Morning Roundup: Surface Pro 3? Photographer targeting Google over copyright infringement and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oops! Microsoft hints at a Surface Pro 3 (GigaOM) An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. *** Keeping It Real — Are Our Technology Expectations Out of Whack? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Of course, these complaints are [...]

Morning Roundup: Self-publishing, how good is good enough, 8 inch Surface tablet coming?

By Joanna Cabot
April 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Leaked Product Listing Hints at 8-Inch Surface Tablet (The Digital Reader) Rumors have been circulating for nearly a year now that Microsoft was working on a smaller MS Surface tablet, and now it looks like the device is going to arrive next month. *** Self-Publishing: How Good is Good Enough? [...]

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 [...]

Pocketables survey shows tablets still mainly reading and consumption, not productivity, devices

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 7, 2014 // 4 Comments

Pocketables is one of the longest-established mobile device and portable digital technology websites and online magazines, in business since 2006. Its readership is one of the more loyal, dedicated, and better informed in the mobile device space, so their current usage habits and opinions regarding [...]

Android powers ahead as PC sales sag

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Two sequential research reports paint a stark – if you’re a Microsoft exec or an Apple fan – picture of how the personal computer and digital device market is evolving. A Gartner Inc. report dated March 3rd found that “Worldwide Tablet Sales Grew 68 Percent in 2013, With [...]

Web IM aggregator decides to stop supporting other IM services

By Chris Meadows
March 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, that’s remarkably stupid. I just received an email today from, an instant message web/mobile app that I’ve used on my desktop computer, my iOS devices, and my Android devices. The point of the service was to aggregate multiple accounts—AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, Facebook, [...]

Inkshares: Just another hybrid model or a new way forward?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

With writers and publishing pundits of all kinds advocating mix-and-match pick-the-best approaches to getting your work published, another new hybrid platform may – or may not – offer interest and potential to authors, and lessons to traditional publishers. Inkshares, which claims that [...]

New Nielsen report shows smartphones changing lives

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

A timely new analysis from Nielsen provides some context that justifies all the smartphone releases around Mobile World Congress 2014. Because, it seems, “smartphones are beginning to transform how we engage in our everyday lives.” Based on data collected “from markets including [...]

Nokia gets assimilated to Android: Resistance is futile

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most interesting single pieces of news to come out of the Mobile World Congress 2014is the announcement that Nokia has thrown itself under the wheels of the Android juggernaut by rolling out its own line of Android-powered smartphones in the form of Nokia X, “a family of [...]

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 [...]

Ballmer balks at the Google monopoly bogey

By libertyc
September 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

Steve Ballmer, the soon-to-be-ex Microsoft CEO, has been garnering quite a bit of press from his declaration before an audience of analysts that Google is a monopoly and that Microsoft is the only David left standing up to this Goliath. ‘”They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say [...]

'Temporary' Surface Pro Price Cut of $100 Now Permanent

By libertyc
September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

I called it earlier this month when I wrote about the temporary price cut on the Surface Pro tablets. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the cut became permanent, and now it has. Check out the All Things D article on the price cut. Their choice of image is priceless. They are also reporting that [...]

Vision of the future, Microsoft style

By libertyc
August 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m in the market for a new laptop, come Christmas, and a recent reconnaissance to Canada’s only Microsoft retail store, which happens to be 10 minutes from my home, was illuminating. I wanted something small, light and portable. And option abounded for it—but the battery life for the [...]

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Excitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own [...]

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

The latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great “Lord Of The Rings”-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, [...]

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