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Microsoft Talks LTE and Dual-Core Windows Phones

posted Sunday Oct 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Talks LTE and Dual-Core Windows Phones

The iPhone 4s was released this week, however the specs didn't completely blow us away. Where is the phone with the kal-el processor? Well, while we won't see the five-core proc for Microsoft just yet, the company did lay out its plans to release dual-core and LTE Windows Phone 7 devices.

For more on the LTE and dual-core goodness, follow us after the break.

Ballmer Shows Off More Windows 8 at Dell World

posted Sunday Oct 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Ballmer Shows Off More Windows 8 at Dell World

If you haven't heard by now, there's this really great new product coming out soon called Windows 8. It pretty much will unify the tablet, PC and smartphone and make them all one big happy family that talk to each other every day (don't forget about the Xbox 360, too).

Just last month at Microsoft's //build/windows Conference, we were given the Windows 8 Preview for developers to get a sneak peek to start building some new applications. Quickly recapping, we were given a glimpse into some new features, a new Metro user interface and many other things that really make Windows 8 one of, if not the only platform, to develop on in the future.

However, the preview also left us with more questions than answers. Good news for my curious ones: Dell World 2011 was this week and Steve Ballmer himself was able to show off a couple of new, cool things that we can get excited about and look forward to.

We have the details after the break.

Hulu No Longer Up for Sale

posted Sunday Oct 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Hulu No Longer Up for Sale

It's been a while since we heard anything about potential buyers or even any rumors coming from the announcement of Hulu putting itself up for sale. Well, after several interested buyers not being able to work through negotiations of a sale with part-owner Disney, the Hulu collective of News Corp, Comcast/NBC Universal, Providence Equity and Disney have said that they are no longer looking to sell the company.

Our focus now rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu.

The auction was already coming to a halt, not only from bad talks with Disney, but also with debate over digital rights, sale price and even Hulu's owners sometimes balking at actually selling off the video-streaming service.

Google's Second Round of Shutdowns

posted Friday Oct 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google's Second Round of Shutdowns

Larry Page, since taking the helm of Google, has been doing a lot of housecleaning, starting with closing up 10 under-performing products. This week saw round 2 of the shutdowns, this time with much higher profile products.

First off is Google Buzz which has had nothing but problems since day 1. The product, which was something similar to Twitter, found problems with privacy on day 1 when everyone in your email list was added to your following list. This could include ex-husbands, stalkers, business partners - none of whom should see the things you are doing or the places you go on the Internet.

The second product is Jaiku, a product I was actually pretty sure was already closed. Jaiku, also similar to Twitter, was purchased in 2007 and never really integrated into the company properly. That being said, products that Google purchases and don't immediately re-brand (such as Jaiku or Orkut), don't usually stand a chance within the organization.

Google thinks they have learned lessons from these brands, though. Hit the break to find out why we think they might not have.

What Does the BlackBerry Outage Mean for the Company?

posted Friday Oct 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

What Does the BlackBerry Outage Mean for the Company?

Research in Motion has been having a lot of trouble competing in the new smartphone world. When it was just them, Palm and Microsoft it was an easy world to compete in; everyone had a large marketshare because of the differing values. In the new world, with Apple and Google taking aim at a new way to use your phone, and Microsoft revamping their OS from scratch, sticking to your core and not making major changes to keep up is a nearly impossible game to win.

At least BlackBerry has been able to stay alive with their perceived level of security. RIM has always stayed where they are in the business world because of their encryption of everything that passes through the phone, but in the modern world there are a lot of ways to accomplish that without BlackBerry. Therefore, the worst thing that could have happened was a long outage of the BlackBerry servers. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened this week.

Why is this outage such a big deal for RIM? Hit the break to find out.

A Bridge is Missing... Seriously

posted Friday Oct 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

A Bridge is Missing... Seriously

How does this happen? A 50-foot long, 20-foot wide steel bridge is missing from North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania. Seriously. Police are saying the crime must have been committed over the course of months. Yes, months. For MONTHS, people have been removing large pieces of steel, each weighing hundreds of pounds, from a bridge, with no one noticing.

It gets better - the police say the bridge went missing sometime between September 27th and October 5th. Yes, that is a 9 day window for a massive bridge to have vanished and for no one to have really noticed. We think the 50 ton bridge disappeared Wednesday, but it could have been Sunday... we're really not sure...

Seriously, how did this happen and why did they want to steal a bridge? Well, the why is easy - the scrap metal would have been worth somewhere in the $100,000 range. That is certainly worth a month of work, I suppose. How did they transport all of that steel and who is taking it in in trade? The how turns out to be a little easier to figure out than you would think, however. It turns out it is an old rail bridge buried in the woods, but still.

The real questions here are, are they done? Will they steal another bridge somewhere else? Are we living in a John Wayne movie? I think the only way to know is to wait and find out. A modest proposal: if you own a bridge, keep an eye on it. Someone might be trying to steal it.

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