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Microsoft Aiming for October 2012 Release of Windows 8, Tablets and PCs on Deck — Engadget

20 Mar

Microsoft aiming for October 2012 release of Windows 8, tablets and PCs on deck — Engadget.

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We knew good and well that Microsoft was aiming for a 2012 launch of its latest and greatest operating system, and if sources reporting to Bloomberg are accurate, it looks like we’ll have a date with Mrs. October. Purportedly, work will wrap on Win8 this summer, with PCs and tablets (!) to ship in October carrying the newfangled OS. We’re told that the initial rollout will include devices running Intel and ARM processors, and not surprisingly, this positions Microsoft to make a serious play for holiday dollars. Still wondering if it’s for you? Give the Consumer Preview a run, won’tcha?

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Microsoft To Ditch “Microsoft Points”? Oh, Please Let It Be True.

24 Jan

For anyone who’s somehow managed to avoid Microsoft’s silly-ass points system, here’s the idea: instead of buying content with, you know, money, you buy content with Microsoft Points. Points… which you buy with money.

Imagine you’ve gone to the store, and you want to buy 3 pineapples. You take them to the counter, and the guy at the register says “Great! That’ll be 7 bloo-blops.”

“What? I don’t have any bloo-blops. I only have dollars. Can I just give you dollars?”

“No. You have to give me bloo-blops. Fortunately, I have this pack of 10 bloo-blops right here.”

“..But I thought you said I only needed 7 bloo-blops?”

“You do. But I only sell them in packs of 10. Don’t worry! You’ll have 3 bloo-blops left over to buy anything you want!”

“Oh, okay. What can I buy with 3 bloo-blops?”

“Nothing.”

See? Garbage.

 

Microsoft To Ditch “Microsoft Points”? Oh, Please Let It Be True. (TechCrunch)

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

12 Jan

Ok, so maybe it’s not true that you need to switch from Google to Bing if you’re a big Googler like I am, but recently, Google started prioritizing Google Plus search results over actual search results. With few people actually on Google +, why would you actually want to see those few people’s trending topics? If anything, wouldn’t you want to see Facebook’s trending topics as search results?

Well, Microsoft has that option to prioritize your Facebook’s friends’ links and posts.

Although, this may be great for search engine optimization (post something to Google Plus and then have it come up as the top result for someone’s else Google query), will this actually destroy Google and cause people to switch to Bing for more relevant and efficient results?

I actually wrote a lengthy final paper on this for one of my grad school classes (Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship with Dr. Yongseok Jang)…and it looks like my prediction may be coming true. (My Dec. 15, 2011 G+ post: “I’m starting to see some serious value in Google Plus. SEO for posts go straight to the top of google searches. May be the way G+ stays alive.” – https://plus.google.com/104130596638112501766/posts/H2csj1MJpCa)

Time will tell which search engine people will use. Until then, what are you sticking with and why? Google, and its potential for your own SEO, or Microsoft’s much-improved Bing? Will you start using Google Plus as a result of this?

Leave a comment below.

Source: Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine. (Gizmodo)

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

I just switched the default search engine in my browser from Google to Bing. And if you care about working efficiently, or getting the right results when you search, then maybe you should too. Don’t laugh!

Google changed the way search works this week. It deeply integrated Google+ into search results. It’s ostensibly meant to deliver more personalized results. But it pulls those personalized results largely from Google services—Google+, Picasa, YouTube. Search for a restaurant, and instead of its Yelp page, the top result might be someone you know discussing it on Google Plus. Over at SearchEngineland, Danny Sullivan has compiled a series of damning examples of the ways Google’s new interface promotes Plus over relevancy. Long story short: It’s a huge step backwards.

A lot of people are crying foul, and even “anti-trust.” Sure, it does seem pretty transparently designed to drive traffic and users to Google Plus, and to make Google Plus brand pages the go-to place for a company’s social media presence. And it’s true that results from Facebook and Twitter in particular have been noticeably kicked down.

But I didn’t switch for political reasons, or as an act of protest. I don’t care if Google hurts Twitter or Facebook—or even Friendster for that matter. Boo-hoo. I only care if it hurts me. And this does. Google broke itself.

