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I Want Xbox IllumiRoom Now!

Microsoft really differentiated itself with Kinect and now it's touting IllumiRoomn as the next step in immersive gaming. The idea is images will be projected in your room beyond the display - allowing for the offline world to merge with...

In Windows 8, Microsoft Has a Winner

Samsung has a winner with its Microsoft Windows 8 powered ATIV Smart PC Pro 700t (XE700T1C, a device which is part Ultrabook and part tablet in one. I consider it to be the perfect combination of both worlds, allowing users...

Looking Under the Surface and Filing Suit Against Microsoft

You may recall in my piece about Microsoft Surface being mission impossible, I said the following: As many predicted, it will be $499 for a 32 GB version which is the same price as the 16 GB iPad. Before you get very excited...

The Bearish Case on Apple

With Apple's stock down more than 20% it isn't difficult to find lots of analysts willing to make the case the shares have further to drop. Regardless of whether you are an Apple bull or bear it is worth pointing...

Microsoft Surface Needs a Patch Already. Is it Doomed?

Microsoft, are you serious? You want to take on Apple with a tablet that needs a patch already? Microsoft Surface RT has only been available for a few weeks. I asked if this tablet endeavor was Mission Impossible on October...

For Microsoft Surface, Is it Mission Impossible?

Microsoft, here is your mission. Take a device which has become synonymous with the term “post-PC era” and topple it. Go up against a company which is considered cool and somehow transform your image to be as cool. If you...

Microsoft, SNL, Sprint and Softbank News for Monday October 15, 2012

Microsoft is jumping into the music business and this is perhaps the biggest news of the day and possibly the week. Redmond is now offering ad supported music streaming and going up against Sirius XM, Pandora and Apple’s iTunes all...

Major Flaws in Ballmer's Apple-Fighting Strategy?

It really is shocking that Apple has pulled so far ahead of every other device maker with designs that are more art than technology focused. For those of you familiar with Bang & Olufsen products (BeoSound 8 pictured above) you...

Microsoft Hopes Free WiFi Will Persuade Developers

Google has been a steady sponsor of free WiFi in airports and subway stations for some years now but Microsoft has decided such sponsorships make sense for them as well. Specifically, the company is paying Boingo for the privilege of...

See an Ultrabook with Touch and Sensor Tech

Although this video from Intel is a few months old it shows developers how they can develop touch and sensor based applications for Metro and desktop mode on the company's new Ivy Bridge-based Windows 8 Ultrabooks. Perhaps most interesting is...

Does the iPhone 5 have the Wrong Form Factor?

We all know that in the past many iPhone and iPad rumors have been wrong so we shouldn’t get overly excited about leaked news regarding the form factor of the new iPhone 5. But since there are photos and videos...

New Microsoft Logo Responds to Apple

Ouch! What a week. Both Dell and HP stocks are getting hammered because they are losing share to Apple. You could make the argument that Microsoft has a reputation which doesn’t resonate with the newer generation or that they don’t...

What the Auto Market can Teach us about Mobile

Have you ever heard from someone that they don’t like Starbucks coffee but they like the experience at the store so they go in, sit down and buy the coffee? It is quite a testament to the world’s largest coffee...

In Order to Compete with Apple, You Need to BE Apple

The idea that Google, a company with an incredible business model, allowing them to potentially profit off every query they process on the web had to go out and buy a hardware company to get into manufacturing would have been...

Apple in NYC Makes Offers You Can't Refuse

Is it better to have an Apple store in your mall which doesn’t share revenue or not have them at all? This seems to be the important question the MTA had to contend with in the months leading up to...

Can Discounted Hardware Compete with Apple?

Microsoft Store in Danbury, CTGlobal Apple stores are brimming with traffic with municipalities tripping over each other to get Apple to open stores in their areas. At the same time, the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut...

Should RIM Be Judged on its Hires or Fires?

No company wants Apple as a competitor as the company has more momentum than the euro crisis. But that is the challenge companies like Nokia and RIM face on a daily basis. Yesterday I delved into the problems RIM faced...

Is a Negative Comment From Dell a Positive?

Fifteen years ago Michael Dell infamously said that Apple should shut down the company and return the money to shareholders. Big mistake. But honestly, at that time most everyone who wasn’t in the cult of Apple would have agreed. Now,...

Surface Tablet: Microsoft's Desktop Hail Mary

If you are Steve Ballmer, going to the mall and walking by an Apple Store loaded with people buying tablets, music players and phones which don’t run his software has to be as pleasurable as preparing for a colonoscopy. He...

Analysts: Windows 8 Confusing to use

In the late nineties I was fortunate enough to meet tech veteran John Dvorak and a while later he was good enough to be a keynote speaker for a TMC event CTI Expo in San Jose. In case you aren’t...

Microsoft to Improve Multi-Monitor Productivity in Windows 8

If you use multiple monitors you have no doubt noticed it can get annoying to have to go back and forth between them to access specific functions like the Start menu. Well, it seems people at Microsoft too have noticed...

Pirate Pay Blocks BitTorrent Sharing. Is it Illegal DOS?

Skolkovo or Russian's competition to Silicon Valley has a hot company Pirate Pay which just received funding from Microsoft. The idea behind the system is to confuse BitTorrent clients to keep them from downloading specific content. The monetization comes from...

Is Skype Microsoft's Only Chance for Mobile Success?

If you are looking for increased competition in the mobile space, Apple’s recent and seemingly constant record earnings are bad news. Worse yet for the competition, Apple has transcended its original position of a computer and electronics maker to become...

Microsoft Working on Skype Everywhere Initiative

The fact that Microsoft would want to integrate Skype everywhere shouldn't be too surprising, Office/Lync and Windows Phone are obvious areas and so is Xbox. That's why news of the company looking for engineers who can delve into the hybrid...

Off to MWC 2012 Next Week

I've got lots on my plate this week before I take off to Barcelona to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) - which was once called 3GSM. I've got great meetings lined up and I am very interested in seeing what...
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