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Microsoft Secret Prototype Phone Stolen

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the microsoft-to-develop-more-secure-pockets dept.

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bossanovalithium writes to tell us that details are emerging about the theft of a top secret prototype mobile device stolen from an executive's pocket. Time to start watching eBay. "There are fears that leaks regarding the features and early bugs in the software could mar the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 which the company hopes will give it the edge over the iPhone and the new Google Android operating system. The new product includes support for touch-screen technology similar to that found on the Apple iPhone. Among the features offered in the new service unveiled by Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, on Tuesday, is a version of Windows Marketplace for Mobiles, which is set to compete with the popular Apple's App Store and provide easy ways to download music and products to mobiles. "

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andnothingofvaluewaslost (5, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933101)

Why would they even be giving out a secret prototype to an executive? Shouldn't it be behind a locked door? Or was this just a way to generate hype?

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

Facetious (710885) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933125)

Because that's how Microsoft rolls, and that's the problem with them.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (2, Interesting)

von_rick (944421) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933765)

Things that are "stolen" from M$ usually show up on torrent sites just before the launch of a beta. This being an actual object, it might show up on freecycle [freecycle.org] lists :-)

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933199)

Why would they be building a phone; another area that they are not good at.

See also: Portable media players

--adzaar

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934029)

See also: Portable media players

you forgot Operating Systems, Profitable Game Consoles, Bug-free Game Consoles, Flying Chairs, Deodorants for CEOs, Originality...

in fact just about everything except Mice, Embrace Extend & Extinguish and lock-in.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (0, Troll)

vandelais (164490) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933267)

Since it's from Microsoft, it could be a dildophone with force feedback. Perhaps the unnamed executive wasn't satisfied with their XBOX experience.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934003)

why was this modded troll? no one satisfied with the xbox. that's why they made a second one.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933291)

It was actually rescued from a chair that Steve Ballmer was about to throw.

Who cares? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933413)

I've completely given up on the Windows Mobile platform. Slow, buggy, and syncing sucks. And birthday reminders defaulting to 12AM? WTF? Who gives a crap about a birthday reminder notification at 12AM?

Re:Who cares? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934055)

oh dear i wonder how will ms survive eh!

you would probably say the same thing about win xp you idiot.

wm6 - sync is fine, very stable and fast on good hardware eg treo. also its incredible flexible, multitasks very well, has great free software. available.

above all wm6 is the best for battery life of any smartphone platform. for me this is a clincher. these gadgets are meant to be phones or are you after a shiny toy (get an iphone)

as for birthdays, er...stfu?

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933477)

Why would they even be giving out a secret prototype to an executive? Shouldn't it be behind a locked door?

That's true. And they should have had a sentry gun waiting, maybe had a demo guy or heavy weapons guy waiting as well. Hopefully their scout can bring back the sony prototype phone first.

On an unrelated note, I've been playing a lot of TF2.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (0, Offtopic)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933587)

http://www.teamfortress.com/scoutupdate/ [teamfortress.com]

Can't wait.
Scout is my favorite class.
I'll be lobbing baseballs at people, chugging energy drinks, and scatter gunning the fuck out of shit. (Scatter gun replacement will probably be a lame nail gun, I need my boomstick.)

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933825)

Yeah, I'm stuck playing it on the 360. It will be a cold day in hell when I get to play the updates, or maybe sooner if I cave in and buy a new computer that can run it.

(Before anyone asks why I don't upgrade now, I don't use the computer I have at home already, buying a new one for a single game I already have is something I can't quite justify.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (5, Interesting)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933511)

Or was this just a way to generate hype?

Reminds me of the South Park episode where they were trying to figure out who was behind 9/11 (started with Cartman saying the Jews did it), and towards the end President Bush said "Ha! and all along the plans were right here in my hands, and you'll never get them!" - then he turns around and yawns while looking over his shoulder and dropping the "secret plans" on the floor.

Yeah, I could see this being something like that, and if so then they learned from their "leaks" of Windows 7. But that's just me.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (5, Informative)

bjourne (1034822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933579)

Is it that hard to figure out? They are dogfooding [wikipedia.org] their software by giving out prototypes to employers. It is the best method to get early user feedback. I used to work for a phone manufacturer and regularly brought home phones whose release dates were 6-12 months in the future. All manufacturers does it.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934099)

Well, other than the gact that is wasn't one of their people.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933963)

Sometimes you just need to do field testing; the Executive could have used the excuse of determining whether or not to continue the project, funding or some such.

