Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Android, iOS, Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Computing, Surface, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Mobile Computing News, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT | Comments Off
Microsoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.
RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency.
RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.
Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows.
Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 26th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple Inc, Apple iPad 3D, Apple iPhone 3D, Apple SmartTV, Business News, Mobile Comuting, PrimeSense, Technoid Computer News | Comments Off
Consumer tech-behemoth Apple Inc, has acquired 3D developer PrimeSense, it hasn’t however disclosed how it intends to use the new acquisition. PrimeSense is a developer who’s technologie allow devices to respond to their environment in three dimensions.
Apple purchased the Israel based company yesterday, tech-analysts believe the move indicates a shift toward more sophisticated gesture-control in Apples mobile devices, iPhone and iPad.
An Apple spokesman confirmed the purchase, however declined to say how much it spent or what the technology will be used for.
Israeli media said Apple paid about $350 million for PrimeSense, whose technology powers the gesture control in Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Kinect gaming system :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Business News, Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Retires, Steve Ballmer, Technoid Computer News | Comments Off
Microsoft’s outlandish chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced he’s got his heart set on retirement. The gregarious CEO reckons he’s pensioning himself off within the coming 12 months.
It is the opinion of this blogger that Microsoft, under Ballmer’s helmsman-ship has missed many obvious opportunities, leaving the once mighty company languishing in cyber-nomans land.
Ballmer’s retirement might just open a new chapter for Microsoft, while its Windows OS is used in the vast majority of personal computers. Microsoft during Ballmer’s 13 years of control has had little impact in the fast-growing mobile device segment.
The tech-behemoth has faced a slurry of criticism for not keeping pace with this fast-evolving tech-sector, my personal criticism includes not eyeing-off it’s market correctly.
While Microsoft has battled to keep pace in development, it’s preferred market seems to have been slices of the iPhone and Android markets, leaving those – seniors, those around Ballmer’s own age – who actually love thier products virtually untouched :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Facebook, Mobile Device, Smartphone, Smartphone Addiction, Social Media Addiction, Technoid Computer News, twitter | Comments Off
Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.
Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.
Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.
Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 17th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple iPhone 5, Apple Maps, Apple Mobile Maps, Google Maps, Google Maps App, iMaps, Mobile Apps, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Technology News | Comments Off
Google has released a new Maps app for iPhone,the release neatly coincides with Apples inability to get it’s glitch-ridden program right. iPhone users have panned consistently panned iMaps for omitting key landmarks, cities, as well as failing to correctly to give directions.
Google has a serious push for iPhone users underway, promising an entirely new experience with its Google Maps App, including it’s standard – and working – local search functions, voice-guided directions and Street View images of places, as well as the interiors of some 100,000 retail outlets and businesses.
Earlier this year, to much fan-fair, Apple unceremoniously gave Google Maps the boot – which had been the default program for iPhones since the devices inception – when it developed its own mapping application. However, the new Apple developed program immediately drew scorn from iPhone users.
iPhanatics groaned and moaned that Apple’s service – based on Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom’s data – contained errors and lacked features that made Google Maps popular.
In October, Scott Forstall, a long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was asked to leave the company partly because of his refusal to take responsibility for the mishandling of the mapping software :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Dell, Gaming Laptop, Laptops, Portable Gaming, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Game News | Tags: Alienware | Comments Off
Hot on the heels of last week’s preview of Intel’s 3rd-generation Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge mobile processors, Dell’s Alienware has announced Ivy Bridge availability in its refreshed M14x, M17x, and M18x gaming laptops. The three units also get new GPU and storage options, dedicated Creative Sound Blaster chip, as well as THX TruStudio.
Locally, cnet reported, Dell has officially refreshed its Alienware gaming laptop lineup in parts of Asia Pacific with Ivy Bridge processors. Countries getting the update: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. Unlike the US and UK, those in this region (with the exception of Australia and New Zealand) won’t be seeing the M18x. This means that consumers only get to choose between the M14x and the M17x.x
The 11-inch M11x didn’t make the transition to Ivy Bridge, the company is discontinuing it :: Read the full article »»»»