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Rumors: HTC Arrive and Kyocera Echo Coming with Sprint; iPad 2 Only Has 1MP Camera

Written on January 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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News of HTC and Kyocera's partnership with Sprint breaks into cyberspace. iPad 2's 1MP camera rumor is the biggest WTF yet.

Word’s spreading fast around cyber town as logo images of HTC and Kyocera’s new devices pop up over at Engaget. The devices are rumored to sport Sprint as its carrier according to tipsters. On the other hand, news that the iPad 2 having only a 1MP camera has definitely alarmed the world of iPad and Apple fans.

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Microsoft: 1.5 Million Sales for Windows Phone 7

Written on December 23, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"Sales are ramping well as our reputation is growing for offering users a unique experience and are in line with our expectations – especially when compared to other new platform introductions. With a new platform you have to look at a couple of things, first of all customer satisfaction. As I mentioned before, we’ve seen great response on the complete mobile phone experience." ---Achim Berg, Microsoft Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft released an official statement regarding the Windows Phone 7 Sales report. The company claimed that over 1.5 million units were sold to mobile operators and retailers during the first month of availability.

Achim Berg, Microsoft’s vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, broke the news at the Microsoft News Center website:

“Sales are ramping well as our reputation is growing for offering users a unique experience and are in line with our expectations – especially when compared to other new platform introductions. With a new platform you have to look at a couple of things, first of all customer satisfaction. As I mentioned before, we’ve seen great response on the complete mobile phone experience.

Another is phone manufacturer sales – phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers. We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence.”

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First Look on Acer Iconia

Written on November 24, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Acer unveiled its latest computing innovation that is slated to hit the market next year. The Acer Iconia houses Windows 7 and dual touchscreens. So the question is: Is this a laptop or a tablet?

Acer unveiled it latest computing innovation, the Acer Iconia. This device takes the physical form of a 14-inch notebook, but eschews the keyboard for dual touchscreen. However, since the Acer Iconia is due to release on January 15 of next year, the hardware is likely to change. Still, it seems that Acer is working closely with Microsoft as Acer Iconia runs Windows 7 Home Premium.

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LG’s Windows 7 Tablet Arrives in Korea

Written on November 23, 2010 by Charles Bass

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LG releaed in Korea a Windows 7 tablet that seems promising but some people are having doubts. What could be the reason why? Find out below.

LG launched a Windows 7 tablet in Korea recently. The tablet is known in Korea as the E-Note H1000B.

This W7 tablet features a 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen, an Intel Atom Z510 or Z530 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of SSD storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, an SD card reader and two USB 2.0 slots. The interesting thing about the tablet is that it comes with the limited Windows 7 Starter Edition though it doesn’t carry a camera. The Windows 7 Starter Edition is what makes it different from other tablets in the market today.

The specifications is not that superb and its price is a bit expensive at $850. But there are rumors stating that LG’s plan to launch an Android tablet soon which might be the latest iPad competitor.

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Windows 8 and its Dilemma

Written on October 26, 2010 by Adam Eve

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"If Windows 8 comes out in two years, I think that's likely to happen, that many [enterprises] will be very suspect about migrating to the next release." ---Michael Silver, analyst at Gartner

According to some analysts, with Microsoft’s Windows 8 coming in two years, enterprises that are now in the midst of migrating to Windows 7 are unlikely to do the same work by 2012. Michael Cherry, an analyst of Directions on Microsoft, said that talking up on Windows 8 now might slow the momentum for Windows 7.

Windows 7 already sold more than 240 million licenses, reaching a 17% usage share in just a year. But a three-year development cycle imposed by Microsoft can present problems to companies and consumers.

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Microsoft Presents the Windows Phone 7

Written on October 12, 2010 by Charles Bass

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We've been all dying to know and to see Windows Phone 7. From leaks to sneak peeks, now we have it for real. Microsoft unwraps its greatest weapon to compete against Apple, Android and BlackBerry.

Microsoft recently unleashed the power to compete with Apple, BlackBerry and Android —presenting the Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also revealed the 9 mobile phones powered by WP7 during the event in New York. Ballmer also take note that there will be 60 mobile operators who will offer the device around the world. All of which are made from South Korea’s Samsung and LG Electronics, Taiwan’s HTC and US computer giant Dell, in more than 30 countries.

