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Live from Steve Ballmer’s CES 2010 keynote

January 7th, 2010 admin No comments

We’re in our seats and eagerly awaiting the start of Steve Ballmer’s (and Microsoft’s) CES 2010 keynote. Hang tight for just a few, and the proceedings will get underway.

Check back at 6:30PM PT — that’s when the real action begins.

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Live from Steve Ballmer’s CES 2010 keynote originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 21:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft to reveal HP built Courier slate tomorrow?

January 6th, 2010 admin No comments
It was 2001 that Bill Gates first introduced the Tablet PC in Las Vegas. Tomorrow, if the New York Times is correct, will see the launch of what could be Microsoft’s next take on the Tablet PC right here at CES. According to “people familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” Steve Ballmer will introduce an HP-built “slate-type computer” during the opening CES keynote. The rumored device is said to be a “multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions” in tow that could be available by mid year. So what will it be? The Courier supported by a full-suite of content partners, or will it be just another Windows tablet in search of mass market acceptance? You’ll find out tomorrow right here at Engadget.

Microsoft to reveal HP built Courier slate tomorrow? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Jan 2010 20:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft Research patents controller-free computer input via EMG muscle sensors

January 4th, 2010 admin No comments

We’ve seen plenty of far-fetched EMG-based input methods, like the concentration-demanding, head-based NeuroSky controller, but Microsoft Research is asking for a patent that involves much simpler gestures — and might actually make a bit of sense. As demonstrated in the video after the break, Microsoft’s connecting EMG sensors to arm muscles and then detecting finger gestures based on the muscle movement picked up by those sensors. It does away for the need of a pesky camera (or Power Glove) to read complicated hand gestures, and can even sense modified versions of the gestures to be performed while your hands are full. Microsoft’s developing a wireless EMG sensor module that could be placed all over the body, and while like all Microsoft Research projects this seems pretty far from market, there’s a small, optimistic part of us that could see some of the benefits here for controlling mobile devices. And boy do we love controlling mobile devices.

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Microsoft Research patents controller-free computer input via EMG muscle sensors originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jan 2010 09:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Internet Explorer losing users as other browsers set share records

January 3rd, 2010 admin No comments

In the last quarter, Chrome, Safari and Opera all set new personal bests for browser market share with 4.63, 4.46 and 2.4 percent respectively. This period marks the first time Chrome has pipped Safari to third spot, while their collective prosperity comes at the expense of IE, which continues to hemorrhage users at a rate of 0.92 percentage points a month. Microsoft’s 62.7 percent slice might still look mighty, but projections from Net Applications suggest it could shrink to below 50 percent by May of this year. Unless something magical happens. You’ll probably also want to know that Net Applications monitors incoming traffic to over 40,000 websites and generates a sample size of about 160 million unique visitors each month — making the veracity of its claims pretty robust. One hidden sign of our collective laziness: 21 percent of all users last quarter were still fulfilling their browsing needs with IE 6. For shame.

Internet Explorer losing users as other browsers set share records originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jan 2010 17:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Predictions for 2010?

January 2nd, 2010 admin No comments

2010… a year we’ve been waiting for since at least the mid-80’s. It’s finally here guys — so what happens next? Every year we take the 1st of January to try and figure that out. Normally we would consult the sage-like wisdom of Engadgetdamus, but this year is special, and we thought it needed the kind of time-twisting-artificial-intelligence-color-cycling-weird-baby-monolith-Roy-Scheider-starring-space-adventure that only the the above image (and book, and movie) could evoke. Below are the predictions from the staff of ye olde Engadget — what say you, good reader?

Chris: In an unprecedented cash and stock deal valued at over $1.7 billion, Comcast acquires your ‘89 Festiva.
Thomas: Steve Jobs will announce a pair of tablets, then smash them to bits on account of Android idolatry.
Laura: Jeff Bezos will continue to predict the “death of the book.” The book will continue to exist merely to spite Bezos.
Don: The world breathes a sigh of relief that the Large Hadron Collider will never create a black hole… after it is destroyed by zombies.
Dan: Apple’s stock will plummet when a TUAW investigative report reveals that Steve Jobs actually died in 2002, and has since been portrayed by talk show host cum surreal performance artist, Arsenio Hall.
Nilay: Google finally flips the switch and creates Skynet.
Ben: Microsoft agrees that CableCARD is a failure and Media Center along with it and introduces Zune Center.
Josh F: Adult entertainment will kick-start yet another media market, this time in the form of 3D Blu-ray porn.
Richard Lai: Tamagotchi resurrects with 3D monochrome screen, and then dies.
Darren: Intel considers making an Atom that’s actually fast, but its bottom line delays the launch until December 31, 2012.
Vlad: Sony Ericsson delivers an Xperia handset on time… nah, just kidding.
Richard Lawler: Nintendo surprises everyone and releases the Wii 3D.
Josh T: Google upends the landscape of the mobile phone market when Eric Schmidt says Apple can “have one of these unsubsidized” while emphatically pointing to his crotch.

Predictions for 2010? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jan 2010 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Entelligence: Gartenberg’s best of 2009 in personal tech

January 1st, 2010 admin No comments

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore where our industry is and where it’s going — on both micro and macro levels — with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

As the year comes to a close, it seems appropriate to cast my vote for the best (and some of the worst) gadgets I’ve seen. These are my personal choices for products that I felt were best of breed and really managed to differentiate themselves (or didn’t at all). In no particular order, here are my picks and pans.