For years, Google Search has been the highest quality web product I’ve ever used. It has remained consistently essential as an information-delivery mechanism. I typically hit it hundreds of times a day—on my phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. But with one update it wiped out all those years of loyalty and goodwill it had built up. Sure, I can opt out of social results with a click—but as with all things I don’t want to have to opt out. I don’t want to have to make that extra click. I want to enter a query, and have the most relevant results returned to me as quickly as possible. (And if Google genuinely doesn’t think it’s a big deal for people to take the extra step oft opting out, why has it focused so relentlessly on optimizing speed for so many years?)

The great thing is, of course, you can just switch. Hit up your browser preferences, and swap your default to Bing. I know, I know, but yes I’m serious. Sure, Bing had a rocky start. But if you haven’t seen it recently it’s worth another look. It has a super clean interface. It’s fast. Andoperators work the way you expect them to. Best of all it’s relevant.

In short, it’s a lot like Google. Not the Google of today, but the Google you fell in love with, the one that put your search results above its financial ones. The Google that delivered.

Windows Phone fan? HTC Titan will be the best Windows Phone and compete with the iPhone for top honors.

7 Dec

HTC Titan Review: I Want To Hate You, Giant Phone, But I Love You.

A four-point-se-ven-inch smartphone. It sounds grotesque. It sounds like a distended, bloated mess of plastic and pixels, the Tsar Bomba of the bigger-is-better smartphone era. But the HTC Titan is wonderful.

Why It Matters

Windows Phone has been an outstanding mobile OS, obscured by a glossy black parade of lame, uninspiring hardware. So. Many. Generic. Black. Rectangles. The Titan, alongside Nokia’s offerings, is perhaps the first Windows Phone handset worth running your eyes over (and over and over). People will notice your phone, and want to touch your phone, and care about your phone. You’ll care about your phone, most importantly.

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Windows Phone was born for the big screen—it looks absolutely gorgeous inside a giant frame. If you inflate Android to these measurements, it’s a cluttered mess. You’re just making room for more widgets. Ditto for iOS—all you’re adding are more rows of apps. But WP is unlike anything else—it doesn’t just expand, it luxuriates inside a big display.

It’s an inherently rectangular OS—an interface of vivid, superflat gliding tiles, not various clocks and bars and bubbles and weather balloons. It’s regimented, spartan, and visually delicious. And when you take those tiles and transpose them onto a larger surface, there’s only more to love—and this is the way it was meant to be. Windows Phone is an OS of hugeness—giant photos, grids of everyone you know, giant, fabulously legible text. All of these things look splendid on the Titan’s crisp, vivid screen. Yes! It looks crisp, even with the pixels of that Windows-mandated resolution puffed up.

So it’s really not that surprising, then: a phone based on beautiful rectangles is great when it’s an even bigger rectangle. It might look or sound unmanageable, but the Titan belies its name—it’s skinny, light, and slips easily into your back pocket or bag. Consider it a small, friendly giant.

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That screen girth doesn’t run on fairy dust—big display means big battery suckage, and the Titan can’t defeat physics here. You’ll find yourself charging the thing daily with regular use. The camera also leaves you wanting images worthy of the screen they’re on—HTC should have crammed in their mightiest camera, and the difference is a real shame. More discerning eyes might be bothered by stretching out 800×480 worth of pixels across the Titan’s display.

Should I Buy This

If you’re not afraid to have something 4.7 inches in your pants, yes. If you want the most visually pleasing birthing of the most visually pleasing smartphone UI out there, yes. If you want something more compact and battery-conscious—and that’s OK!—probably not. But the Titan is more than just a gimmick phone. Unlike its Android peers that point at their AMOLED crotches and grin, HTC’s big boy isn’t big for the sake of its size. Windows Phone sings at this size. There’s a reason supermodels are tall. [HTC]

HTC Titan

• Dimensions: 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm
• Screen: 4.7-inch, 480×800
• Processor: 1.5 GHz
• Memory: 512 MB
• Camera: 8 MP still, 720p video
• Price: $200 with 2-year contract

Microsoft’s Windows Store Will Start Peddling Apps, Books and Games in February. Will Give More to Devs Too.

7 Dec

 

Microsoft’s Windows Store Will Start Peddling Apps, Books and Games in February.

Windows 8 may be the best competition Apple will see. It’s taking time, but check out this video. And see an upcoming post about the HTC Titan as a premier Windows Phone.