“We have built a different kind of a phone,” Ballmer said. “We set out to build a phone that was thoroughly modern. We focused on the things that real people really want to use,” he said. “We really put our energy into bringing together the things that you love.”
Mobile phone powered by the WP7 will run email from various services – integrate calendars, contacts and social networks and allow for documents to be viewed, edited and shared using Microsoft Office.
There will also be the Zune music player platform and the access to mobile version of Xbox games.

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Microsoft: ‘Revolution to Windows Phone 7′

Written on September 07, 2010 by Charles Bass

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You want a modern Revolution? Microsoft grants your wish.

Bold and naked. That’s the promise of Microsoft as their new ad for Windows Phone 7 hits the Internet.

‘The revolution is coming.’

The message may seem vague, but watching the ad, it made sense. The phone unit is not so complicated but full of features. Sure they might be somehow ‘boring’ and business like, but most often they make products which guarantee two thumbs up. And now, the shaping of Windows Phone 7 exhilarates our senses. The UI is just amazing.

Check the video below and see if the Windows Phone 7 is here to make a difference.

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The Windows-Powered LG Optimus 7

Written on September 07, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Windows 7 is the way to bounce back for Microsoft in the mobile OS market. LG pitches in a smart idea or two, or even seven--and together they create LG Optimus 7.

The LG booth at Berlin offered a preview for its Windows 7 Phone, the manufacturer’s first in the next generation of its mobiles. We need not rely on image leaks anymore as LG Optimus 7’s forthcoming was confirmed at IFA.

What LG shone the spotlight on is the Optimus 7’s DNLA flick technology. LG Global’s press release said, “This unique media file-sharing technology will be embedded in upcoming LG Optimus 7 smartphones, which go on sale early in the fourth quarter of this year,”

Also coded as LG E900, the Optimus 7 was made compatible for the mobile OS by the integration of a Windows key, a search button and a back button in the smartphone, which Microsoft required in running the OS.

Will LG Optimus 7 be Windows mobile OS’s savior in the consumer market? Pitch in to us your two cents’ worth!

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Turn Your Windows Desktop to Mac OS X with Snow Transformation Pack

Written on August 16, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Tired of the usual interface for your Windows desktop? Want to make it look like a Mac OS X, but doesn't want to drop the whole system? Well, the Snow Transformation Pack is here to solve your dilemma. And it's absolutely F-R-E-E!

Now you can change the appearance of your whole Windows Desktop into Mac OS X without dropping the Microsoft system. Snow Transformation Pack will change your GUI including the login screen, wallpapers, icons, clocks, dialog boxes, sounds, docks and many more! However, you’ll need to disable your User Account Control in order to install it. Meaning you will need to run the installer twice — one to attenuate the UAC and another one to incorporate the package. Afterwards, you’ll be prompted whether you like to install a few background apps — which is good if you don’t need your computer to be powerful. Surprisingly, with a few exceptions in usability, it looks like the Mac OS X. To make it more Mac-like, you can add a few manual tweaks like clicking on the Taskbar, hitting Properties, and using small tab icons. If you’re tired of the usual Windows GUI, you can have a Mac experience for a while by downloading the Snow Transformation Pack. It is absolutely free but available for Windows Vista/7 only.

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Take a Peek at Toshiba’s Libretto W100

Written on August 16, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Traversing the line between tablets and laptops has been a significantly successful venture for computer companies. Yet Toshiba tosses up a quirky contraption on the in-between line, and lets the world see two pre-existing gadgets like never before.

Libretto W100 is Toshiba’s ticket to the booming tablet market, plus a twist. W100 is a 1.5-pound, 7-inch dual-screen device running Windows 7. But unlike the usual clamshell laptop, the traditional keyboard is replaced with a typing screen that works like the iPad’s virtual keyboard.

It is a tablet and another tablet pieced together, two lids closing like a laptop.  And it looks like all things come in two with the Libretto. Aside from a pair of screens, you get two batteries and a dual-core processor. Better than the iPad, this thing is. Is it really? What is for sure is that it costs twice more than the cheapest iPad.

Toshiba’s hybrid of a tablet and a laptop also comes in handy because users can convert the touch screen to a thumb keyboard whenever they are on the run. It is a tablet that can function as productively as any Windows laptop can do, e.g. run Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash efficiently.

Take a peek at Toshiba Libretto W100 from the video coming after the jump.

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