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  • Companies Pay No Price for Offending Christians

    07/10/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 11 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 10, 2012 | JP
    So Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer each donated $100,000 each to defeat Referendum 74, a state of Washington ballot measure that would overturn a law, passed by the state’s “progressive” legislature and governor, that would allow same-sex marriages. What both the Microsoft co-founder and CEO are telling those of us who use the software giant’s products, who object to homosexual couplings, who consider it an abomination in the eyes of the God, is that they couldn’t care less about our religious sensibilities. If we don’t like their politics, too bad. We’re welcome to purchase our next operating system from some...
  • Australian CIOs sold on Microsoft's Surface tablet

    07/09/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 13 replies
    ZDNET ^ | July 8, 2012 | Suzanne Tindal
    Australian chief information officers (CIOs) have been impressed with Microsoft's answer to the iPad — the Microsoft Surface — which was announced last month. Two tablet variants have been announced; one running Windows RT on an Nvidia ARM processor, and the other running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i5 system. Both devices have a 10.6-inch display employing Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Because Microsoft is so late to the market with its tablet — the iPad was launched in 2010 — it has been stated that the Surface's only chance of success is in the business market, which will...
  • Steve Wozniak: Microsoft's Surface Tablet Is Like Something Steve Jobs Would've Built

    07/09/2012 2:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently spoke at the Entel Summit in Chile where he was asked about everything from the Megaupload scandal to Microsoft's new Surface Tablet. Wozniak is known for trying non-Apple products, and he's not shy about criticizing the company he helped start. Wozniak's assessment of the Surface tablet? He says it's as if Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft to develop a beautiful device. Skip to 2:30 to hear Woz's thoughts on Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone, and Google Glass. We found this video on iDB: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO
  • Windows 8 Will Let You Store The Entire Operating System On A USB Drive And Use It On Any PC

    07/09/2012 8:27:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2012 | Steve Kovach
    MicrosoftMicrosoft just demonstrated a feature of Windows 8 called Windows To Go that lets you store Windows 8 on a USB drive and use it on other PCs. Windows To Go puts all your apps, settings, etc. on your USB stick. From there, you pop it into another PC and a full version of Windows 8 is up and running. It even works on machines running older versions of Windows. Essentially, it's the entire operating system stored on a USB drive. Very cool.
  • Bill Gates Supports Gay Marriage With $100K Gift

    07/05/2012 9:14:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2012 | Paul Stanley
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has waded into the same-sex marriage debate in Washington State with a $100,000 contribution to help defeat a referendum that would ban same-sex marriage. Gates, along with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, both made the same six-figure contribution said Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, the group leading the charge for gay activists. "It's going to make a tremendous difference," Silk told The Associated Press. "It's very important for us to have the broad support from business leaders and companies themselves." In addition to Microsoft, other noted Washington State based companies such as Starbucks...
  • Windows Phone 7 was doomed by design, Microsoft admits

    07/04/2012 8:37:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    C/NET ^ | 07/03/2012 | By Natasha Lomas
    Microsoft's consolation prize to anyone who owns a current Windows Phone is a new homescreen landing in an update known as Windows Phone 7.8, pictured above running on the Nokia Lumia 900. It's best described as a sweetener to coat the bitter truth that anyone who's shelled out for a Windows Phone in the last 20 months isn't getting the big upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Bitter because Microsoft knew this schism was coming all along but kept Windows Phone buyers in the dark. Instead of iterating the Windows Phone software, Windows Phone 8 is a clean break with Windows...
  • Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

    07/02/2012 11:09:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 2 July 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is the curse of Windows. Not just its appearance, mid way through some serious game play or spreadsheeting, but the messages themselves - digital monologues on the existence of a problem, its possible causes and how you can fix it. Yeah, right. Just shut down and re-start like everybody else.With Windows 8 Microsoft has re-engineered BSOD for the era of Twitter and texting - unhappy smilies and chirpy one-liners. Based on some Microsoft research, though, it seems you could be seeing more of the Windows 8 BSOD if you buy a PC from an OEM...
  • Microsoft's Surface Tablet Compatible with Xbox 360 Controllers

