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Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

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Poor old Microsoft.

No one wants their phones.

No one wants their tablets.

No one wants their new OS.

Even burglars in their own HQ swerve their kit.

:-)

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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Re: Cant stand microsoft, because...

WP8 has shockingly tiny sales figures - it's entirely possible a Ubuntu handset would outsell it. And wouldn't that be lovely - it might even get Nokias attention, since as soon as that looked remotely possible Blamer and his trojan Flop would have both been given the boot by then, and an alternative would be needed.

Actually ... hey now there's a funny thing ... why suddenly the announcement of all these alternative mobile OS's - Tizen/Ubuntu/FirefoxOS etc? It's almost as if these are waiting for someone big to announce a major change in direction...

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2013: Microsofts' year of hell

And so it begins.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

Look at these two ugly bastards:

http://bgr.com/2013/01/07/nokia-ceo-elop-interview-android-284778/

Between them is a pair of loser CEOs.

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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

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Sinofsky's new blogski: Windows 8 king reborn as management guru

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Re: "without adequate explanation"

I wonder if he was behind this:

Microsoft says somebody stole its Apple iPads

"Microsoft's campus in Mountain View is presumably loaded with Microsoft's latest and greatest products, but a thief decided to steal five Apple iPads from the company's offices instead"

One can imagine the burglar skillfully swerving the mountains of unsold surface tablets, WP8 handsets and heaps of returned Windows 8 DVD's looking for decent kit, and finding all the Android gear was at home, since that's what the staff use personally, was then forced to take just what they could resell.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

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Business Insider: Another Bad Windows 8 Report

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"Hi! I'm Clippy! It looks like you want to launch some nukes".

"I noticed you pushed the big red button. Your system now needs rebooting, so these changes can come into effect."

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Samsung confirms Tizen-based mobes to debut this year

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s/Bada/Tizen

And in 2014 s/Tizen/Ubuntu etc, not bothering the serious mobile players a jot. It will, however. cause all these novelties to be lumped along with microsoft in the "others" section of every market share report for the next few years - the sub 5% aggregate generally considered floor noise.

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Brit boffins build projectile-vomiting robot to kill norovirus

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"Vomiting Larry" huh? Just as Google gets off another monopolies rap

Someone has a twisted sense of humour.

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Apple loses round to Amazon in 'App Store' name dispute

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Drip drip drip till the dam bursts

Apple peaked in the middle of last year. We're now in a free-for-all as everyone at last sees the emperor has no clothes, and are beginning to stick it to them for realizing how they've actually been cheated all these years.

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Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

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Ballmer called Linux a “cancer”

This need repeating.

Ballmer called Linux a “cancer”

Microsoft apologists really, really want that to be somehow erased from everyone's memory, and never appear in the same sentence as Windows 8 whilst they are running a multi million pound advertising campaign for it.

Ooops.

See what I did there ?

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

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And in a year or two, you'll be seeing iOS supporting multiple users, NFC, wireless charging etc the way Android does today.

We'll also witness the familiar drama of these features going from "not being needed by anyone" whilst not present on the iSheeps favorite toy, to "fantastic innovations" when they do finally appear right up to "Exhibit A, m'lud" as Apple starts trying to wipe out those it copied from, err whoops that should be "takes legal action to protect its innovations".

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Re: Tripe...

The markets think so to:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/official-apple-just-niche-player-155409478.html

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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

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So who resigned this time?

Is there some "head of scheduling management" top boss who refused to sign a letter of apology?

Will there be a 1 line "sorry" sentence in the British newspapers in 1pt scribble, surrounded by 96pt "Apple are great and can take this piss out of the British legal system all they want ner ner-ne-ner ner" text?

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Re: Maybe

"They should concentrate on putting a retina screen in the mini ipad"

I dunno, watching your movies the minecraft way has a certain kind of retro appeal - all those mario style blocky pixels and gaudy colors certainly do it for the die hard fanbois. Perfection is, after all, anything with an apple logo on it.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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Re: This is news?????

There's one for certain claiming that last one was just another a Balls up, but have no fear - we will remember. Could it be the same person admiring another mans fake buttocks whilst wearing a Nazi outfit in this photo? I think there is a worrying pattern here regarding this loathsome individual and his attitude to our fallen. Still, at least he knew how to spend our money when he had the one and only chance he'll ever get.

