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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey may have named the Microsoft Surface tablet as one of her "favorite things" of 2012, but when she took to Twitter to hype the device, she did so from an iPad. Oprah declared her love for the device in a Twitter post on Sunday, claiming she had already bought twelve of them as Christmas presents. But …

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  1. Blarkon

    From San Franciso

    I often wonder if the byline of some Reg hacks as being "San Francisco" should instead be replaced with either "Mountain View" or "Cupertino".

  2. Thorne

    Blame the staff

    It was a staffer. I can't see Oprah tweeting her own tweets. She dictated the tweet to the staffer while another staffer fed her Twinkies

    1. Michael Thibault

      Re: Blame the staff

      She can talk with her mouth full? Must be a helpful.

      1. Thorne

        Re: Blame the staff

        Of course she can. An automatic filter on the iPad removes the om nom nom noms from the tweets

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Blame the staff

      I just have to nitpick.

      Hostess filed for bankruptcy; they don't make Twinkies anymore.

      1. Thorne

        Re: Blame the staff

        Oprah has them stockpiled.

  3. Steve Evans

    Stop Press: Celebs will say anything for cash.

    "a plug from Oprah has been enough to send product sales up more than 600 per cent."

    You mean they might actually sell two dozen?!

    Seriously though, anyone who thinks Oprah, or the UK version, Stephen Fry, are the Oracle of all things technical (and supremely knowledgeable about devices available for only a few days) really do deserve to be parted from their money.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Stop Press: Celebs will say anything for cash.

      Plus we've now got that utter twat Will.I.Am doing the rounds for Intel, masquerading as a geek and wizard of all things technological. I'm sure he'll be next in line to promote the Surface Pro with "Intel inside", desperately trying to convince the world+dog that it's the next big thing when we all know it's a bit of a turkey.

      Just watched an interview with him on the BBC, I could only manage 2 minutes before I had to switch it off, as it was utter fawning drivel. And does he have a problem maintaining eye contact during his interviews or what? Maybe he doesn't believe his own shite, and knows he's just taking the piss, which would at least be to his credit.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Stop Press: Celebs will say anything for cash.

      But that's exactly how Apple have done it, by getting sphere of influences to endorse their products. Even Twitter itself was a rubbish concept, but gained popularity enormously after celebs started using it.

      I agree with you by the way, however you only have to read forums and comments sections of websites to realise that a lot of people are incredibly fickle. So, when they see pop stars, actors, sports personalities, etc. endorsing their latest toys, they blindly follow without even caring about tech specs, etc. If it's deemed as kewl, and the latest, greatest thing, they will part with their money for it and then brag about it to their friends.

      It's something that's been going on for a long time, particularly with fashion, jewellery, designer brands, etc. and is one of the reasons why celebs earn so much money. Brad Pitt didn't earn $7 Million for the Chanel ad because of his acting skills.

      For me, I'm with you and don't really give two hoots about celebs, although I actually like the idea of the Surface Pro (not RT) and HP Envy X2, etc, but personally think they're too over-priced for what they are, so not for me.

  4. James O'Brien
    Paris Hilton

    A WHAT??

    "The Surface, Microsoft's first tablet, feels like a Mercedes-Benz to me, people!"

    Which one? The E320 model which was crap?

    Lets not forget this is Microsoft here. The surface hardware will soon be joining the ranks of products included in patch Tuesday.

    1. sabroni Silver badge

      Re: A WHAT??

      Can we be clear though, this is in no way similar to Google pushing updates to it's Nexus tablets all the time. That's not Patch Tuesday, that's update any day and totally different. Microsoft keeping things updated is bollocks cos it should've been finished before launch. Google keeping things updated is progress!

    2. TRT Silver badge

      Re: A WHAT??

      Merc drivers behave (IMHO) like they think they own the road. Maybe the same thing applies to the Surface and the Internet?

    3. Admiral Grace Hopper

      Re: A WHAT??

      Perhaps she means the A-Class. Mine was like driving a haunted house. If you turned right with brio, the left hand window lowered itself and the alarm triggered. If it rained the alarm triggered. The cabin light came on by itself with so many random inputs that I don't think I exhausted the full list. I got so sick of paying to have electrical faults traced I got rid of it and bought something that was actually reliable.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah and 98% of people think public transport is great... for other people.

    1. disgruntled yank Silver badge

      other people

      Well, yes, for the other people on the bus with me. I love public transportation--behind the wheel I get to read only at stop lights. (Right, it's not as if drivers aren't texting, reading, doing eyelashes etc. while the car is going at a good clip, but as it happens, I don't.)

      Or does that make me part of the 2%? Will Occupy Wall Street come and chant slogans against me at the bus stop?

  6. Longrod_von_Hugendong
    Mushroom

    HAH, Americans

    Look around the world, Mercs are used as taxis - its only the Americans (some British people!!) who think they are an luxury brand. Mind you compared to the inside of most American cars, a Robin Reliant is the height of luxury.

    I sit back and wait for the down votes to come pouring in... :D

    1. mad_dr
      Headmaster

      Re: HAH, Americans

      I didn't downvote you. But I wanted to. It's a Reliant Robin, not the other way round! ;)

      1. A K Stiles Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: HAH, Americans

        Probably just an early Tuesday rant, but thank you, thank you, a thousand "thank you"s!

        It isn't a "Focus Ford" or an "Astra Vauxhall" (or Opel or whatever local brand GM have consumed where you live). It may or may not be a terrible car, but what it definitely is, is a Reliant built, 3-wheeled, Stig-tripping, Clarkson-rolling Robin.

  7. Test Man
    WTF?

    Who cares really though? I can tweet my love for Windows using an Apple Mac. Big deal. Instead of over-thinking it, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one - she just so happened to have an iPad in her hand and tweeted from that.

    1. Thorne

      So why didn't she tweet that she was sick of this Apple crap and wished she had one one the new surface tablets?

      Saying how much you love something usually assumes you're using it

  8. Spoddyhalfwit

    Hands up who wouldn't shill crap to the great unwashed for a few bucks.

    1. Thorne

      You and I could retire on those few bucks

  9. MrRtd
    Linux

    I never understood why so many are wooed by celebrity endorsements. I find the entire entertainment/celebrity industry quite annoying, to say the least.

    If RIM had the money to pay her and her not so great TV network, I'm sure she'd be saying how wonderful their product is - or what's the name of the other cell phone maker that's on it's death-bed? Oh yeah Nokia.

    Somehow I don't ever see MS getting the cult following Apple has. But who knows, I'm not a psychic.

    End Rant. Have a good day.

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