Personally, I hope this spurs a call for anti-theft measures to be integrated into the device. GPS reporting, disabling if reported stolen, so on... Sure, they could be bypassed, but antitheft measures work basically on 'I'm more of a pain in the butt to steal(from) than the next guy'.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

krismon (205376) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934091)

Because it's all about the dogfood [wikipedia.org] at Microsoft.

Re:andnothingofvaluewaslost (1)

catchblue22 (1004569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934157)

This sounds like a publicity stunt to me.

The scheme (1)

68030 (215387) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933107)

They're just waiting to make the first post from the device be a first post on a story.

Exploits to show up in 3...2...1... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Showered (1443719) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933111)

n/t

The "secret" is (5, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933119)

that it's an iPhone with the word "Microsoft" engraved on the back

Re:The "secret" is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933755)

In other news, the thieves reverse engineered the phone only to find features available in existing phones.

Re:The "secret" is (1)

Vskye (9079) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933891)

Stupid moderators are at it again. How the hell can the parent be marked "Redundant" when NONE of the above comments even mentioned what he said. Someone needs their mod points revoked.

not a top secret phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933135)

Probably was an HTC TouchPro2 or something that is known. As for 6.5, it has been leaked before.

Mobile device stolen from an executive's pocket (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933145)

Said executive was getting a hand job at the time but suffered a blue balls of death.

An edge? (5, Insightful)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933171)

I'm not apple fanboy, but explain again how having a phone that will have a touchscreen like the iPhone and an online music store like iTunes is supposed to give Microsoft an "edge" over Apple.

Re:An edge? (4, Interesting)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933213)

The real edge is that the Exchange client actually works on Windows Mobile.

Can't say this for the iPhone, sadly.

Re:An edge? (5, Insightful)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933573)

The real edge is that the Exchange client actually works on Windows Mobile.

You're talking about Exchange, and you think it's just the client that doesn't work?

Re:An edge? (4, Informative)

ohcrapitssteve (1185821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933859)

Not to start a flame war or a vocal-minority thing here, but am I alone in having virtually no issues at all with iPhone's ActiveSync capability? I've been using it for work email since day one and haven't had a single issue. What issues have you had?

Re:An edge? (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933941)

I'm with you. I use it every day, and I've had no issues. Sadly I can't say the same for Outlook 2007...

Re:An edge? (1)

BSDimwit (583028) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933977)

Same here, mine has worked flawlessly.

Re:An edge? (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934081)

Not to start a flame war or a vocal-minority thing here, but am I alone in having virtually no issues at all with iPhone's ActiveSync capability? I've been using it for work email since day one and haven't had a single issue.

This being an open forum, there will always be people complaining about their problems with device nnn - and they'll generally assume their problems are universal and the fault of the vendor.

In a case like the GPs, for all we know he's using a jailbroken iPhone, or trying to run a bastardized copy of the iPhone OS on a user-modified Palm Pilot for that matter. Or he may not even own an iPhone, but just heard from some guy that the "iPawn's ActiveSync sux0rz". I'm not saying any of this actually represents the facts - just that, when an lone individual makes vague/sweeping comments, we just have no idea of the facts.

Re:An edge? (1)

ady1 (873490) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933889)

The exchange feature is not new. It has been in WinMo since the beginning. 90% of the people who have winmo is for that particular reason. However in total, the number of people who need this feature are a minority.

Again, how does this secret prototype had anything that would give winmobile an edge over iphone (which is overrated itself IMO)?

Re:An edge? (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934171)

Not sure what you mean. I use the ActiveSync on my iPhone and it works pretty much perfectly. Maybe your Exchange server isn't set up right?

Unambitous version number (3, Insightful)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933261)

While you're at it, explain why, if WM 6 is ho-hum, and this new OS is better than the iPhone's, it only rates a 6.5 version number.

I would think you'd need to rebuild WM from the ground up to compete with the iPhone. (The new Palm OS looks fairly promising in that regard.)

