Microsoft prototypes Surface keyboard cover with secondary e-ink touchscreen

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The original Nook e-reader demonstrated that a small secondary touch-sensitive LCD display panel could be helpful for navigation and other tasks on the e-ink device. In an interesting symmetry, Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has prototyped a keyboard cover with a secondary e-ink display built in, [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

Modern operating systems are gradually eroding user privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

If you value your privacy, you may not be too pleased with recent developments in computer and mobile device technology. Computers and smartphones have gotten smarter and smarter, but this has come at the cost of having communicate more and more data about you, including potentially personal data, [...]

Of Windows 10 and privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is Windows 10 a threat to your privacy? How can you protect yourself? Here’s an excellent article looking at the issue. On Lifehacker, Whitson Gordon takes an exhaustive look at the many different features that have been cited as privacy-problematic, and explains what they do and exactly which [...]

TeleRead Links: Phone battery tips, Microsoft goals, $30 Android PC, blog wisdom for authors, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer ( Though there’s a limit to how far any phone can stretch, battery life isn’t written in stone. How you use your phone and how you treat it determine not only much time you get on a charge, but also how long the battery itself [...]

Free Windows 10 guide from Microsoft includes a few mobile-related tips (preview edition)

By David Rothman
July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

From security to a few mobile-related tips, a free 115-page guide from Microsoft Press serves up a number of pointers: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition, by Ed Bott. It comes in PDF, ePub and Mobi versions. I downloaded the ePub version, then viewed it in Calibre without [...]

Microsoft Windows 10 on sale July 29 at same prices as Win 8.1—but it’s free for 7 and 8.1 users whose Win PCs are ‘genuine’

By David Rothman
June 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

The above means retail prices of “$119 for Windows 10 Home, $199 for Windows 10 Professional, and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version,” says PC World. But if you own a “genuine Windows PC,” Microsoft will reward your [...]

Windows 10: My story so far

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

After some struggles with a progressively degrading Windows tablet hacked to run Ubuntu, the Acer Iconia w500, I decided to take a chance on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the free-to-try advance look at the latest iteration of Microsoft’s PC (and now phone) OS. Through the Windows Insider [...]

HP Stream 7: A mediocre tablet but a great micro-laptop

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

I’ve had this HP Stream 7 tablet for a couple of days, and my first impression is that it’s fairly mediocre from a tablet standpoint, but it seems like a terrific micro-laptop. With one major caveat I’m still inclined to look upon it as a great bargain at $79—especially since it included a [...]

Microsoft offers $79 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet

By Chris Meadows
March 5, 2015 // 6 Comments

If you’ve ever thought you might like to try a Windows tablet, but didn’t want to risk a significant cash outlay, Microsoft is currently offering a great deal on a name-brand tablet. has the HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet priced at $79, including a one-year personal subscription [...]

Microsoft “analog keyboard” shows absurd inverted snobbery of type

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

As some TeleRead regulars may know, I’m a devotee of handwriting recognition for text input, especially on tablets and smartphones. I also have more than a passing interest in smartwatches, and am eagerly awaiting my first buy off Google’s new Android Wear platform. I should compliment [...]

Best Buy CEO says tablet sales are ‘crashing’

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Re/code has an interview with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly in which he talks about a few things like fighting showrooming with pricematching, why people might want to buy gadgets in Best Buy rather than Amazon, and perhaps most interestingly, the sales rates for tablets. We’ve mentioned before how [...]

Microsoft profit numbers say don’t write off Redmond yet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

All those Microsoft knockers – me included – who’ve held back from embracing Windows 8 and shunned Windows Phone OS phones may want to eat their words, or at least, nibble around their edges. Because according to the chart below from Statista, based on Gartner figures, Microsoft [...]

Does the death of the PC herald a closed-device future?

By libertyc
November 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

Oh noes! They’re killing the PC! Mass computing devices face the dark future of tablets with restricted operating systems that limit what you can do and what apps you can install! We must all run about in panic! Except…no, I don’t think that’s right. The article I linked above on ZDNet [...]

Microsoft hides mobile, gaming losses with $2 billion in annual Android patent income

By libertyc
November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who’s one of the biggest beneficiaries of Android? According to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, it could be Microsoft. In a new note on Microsoft, Sherlund estimates that Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year from Android patent royalties—almost pure profit. It is using that profit to [...]

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