    06/28/2012 9:31:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 1 replies
    Gametrailers ^ | June 20, 2012 | Danny Gallagher
    An indie developer working on a new version of its signature title for Microsoft's new tablet said its compatibility with the Xbox 360 controllers presents some interesting advantages for the player and new challenges for designers. Creative director Jake Kazdal and the rest of the crew at 17-Bit (formerly Haunted Temple Games) are prepping their turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun for the Microsoft Surface, according to a blog post on Wired's GameLife. Kazdal said players can control their game with the touchscreen display, a mouse and even an Xbox 360 controller, thanks to the USB port provided by...
  • New mobile-focused Windows could last 20-30 years -- Gartner

    06/28/2012 5:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    C/NET ^ | 06/28/2012 | by Donna Tam
    Microsoft's new programming model WinRT -- showcased by the new Windows 8 -- is designed to keep Microsoft relevant in the increasingly mobile world, analysts from research firm Gartner said in a statement today. "Windows 8 is the start of Microsoft's effort to respond to market demands and competitors, as it provides a common interface and programming API (application programing interface) set from phones to servers," Michael Silver, vice president and analyst at Gartner, said in a press release. Gartner's analysts, who recently released a report on the changes to Windows, said enterprises will take about 10 years to fully...
  • Can Windows 8 PC Partners Still Trust Microsoft?

    06/25/2012 11:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/25/2012 | Patrick Moorhead
    Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shocked the technology world by announcing Surface, a Microsoft-branded family of convertible PCs. One of the convertibles featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Windows RT and the other, an Intel Core i5 Processor with Windows 8. Details on pricing, availability, battery life and distribution were not discussed, but Surface’s differentiating features were. These differentiating features were thin, detachable keyboards (Touch Cover), magnesium cases (VaporMg) and durable kickstands. While Surface isn’t ready to ship, it is clear Microsoft had worked on it for at least a year. If Microsoft had access to its OEM designs and...
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features

    06/25/2012 8:17:09 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 116 replies
    informationweek ^ | 06/22/2012 | Jeff Bertolucci
    -------snip------- Built-In Kickstand: Microsoft believes a stand should be an integral part of a tablet's design. (Take that, iPad!) The Surface's built-in kickstand is made of the same sturdy VaporMg material--more on this later--that encases the slate. "The hinge design is like that of the finest luxury car," said Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, sounding a bit like a car salesman. The stand does look ideal for landscape-mode viewing. But how well will it work in portrait mode? Skinny Genes: You've gotta be thin to compete with the iPad. The Surface for Windows RT is 9.3 millimeters thick--or "thin," as the marketing...
  • How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street's game

    06/25/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    "If you want to get involved in business," Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, "you should get involved in politics." Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.
  • Microsoft's new tablet: the great copier surfaces again

    06/23/2012 10:56:13 PM PDT · by trekdown · 18 replies
    FOX News Network, LLC. ^ | June 19, 2012 | John R. Quain
    ... The market may not need a Windows tablet, but Microsoft desperately does. The company has been steadily -- some might say, inexorably -- falling behind in the new era of computing, the era in which the ability to easily access information is more important than the operating system or computing device we use to do it. Microsoft still hasn't understood this, failing to become a significant force in smartphones or tablets, mainly because it's working from an outdated model of being the Great Copier. Microsoft has always mimicked other technologies, from graphical interfaces to Web browsing to financial software....
  • Microsoft Surface: the first serious iPad competitor? (Targeting the corporate tablet market)

    06/23/2012 9:11:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/22/2012 | Husna Haq
    Watch out, Apple. Microsoft’s mystery announcement is out of the bag and it’s giving the iPad a run for its money. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Microsoft Surface, a new tablet that heads a “whole new family of Microsoft computing devices,” Ballmer announced at the mystery event at the Milk Studios in Hollywood, Calif., Monday afternoon. From what we’ve seen and heard, the Surface tablet is perhaps the first serious competitor to Apple’s iPad tablet. What’s more, it’s got the capability of a PC – as good for creating content as it is for consuming, according to Ballmer’s highly anticipated...
  • Want to try the Surface Tablet? Find a Microsoft store, if you can

