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posted in June 2012
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Our colleagues at UBM TechInsights did a partial teardown of the new MacBook Pro from Apple. We have the pictures. The disassembled unit appears to be the $2799 configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina screen. TechInsights did a separate teardown of the solid state drive (SSD) in the MacBook Pro, including x-ray images.
For years, we have put up with the fact that smart phones exist outside of established networks and management systems and need all new code. Windows Phone 8 plugs right into the existing management infrastructure and existing Windows software probably ports with ease. If you're a business of any size, Windows Phone 8 is going to be very tempting, and if you have to bribe your users to adopt it you might be making a wise investment.
Cellular networks can't handle the data load that users are generating, so carriers increasingly are turning to "mobile data offloading," which means local Wi-Fi networks take over when needed. The major carriers--AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile--all have public Wi-Fi networks, but other companies such as Boingo and Comcast do, too. The classic application: the stadium, known as the "extreme sports" of the wireless networking business.
Microsoft's new tablet, which they refer to as Surface, looks at first glance to be a serious attempt at a competitive tablet -- bearing in mind that the pricing is as-yet undisclosed. OEMs will be competing not only with each other, but with Microsoft.
35 years ago this spring Apple released their first usable computer, the Apple II. It turned out to be a highly-significant device and a very popular one, launching into legitimacy the company that today holds the world's largest market cap. And it also became the first computer tech product that large numbers of people bought for their jobs.
Nokia's smartphone business is in crisis, but that's more a sign of the past than the future. It's way too early to close the book on its Windows Phone alliance with Microsoft.
Buyers could get a bad first impression of Windows 8 tablets if Microsoft screws up its branded Windows RT device. It will have to be way cheaper than an iPad, with impressive hardware and lots of apps on day one.
Windows 8 could force a major shift in the industry. Notebooks as we know them could disappear, replaced by Windows 8 hybrid notebook-tablets.
The rumors are diverse, but none of them revolutionary: New MacBooks, maybe with retina displays; new Apple TV; new iOS 6, but no devices to run it on; Apple's own mapping program and API. Are the 17-inch MacBook Pros done?
This handy travel charger has 3 surge-protected 3-prong electrical outlets, an iPod/iPhone dock--and one lonely USB port. Too bad Energizer had to drop its original two-USB-port design to get Apple's blessing.
Always digging for the right kind of cable? Micro-USB? MiniUSB? Apple 30-pin? This could be the last docking cable you need--at least for a while.
Back in the day, people used phones primarily to make voice calls. This is degenerating into a "legacy application," and that's a bad thing for the carriers because they make a lot of money on voice calls. Their solution: Force everyone onto an unlimited minutes plan.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a great keyboard and great iPad cover. You need a cover anyway, so why not one that makes typing usable?
Microsoft thinks tablets are PCs, and Apple thinks they are not. Google seems to agree with Apple. But once Windows 8 tablets are out, businesses might find they like Windows tablets better.