Re:Unambitous version number (5, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933509)

Yeah exactly, wouldn't it be better from a marketing standpoint to release it as Windows Mobile 7, thereby cementing in the minds of the people that all things 7 are new and good?

Windows Mobile 6.5 apparently doesn't even support Capacitive touch screens. It is also lacking in anything really interesting, according to one engadget reporter. It IS kind of pretty. [engadget.com]

Think about it though, in the history of computing, what competitive advantage has Microsoft ever had? Nothing, except momentum, starting with momentum given to them by IBM. It has always been enough for them to make a cheap copy of someone else's technology at a later date, making it 'good enough.' That is there only competitive advantage. And it's worked amazingly well for them. So it is understandable that Balmer would think a product that does nothing other than what their competitors already do would give them a competitive advantage. It always has before.

Re:Unambitous version number (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933801)

Yeah exactly, wouldn't it be better from a marketing standpoint to [..]

The very same marketing department that kept promising that Longhorn/Vista would have feature X, Y and Z? Resulting in a bloated product that most business stay way clear of upgrading to?

I suspect you'll find that Marketing Department bound, gagged and dumped somewhere in a dark bunker..

Re:Unambitous version number (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934047)

Microsoft's advantages were hard work by Gates in the old days, followed by marketing, followed by market saturation and momentum. Now they still have the market saturation, but they are losing ground to competition because they have been out-marketed by some excellently snazzy Apple products they assumed would always be too expensive and out-momentum-ed some very solid open source products (Ubuntu, Firefox) they probably thought would never be able to compete with their Goliath.

From the top, down is the only way you go...

Re:An edge? (1)

Neuroelectronic (643221) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933269)

Well, once they copy what the competitors are doing they can use their monopoly position to force everyone to use it.

Re:An edge? (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933389)

Well, their monopoly position in the mobile phone industry is more has-never-and-will-never-exist than existent.

Re:An edge? (1)

JasonKChapman (842766) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933307)

If we assume said features would be available on half a dozen different phones from a variety of carriers, then from an OS company's point of view, it's an edge.

Re:An edge? (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933491)

Not if those half dozen models collectively sell less than the competitors single model. In fact, having a dozen moving targets makes the developers jobs that much harder, even assuming the same number of total phones sold.

Re:An edge? (1)

Logical Zebra (1423045) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933355)

I wonder if this phone is going to be Microsoft's version of the iPhone--a Zune device that can act as a phone and purchase music from the Zune store anywhere.

Re:An edge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933461)

Well I think you know the answer to that.

Re:An edge? (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933567)

Because Microsoft won't police software and only allow "approved" apps. That, IMHO, is the biggest weakness of the iPhone.

Re:An edge? (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933647)

I don't like the apple software police either, however I am glad that they do because it ensures that crapware leaky
apps do not run on the phone. Failure to police the software will result in users ultimately blaming the hardware.

MS has a impossible task in front of them at this point.

Re:An edge? (1)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933757)

Um, aren't there something like 20,000 apps in Apple's App Store? How is this "weakness" manifesting itself?

Re:An edge? (2, Funny)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933697)

I believe the 'edge' they are referring to is the one that you walk up to before jumping off without a parachute.

Re:An edge? (3, Interesting)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933737)

The things that might give Microsoft the edge are proper Windows integration (Exchange etc.) which is important in the business world where the majority of systems are Windows based and also the massive hoarde of .NET developers that can easily develop for Windows mobile.

Whether they will in practice is a different story of course but Microsoft do have some advantages with their platform, the idea is if they can close their disadvantages - i.e. provide the things Apple has, whilst continuing to provide the things they don't have then that would indeed give them the edge.

Re:An edge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933823)

Well, you can develop apps for Windows CE without having to buy a Macintosh. I call that an edge.

Re:An edge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933893)

It's because it's flexible and is used as a watch.

**Don't start a hoax from this**

Re:An edge? (1)

huckamania (533052) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933969)

Windows mobile already has touch screen support and has had it for a long while.

Publicity (1)

Cassini2 (956052) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934061)

explain again how having ... is supposed to give Microsoft an "edge" over Apple.