    06/23/2012 9:03:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNET ^ | 06/22/2012 | by Brooke Crothers
    Microsoft Store in Century City, Calif. Finding a local Microsoft Store will be a challenge for hands-on consumers looking to try out the Surface tablet. (Credit: Brooke Crothers)After all of the hoopla this week, you would think the Surface tablet was the end of the PC industry as we know it. Not so fast, say analysts. What we know so far is that Surface will be sold through Microsoft Stores only in the U.S. -- the online store and brick-and-mortar outlets. Ever been to a Microsoft Store? Didn't think so. There just aren't that many. I count about 20. Compare...
  • 3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke

    06/23/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 274 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 22, 2012 | Don Sears
    Many have scoffed at the idea that Redmond's tablet will succeed. But there are three crucial reasons to take the effort seriously. By Don Sears FORTUNE -- Do not underestimate Microsoft's Surface tablet move. Its gambit to design and build its own hardware is a bold play to develop a thriving ecosystem of new products. It is centered on Microsoft's dominant property: the operating system. Monday's flashy Surface launch may have felt like an Apple event with its bright, pastel-colored keyboard, slick introductory videos and breathless hyping from little-known engineers. But, in fact, Microsoft's play is anything but Apple-like. The...
  • Microsoft Surface Could Totally Change the Tablet and PC Markets

    06/22/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 80 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jun 21, 2012 | Tony Bradley
    The Surface tablet unveiled by Microsoft at its mysterious event in Los Angeles this week looked very impressive. It obviously faces very stiff competition from the Apple iPad—which dominates the tablet market. But, there’s a very good chance that businesses will flock to the Surface (or other Windows 8 tablets) if Microsoft delivers something close to what it presented to the media. I am a huge fan of the iPad, so I don’t make that claim lightly. I have owned all three iterations of the iPad thus far, and I’m not prepared to abandon the New iPad any time soon....
  • Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

    06/22/2012 10:30:32 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies ^ | 06/22/2012 | Alistair Dabbs
    Original URL: I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet Probe beneath the SurfaceBy Alistair Dabbs22nd June 2012 11:30 GMT Something for the weekend, Sir? When I first got into this journalism lark in the late 1980s, the exploding nature of the personal computer market would force the hand of IT companies to reveal products far in advance of their intended launch date. Such was the race to give the appearance of being cutting-edge, they sometimes found themselves announcing products that existed only in diagrams on a boardroom flipchart. Surprisingly often, nothing ever came of these vapourware products: the engineering challenges...
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet Has Potential to be Embraced by Physicians

    06/21/2012 8:57:39 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 33 replies
    MedPageToday ^ | June 20, 2012 | Iltifat Husain
    It should not be a surprise that physcians are not fans of Microsoft products -- namely Windows and Internet Explorer. Much of this hatred is due to hospital enterprise solutions still using outdated versions of Internet Explorer. Ask a physician friend to fill you in if you need a better idea. On a personal note, I had been dreading the forthcoming Microsoft tablet because I know Microsoft products make hospital health IT departments salivate. We commented last year how many hospital IT departments cite physicians using the iPad at work as their biggest headache. I knew as soon as Microsoft...
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Good and the Bad

    06/20/2012 12:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Information Week ^ | 06/20/2012 | Eric Zeman
    Microsoft revealed many new details of Windows Phone 8, its smartphone platform due later this year. Here are the cool new features that will make developers and users happy. First of two parts THE GOOD Microsoft on Wednesday revealed key pieces of its Windows Phone 8 smartphone strategy at an event for developers in San Francisco. The news is mostly good, and should vastly improve the scale and reach of the Windows Phone ecosystem when the platform launches later this year. Looking at all the pieces of its mobile strategy offered by Microsoft, it's easy to foresee a brighter future...