19 July 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 FAIL, part 1

The Flaw in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Logic | TIME.com: " . . . . PCs and laptops have bigger screens and have used keyboards, mice and trackpads as input devices for most of their existence. It appears that Microsoft’s logic for Windows 8 has been that if touch is good for smartphones and tablets, it must be good for PCs and laptops, too. However, in our current research with PC and laptop users, we are sensing that this type of thinking, at least for traditional desktop PC and laptop users, is flawed. For one thing, most PC users over 16 have been trained to use keyboards, mice and trackpads and are very comfortable with these forms of input. Nobody in our research has said, “Boy, I sure wish I could touch my PC or laptop screen to get things done.”. . . . " 

Apple's Move Into TV Relies on Cooperation With Industry Leaders
New York Times (blog)
Reports emerged earlier this week that Google has held talks with several channel owners about licensing channels for such a service, but no content deals are within reach. Apple weighed something similar years ago, but its executives concluded that it ...

Google reclaims No. 1 spot in tech world but its hold may be tenuous
Los Angeles Times
For years, the technology giant grumbled while playing second fiddle to Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. But with both rivals now on the outs with investors, Google is ascending once again. On the eve of its second-quarter earnings report, Google shares ...

Dell Adjourns Vote on Sale as Some Big Investors Start to Shift
New York Times (blog)
Michael S. Dell, the founder of the computer company that bears his name. Kimihiro Hoshino/Agence France-Presse — Dell Inc. adjourned a vote on its ...

Google competition plan 'not good enough' - EU official
BBC News
It also offered to more clearly label results from YouTube, Google Maps and its other sites. But lobby groups from other companies, including Microsoft, disputed the effectiveness of the changes. "It is clear that mere labelling is not any kind of ...

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter call for transparency on NSA spying
Fox News
Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft are part of a broad alliance of technology companies and civil liberties groups that will demand dramatically increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts. In a letter published Thursday, the ...

Google appears poised to unveil new Nexus tablets
USA TODAY
Android, the world's leading mobile operating system, powers Google's line-up of Nexus tablets. Those devices have emerged as a popular alternative to Apple's iPad since Google released the first Nexus tablet with a 7-inch display screen last July.

Faith and Works at Apple - The New York Review of Books
By Edward Mendelson
Great institutions thrive on internal contradictions and irresolvable divisions. This has always been the case with governments and universities, and especially ...
The New York Review of Books

Chrome for iOS gains single click Google sign in; full screen iPad ...
By Kevin C. Tofel
After updating the app to version 28 on an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, it's easier to use Google's other apps and services on Apple devices thanks to better app interoperability. Apple's iPad also gains a full-screen browsing experience. Open in maps Many of the changes are meant ...Implosions in the electric vehicle space dominated news in the cleantech area just as new EV darling... Open-Xchange pulls in $20M to help ISPs and hosting providers battle Microsoft and Google...

Nielsen: Microsoft Pays The Most Right Now To Promote Its ...
By Ingrid Lunden
Others in the top-five included Apple, Google and Amazon, “none of which were strangers to the top tech advertisers list in previous years.” Overall tech advertising is growing at a fast clip, up 30% over last year to $723 million for Q1, ...
TechCrunch

Google set to host press event July 24th featuring Sundar Pichai
By Brad Molen
Google's always cooking something up, and the company has our undivided attention when the press gets invited over for a breakfast featuring Sundar. ... DNP Google set to host product event next week. Google's always cooking something ...
Engadget RSS Feed

Daily Report: Apple Works With TV Industry on 'Grand Vision ...
By By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Apple is working with distributors and producers of TV programming in its efforts to reimagine television as it did the cellphone, Brian Stelter reports in The New York Times. ... ever materializes, the company's more modest steps, like improving the $100 Apple TV box that 13 million households now have and adding access to cable channels through the box, suggest that its strategy stands in stark contrast to Google's, which is contemplating an Internet cable service that would compete ...
NYT Bits

Better integration between Chrome and Google apps - Chrome Blog
Today's release of Chrome for iPad and iPhone makes it easier to integrate your favorite Googleapps with Chrome. After you sign in to Chrome, you can sign in ...
chrome.blogspot.com/.../better-integration-between-chrome-a...

Exclusive: Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping for New TV Service – jessica ...
Apple has a new trick up its sleeve as it tries to launch a long-awaited ... stories as The Journal's beat reporter for Apple, Google and other leading companies.
jessicalessin.com/.../exclusive-apple-pitches-ad-skipping-for-n...

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