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At the recent Credit Suisse Technology Conference from last week, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner was speaking (transcript in Microsoft Word format) to investors about the fact that Microsoft is interested in exploring new monetization methods for its Windows line of products. The company might adopt a new pricing model for the upcoming operating system, as it looks to shift away from the one-time initial purchase to an ongoing-revenue basis." top
Chromebooks Overtake iPads in U.S. Education Market
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Jolla is another rising star in the tech world, having recently expanded its smartphone sales into more countries across the world, with India included. Jolla’s Sailfish OS is considered by many as a direct successor to Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone, but only its software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo. And now it seems that the company is ready to start the production of their very first tablet .
The Jolla Tablet features a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1563. The device is powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor, comes with a 32GB of storage, has 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Judging by its size, we can see that this is another take on the iPad Mini and even on the ‘sister’ company Nokia. While there aren’t too many Sailfish-specific apps available, just like the phone, Jolla’s tablet will be compatible with Android apps." top
Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet with Intel Processor and iPad Looks
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Starting with January 1, 2015, Russia could demand that cloud data storage that originates from Russia stays in Russia. So, this means that companies will be required to have localized cloud servers on the territory of Russia. This obviously concerns Apple, who at the moment does not have servers based on Russia’s territory.
This new report (in Russian) comes shortly after it was disclosed that Steve Jobs’ memorial in Russia was taken down after Apple’s Tim Cook openly acknowledged that he is gay. However, there are many voices in Russia who say that such a law won’t be passed, but we’ll just have to wait and see." top
LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel is World's Narrowest, Almost Non-Existent
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world’s narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It's even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it 'overflows'. This has been made possible thanks to the Neo Edge technology that uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and completely seal the total area and edges of the panel’s circuit board and backlight unit." top
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third largest smartphone maker." top
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year’s $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition.
But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn’t yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year’s Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn’t that impressive, but it’s a good start." top
Microsoft is Getting Ready to Launch its own Smarwatch
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The smartwatch market is still in its nascent form, but with Apple releasing its AppleWatch in early 2015, things are going to change. And Microsoft wants to make sure it's not late to the party, as it has been so many times in the past.
That's why it plans on releasing its own smartwatch , which would be the first new category under CEO Nadella. The device could get launched with two specific features that could make it stand apart from other similar devices — much better battery life and cross-platform support for iOS and Android users. A release before this year's holiday season is on the cards, with no details on the pricing nor availability." top
2011 iPad 2 is the Most Popular Model as New iPads Get Ready for Release
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Today is the day when Apple is said to announce its new iPad line, and while many fans of the company from all over the world are looking forward to the launch, it seems that most of consumers don't really care that much. After 3 and a half years since its launch, the iPad 2 is still the most popular model in the world. This shows that iPad owners aren't keen on making the jump to newer versions and they don't perceive them as must-have." top
The new system is codenamed ‘Asimov’ and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users’ machines. Rest assured, the data is going to be obscured and aggregated, but intelligible enough to allow Microsoft to get detailed insights into user interactions with the OS.
Mary Jo Foley says that the system was originally built by the Xbox Team and now is being used by the Windows team. Users who will download the technical preview of Windows 9, which is said to get unveiled today, will become ‘power users’ who will utilize the platform in unique scenarios. This will help Microsoft identify any odd bugs ahead of the final release." top
Asus Ripping off Nokia's Design with a New Product Launch at IFA 2014
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "At the ongoing IFA 2014 conference in Berlin, Asus has announced the Asus MeMo Pad 7, yet another Android tablet to join the growing number of those already available. However, what makes this product launch special is the fact that it looks to have almost the same design lines as the Nokia Lumia polycarbonate products. The resemblance has been spotted by Gigjets publication who compares the tablet with the a Lumia product. Is a scandal on the cards?" top
Apple Products Reportedly Banned from Chinese Government Purchases
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "China has continued its equivocal relationship with US technology companies. The country has now prohibited the purchase of Apple hardware products from its government agencies citing security reasons. The ban will affect all the central and local agencies in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the government is now not allowed to purchase ten Apple products including different variants of iPads and MacBook laptop. Several devices have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance." top
Russia to Replace US-made Microchips Intel and AMD with their Own Baikal Chips
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Mozilla took the world by surprised when it announced that it was developing a Firefox operating system that would be used for mobile phones, especially in developing markets. Now, there are already a few devices out there, but it seems that this isn’t the last step for the company whose name is still associated with the famous web browsers. According to a recent report from GigaOM, Mozilla is currently working on a secretive project which has the purpose of developing a Chromecast-like media streaming stick powered by Firefox-OS." top
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "After a lot of flip-flops, Samsung has finally announced its first ever Tizen smartphone the Samsung Z. This marks Samsung’s official move to depend lesser on Android for its growth. The Korean giant had already moved its Galaxy Gear series of smartwatches to Tizen OS, so the launch of Samsung Z should send clear signals to the people at Mountain View. Other than running the Tizen OS, the Samsung Z will feature a 4.8-inch 720p (HD), Super AMOLED display with a quad-core, 2.3GHz CPU (from Intel we presume) with 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, LTE, an 8-megapixel camera, a heartrate sensor and fingerprint scanner. It comes with 2600 mAh of battery, and features a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It’ll fully support 2D and 3D graphics" top
Steve Ballmer in Talks to Buy NBA Los Angeles Clippers
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "According to some rumors circulating in the online environment, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has reportedly met billionaire former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Sunday and they discussed about selling the club. Previously, it was reported that Donald Sterling had surrendered control of the Los Angeles Clippers to his wife. The rumored deal has been estimated at about $2billion, and the club’s value has is said to be around $600 million; and if it does get through, there are chances that Ballmer might want to move the club to Seattle. If Ballmer does end up buying the Clippers, this would make him the second former Microsoft top executive to own an NBA team, after Paul Allen, the owner of the Portland Trailblazers." top
Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 with Bing for Cheaper Devices
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "As it was previously talked about, Windows 8.1 with Bing has just become real, and we're going to see the very first Windows devices running it at the upcoming Computex conference from Taipei. Albeit details are scarce at the moment, what we know is that Microsoft is going to offer it to OEMs for a cheaper price and the single difference is that it will come with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. However, customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu. Also, the new Windows edition will be only be available preloaded on devices, which means it won't be made available for separate purchase."