Microsoft Officially Unveils Windows 10; Skips Windows 9!

Sep 30, 2014 - 12:38 PM - by dgstorm

Even though this is obviously not Android news, it's still a surprising development in the tech world, so we thought it prudent to share it with you.

It looks like the folks in Redmond can still shock and awe from time to time, although this time it's really just a PR gimmick. Microsoft just officially unveiled Windows 10 to the public. You read that right... they are skipping the Windows 9 name and going straight for the next generation.

While the operating system is still the same thing they have been working on since Windows 8 was a big flop, Microsoft felt that the changes to the OS were so significant it was worth passing over the Windows 9 name. Ultimately this is just a marketing semantics stunt, but it definitely has our attention.

Even more notable is that the release has now slipped farther down the road. According to the report, Windows 10 will be released "later in 2015." Here's a quote with some of the details as to why Microsoft execs decided to go this route,

Yes, the company is skipping the "Windows 9" moniker. Why skip "9"?

"When you see the product in its fullness I think you will agree with us that it is a more appropriate name," [MS executive Terry] Myerson said.

Among other things, Belfiore said the company wants to focus on personalization, to make the Windows experience particular to individual users' tastes and preferences.

"We are trying to hit this balance in just the right way," [MS executive Joe] Belfiore said.

Starting Wednesday, Microsoft is launching a Windows Insider program and will release a technical preview of Windows 10 for laptops and desktops, with other devices to follow.

Microsoft will start talking more about the consumer experience next year at the company's developer conference in the spring, Myerson said. It expects to launch Windows 10 "later in 2015.."
What do you guys think of Microsoft's curve-ball to the media?

Source: USAToday
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Asus Announces New MeMo Pad 7 and Zenwatch Android Wear Smartwatch

Sep 03, 2014 - 7:46 AM - by dgstorm

Before the big Samsung event kicks off in about ten minutes, here's a quick IFA update from Asus. They just announced a couple of new products. The first is their new MeMo Pad 7 which will now have a full-HD display.
Here's the full spec list: Intel Atom CPU, a 64-bit quad-core Z3560 clocked at 1.83 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot that can accommodate 64 GB cards, 5 MP camera at the back, 2 MP shooter at the front and 16 GB free cloud storage.

It will be available for 199 (about $260), and will be offered in red, gold and black color variations.

The other device they shared is the Zenwatch Android Wear smartwatch. You can check out the video above for a teaser. Not too many details were revealed regarding this device, but it will sell for 199 Euros. There's no word if Asus plans to bring it to the US.
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[Tech Deal Roundup of the Week] Android Accessories, Portable Chargers and More

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:24 PM - by dgstorm
Portable Charger
Sleek, discreet & portable. We can't ask much more from the on-the-go charger. It can also pump up your phone with a full 9 hours of additional talk time. And it's on offer at Amazon for $16.99 // 58% OFF

HTC Desire Phablet
A must have gadget for people wanting more than a tablet. 5.5" HD display with stunning visuals, wireless capabilities, two cameras & runs on the Kit Kat operating system. It's available from QVC for $199.5 // RRP $546.

Google Glass (DIY)
As Amazon describes it: "Cardboard App, DIY a virtual reality glasses, like Oculus Rift VR glasses, and you can control your phone with the magnets." We're not sure if it's as High Tech as the Rift, but at least it wasn't bought by FaceBook! $14 from Amazon!

Bluetooth Mobile Speaker
Choose between a variety of colours, for this portable mobile speaker, from the BEM Public Zoo Design. Available from BuyDig for $19.95 // 70% OFF // RRP $69

Purple // $19.95
Black // $19.95

Ultra-high Density External Battery Pack
If the Anker doesn't tickle your fancy, check out The EC TECHNOLOGY Portable Power Pack. Available from Amazon for $45.99 // 70% OFF!! // RRP $150
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