Sunday, November 18, 2018

iPhone event on October 4th

As expected, Apple will be holding an iPhone event next Tuesday at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

The company sent an e-mail to select reporters earlier today, saying the event will start at 10 a.m. PT next week with an "executive presentation." Although Apple didn’t specifically mention the iPhone 5 by name, speculation abounds that the company will unveil one, or perhaps two, iPhones at the event

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Kindle Tablet coming Wednesday

It appears Amazon is getting ready to unleash the Kindle Tablet on the world this week. Here’s what it means to consumers like you.


The Amazon tablet has been the topic of rumors for months, including a hands-on look by TechCrunch. Amazon is expected to release the Kindle Tablet into the world this week at a press event to be held on Wednesday. The tech world is understandably buzzing about how this tablet from Amazon will compete with the top selling iPad, but the reality is Amazon doesn’t care about competing with any tablet on the market…more on ZDNet


Meg Whitman Named to Run HP

Hewlett-Packard has turned to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to run the technology giant. The HP board pushed aside Leo Apotheker after just 11 months on the job, having lost confidence in his ability to lead the company long-term


IBM’s Jason Perlow predicts the demise of x86 and wintel

“On the personal computing front, I think ARM is the platform that will replace Wintel on PCs. ARM also happens to compete heavily with IBM in the embedded chip market.”

Tough talk coming from an IBM employee, but he has the back up for his opinion and its all about WinRT and the port to ARM. Yes, Microsoft is going to port some things over, but long term, these x86 programs are as dead as DOS programs are today.

Read his full interesting post here.


Apple Event Set for October 4th… New iPhones?

Reports are circulating around the media wires this morning that Apple’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, will take to the stage and announce ‘something’… more on ZDNet


Microsoft bans Flash from IE10 Metro

The first big blow to Flash was Apple’s iOS. Now Adobe Systems’ browser plug-in faces another major threat to its relevance: Microsoft has banned it and all other plug-ins from the "Metro" version of Internet Explorer 10.
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Watch out Apple, Windows 8 may just be an iOS Killer?

Microsoft has pretty much let the cat out of the bag on its strategy moving forward and from all appearances has a BIG hit on its hands. Say what you will about the Metro interface being introduced with Windows 8 and the Microsoft tablet strategy, it has become quite clear this week just how Redmond intends to leverage their install base with Windows 8 and their ubiquitous Live services and that is the thing that is going to set them apart from everyone else. Android on the tablet is dead and iOS may not be far behind except as a straight entertainment device. Microsoft has a brilliant plan and no one else can do what they can.

Microsoft’s strategy is for a unified OS across PC;s and tablets both running the same services and apps and they will both have their settings and current work updated across all devices that are connected to a Live account.

Suddenly we are computing on a whole new level where your work on your PC at work can be worked on on the way home on your tablet and picked right back up at home on your desktop. The same goes for whatever movie you may be watching or applications you may be working in. The possibilities are quite endless. ALL native Windows 8 apps will have space at Microsoft’s Live servers to save their state and current work products, so as you log out of your tablet and into your home computer you can just pick right up where you left off.

This is a complete change in the modern computing paradigm and quite a step beyond anything you would think of Microsoft, it almost seems very Steve Jobs like only without the lock ins. 

Now granted this is all based on some very early looks, but if Microsoft can deliver, the tortoise may just catch the hare….. again.


Microsoft’s bold new look and feel for Windows

software giant previews Windows 8, which has a new user interface,
touch-computing capability, and rethinks the way people interact with
their computers.



Amazon Tablet is a game changer for Android.. and unfortunately for Google as well

The rumors have been running wild about the Amazon Kindle Tablet for what feels like forever, but now that someone has had a hands-on with this device, the reality of just how toxic this could be to Google and other Android tablets is sinking in.

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler has posted his thoughts on the device  and we have to agree that this will spell doom for many other Android Tablets, but more importantly it is going to spell doom for a whole bunch of other tablet makers.

Here are the supposed specs:

  • 7-inch full-color screen, no eInk (10-inch possibly coming in 2012)
  • Two-finger multi-touch support
  • Runs a version of Android that’s older than 2.2 but it’s been heavily customized
  • No camera
  • UI looks and feels like Amazon’s iOS Kindle app
  • 6GB of storage
  • $250 with a free year of Prime

Everyone was touting 199.00 as the price, but the effective price here is below that if it includes a year of prime (79.95) so that brings the price down to an effective $170.00

This is a major fork in the road for Android as the Kindle tablet is running a pre 2.2 version of Android that has been heavily customized to the point of not looking at all like Android. This fork is going to quickly end up with in our best estimation 60% of the tablet market share for Android so where does Google go from there as the work done on Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be pretty useless at that point.

When you look at what tablets are used for and that is mostly content consumption you can bet that Amazon has it all over every other maker and that probably includes Apple at this point as Amazon has ebooks, a music service, cloud, video,, and software services from their own appstore that include games, maps, and pretty much anything you can need.

Kindle-droid should quickly become the defacto thing people will think of when they think of Android, and that is not a good thing for Google. Not at all.


Yahoo fires Carol Bartz by Telephone

Reports Tuesday night have Carol Bartz out as Yahoo’s CEO. The news ends a tumultuous 30-month reign for the former Autodesk CEO.

Bartz confirmed the news to her staff at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday: 

“To all, I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board.  It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish only the best going forward."


For more read complete story on NBC Bay Area

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