They’ll also give more back to the developers than the likes of Apple, taking the same 30 per cent cut up to $25,000 (£16,000) of sales, after which Microsoft will drop its cut to just 20 per cent.

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21 Nov

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9 Nov

Calling it now: Quillt has the potential to be the hottest new thing for capturing digital memories. Sure there’s Facebook and Twitter, but all you can really do is upload fragmented memories in different photo albums, wall posts, status updates, and other threats. There’s no unity. No story.

Quillt fixes this problem by allowing you and all your friends to “stitch” together memories on your shared Quillt for any party, vacation, all-nighter, or whatever.

It’s a unified experience that translates into an easily readable story.

"Quillt" app fills the void between Facebook and Twitter status updates.

Do you live in Gainesville, FL? Quillt, a Silicon Valley startup, is being launched exclusively at the University of Florida. Download the app, sign up on www.quillt.com, and come to Swamp Restaurant at 10PM for FREE beer, $2 drinks, and a great place to start your own Quillt! (Note: You need to sign up to be admitted into the Swamp Restaurant).

Life moves fast. That’s why close friends who share life’s highs, lows, and everything in between use Quillt.

Quillt, produced by Austin Cooley, Niko Ralf Cunningham, and Shane Mooney, and backed by a co-founder of Facebook, is app that provides the perfect way for close friends to share their lives together. From the road trip you and the gang took to the late-night study session before finals to the night of your life you had on your first date with Mrs. Right, Quillt stitches your entire social life together. It’s a social networking app that is meant for people who are actually social.

Start a Quillt for every occasion, party, group, circle of friends, road-trip, vacation…whatever, and allow as many of your friends with you to add to your Quillt. Getting hammered tonight? QUILLT IT! Start your story with Quillt and let up to 5 of your closest friends follow your night/event/party/story.

It’s the app for social-everything.

Creating Your Quillts:
✓ You wear many different hats, so join or start as many Quillts as you like. New Experience = New Quillt.
✓ Invite close friends and family to help build each of your Quillts and never forget the highlights of your life.
✓ From your first kiss to your trip through Europe, capture your entire relationship with texts, videos, photos, and check-ins.
✓ Unlimited thoughts, comments, photos, and video uploads.
✓ Quillt on the go and remember the concert through the eyes of everyone who went.
✓ Create stories around what you feel and invite friends to comment and write with you.
✓ Ask questions of your friends and solve life’s little riddles.

Sharing Your Quillts:
✓ Choose who can follow your experiences as spectators.
✓ Share your life as it unfolds with up to 5 spectators per Quillt and give them live, front row tickets to your world.
✓ Engage with your friends’ spectators and make new friends.
✓ Keep your most intimate memories private from spectators by locking them down.
✓ No sharing to twitter or facebook allowed. Quillt is for real-life family and friends.

Viewing Your Quillts:
✓ Relive all your memories in real-time – on your phone or on the web; always free and backed-up instantly to Quillt.com.
✓ Follow your friend’s secrets and share inside jokes with those you trust.
✓ Be invited to become a spectator on your friend’s Quillts and participate in their life (in real-time) from wherever you are.
✓ Quillt works with everyone – from SMS users to iPhone users. Even those with just an internet connection at home can Quillt.

Experience the life you’ve always wanted to see. Yours. Quillt every Thing.

Another screen capture of Quillt

FINALLY! Adobe is stopping development on mobile flash and switching to HTML5 development. Hopefully, more videos on the iPhone/iPad and longer batteries for everyone.

9 Nov

Adobe is stopping development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers, according to an exclusive report from ZDNet. The company will continue to support existing Android and BlackBerry Playbook configurations of the player, but future development will be focused on developing HTML5 and apps.

Developers were apparently briefed by Adobe about the situation, which will be expanded upon later today on Adobe’s official site:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Report: Adobe Is Finally Pulling the Plug on Mobile Flash.

Gizmodo has updated its essential iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone 7 app list. These are must haves!

7 Nov

Gizmodo essential apps – Gizmodo.

First, a shout out to my friend, Kari, for finally updating her phone.

Smartphones >>> dumbphones.

So continue here to check out the apps you need for your new device!

iPhone

iPad

Android

Windows Phone 7

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6 Nov

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