An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the end of a good run, Google halts sales of Google Glass, Xiaomi launches yet another look-alike product, Intel posts strong PC numbers, high-tech firms settle poaching antitrust lawsuit, and Microsoft does the right thing (again) for the Xbox One.
Sixteen and a half years ago, I hopped on a plane in Phoenix and headed off to a Windows NT 5.0 Reviewer's Workshop in Seattle. Little did I know that this event would forever change my life: It led to the creation of what I thought would be a one-off web site first called the Windows NT 5.0 SuperSite, which of course then grew into something much bigger. But today, I'm saying goodbye to the SuperSite and heading off on a new adventure.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss our busy year ahead, next week's Windows 10 event, silliness over a Windows 7 milestone, more Windows 10 leaks, what's next for OneDrive, some Windows Phone and Surface news, the 2014 PC market recovery and the latest battles between Microsoft and Google.
Reuters is reporting that Samsung is discussing a $7.5 billion buyout of Blackberry, a tech-industry megamerger that would help the consumer electronics giant compete more effectively with Apple. Though the talks appear to be true, Blackberry threw some cold water on the news—and its own temporary stock hike—by claiming that the report is "groundless."
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss the coming launch of thurrott.com, next week's Windows 10 event and what we expect to see, and some thoughts about the timing of the 4K TV revolution.
Microsoft and PayPal announced this week that they are partnering to provide retailers with an all-in-one point of sale (POS) solution that includes a Surface Pro 3 tablet and a PayPal Here card reader. Aimed at small businesses, this solution will work like the suddenly ubiquitous Square readers that are usually paired with a smart phone or tablet. And it's coming to Windows Phone too.
If you've been pining for a new Lumia flagship, please avert your eyes. Microsoft this morning announced two new Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Denim. And while both are aimed at the absolute bottom of the market, one is being marketed as the "most affordable Lumia yet."
And in case it's not obvious, that's the day after the big Window 10 event in Redmond, so I suspect that Microsoft believes that excitement will be at a high. Which we can all take as a good sign, frankly.
2014 was a turnaround year for the PC industry, with the years-long PC sales decline slowing and then finally reversing as the year drew to a close. And hardware makers sold over 80 million PCs in the fourth quarter of 2014, the first time all year they had hit that mark.
A senior director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group has publically criticized Google for revealing information about a security flaw in Windows 8.1 just two days before the software giant was set to release a patch. Google knew the patch was coming, but it ignored Microsoft's pleas and disclosed the vulnerability anyway, leaving millions open to a potential attack.
Spotify announced this week that it has over 15 million paying customers out of a total user base of 60 million, making it one of the most popular and most successful streaming music service in the world. But it's unlikely that Spotify will ever achieve the level of success of previous-generation music services like iTunes, if only because there's much more high quality competition now.
Microsoft has posted a new Phone Insider app to the Windows Phone Store, the latest sign yet that the Windows Technical Preview will soon be expanded beyond PCs and tablets to smart phones. While the app currently doesn't offer much in the way of functionality, the official description is clear enough.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss the highlights from this year's CES in Las Vegas, the nearly bezel-less Dell XPS 13, Intel's Compute Stick, Dish Sling TV, and AT&T's and T-Mobile's new data rollover plans.
An interesting leak on a China-based tech blog shows off two features coming in the Windows 10 consumer preview: a dark theme—really background color—that appears to mimic a similar UI in Windows Phone and the Spartan web browser.
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including an ignoble end for Microsoft's advance security notification service, the malaise that is CES, Maryland chooses Office 365 and common sense, Microsoft supports Bitcoin on Windows Phone, you can play old MS-DOS video games on the web for free, Google is selling auto insurance, and Apple reaped $4.5 billion from third party app sales in 2014.
Like many, I was hoping to see a new Lumia flagship before the end of 2014, and while I was pleasantly surprised in some ways by both the Lumia 735 and 830, neither offers the level of performance or best-in-market camera quality I had come to expected from Microsoft/Nokia's high-end devices. So I pulled the trigger on an unlocked Windows Phone flagship that will hopefully take me through at least the first half of this year. Or until Microsoft gets off its low-end fixation and satisfies the needs of its biggest fans....More
It's been a while since the last What I Use, but there haven't been many major changes since late last year: Surface Pro 3 has become my go-to travel companion, I've added a third cellphone line for testing Windows Phone, Android and iPhone side-by-side, and have rotated through some new tablets and other devices. We've also switched from FIOS to Comcast and added to our set-top box collection....More