According to Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, some of ”most trusted sources at Microsoft” report that sales of Windows 8 PC’s are disappointing and “well below Microsoft’s internal projections.” The source says that, internally, the blame is being placed on manufacturers’ “inability to deliver.” This is all very, very odd. But it is very understandable that Windows 8 has a rather intimidating feel for new users, also altering hardware in some ways that may make consumers feel uncomfortable. The holiday season may put a boost on Microsoft’s end, but it doesn’t sound good.
AT&T to Invest $14 Billion on Wireless Broadband Technology. It only takes four words to summarize the latest trends in mobile Internet: it’s getting ridiculously fast. 4G networks are popping up all over the place, and some of the industry leaders in mobile communication technology are seriously upping their game. AT&T recently announced through a press release that they’ll be investing approximately $14 billion in their wireless and wireline initiatives over the next three years. Investments like this are setting the stage for your laptops to become more powerful than ever.
With speeds like that, easily and efficiently watch shows on sites like HBO GO® at 4G speed on your laptop with a DIRECTV Internet bundle. Of course, AT&T isn’t the only company pumping out 4G technology. Verizon offers the Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, which allows you to connect to up to ten devices to Verizon’s 4G network. CLEAR® is right up there as well, with its full line of personal 4G hotspots.
Keep an eye out for future improvements to 4G technology that will enhance your laptop’s Internet capabilities.
We all knew that gentlemanly royal bodyguard Corvo Attano seems gifted with a rather uncanny ability of assassination during his time in Dishonored’s Dunwall. However, as one commenter had the gut to say on the YouTube comments section: “~xXx+NoSc0pE-MLG-PrO-RzRwIrE-K1LLsTr3aK+xXx~.”
Basically, in retrospect, the video is about 3 minutes of pure assassinations, all done in spectacular yet terrifying style. Enjoy.
You cannot simply just state a date for the start of the internet’s most pirated TV to start airing Season 3! Apparently, for Game of Thrones, you can. And it shall be magnificent, glorious, grand, and filled with swords, stones, and dragons. Ahh, we can hardly wait.
There’s Android phones — then there’s the Nexus devices built by Google, designed to be the purest representation of Android, because you know — Android is from Google, so a Google device (commissioned to a manufacturer in this case, LG) would do it best, right? Turns out, most agree to this about the Nexus 4, except the lack of LTE support. Tomorrow, T-Mobile will begin selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for $200 on a two-year agreement and if you don’t want to tie yourself with a T-Mobile contract, the same phone will cost you a whopping $500. Ouch. Via: T-Mobile
The DROID DNA is perhaps the essence of the Verizon Android smartphone catalog (get it?). Despite having a massive 5-inch screen (simply .5 inches shy of the Galaxy Note II from Samsung), it has all of the specifications (specs, for short) that make it an attractive device: A 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (APQ8064 paired with MDM9615m, to be specific) and 2GB of RAM, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC’s Sense 4+ UI. To take fantastic images, there’s an 8MP f/2.0 rear camera with 28mm wide angle lens, BSI sensor, ImageChip and 1080p HD video capture.
On the opposite side of the phone you can expect to see a 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing cam that features 1080p HD video record and an 88-degree ultra-wide angle lens. All of this sheer excitement is powered by a 2,000mAh battery, with Qi wireless charging support. Additional little details include Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support, NFC, MHL, dual mics for noise cancellation bundled with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band). Its physical size measures 9.73mm thick and weighs 4.86 ounces (138g). Beats Audio integration and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE top off the whole package.
Ever since Google started registering patents and promoting their Google Glasses platform which would introduce wearable computing for your eyes, every other company has had something brewing. It turns out the first to make note of is the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based virtual display eyepiece, integrated with WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors (including gyroscope, GPS, and a digital compass), all the while can work in partnership with your iOS or Android smartphone for augmented reality apps — thus bringing actual life to everything you’d do on a computer.
All of this is processed by a 1GHz OMAP4430 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage and a battery that provides 8 hours of continued hands-free usage for things like phone calls and just 2 hours with the display activated. The WQVGA resolution with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio is what the display tries to achieve when viewed over the left or right eye, and gives the impression of looking at a 4-inch smartphone display viewed at a distance of 14-inches with more than 2,000 nits of brightness for viewing outdoors.
Doubtless, it’s complex, but technology like this is exciting.
Oh hey, it’s the HTC One series! This time, the overclocked and upgraded One X+ will debut November 16th for $200 on contract for a high-end Android phone with a quad-core processor, one of the best 4.7-inch screens in the industry, and Android 4.1 with Google Now to keep things modern. There’s also the One XV, a $50 smartphone for budget users, which also requires a two-year agreement like its more powerful cousin does. More info about both devices is in the source link.
In one big shakeup of roles at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky is leaving the, effective immediately — he was the former leader of the Windows diviosn, and oversaw development of Windows 8. Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface veteran Julie Larson-Green will be taking on most of his duties by heading up all Windows development, including hardware “opportunities” like Surface; whilst CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on pure business and marketing sectors of the Windows platform.
Sinofsky commented on his departure:
“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”
This comes as a continued surprise, with Microsoft shuffling around internally much like Apple has in the past few months. Whoa.