Microsoft Surface – iPad killer my ass!

June 19th 2012 – Gizmodo comes out with an article and makes a bold prediction of Microsoft surface making the iPad  and Macbook Air obsolete.

They make claims of how Microsoft has out-Apple’d Apple, how the Surface is a device Sir Johny Ive would make if he had complete control over hardware and UI. How the Surface works as a laptop (thus making Macbook Air obsolete) and works as a tablet (thus making the iPad obsolete)

By the way, when Surface was used as an laptop it failed in comparison to the Macbook Air, when used as a tablet you guess which device triumphed.

Microsoft had a killer device in place – It had a huge marketing blitz to support it. There was a big hype over the Metro UI and Windows RT being the next big thing in OS world. What happened then?

Simple. It just didn’t work. When you get new bugs every other week, it can not.

Users were confused between Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT.

Developers prefered Windows Mobile and Windows Pro to develop apps

Even some of the closest partners didn’t see Windows RT as a platform to bet upon.

One year and a month down the line.

We get this
As sales flounder, Microsoft will drop prices on Surface RT tablet

and. THIS.

Walt Mossberg: Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air offers amazing, all-day battery life

Update:

Microsoft took a $900 million hit on Surface RT this quarter

Godspeed Tim Stevens

Yesterday night, something strange happened. The nicest guy in Tech, who for once more than filled Josh’s big sized shoes at Engadget has resigned and decided to move to something else. All the best Tim for all your future endeavors, You’ll always be remembered for being the man amongst the world of fanboyism.

PRISM – The biggest hoax ever played – Either ways!

Washington post came out with a report about the NSA having access to servers of the big 9 tech companies, whose products/services are being used by billions of people around the globe. To say it shook the tech world would be an understatement. It was surprising but what followed was a strong response by every major tech company named.

Google, Facebook and Apple came out with almost identical statements which you can read here [google], here [facebook] and here [apple]

What they said was

We do not provide government any kind of access to our servers. Period.

Though they agreed to give access after proper court orders were issued. Google and Facebook went a step ahead and said

“…We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received…” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

“…Until this week’s reports, we had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon received—an order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users’ call records. We were very surprised to learn that such broad orders exist…” – Larry Page, Google

Now, to think of it that the heads of major corporations are lying and giving the NSA a backdoor access is a remote possibility but you cannot rule it out altogether. The usage of very similar words adds to suspicion. On the other hand if you happen to read the NSA article that I linked above and scroll down to the very first comment on the website here is what it says

“I think the american public just got punk’d by a well managed prank. Consider, the Department of Transportation’s FAA division does use a software program they call PRISM. It’s a management program that integrates with the computer systems of their vendors. One of the slides gives it away to the alert reader, “Complete list and details on PRISM web page: Go PRISMFAA”. WTF, the FAA web site is the place to go to find out about an NSA operation? I don’t think so. Or, whoever did this may not know what the role of the FAA is within our government. So we are to believe these slides were created on government computers without regard for copyright notices for all those logos. Better yet, why bother with logos? Did anyone else notice that Apple was “added Oct 2012″, one year to the month of Steve Job’s passing? What a coincident. Even the “International Internet Regional Bandwidth Capacity for 2011″ values seem way off, say about 11,000 Gbps off. I also have to assume the “Special Source Operations” seal is classified, couldn’t find it in any database of government seals. Even the “SI” annotation is not correct, there should be a qualifier with it (SI-G, would do it). And when did NSA analyst start giving a hoot about how much an operation cost? This punk’n has just enough truth around the edges to alarm us. It’s working. Peace”

 

Either the US government with every tech company hand in glove is playing the biggest hoax or someone at Washington Post and The Guardian got fooled by someone who’s a big fan of Person of Interest

False Advertising Redmond

Microsoft came up with this witty video ad below:

While the ad was witty and was taken in good humor as the Mac vs PC series that ran some years ago, to top it up Microsoft came up with this page:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/compare#t1=asus-vivotab-smart

This is where trouble started.

Have a look at this:

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It compares the display size of the iPad and the new Asus VivoTab. The figures drawn are not to scale, It’s a clear case of wrong proportions.

Why do I say wrong proportions, because when you scroll down the page here’s what it says:

The ASUS VivoTab Smart is lighter than the iPad, has a bigger touchscreen…

While the FACT is it does NOT.

The iPad is 7.76X5.82 and the Asus VivoTab screen is 8.8X4.95, while it has got more breadth it has less width, resulting in a bigger diagonal
BUT
the iPad screen size is 45.16 square inches whereas the ASUS VivoTab measures 43.56 square inches.

All said and done, False Advertising is never appreciated, whoever it comes from.

Dreams.

Two very dear friends of mine are starting with their own venture. Here’s wishing them all the very best. May they be the round pegs in the square holes.

42Works

Boys go and create a dent in the universe!

“The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing.”

Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Who’s Winning, iOS or Android?

Who’s Winning, iOS or Android? All the Numbers, All in One Place

You had to ask, huh?
On some level, it’s too crude a question to take very seriously. There are just too many ways to define “winning,” and neither platform leads in every area. But here’s the closest thing to an objective answer I can manage.

TL;DR –
Market Share – Android
Tablets usage. Net profits. App Quality. Money from apps. Internet Usage. Enterprise acceptability. – iOS

Hmmm.