21 July 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 FAIL, part 3

3 strikes and you're Out!--

The Flaw in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Logic | TIME.com: " . . . instead of pushing for more vendors to put touch-based screens on their PCs and laptops, which added a significant cost to these products last year, there should have been more time spent making trackpads more touch friendly and getting people used to pinching, zooming and using other touch-based gestures on these trackpads first. Apple has done this with its Magic Trackpad, an accessory for its line of desktop computers. Key gestures like pinching, zooming, and moving windows from side to side are hallmarks of the Magic Trackpad. In fact, the Magic Trackpad’s gestures mimic the same gestures found on the iPhone and iPads, without requiring Apple to add touchscreens to its desktops and laptops . . ."

Funky Friday: More than $32 billion in Microsoft stock value wiped out | Microsoft - CNET News: "Shares suffer biggest one-day percentage sell-off since 2000 as investors fret over weak demand for Microsoft's latest Windows operating system and Surface tablet."

Microsoft's Stock Falls After Bad Earnings - Business Insider: "The Windows division's operating income was down 55% on a year-over-year basis, which dragged down the company's EPS. It also took a $900 million charge on the Surface RT, its iPad-wannabe tablet."

"Enterprise fanboys" push back on TechNet subscription shutdown | ZDNet: "Microsoft is going through a significant and difficult transition right now, with its enterprise side holding down the fort as the consumer business collapses."

Apple, Samsung in Renewed Settlement Talks, but Deal Elusive
Wall Street Journal
Samsung, relying primarily on the Android software platform created by Google Inc., stormed into the smartphone lead in 2011, selling 24 million units in the third quarter of that year, according to Gartner. Apple, by comparison, sold 17 million ...

Amazon CEO says discovery is Apollo 11 rocket engines
(CNN) -- Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos rescued sunken treasure in the Atlantic this year: components of two F-1 rocket engines. Now he says he has verified that they are engines from Apollo 11, the first mission that took U.S. astronauts to the moon.

Shinal: Google scares Wall St. -- again
By April, Google was reporting only a 4% annual drop in its CPC metric, and investors' fears that the company might be facing a long-term slide in prices ebbed. That renewed Wall Street optimism on the stock, which had taken a hit after CEO Larry Page ...

Microsoft Doesn't Fear The Post-PC World: Bank On $77B In Cash And Ballmer's ...
It was a tech bloodbath on Wall Street on Friday, with two juggernauts, Google and Microsoft, tanking on missed earnings. Microsoft missed profit estimates big time, with adjusted EPS coming in at 52 cents, while analysts expected $0.74 (the revenue ...

Apple adds HopStop, Locationary to its mobile mapping arsenal as it takes aim ...
Washington Post
The acquisitions confirmed Friday give Apple Inc. more tools to round out the maps that it embeds in the mobile operating system running its iPhones and iPads. Apple relied on Google Inc. for the built-in maps on those devices until switching to its ...

Google's Moto X phone coming Aug. 1?
Bet you thought the summer months were supposed to be quiet for product introductions? Not in the fast-moving mobile space where Googleplays. Motorola has sent out invitations to a New York City ...

Apple acquires navigation service Hopstop
Apparently Locationary isn't the only location-based company Apple's bought up recently. Citing sources, Bloomberg on Friday reported that Apple has acquired New York-based local navigation company Hopstop, which specializes in local transit directions.

Google-ized HTC One Gains, Loses in Translation: Rich Jaroslovsky
Google Play phones differ from standard editions in their software, and in how they're priced and sold (directly from Google, not through a carrier). In the case of the One, Google has dispensed with the custom Sense skin that HTC layers on top of the ...

Apple reportedly buys HopStop (updated) - Engadget
By Brian Heater
Don't let it be said that Apple isn't working to improve its once-maligned mapping app. ... Science Software Storage Tablets Transportation Wearables Wireless Acer Amazon AMD Apple ASUS AT&T Blackberry Canon Dell Facebook Google HP HTC Intel Lenovo LG Microsoft Nikon Nintendo Nokia NVIDIA Samsung Sony Sprint T-Mobile Verizon ... The deal comes hot on the heels of Apple'sLocationary buy -- we wouldn't quite qualify it as a shopping spree yet, but it's certainly a start.
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Apple To Buy Transportation App HopStop — Mass Transit To ...
By Anthony Ha
... agencies in over 750 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. HopStop pioneered the pedestrian navigation market, and is the #1 ranked transit app in the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad as well as the #1 ranked transit app for Android in Google Play and the Amazon App Store. ... Trending Stories. Microsoft Still Hopes You'll Buy A Surface · Apple's Developer Center Goes Down · Nate Silver Is Leaving The New York Times.
TechCrunch » Mobile

Apple Buys 2 Mapping Companies - NYTimes.com
Apple confirmed on Friday that it had bought the mapping start-ups HopStop and Locationary, givingApple more expertise in an area where it has struggled. Read more…
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Apple Confirms Hopstop Acquisition - John Paczkowski and Liz ...
By John Paczkowski and Liz Gannes
Looks like Apple's recent purchase of crowdsourced location data company Locationary was part of a twofer mapping acquisition. ... HopStop was one of the companies we mentioned as part of a larger feature earlier today on the possibilities for mobile crowdsourcing after Google bought Waze. Microsoft Celebrates $900 Million Surface RT Write-Down With Ironic Advertisement....

After losing Waze to Google, Apple will acquire city transit app ...
By Harrison Weber
After losing Waze to Google, Apple will acquire city transit app HopStop to bolster its Maps offering. HopStop, the city-focused navigation app which passed 3 million users back in March, will be ...
The Next Web

Gmail adds full-screen compose option following complaints
Google has made a lot of design changes to Gmail in the past year, sometimes to the dismay of its users. One such change was making the compose screen take up just one corner of your display rather take up the whole screen. Google has apparently heard ...

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