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Re: This is news?????

This is all bollocks - it's obvious where the gullible publics money has gone. Moats don't clean themselves, you know, and the last time I checked there was no such thing as a free duck houses, cable tv porn or poppies to lay at the remembrance services of those who gave their lives fighting to give our noble, honest and trustworthy MP's the freedoms they now enjoy.

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2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Here's a helpful Windows surface video for anyone unaware of what all the fuss is about, and the perils that befall those who cross Blamer: Surface presentation epic fail

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Here's a helpful Win 8 video for anyone unaware of what all the fuss is about: Windows 8: The Animated Evaluation

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Chinese court orders Apple to cough £100k to writers for violating copyright

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Re: Peanuts

It is financially, but there are many like me who would just like to add their voice to the good chuckle everyone is having at the fanbois embarrassment - yet another in the avalanche set to grow throughout 2013 as more and more of their desperate patents get overturned.

Chip chip chip till the damn bursts, I reckon. It's a smart move - go back to the original patents one by one to get them struck off, then the subsequent court cases are a no brainer to overturn: Apples worst nightmare, in effect, just at the time it's plumb out of innovation and the courts take a dump on any of their future trivial round corner jokes.

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Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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@AC 8:56

7. Innocent members of the public who felt like a Chinese take away and ended up nearly drowning: http://goo.gl/8gMYw

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Re: Meh.

@GitMeMyShootinIrons

Apple's very first act - before it had any products - was to copy. It took its name from the Beatles record label, then spent the rest of its existence basically polishing existing tech into a form just enough to fool those who prefer style over substance. This thou-shalt-not-copy hypocrisy was baked into its DNA from the start, and its legal antics are just the obvious extension of this - a smokescreen thrown up to try to disguise this fact. Now they are rumbled, and there is literally NOTHING they can put in any future products that a competitor hasn't done already, that little boy's voice is becoming the roar of the crowd.

Apples' peak coincided with Steve jobs death, but were he around today he'd not have been able to stop the rot.

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Re: bailed

"microsoft should have never bailed them out"

Samsung don't think so - it's the best thing that could have happened to them. Look at their runaway Android market share, and consider what it would have been had Nokia done the smart thing and gone with Android. Now, it would have been almost certainly a 50/50 split between the two. The official reason they didn't? There was "no way" to differentiate handset models if you run with Android, unlike the infinitely customisable WP8, which looks so different across all its various handset models, why, you can hardly tell its WP8 at all.

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And then, just as the great man had proudly walked by to the fawning cries of "ooh' and "aah" from the sycophantic crowd, a small boys' voice was heard by everyone: "but the emperor has no clothes on!"

Read this and think how much iPads ect really fleece the iSheep: Are display devices becoming like light bulbs?

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A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives

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Re: Competition

Stephen Elop surely? He was Microsofts 8th largest shareholder when Blamer concocted his last-gasp desperate attempt for some kind of relevance in mobile, and set him on his mission to infiltrate Nokia. Clearly doomed to failure from the start, his only success is in dragging Nokia down with them, but he'll naturally be very well compensated when he gets the boot.

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Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Nice one!

Is it just me, or does it really seem everywhere you look these days more and more people are taking the piss out of Apple?

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US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

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Re: Apple=Bastards

Time for Plan C.

Plan A - Copy, then rest on laurels having fleeced the lower IQ segment of the market

Plan B - Sue anyone who, err, you can pay American courts enough to run with your ludicruous "they copied us" claims (extending Plan A)

Plan C - Genuine innovation

In other words they are toast :-)

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

Well done whoever noticed this - you just doubled the Win8 user base. For a while.

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

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Re: Still won't make METRO fly

Come 'ed, wack, why not go all the way and do a scouse one?

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Consumer reports say you're best to swerve it, no matter what the language

Another of the imminent torrent of "Windows 8 is shite" reports:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Consumer-Reports-Windows-8-Upgrade-Donna-Tapellini-Modern-UI,19878.html

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Samsung grabs 'World's biggest handset-maker' title off Nokia

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The Microsoft effect

From a mere burning platform, easily fixable, to the fiery pits of hell familiar to all those who deal with them.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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Sure, just like these parasites extort $5 per handset from the Android manufacturers.

