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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 »»»»


Browser Wars Warm Up: Google Chrome Sidles Up Behind Internet Explorer as the Second Most Popular Web Browser

Posted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bow Down, Google, Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Browser Wars Warm Up: Google Chrome Sidles Up Behind Internet Explorer as the Second Most Popular Web Browser

Google Chrome Second Most Popular Web BrowserMuch chatter has been spewing from the interweb on Googles Chrome browser taking up second place in the three way battle for browser supremecy. Headlines like “Google’s Chrome browser surging past Firefox” and “Will Google Chrome kill Firefox? ” A slow news week perhaps?

The build up has been the usual steady and well thought out Google conquest, when Google Chrome launched in 2008, net experts espoused that Mozilla/Firefox had the most to lose from Chromes release.

Right about now: the behemoth that is Microsoft must be looking in the rear view wondering just how long before it loses it’s long held grip on browser superiority?

This week Google Chrome has finally slotted itself into second place in the browser wars.

According to web analytics company StatCounter Chrome now has 25.69 percent of the market while Firefox has 25.23 percent, hardly a surge, but nice work if you can get it!.

Both browsers are trailing Microsofts stallwart browser Internet Explorer, IE still owns 40.63 percent of the market :: Read the full article »»»»


On the Surface: The Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Microsoft, Samsung, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on On the Surface: The Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution

Many products don’t make the transition from idea to retail product, vapor ware is the name given to these product ideas and prototypes that simply disappear into the ether. With an incredibly popular demonstration earlier this year at CES ‘Surface‘ seemed too good to be true, and looked like one of those ideas that just may end up being an ether dweller. Thankfully ‘Surface‘ isn’t one of those products, with the announcement this week that ‘Surface SUR40‘ is available for pre-order in 23 countries. Microsoft and Samsung have delivered more than just a new touch screen, ‘Surface‘ is a new way of collaborating.

The Samsung SUR40 Surface is the retail version of the Über coffee table demonstrated at CES earlier this year, with the finished product being slimmer and lighter than the demonstration. Most often seen in it’s table format, flat out, Surface can just as easily be mounted on a wall or installed at an angle in kiosks and information booths.

“Samsung worked closely with Microsoft, quickly evolving the Surface from a frumpy gadget to it’s current thin design, and with the most powerful vision-based capabilities in the LCD market, Surface shines.

“The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface delivers an interactive experience not available anywhere else and will change the way companies engage with their customers,” said Jeong-Hwan Kim, senior vice president of Display Sales & Marketing team at Samsung Electronics. Read the full article »»»»


Android Overtakes Apple Mobile App Downloads

Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple, Cult of Apple, Favorite New Thought, Google, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Kiss My . . ., Michael Courtenay, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphone, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Love | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Overtakes Apple Mobile App Downloads

​The growth of Googles Android platform has been stratospheric over the past 12 months, at October 2010 Android held 19 percent of the U.S. smartphone market – with Apples iPhone iOS at 24 percent. Fast forward 12 months to October 2011 and Android was holding 38 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of almost 20 percent, against Apples 26 percent, an increase of only 2 percent. Androids big big numbers is also reflected in it’s massive increase of available apps to 500,000.

Note worthy is Samsungs strangle hold on the smartphone market. Our favorite semiconductor behemoth has consistently outperformed Apple in sales. Samsung smartphones make up almost 25 percent of the U.S. market, while the much lauded Apple iPhone has consistently sat below 9 percent. This explains Apples aggression toward Samsung [check the litigation links]  84.5 million smartphone handsets in the U.S. equates to 21 million Samsung handsets to Apples 8 million iPhones, ouch! Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Sniffing Out Yahoo, Again?

Posted: October 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Microsoft, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Sniffing Out Yahoo, Again?

CHINABack in 2008 Microsoft had attempted to pay as much as $ 47.5 billion for the waning internet dinosaur,  now that Yahoo’s market value is only $18 billion, you’d think Microsoft could pick up Yahoo at a decent discount.

Not so quick MS! Yahoo’s settling in for a long auction process.

Microsoft is considering a bid for Yahoo, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.

Microsoft joins a host of other companies looking at Yahoo, which has a market value of about $18 billion and is readying financial pitch books for potential buyers, they said.

Yahoo shares jumped almost 10% on the news to $15.80 in afternoon trading. Microsoft shares erased some of their gains and were up 2.2 percent at $25.91, compared with a rise of about 3 percent earlier in the day :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Launch Delayed

Posted: September 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple, Apple vs Samsung, Breaking News, Favorite New Thought, Google, Kiss My . . ., M.Aaron Silverman, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphone, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Launch Delayed

UPDATED: 28 September, 2011,  Samsung – while stuck in the midst of litigation with Apple Inc –  has announced an agreement to cross-license their patent portfolios with that old behemoth that is Microsoft!

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry” said Samsung’s Hong Won-Pyo

Microsoft has said the deal with the South Korean electronics titan provides “broad coverage for each company’s products.”

The Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said it will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform from Google :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Internet Explorer Bug: 900 Million Vulnerable Users!

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Internet Explorer Bug: 900 Million Vulnerable Users!

Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in all supported editions of Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to cause a victim to run malicious scripts when visiting various Web sites, resulting in information disclosure. This impact is similar to server-side cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Microsoft is aware of published information and proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit this vulnerability. At this time, Microsoft has not seen any indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability. Read the full article »»»»