This is gorilla marketing. This story follows a five step plan:

1. Phone gets stolen from executive. Leak story to press.
2. The executive's teenage daughter is arrested by police. She became completely addicted to her father's new Zune phone. She comments: "The new Zune phone is amazingly cool."
3. Make billions of said phone.
4. ???? (Sell Zune Phones????)
5. Profit

At least, that is the story from the marketing department's internal emails ...

On a more serious note, does anyone have any idea how Microsoft plans to generate significant sales of Microsoft phones? Being a late mover in a competitive marketplace with entrenched successful competition does not scream "Instant Sales" to me ...

Re:An edge? (1)

stms (1132653) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934155)

Because everyone already uses Microsoft so they don't even have to do as good as Apple to have a "edge" over them.

The thief has spoken... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933173)

Crap, I thought it was an iPhone!

Well one thing's for sure (5, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933185)

Their new phone wont have GPS capabilities.

Re:Well one thing's for sure (3, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933633)

I see you're trying to locate a stolen prototype.

Would you like help tossing that chair?

</clippy>

Re:Well one thing's for sure (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934103)

Actually, it does. But, the latitude, longitude, altitude speed and heading frequently get switched.

    After correcting the inconsistencies, it last checked in for an update 3 hours ago from:

Lat/Lon: 47.64408, -122.128556
Lat/Lon: +47 38' 38.69", -122 7' 42.80"
Speed: 5mph
Heading: 180.0

    (All information is +- 500 feet or 5%)

    If anyone can find where this could be, I'm sure the folks at Microsoft would appreciate it. Email to secret.prototype.department@microsoft.com . Make your subject "I know where your phone is."

    Hopefully no one would reverse engineer the device, and leak trade secrets to the competition who would then include those new innovations into their own products, where Microsoft would then be able to sue them out of business.

My Mistake... (0, Troll)

Afforess (1310263) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933187)

The thief is probably regretting his decision right this minute.

Thief: "Sweet, I bagged another Iphone! Wait, what is this?
M-Phone:"Welcome to Microsoft Windows Phone Edition. Please Wait."
Thief: "NOOOO!" (The thief throws the phone in the 1st available dumpster)

Why bother (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933221)

All available information, thus far, suggests that 6.5 is essentially 6.1 with an embarrassingly thin layer of reskinning, arguably inferior to various partner's existing efforts(touchflow, etc.).

What would an industrial spy hope to learn?

The thief has been caught already (3, Funny)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933229)

The thief has already been arraigned in court for the crime. The judge said "You are hereby fined $500."

His lawyer stood up and said "Thanks, your honor, however my client only has $300 on him at this time, but if you'd allow him a few minutes in the crowd he will gather all the required monies."

Oh, and what's the difference between a Peeping Tom and a pickpocket? A pickpocket snatches watches.

Wait a minute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933239)

Is this some lame publicity stunt whereby Microsoft tries to draw attention to a product that didn't get leaked on the Internet on it's own?

Re:Wait a minute... (1)

whopub (1100981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933375)

Is this some lame publicity stunt whereby Microsoft tries to draw attention to a product that didn't get leaked on the Internet on it's own?

Well, if it does end up on eBay, it'll be a marketing nightmare if the auction ends without a single bid...

Re:Wait a minute... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933447)

I would say it's more likely that the person will try to use it, get extremely frustrated, and then smash it to bits... But I guess they might try to ebay the bits.

We had the next iPhone killer.... (5, Funny)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933275)

but someone stole it...

Re:We had the next iPhone killer.... (1)

wurble (1430179) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933705)

I'm guessing the next iPhone killer will actually be the next iPhone.

the secret: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933283)

all micro-phones now have a start menu. Earlier this week, MS announced that they had shipped 50 million windows mobile/windows ce smart phone, 40 Million of those from HTC. HTC has been moving to android and symbian, though. The only advantage Microsoft has is with Office and backwards compatability (on the desktop). Legions of blackberry users prove that no one needs office on their phone. MS lost the smart phone.

Re:the secret: (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933359)

BB OS 4.5 includes Documents To Go, which can view and edit word docs and powerpoint presentations.

Guess there's still a need for office on the phone.

Re:the secret: (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933471)

It proves the need for compatibility with documents created in Office on the phone.

A very important difference.

Ebay (3, Funny)

Andy_R (114137) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933327)

Your search returned 0 items.

