Tag Archives: Microsoft
by Beth Janick, a copywriter with iphonespyapp
Microsoft recently announced its Surface tablet, due in Q4 2012, and users can’t wait for the new gadget. Apple’s iPad ruled the tablet market but many users want something different and new to the eye. Microsoft has exactly that and the success of the tablet is already gauged in the variety of views that are springing up about the tablet and the excitement amongst potential users about this gadget. The only question that remains unanswered concerns the security of this tablet. Continue reading
Apple lawyers will tomorrow [21st September 2012] ask a Californian judge to triple patent damages against rival Samsung to a collossal $3 billion.
It comes as the two sides meet again since a jury ruled that Samsung had wilfully copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad designs, awarding the world’s biggest company $1.05 in damages and paving the way for a US sales ban on about a dozen Samsung devices. Continue reading
Nokia’s shares continued their downward spiral in New York last night [12th September 2012] as it was revealed investors were increasingly taking up short positions againist the Finnish handset maker.
In the wake of Apple’s iPhone 5 launch, Nokia’s shares dropped 1.43% to just $2.75 – not as low as it has been this year, but still a far cry from the manufacturer’s heyday in 2000 when its shares commanded $56. Continue reading
UK chip designer ARM’s domination of the smartphone market could be facing a major upset in the next few days when Google’s Motorola subsidiary unveils a new Android device expected to be powered by an Intel processor.
Invites are currently being sent out for the US launch of the device in two days’ time [5th September 2012] and in London in just over a fortnight. Continue reading
Rating: No Adobe Flash support means no webcams
An enormous gap in the Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango) OS which we thought had been fixed a long time ago has just caught us out. Unlike our rival publications, GoMobile News actually eats its own cooking. So we were trying to view a live webcam feed on our Nokia Lumia 800 W7 Mango smartphone. After hours of messing around, we discovered that Adobe still hasn’t created a version of Flash for WP7 – even though it was rumoured to be working on such an offering as long ago as 2010. The net effect was that we couldn’t view a webcam feed on our Mangophone despite our best efforts. If WP7 wants to oust Android, then it has got to do a lot better than this. Continue reading
Eight older Samsung phones have already been put in the firing line by Apple in the aftermath of its crushing US court victory, with injunctions against the Korean giant’s flagship Galaxy S2 possibly also on the way.
In trading around the world yesterday and early this morning [28th August 2012], it was becoming clearer how the court ruling would translate into corporate triumph and misery. Continue reading
Investors desert South Korean maker for fear things can only get worse
More than $12 billion was wiped off the value of Samsung in early trading in Seoul today [27th August 2012] as the ramifications of Apple’s Californian court victory sank in. On Friday, US jurors delivered a sweeping victory to Apple in its battle with the South Korean giant, ordering it to pay $1.05 billion dollars in damages for violating its patents on smartphone technology. More critically, Samsung could now be forced to stop selling handsets in the US that are deemed to violate those patents. Continue reading
Rating: Might be a death knell for the Microsoft Tag
Regular GoMobile News readers have always urged mobile barcode speciallist, NeoMedia Technologies, to take full advantage of its IP portfolio. This now consists of over 74 patents awarded and pending worldwide. The latest milestone is that the company has now granted worldwide rights to license its patent portfolio to none other than Microsoft itself. Neither side seem to mention the fact, but this is a major triumph for QR code technology because Microsoft itself was desperately trying to push a rival technology in the shape of the Microsoft Tag. Continue reading
Rating: No means of restoring all your data to a replacement handset
Having upgrading our existing Nokia Lumia 800 to the very latest release of Windows Phone 7 (Update 7.10.8773.98) see ‘GoMo bricks its own Nokia Lumia 800 W7 Mango phone’ here, the handset just would not reboot. Luckily we’d possessed the handset less than six months so Orange sent a replacement by the next day. We’d backed up the original handset using the Zune software suite on a PC, so we thought we were safe. Wrong. Bizarrely, Zune correctly identifies the replacement handset as a new device. So it starts all over again. Efforts to force Zune to recognise the replacement as your previous phone fail miserably. GoMobile News couldn’t believe this was the case until we found this thread on the official Windows Phone/Microsoft Answers forum. It confirms that you still can’t get all you data back. Continue reading
Korean powerhouse now accounts for over fifth of handset sales
New figures released today [14th August 2012] by analysts Gartner show Samsung pulling further ahead of rivals such as Apple and Nokia. In Q2 2012 Samsung sold 90.43 million mobile handsets, giving the South Korean manufacturer a 21.6 per cent market share, compared to 20.7 per cent in Q1 2012 and up from 16.3 per cent the same quarter a year ago. Much of the boost was from sales of its Android-running Galaxy handsets, says Gartner, which adds that smartphones now account for more than half of its mobile device sales. Continue reading
Pre-Xmas gambit hinges on Windows 8 take-up
Nokia has jumped into the gap between the launch dates of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note and Apple’s iPhone 5 to debut its latest handset running Windows 8. The struggling Finnish manufacturer is due to unveil its latest phone range at Nokia World in Helskini on September 5th , a week after Samsung but a week ahead of Apple. Former Microsoft exec Stephen Elop, who was brought in two years ago to revive Nokia, is gambling on a big advertising push by his former employers to push the new operating system and, with it, sales of his Lumia handsets. Continue reading
Rating: Appears to be favouring WP8 over WP7 (Mango)
Matt Rawlings writes, at Microsoft’s recent summit, fans of the Windows Phone handsets were expecting to hear news about the specifications and release date for the new Windows Phone 8 – the handset that is expected to rival the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 for the bestseller of 2012 tag. The customers who have stayed loyal to Microsoft over the years, opting to remain with the Windows Phone rather than moving to Apple, Samsung and the other competitors, were hoping for a grand announcement, giving all the details which they need to further enhance their view that the Windows Phone is the best option. However, there was no fanfare announcement, no glitter and streamers nor marching bands. Instead, there were a few sneak previews and a rough guestimate as to the release date. Continue reading
Rating: Google, Facebook, Microsoft all potential buyers
The British Sunday Times newspaper has published rumours that Research in Motion (RIM) may well be considering splitting itself into two separate parts. It’s a highly believable plan considering another former leading handset vendor, Motorola, did actually divide itself into two divisions. In this case, according to the newspaper, RIM would hive of the handset manufacturing part from its secure network operations service. The Sunday Times didn’t name its sources but there’s a very strong hint that such a plan could have been dreamed up by JP Morgan and Capital Markets, the two investment banks called in by new RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins. Possible buyers mentioned include Facebook, Google and even Microsoft. Continue reading
Rating: Redmond tackles Apple iPad head on
There has been a mixed reception to the news about Microsoft’s Surface tablet from withing the mobile/cellular industry. Tony Grace, COO of Virgin Media Business, told GoMobile News, “Microsoft has always been a favourite for business use and these Surface tablets will usher in the next generation of ‘consumerised’ IT.” Continue reading
Microsoft Surface: A tablet for business presentations and construction calculations
While Apple has sold many tablets and mobile devices to business professionals, many saw a disconnection between the computer they use for work and the tablet they use for play. For example, people connected to Windows for work functions had to make do with limited bridges from the tablet world to the work world. For these professionals, Windows has released the Surface, an answer to tablet devices released by Apple and various Android-based companies in the last few years. Complete with a full keyboard case and hefty Wi-Fi antennae, this tablet offers business pros their beloved Excel spreadsheets and the capability to run complex construction tools for design pros. In short, the Surface is clearly meant to offer the feeling of a work laptop with tablet capabilities Continue reading