 8. Microsoft still intends to keep this new user interface… but with a different name.
Last week an internal Microsoft memo was leaked which said “discussions with an important European partner” forced Microsoft to “discontinue [...]Read More »
‘Do Not Track’ is a semi-new concept in the digital world that tells advertisers to not track user Internet activity for the purposes of serving targeted advertising. What happens is, when enabled, a header is sent to along with every web request you make containing either a 1 for ‘I [...]Read More »
Outlook.com is a new free web e-mail service by Microsoft intended to replace Hotmail. Using Outlook.com can be done by creating a new Outlook.com account or upgrading your existing Hotmail account to Outlook.com. If you have used Outlook.com and decided you want to go back to Hotmail, that can be [...]Read More »
Microsoft recently introduced Outlook.com, the impending successor to Hotmail. If you don’t have an existing Hotmail account, you can get started with Outlook.com by easily creating a new account. However, if you do have an existing Hotmail inbox, there is a way to easily upgrade/change/convert to Outlook.com from Hotmail. This [...]Read More »
Windows 8 has two interfaces, Metro UI and the traditional desktop. Many people don’t like Metro and hence opt to use the desktop interface for Windows 8. Until now, Microsoft has had a setting in Windows 8 that allowed users to go straight to the desktop when booting their PCs. [...]Read More »
In terms of global browser usage, Google Chrome surpassed Firefox in December 2011 and beat Internet Explorer 8 in January 2012 but still had less market share than the total Internet Explorer family combined. Now, according to StatCounter, Chrome commands one-third of the global browser market (33.81%), making it [...]Read More »
Apple and Microsoft are both going after Android for violating patents. However, their end goals are completely different. While Apple looks to ban the competition from competing, Microsoft looks to create a revenue stream by forcing licensing deals. Microsoft’s strategy is, literally, paying off.
According to unofficial reports (Microsoft does [...]Read More »
Hotmail is a pioneer of web e-mail and still commands millions of users around the world. However, Hotmail is so last year. Despite Microsoft’s attempts at modernizing Hotmail and bringing it up to speed with the competition (namely Gmail), Hotmail continues to have a bad rap in the digital [...]Read More »
Apple vs Samsung is raging, as is Microsoft vs Motorola. Time to open a new front in the war of smartphones: Android vs Micro-ple.
Eastman Kodak Co., once a booming photography company, is filing for bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Kodak is sell 1,100 patents it owns. On [...]Read More »