I'd be more intrested
If it didn't have the fake iOS look. Wonder if you can load standard Jelly Bean, and what's the battery life like?
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Were popularized by Apple first. The lockdown, single source, my way or the highway system used for the Surface was first popularized by Apple.
Apple don't need to worry about the Surface, because MS also copied the price of the iPad. If MS pull a playbook and slash the price then Apple might have something to worry about.
Calling it Windows Phone was a bit of a stretch, but at least the "phone" tells you what it is.
Windows RT? There is Windows NT, XP so RT has no built in meaning. They already have Windows XP Tablet Edition, and it runs Windows software.
Windows RT just sounds like another version of Windows to anyone who is not following tech press.
But it's not Windows, and will not run the Windows Software they expect to run on something called Windows.
How is this different then the execs of a company who stuff their pockets with millions while they fire staff left and right, and outsource everything to India / China.
It's not that it's "an internet company" it's just a company. The record companies have been doing their best to keep all the money since before the internet existed.
I bought a Nexus 7, not an iPad. But MS is not trying to compete with Android, they are clearly going after Apple having copied the whole business model.
They are going after Apple, but why would anyone buy one over an Apple if they are going to spend that much?
It's not cheaper, so it has to be better.
Is it better? About the only thing I can see is the microSD card (depends how crippled it is) other then that it has nothing going for it. No apps, crap screen, no "cool", if you want a tablet with no apps, buy a playbook, it's way cheaper!
So if it's not cheaper, and it's not better... DOA.
Apple don't need luck, they already have almost all of the high end market.
A friend who is IT for a school had a teacher who was moaning about them setting up Wifi in the school so he took a dead router and removed all the guts. Jammed a red LED in the power light hole with a resistor to the power brick so it would light up.
Stuck it up on the wall of the classroom with a cat 5 cable stuck through the hole in the back.
The teacher had new problems every day, and had some of the students blaming failed test marks on the wifi.
When shown that the router had no guts she quit and filed a complaint that she was being persecuted.
Yes, if the French laws are so great, and the content industry was missing out on tons of money do to downloading, they should be raking it in now. There should be a big bump in sales that can't be explained by any other change.
But is seems that nothing is happening. Other then someone raking in a lot of money to run the system.
There are lots of reasons someone might download, but not buy.
They might think it has a value of $.02 and would not buy if that was the only way to get it.
They might download something that they can't buy because it's not licensed for their region.
They might even buy stuff they downloaded and like, now they don't buy anything.
The idea that every download is a lost sale, and that stopping downloading will automatically give them that sale has been shown to be wrong over and over.
'Infomercials", also known as 30 minute ads for bowling ball sucking vacuums, and spray on hair.
Retarded (un)reality TV shows.
Don't you love people like Weinstein who are always going on about the poor starving actors not getting paid when they are only thinking of how to stiff them more then they already do. And think they should get a cut of every iThing sold (since it's of no use without him) and everything should be pay per view.
Just give Weinstein the keys to the internet and in no time we will have 100% employment and everyone will be lined up at the theatre to see fill_in_the_blank 6 and pay $20 for popcorn and a drink.
What you want to look at is Macrovision.
Free for the consumer (when they buy a DVD Player or VHS deck.
Free for the people making DVD players or VHS decks, but you MUST include it!
Create a DVD and use CSC you also get Macrovision, and you pay for it.
They could require all printers to have DRM no charge.
All files must have DRM.
You have to submit your file for approval and DRM, you pay. People print your file, you pay again.
So there will be no Free files to compete with people selling stuff.
Not long ago I make my self some pocket change by converting some files for a university professor.
He had 60 discs of documents that he could not access.
They were Apple II 5 1/4 discs mostly in Apple Writer and some AppleWorks files.
I happen to have a IIgs with a 5 1/4 and a 3.5 "super disk" that can write MSDOS 1.44 MB discs. All but two of the discs were readable.
He was going to buy an Apple II on ebay and print them all, and have someone retype them before he found me through a friend of a friend.
Then there was NASA when they found they didn't have a tape drive to read all their old mission data.
The US make US telcos spy on the public and give them a get out of jail free card when they get caught.
And the US government is WAY better then the Chinese so you can just imagine what they are up to.
And even worse they can't make the Chinese companies install secret back doors for them.
Don't forget textbook publishers.
They change the edition every couple years to make it hard for students to resell their books. 99% of the changes between v4 and v5 is moving the chapters around so the pages don't line up when the prof says turn to page 89.
I don't think live tiles are going to do anything on the desktop.
MS killed off Windows 7 desktop widgets as not worth the effort of fixing, and there was active desktop before that. Maybe they can bring back clippy with a new name too, just get the same people who came up with the name for Metro / Modern UI / Widnows 8 App store app / what every they are calling it this week.
Want it off by default, and well hidden three levels down in the menu.
MS should add it to the startup quiz you get the first time you run IE.
Just ask something like "Do you want advertisers to track your web use?"
Don't include a default.
NO ONE will click yes track me. The result will be the same, and MS can tell the advertisers to F.O.
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