Best Phones: This was a tricky category, and I’m not breaking it down into different segments. This is just the best on the market in my opinion — no matter how smart it was considered to be, or how well it did in school.

  • iPhone 3GS. It was a simple choice. Take the coolest phones on the market, bump up the memory and make it twice as fast. Add in some new features like a digital compass and toss in an ecosystem of 100,000+ apps. Sure, it’s still locked to AT&T but the iPhone is still the phone that many others aspire to be.
  • Palm Pre. At this point last year many had written Palm off entirely. Instead of fading away, Palm came back on strong with webOS, a new way of integrating diverse content called Synergy and two devices launched across the globe. Along the way, the Pre garnered much mindshare from consumers, and Palm showed that you don’t need to clone the iPhone to drive the state of the art forward.
  • HTC HD2. When Microsoft released Windows Mobile 6.5, there was a chorus of groans about more of the same. HTC took up the challenge and proved that there was more to Windows Mobile than slow devices and resistive screens. The HD2 takes Windows Mobile to places never seen before with a capacitive touch screen, a Snapdragon processor and HTC-created extensions that make multi-touch work the HD2’s gorgeous 4.3-inch display. Wrap it all up in HTC’s Sense UI and you’ve got the best Windows Mobile device on the market today.

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Entelligence: Gartenberg’s best of 2009 in personal tech originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 Dec 2009 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft and Kia formalize partnership, Uvo is born

December 31st, 2009 admin No comments
Microsoft and Kia formalize partnership, Uvo is born
It’s been known for some time that Microsoft’s automotive passions couldn’t be sated exclusively by Ford, at least not for long. Sync has been giving the blue oval some serious tech cred for years now, and while we’re still eagerly awaiting the SHO to get its own app store, we’ve also been wondering what other, fresher companies will do with the tech given the chance. We’ll be finding out next week, with Microsoft and Kia launching Uvo (short for “your voice”), the fruits of a partnership that we’ve known about since 2008. It’s another implementation of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Technologies, the guts behind Sync, and so while we expect that’ll mean the two systems will be inherently very similar, we’re also expecting a fresh new skin and some funky new functionality. How funky? Sadly neither of the two are willing to say just yet, but you’ll have all the details as soon as we do — about this time next week.

Microsoft and Kia formalize partnership, Uvo is born originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ten years of BlackBerry

December 29th, 2009 admin No comments

The year is 1999. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, gas is 94 cents a gallon, Bondi Blue iMacs are a staple in dorm rooms across the country, and Microsoft is trying to bring the desktop Windows experience to the pocket, pushing its Palm-size PC concept (after Palm had quashed the original “Palm PC” branding) on a world still feeling jilted by the failures of the Apple Newton. 3Com subsidiary Palm and its heavyweight licensee Handspring have figured out something interesting about the still-nascent PDA market, though: people like simplicity. If an electronic organizer does what it says it’s going to do, keeps your information in sync with your PC, runs for forever and a day on a single set of batteries, and does it all with a minimum of fuss, people will buy. It’s an exciting, challenging, and rapidly-changing era in the mobile business.

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Ten years of BlackBerry originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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So, what’d you get?

December 25th, 2009 admin No comments

It’s the final Christmas morning of the decade, and considering that there are only two or three of these left before the world ends, we certainly hope an exuberant Santa Claus dropped off a fairly swank stash of gadgetry overnight. ‘Course, today just wouldn’t be today without pigging out on calorie-infested foods and spending copious quantities of time with folks you dearly love and desperately loathe, but frankly — we’re just interested in learning what kind of gizmos entered your life this morning for the first time. Tell us what you did (or didn’t) get in comments below, and be sure to tell us if you reacted similarly to the kids posted up after the break (no fibbing — Sir Kringle is already making his list for next year, don’tcha know?).

When you’re done, check out what people got excited about in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

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So, what’d you get? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Dec 2009 11:52:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft loses patent appeal; Word and Office to be barred from sale starting January 11

December 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

It’s getting closer and closer to check-writing time for Steve Ballmer, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has just upheld a decision that would see Microsoft Word and Office banned from sale starting January 11. If you’ll recall, Microsoft lost a patent infringement suit against XML specialists i4i back in May when it was found that Word’s handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files infringed upon i4i’s patented XML handling algorithms, but the injunction against further Word sales was put on hold pending the results of this appeal. Now that Microsoft has lost once again, we’d expect either another appeal and request for the injunction to be stayed, this time to the Supreme Court, or for a settlement between these two that would end this whole mess right now. We’ll see what happens — stay tuned.

P.S.- Just to be clear on this, i4i isn’t a patent troll — it’s a a 30 person database design company that shipped one of the first XML plugins for Office and was actually responsible for revamping the entire USPTO database around XML to make it compatible with Word back in 2000. What’s more, the patents involved here don’t cover XML itself, but rather the specific algorithms used to read and write custom XML — so OpenOffice users can breathe easy, as i4i has said the suite doesn’t infringe. Existing Office users should also be fine, as only future sales of Word are affected by the ruling, not any already-sold products.

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Update: Microsoft says it’s moving quickly to prepare versions of Office 2007 and Word 2007 that don’t have the “little-used” XML features for sale by January 11, and that the Office 2010 betas use a different algorithm that doesn’t infringe i4i’s patent. It’s also considering an appeal, so we’ll see what happens there.

Microsoft loses patent appeal; Word and Office to be barred from sale starting January 11 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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