0 results found for phone+brown+squirt
[ Save this searchSaved to My eBay. ]

Re:Ebay (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933661)

Maybe you should try to Google that search string. I'll bet you get a few more results. ;)

Unfortunately... (2, Funny)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933341)

The crook was hoping for an iPhone.

google hired ninjas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933435)

read the above topic.

or was it apple?

They'll return it, dont worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933445)

They'll return it in 3 days because of all the crashing, like everyone else that got a Windows Mobile handheld... doh!

how much you want to bet... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933483)

...It still has a "Start" button and cascading menus. And needs to be rebooted daily. And for some reason, users will just accept this.

Re:how much you want to bet... (5, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933683)

My Boss has a WinMo6 phone that locks up when he answers calls from his wife. He calls this a feature.

Re:how much you want to bet... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933691)

What's wrong with cascading menus?
Beats scrolling.

Re:how much you want to bet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933693)

honestly, I have a samsung SCH-i760 with windows mobile 6.1, and it already has those features...

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933547)

How about changing the logo to Steve Ballmer?

Who steals my purse steals... (2)

Marko DeBeeste (761376) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933569)

...TRASH. But he that filches from me my good name

Robs me of that which not enriches him,

And makes me poor indeed.

Hence, we have here a less than trivial loss

Pics... (1)

desinc (788828) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933607)

or it didn't happen?

Microsoft Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26933639)

To generate awareness Microsoft pretends it has been harmed, then overcomes the obstacle. Why? Because it keeps them in the forefront of people's minds. Harming Microsoft intrigues you and you start to believe that software only revolves around them. It heightens the release of their new software. Suckers.. hahaha. They've been doing this to you for years.

oops! (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933657)

I was trying to post a reply but my phone blue screened.

New lows (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933681)

Man, this is the craziest PR leak strategy *ever*.

I bet Hide-a-pod stole it. (1)

mergy (42601) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933687)

I think they have been waiting for an early release model of the Window Mobile phone to start prototyping after the Zune. http://hideapod.com/ [hideapod.com]

An Engadget Editorial on Windows Mobile 6.5 (3, Interesting)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933721)

I caught this article [engadget.com] the other day and it seems like Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't anything to get excited about or a serious threat to any of the other mobile OS's. Seems like more wishful thinking and promises from Microsoft. They're really not making any headway in this area and probably end up throwing more money into it than they'll get back out. Why don't they abandon some of their non-core businesses and find some uncharted areas to expand into instead of throwing money into non-profitable areas where they have no chance of gaining marketshare or mindshare?

Article title is completely wrong. (2, Informative)

jinx90277 (517785) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933777)

There is nothing in the linked article which implies that a Microsoft-created piece of phone HARDWARE was lost or stolen. All the article states is that a phone with prototype SOFTWARE was lost or stolen.

Here is one for free Microsoft (1)

space_jake (687452) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933799)

Marketing slogan: It's a steal!

Pirates! (1)

scorpivs (1408651) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933813)

Same thing Dr. Rodney McKay says, when somebody else, without his help, comes up with anything intuitively obvious.

Re:Pirates! (1)

scorpivs (1408651) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933881)

addendum: My dog is going to eat my homework and I'm not going to take that test because I'm going to be sick that day.

They'll find it... (1)

yAm (15181) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933855)

...a couple of days from now, propping up a table in coffee house in Seattle. The barista was quoted, "The guy was trying to his phone to do something, anything. Then he figured out it would stop the table from wobbling. We haven't moved since it's doing a great job..."

Whatever Apple does, Microsoft Copies... (0, Offtopic)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26933959)

Microsoft is terrible. I hate Apple, but Microsoft is fucking ridiculous.

A windows marketplace? Are they going to call the programs... Zapps!

"Hey man, check out my ZunePhone with my Zapps on it!"

For once... could MS give us quality? JUST ONCE.. QUALITY.

I'm actually writing this from within Windows 7 beta, and I was just making the discussion to go back to XP 64 because video playback performance in Windows 7 is garbage.

The highly anticipated Zune Phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934075)

I heard MS was developing a Zune phone. Do you really think it was lost/stolen? I think the exec, accidentally left it on purpose to be lifted. I expect the thief to return it soon.

