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Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’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. A large part of Microsoft’s problem seems to be a huge lack of self-concept, 15 years ago the company quite willingly accepted that it wasn’t the cool-kid on the block, Mr Gates indeed embraced his uncoolness.

15 years ago the tech-galaxy seemed balanced. Apple had creatives covered, the NASDAQ had a bunch of competitors to fill each niche between Microsoft’s dullness and Apples glistening stardom. This was a plus-place for Microsoft to be, so long as it stayed away from Apples end of the market, so long as it stayed boring.

While Apple has gone from strength to strength, Microsoft’s continuous failure at recognizing what it does super-well, the dull stuff, OS and Office, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. Unless of course you’ve become slightly insecure, forgotten who your buddies are and you’ve grown a need to play with the good-looking kids. Microsoft has sacrificed it’s solid image in a futile attempt at cornering the glamour-end of tech. I realise this sounds like a bit of hot air, but (I need to say this: old people love Microsoft)

Old people love Windows 8, the OS and amazingly the phone. The fastest – and most ignored – group of technology consumers LOVES WINDOWS 8! So who does Microsoft market Windows 8 to… clever little bumpkins, trendites and fashion conscious iPhone owners? :: Read the full article »»»»


Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sony, Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Sony's Smart ToupéeI’ve just finished watching Michael Douglas play Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, smartest looking man in a toupée. As a rule a hairpiece doesn’t sit well, they’re always obvious, rarely believable. Michael Douglas is a a rarity – NO MAN SHOULD EVER WEAR A WIG!

All that said, someplace in the galaxy YOU KNOW someone’s been trying to fit tech-stuff inside a wig, hide technology under not-real hair, it’s such an obvious fit, right?

Apparently someone at Sony, the genius’ behind Blueray, Walkman, Playstation and Plasma, thinks this idea might fly.

According to Bloomberg, Sony has filed for a US patent on a device called “Smartwig.” Clearly Sony has disobeyed the first rule of wig-wearing, “Never admit it’s a piece.”

The new Gizmo apparently has mobile connectivity – tablet + phone – it’s also kitted with built-in navigation, a health checker, camera and slide show viewer, seriously: refer to rule 1, never admit…

Sony – holding onto  the little wisdom it has left – has admitted it’s unsure if it intends to actually commercialise the device, but we still can’t get the image of a coke-bottle goggle wearing Japanese boffin dashing about the lab wearing his supershiny black Smartwig :: Read the full article »»»»


Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS

Julie Larson-Green to Kill-off RT Tablet OSMicrosoft’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 »»»»


Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps DownBeleaguered smartphone maker Blackberry has abandoned it’s plans to find a buyer, instead the company says its chief executive will stand down after nearly two years in what has to be the toughest job in the techsphere.

Former software executive John Chen will serve as interim chief executive of the Canada-based firm, replacing Thorsten Heins. Blackberry has also announced plans to try and raise more than $US1 billion in fresh financing.

The announcement sparked a 16 percent plummet in Blackberry’s share price, raising fears the struggling smartphone maker is running out of options.

After a two-month review of strategic options and talks with potential buyers including Facebook and Lenovo, Blackberry says it will now completely abandon a sale :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Nokia

Just a week after CEO Steve Ballmer spruked his retirement, Microsoft has announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone unit for almost $8 billion. The Finnish phone maker will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents, and will itself focus on network infrastructure and services :: Read the full article »»»»


OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?

Posted: July 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?

OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?That behemoth that is Microsoft – under the steerage of Steve Ballmer – has reported its FIRST EVER quarterly loss as a publicly listed company.

The company misplaced almost half a billion dollars – $US492 million – in the fourth quarter due to a massive $US6.2 billion write-down related to its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, a digital advertising firm aimed at helping Microsoft compete against Google and others.

The news is dire, not deathly though, Microsoft still posted an annual profit of $US16.98 billion and said the results reflected “solid revenue growth and rigorous cost discipline”.

In stark contrast, that other behemoth, Google, has reported an 11 per cent jump in second quarter profit to $US2.79 billion. Google said the result was boosted by a 21 per cent jump in revenues from its internet sites.


Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»