Well, their balance sheet for 2012 has to show *some* revenue from mobile, after all.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Re: Why the subtitle?

"Apple's free ride in the media is definitely over"

As it is in the markets - this was today:

"Another Bite Out of Apple’s Stock Price"

http://wallstreetsectorselector.com/2012/12/another-bite-out-of-apples-stock-price/

This was a week ago:

"Apple suffers worst share price fall in four years as $35bn wiped off tech giant"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/9725956/Apple-suffers-worst-share-price-fall-in-four-years-as-35bn-wiped-off-tech-giant.html

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

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Re: Invalidated due to obviousness?

Don't forget the stunning "turn page" patent, which freed the human race from thousands of years of bewilderment trying to figure out exactly how to use those mystifying pieces of paper bound together as "books".

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/19/3659382/apple-design-patent-on-virtual-page-turn

And let's not forget their recent amazing innovation, surely at Nobel prize level in its dazzling breakthrough, again enlightening all mankind together by inventing the "leaf" - that's right, at last we have a name for those puzzling little things no-one had thought of before which covered trees.

http://www.techtree.com/content/news/2227/apple-patents-leaf-patenting-rectangle.html

Round corners? Fuck 'em - there's loads more of this hilariously desperate shit coming as Android eats their lunch.

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

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How humiliating

Still, the user experience is Apples utmost concern.

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'

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Re: "most improved"

I'd look at it more along the lines of improved quantity. When the post Christmas sales figures for WP8 emerge, Redmond will be knee deep in them. Shame he didn't do what he said he would to Eric Schmidt, since it will be all largely down to him and his company :-)

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Microsoft Santa gifts you with 5 critical fixes in Xmas Patch Tuesday

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Re: Bing Desktop

Someone mention Bing and Google in the same sentence? Funny thing is, there's a very interesting story involving those two I drive microsoft apologists mad with every time I bring it up round here. It's extremely embarrassing for them, so naturally they really, really want to airbrush it out of history. Have no fear - we can look forwards to seeing it right through 2013, lest we forget :-)

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Microsoft rolling out Windows Phone 8 update in Europe

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Re: Windows Phone antivirus - specially for you!

"if popularity is a measure of quality then why is "... Windows on most desktops?

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Clippy returns

It looks like you're trying to make a phone call...

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RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

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They've a chance of being the third mobile platform player if they run Android apps well. Otherwise they've < 12 months before being asset stripped the way microsoft raped nokia ... come to think of it, the beast may well be ready for another round just about then, and it would be a great way for them to try to prolong the inevitable WP8 failure.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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Re: Samsung need a new legal team

"how Samsungs lawyers haven't managed to get it declared a mistrial yet I don't know."

Apple are using the best court they could buy, in their own backyard, natch.

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Tim Cook’s 'One more thing': Apple TV rumor-stoker

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See, this is where pissing off Samsung really comes home to roost.

This TV - I hope its doesn't infringe on the "trade dress", "look and feel", "whatever else asshole lawyers come up with" that Samsungs products of the last 15 years have had. In other words,, if it's anything other than a large black rectangular device showing moving pictures with sound, controllable via a remote, then its "I'll trade your piddling billion for ten times that" time.

Then again, Apple will probably once more just use the best court they can buy in Texas to claim TV is in fact their innovation, sue every other manufacturer not matter what their provenance, and bully other countries into banning every other TV but theirs.

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

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Re: If you want a company poised for massive growth

They should make the most hay they can until Win8 SP1.

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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Microsoft are doing mobile phone software now?

Well I never. Next you'll be saying they have a search engine of their own, rather than throwing up a script kiddie style wrapper around a real one:

http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/microsofts-bing-uses-google-search.html

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Thumbs up!

To the article, and this employer.

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Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

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Re: Surface Pro at those prices............

Yes. No FUD against microsoft please. Play fair, like they always do.

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What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away

As true as it always has been.

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

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A photo has emerged of what it did to the body of a well-known practitioner of this, and it's not a pretty sight:

http://goo.gl/PLI10

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Titsup Windows 8 PayPal payments snare upgraders

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The accompanying video for all this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

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