Will it blend? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26934079)

This thief should do the right thing and help us answer the one question slashdot needs answered: will it blend? ;-)

Cell-Tower Triangulation (1)

bezking (1274298) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934127)

If this rumor is true, why not call the cell carrier and get them to get a position? After all, a crime was committed here...

If this is anything like the Zune... (1)

Turzyx (1462339) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934133)

...I doubt Apple has anything to worry about.

Microsoft announces new Zune-phone (4, Funny)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#26934145)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced a new era at the Seattle software company, announcing their entry six^Wnine^Wtwelve months hence into the cell phone market with the exciting new Zune Phone [today.com] , to finally get the company properly into the rapidly changing digital media landscape.

Ballmer, speaking to a group of trained-monkey analysts and cynical bloggers at the company headquarters today, unveiled mockups prototypes of the Zune Phone, which combines the Zune music player (with wifi for "squirting" songs), a CDMA cell phone, a PDA, an eight gigabyte hard disk, a camera, a laser pointer and a bottle opener into one semi-portable device. It will also allow you to "squirt" music to and from your Windows 7^W8 Service Pack 1^W2 Media Center computer.

The product underscores the shift the company has attempted to make in recent years from an office supply company to a consumer electronics darling as it aims not to become utterly obsolete in the digital future. "And even Linux fanboys admit our hardware is pretty nice," Ballmer said before the somewhat sullen and cynical crowd. "It's definitely the best music player we've ever made."

Ballmer called the Zune Phone a revolutionary device that will leapfrog current technology. He said the company expects to sell about 100 million of them next year. "Maybe two hundred million. This is so the coolest music player ever." Unlike the MP3 player market, which the iPod has dominated even with the entrance of Microsoft's Zune, the cell phone market is much more fragmented. "There is not one device that everyone buys," said completely independent analyst Rob Enderle, "but this fabulous device should trounce all comers. I've ordered three already in anticipation."

Weighing in at only 15 ounces (425 grams), with a 5-inch 640-by-480 pixel screen, the $498 (with three-year $80/month contract) Z-Phone, a rebadged version of the LG Smart Display from 2003 with new firmware, looks like a Classic Brown Zune (to come in mission, chocolate, corduroy and meconium) with a phone touchpad in place of its imitation scroll wheel. It runs Windows Mobile, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Microsoft Office, Pocket Solitaire and Pocket Pool. MSN will supply e-mail, mapping, search and other Internet services to the Z-Phone. It also features an amazing 1.3 megapixel (300,000 pixels interpolated) black and white camera. Battery life is estimated at up to four hours in Microsoft tests.

To better work with its content partners and ensure that you, the user, can rest safe in the knowledge that the artists and their representatives have been paid properly for all their hard work, Microsoft has limited "squirtable" songs to encrypted WMA files purchased from the Zune Music Store, which can be listened to three times or within three days before automatically being deleted from both the Zune Phone and the Media Center computer. Songs may also be "squirted" between two Zune Phones (though not the original Zune) if both are registered with Microsoft as being linked to that installation of Media Center. Users are advised to purchase Microsoft Zune Secure Headphones ($129), which encrypt the signal between the Zune Phone and your ears, as playback quality is degraded on conventional "analog hole" earphones or when playing back unencrypted MP3 files. Phone calls may be made to or received from any number on the network carrier you bought the Zune Phone from, with only a 99-cent charge for humming a song to someone you call or are called by on the phone or ten cents per use of the camera, laser pointer or bottle opener. Microsoft will also pay $20 from each Zune Phone sold to Universal Music. In addition to the ability to "squirt" songs, the user may "squirt" his calls, which are stored on Microsoft Zune Live servers and cost $40 per month to access.

In other news, Ballmer said that Microsoft had reached over 600 music downloads since introducing its Zune Music Store, selling over 70 songs a month. To keep those numbers rising, Ballmer announced a new partnership with Warner Music Group to offer their music on the Zune Music Store at the discounted price of 97 cents instead of 99 cents. "Bill and I have invited Edgar Bronfmann, Jr. from Warner to join the Microsoft board of directors. We feel he embodies the sort of natural business talent we need at Microsoft."

"This is a day I've been looking forward to for thirty years," Ballmer said. He wrapped up the keynote with a live performance by Milli Vanilli. "I didn't sleep a wink last night. I was so excited about today. Join the 'social'!"

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