Microsoft Needs a High-End Windows Phone

Leaked images of rumored Lumia 830 smartphone.

by According to the Verge, Microsoft is planning the release of two new Windows Phones, a rather niche product codenamed “Superman” that’s optimized for “selfies” and a midrange device that might be either the Lumia 830 or Lumia 730. In the latter case, the smartphone is characterized as an “affordable high-end phone”: The second handset […]

The Surface Pro 3 Does Have an Excellent Screen

Surface Pro 3 Display

by DisplayMate, maker of high-end display configuration and calibration tools, periodically provides in-depth evaluations of the quality of the displays used on a variety of mobile devices. I typically agree with their assessments of devices I’ve owned, and I definitely agree with their description of the Surface Pro 3′s screen as excellent: Based on our extensive […]

Samsung and Microsoft Vie for Worst Video

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by Samsung and Microsoft have both produced promotional videos recently that have caught the Internet’s attention. Unfortunately, both have been for the wrong reasons. First, we have Samsung’s video for the Gear smartwatch, which is an odd combination of high-quality production value with incredibly cheesy content. And, the video manages, in my opinion, to highlight […]

Windows 8.1 – So Easy a Child Can Demo It

Windows 8.1 Demo Video

by This is a cute little video demonstrating how easy Windows 8.1 is to learn and use. It’s so easy, in fact, that even a child can demo it! At least, that’s Microsoft’s position. Personally, I’ve long held that new technology is far easier for children to grasp and embrace simply because they’re much less […]

Microsoft OneNote Recipe Clipping – A Sign of Things to Come?

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by Microsoft’s OneNote team recently blogged about clipping recipes with the OneNote Web clipper. In a nutshell, the Web clipper uses the Bing backend to intelligently clip and format recipes from popular sites like the Food Network and Food.com, and it does a fine job. Note that this is the Web clipper that’s installed to […]

Living on the Bleeding Edge – Should You Buy a Gadget Right Away?

Notice the change in size of the speaker holes. Image via 3g.co.uk.

by With any device, there can be hardware issues in the earliest builds that are fixed in future builds. Manufacturing issues can be identified and resolved (e.g., screen adhesion issues that cause yellow tints, a la iPads), problematic components can be fixed by suppliers (e.g., screens that suffer from inconsistencies, WiFi components that can’t be […]

Surface Pro 3 Screen Issues – Yellow Haze

by I came across a forum thread at SurfaceForums.net that discusses an issue with some Surface Pro 3 screens, mine included. As user T.J. Godin notes: I remember reading about this issue on the first gen Surface Pro, but I believe history may be repeating itself with the Surface Pro 3. I had my unit for […]

Orphan Black’s Silly Patient Notion

Orphan Black

by I started binge-watching Orphan Black on Amazon Prime Video the other day, and I was enjoying it immensely until right up to the tail end of the first season. Tatiana Maslany’s acting definitely lives up to its billing, and it’s certainly a shame that she’s been snubbed at the Emmy’s for two years running. However, the […]

OneOS: What Microsoft Should Call the Next Version of Windows

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by I’m not usually one to hand out free marketing advice, but given Microsoft’s recent announcement of significant cuts in its labor force I’m not sure that they’ll be hiring any new marketing people anytime soon. I’d hate for good marketing ideas (in my opinion, anyways) to go to waste, and so here you go, Microsoft. […]

Microsoft Cortana Video Highlights the Digital Assistant’s Strengths

Cortana

by So far, I’ve been enjoying Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 on my Nokia Lumia 925. It’s different from Google Now, being more of a digital assistant with a personality than a simpler purveyor of information. I’d say that both have their strengths and weaknesses, with Google Now benefiting from its longer time on the […]