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Didn’t think I’d have to say this, but it’s a parody video people. There’s no secret message or point lol, it’s a joke video made purely for entertainment.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
After describing Surface as a “design point” to “prime the pump” and “sell a few million,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is describing the company’s tablets as a “real business” this week. In a brief interview with MIT technology Review, Ballmer avoids answering Surface sales questions, but says he’s “super-glad” Microsoft did the Surface as it’s important for the Windows ecosystem. “Surface is a real business,” says Ballmer. “In an environment in which there’s 350 million PCs sold, I don’t think Surface is going to dominate volume, but it’s a real business.”
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That fancy Vertu Ti handset we saw pop up last month? It’s finally been priced, predictably out of the average buyer’s price range. Sticker shock starts at €7,900, or about $ 10,587, and buys eccentrics with money to burn a sapphire-covered 800 x 480 display, 1.5GHz of processing power and a 1,250mAh battery — all wrapped in a durable titanium shell. What’s it missing? 4G connectivity, unfortunately. “Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology,” Vertu head of design Hutch Hutchison told the BBC. “It has to be about relevant technology and craftsmanship — it’s not a disposable product.” At those prices, we’d certainly hope not. Vertu phones might not be packed with the mobile world’s latest tech, but Hutchison says that the top dollar pricetag buys better durability. “People think sapphire is just posh glass,” he explained to the BBC. “The only thing that scratches it is a diamond.” At the very least, Vertu customers won’t have to worry about which pocket they keep their keys in.
One of the fascinating omissions from Microsoft’s just recently launched Windows Phone 8 os is the shortage of a notification center. Android and iOS both include a system to gather the numerous notifies induced by applications, but Microsoft is doing not have that essential element. Throughout a session on notifications at Build today, Microsoft’s Thomas Fennel strongly mentioned that the business is thinking about a notification center for Windows Phone.
” Since we ran out of time,” admitted Fennel, after being questioned on the lack of notification center by an audience member. “It’s extremely very crucial to me & hellip; we get bunches of feedback from developers that they wish something like that as well. I guarantee we’re thinking very very tough on that one.” …
Microsoft launched its all-new Outlook.com late last month, but Mac users and fans of IMAP were left out in the cold. Although Microsoft has never officially supported IMAP in Hotmail, a large number of users have always called for its inclusion. Explaining its decision not to support IMAP in Outlook.com, a team member, answering questions on Gizmodo this week, says “IMAP is an old protocol that supports only mail syncing (not calendar and people).” Despite the lack of support, the Outlook.com team also hint that it may support the protocol in future.
“I expect we’ll support IMAP for Outlook sometime down the line,” says the Outlook representative. The same rep also admits that Microsoft’s “client support on the Mac isn’t great” and…
In a notice to the UK’s Info Commissioner’s Office, Google has actually acknowledged that it did not purge all the unsecured wireless network info collected by its Street View vehicles, contrary to its 2010 guarantee to “remove this information as soon as feasible.” Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer says the company “has actually just recently verified that it still has in its possession a little portion of payload information collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK” and additional countries. Google previously said that most of the information it gathered was “fragmentary,” however in some situations, URLs, full e-mails, or also passwords were collected.
This revelation was obviously the outcome of Google examining Street View storage drives after the ICO re-opened its …
Microsoft’s first Zune hardware launched in late 2006, around five years after the initial Apple iPod hit the market and less than a year before the iPhone changed the smartphone industry. Former Microsoft executive Robbie Bach, in charge of Zune at the time, says he would skip portable media players if he could launch Zune again. “The portable music market is gone and it was already leaving when we started,” admitted Bach at an entrepreneurs’ event in Seattle last week. “We just weren’t brave enough,” he says, accepting that Microsoft ended up chasing Apple without a compelling reason for consumers to purchase Zune hardware.
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See the top LCD panel on that gorgeous new Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera above? Early adopters say that light can leak through that spot and confuse the camera’s Automatic Exposure (AE) sensor… and Canon isn’t disagreeing with them. In fact, the company has admitted the issue today. “In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel,” a Canon product advisory reads.
Before you consider returning your $ 3,500 investment, though, or canceling your pre-order, you should know that this won’t be an issue for all shooters — only those that shoot in low light, and with that backlight turned on. In normal scenes, the…
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Sony launches three new Cyber-shot cameras, admits point-and-shoots are a dying breed (hands-on pictures)
Eavesdrop on any conversation between a journalist and a camera manufacturer, and you’re guaranteed to hear some variant of the question, “what are you doing about the rise of smartphone cameras?” At a recent Sony briefing in New York City, the company didn’t even wait to be asked — it addressed the question head on, and told us that basically, point-and-shoots are dying. Sony’s low-end camera sales were down 20 percent last year, and no one at the company expects that number to do anything but increase in the years to come. Dying doesn’t mean dead, though: these cheap cameras still account for as much as 80 percent of Sony’s camera sales, and the company estimates that people replace their point-and-shoot every two years, so there’s…
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Microsoft admitted on Monday that initial sales of Windows Phone 7 had been lower than the company anticipated.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer previously admitted that sales had been “very small” during his keynote address at the Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year. “We’ve gone from very small to very small but its been a heck of a year,” admitted Ballmer. “A year ago, Microsoft had no Windows Phone. In the last year we’ve sold millions of phones.” However, Ballmer stopped short at saying that the sales had not met company targets.
Microsoft’s proxy statement to the U.S. securities and exchange commission on Monday reveals that initial sales of Windows Phone 7 devices were a factor in Ballmer’s bonus for 2011:
“Appraisal and other relevant information considered by the independent members of the Board, including: Mr. Ballmer’s performance against his individual commitments; the operating income performance of the Company relative to 25 large technology companies (a group that includes most of our Technology Peers); successful product launches including Kinect for Xbox and Office 365, enhancements to Windows Azure and Bing; continued progress positioning the company as a leader in the cloud and cloud-based infrastructure; key partnerships with Facebook and Nokia; significant progress in development of the next generation of Windows; work toward the successful acquisition of Skype; lower than expected initial sales of Windows Phone 7; the 2% decline in revenue for the Windows and Windows Live Division; the need for further progress in new form factors; and an overall strong financial year in which Microsoft reported record revenue of $ 69.9 billion, record operating income of $ 27.1 billion, and record earnings per share of $ 2.69 representing 12%, 13%, and 28% growth, respectively.”
Ballmer picked up 100% bonus, out of a possible 200%, and a pay rise of 2%. Despite the admission, it’s not all doom and gloom for Windows Phone. Microsoft recently released its Windows Phone 7.5 update for existing devices. The company revealed on Monday that it is now available for 50% of devices and all devices are expected to receive the update by the end of October. Nokia is also expected to unveil several Windows Phone devices at its Nokia World event in London later this month. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 update is sturdy upgrade that brings the platform on par with its competition. With 30,000 apps in the bank, and the focus on developers, Microsoft will be hoping that its “Mangofied” apps really start to take off shortly.
Microsoft admits to ‘lower than expected’ sales of Windows Phone 7 originally appeared at WinRumors.com.