Ballmer on Windows Phone 7: 5,500 apps, updates coming, Verizon and Sprint in first half of 2011

By on January 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM.

Ballmer on Windows Phone 7: 5,500 apps, updates coming, Verizon and Sprint in first half of 2011

Speaking at his company’s CES keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer let go several pertinent facts about the Windows Phone 7 operating system. For starters, the much anticipated WP7 software update — the one that brings copy & paste along with a host of other improvements — is due in the next few months. Mr. Ballmer also noted that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now has 5,500 applications and is growing at the rate of 100 new applications every day; he also mentioned that 50% of the user base downloads a new application each day. Lastly, the highly anticipated Verizon and Sprint Windows Phone devices — like the HTC 7 Pro — are due “in the first half of 2011.” Not exactly the timeframe we were looking for… and no mention of official sales figures for the platform. Anyone else disappointed by the lack of specificity on the WP7, CDMA timeline?

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Live from Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote; including live-broadcast video!

By on January 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM.

Live from Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote; including live-broadcast video!

We’re all ready to go at Microsoft CEO Steve Baller’s CES keynote event — the room is packed and the event is set to start any minute. What will be shown? Well, maybe some tablets or even new Windows Phone 7 handets? Or that mythical Windows 8? We’ll see soon enough! You can watch along with us since Microsoft is live-broadcasting Ballmer’s keynote in its entirety. Hit the break for the live video! More →

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Will Steve Jobs announce the Verizon iPhone at CES?

By on December 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM.

Will Steve Jobs announce the Verizon iPhone at CES?

Rumors of a Verizon Wireless iPhone have swirled since even before the first iPhone was actually announced — you might remember the rumor that both Verizon and AT&T (then Cingular) would sell the device. Fast forward to the last couple of months, and countless articles have appeared from mainstream media publications like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in addition to countless other publications and blogs reporting on Verizon-related iPhone news. The consensus is that AT&T will lose its exclusivity in the United States after December 31st of this year, and that Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone starting in the first quarter of next year. Let’s assume that Verizon Wireless will get the iPhone in that timeframe for the purpose of this article. More →

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Apple makes iOS 4.1 official

By on September 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM.

Apple makes iOS 4.1 official

At today’s keynote event, Apple announced that iOS 4.1 is coming out of beta and getting official. Additions to the latest iOS code base include bug fixes, HDR photos, and the inclusion of the Game Center. Apple is stating that iOS 4.1 addresses Bluetooth issues, proximity sensor, and iPhone 3G issues that have been reported ad nauseum in Apple’s support forums. HDR photos, for those not familiar, occur when your camera takes several photos — in succession — at different exposure levels. The photos are then combined using software that chooses the optimal lighting conditions, from each of the photos, for each area of the original photo. HDR shots result in images “with preserved or exaggerated local contrast” which increases the artistic effect of your shot. The Game Center will be live in the new OS update and will have several new game titles available. iOS 4.1 will also add HD video uploads to YouTube over Wi-Fi and  TV show rentals (we’re sure there will be more on this later). iOS 4.1 is set to drop next week.

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Apple to live stream music-event keynote today

By on September 1, 2010 at 7:05 AM.

Apple to live stream music-event keynote today

Live blogs are cool, but live video streams are way better. Late yesterday, Apple announced that they would broadcast today’s music-event keynote live via the web. The event starts at 10:00 AM PT and rumors of several new iPods, an Apple TV, an iLife update, and iOS 4 for the iPad have been predicted by various internet-based sources with limited knowledge of the matter. If you’re interested on hearing the skinny, straight from the horse’s mouth, the link will be live on Apple’s home page when the event starts. More →

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Ballmer: Windows 7 slates before the end of this year

By on July 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM.

Ballmer: Windows 7 slates before the end of this year

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, giving the opening keynote at the Worldwide Partner Conference, told his audience to expect Windows 7 slate computers before the end of this year. “We know you really want to know what’s coming,” teased Ballmer. HP is one of several Dell partners who announced a slate-like PC earlier this year, although they did not announce when the new product would be available. Microsoft’s Chief went onto say, “They [the Slate PC’s] will come from the people you would expect. From Asus, from Dell, from Samsung, from Toshiba, from Sony.” We say bring on the slates! More →

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Steve Jobs to give WWDC keynote

By on May 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM.

Steve Jobs to give WWDC keynote

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Not groundbreaking stuff, but newsworthy nonetheless. Apple has just announced that the company’s CEO, Steve Jobs, will be giving the opening keynote at this years World Wide Developers Conference June 7th at 10AM PDT. The conference, set to run from June 7th to the 11th, is rumored to be where the controversial, and well traveled, fourth generation iPhone will be officially revealed. Tickets to this years WWDC sold out in a record eight days. We’ve got the full release after the break. More →

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Live from CTIA 2010's day one keynote with AT&T's Ralph de la Vega

By on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM.

Live from CTIA 2010's day one keynote with AT&T's Ralph de la Vega

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Yes, yes y’all, we’re ready to bring the action straight from the first day of CTIA 2010. Up first is the opening keynote with AT&Ts CEO of Mobility, Ralph de la Vega. Sit back, relax, and hopefully stand up and shout when some news breaks! More →

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Microsoft CES keynote wrap-up: Prototype HP Slate, Project Natal and T-Mobile HD2 unveiled

By on January 7, 2010 at 12:19 AM.

Microsoft CES keynote wrap-up: Prototype HP Slate, Project Natal and T-Mobile HD2 unveiled

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Microsoft just wrapped its CES keynote speech and it was predictably uninspiring. Despite its blandness, Ballmer and Bach did reveal some information that qualifies as borderline newsworthy. First up, Microsoft debuted a prototype tablet powered by Windows 7 and manufactured by HP. Sadly, the rumored Courier was no where to be found. Mr. Ballmer also unveiled the T-Mobile HD2 but thanks to T-Mobile’s twitter account, we had advance warning. Last but not least and probably the best news of all is Project Natal, Microsoft’s motion controlled gaming peripheral, is slated to arrive in time for the holiday 2010 shopping season. For those that want a closer look at the prototype HP Slate, a few press photos are after the jump. More →

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Schiller to lead the way at Apple's WWDC keynote

By on May 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM.

Schiller to lead the way at Apple's WWDC keynote

It’s official. Many expected Steve Jobs to use the WWDC keynote and impending new iPhone announcement to make his triumphant return to the helm but as it turns out, that won’t be the case. Instead, the man who would be king, Phillip Schiller, will be leading the way come June 8th according to a release this morning from Apple. The company’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing has been up to the task before and while he doesn’t quite give off the same “president of the cool kids club” vibe as Stevo, he has done a fine job. Whether or not he will do the honors and unveil Apple’s next iPhone and/or notebook/netbook/tablet remains to be seen. Will Jobs be the “one more thing” and emerge from behind a curtain holding the new iPhone while Mamma Said Knock You Out blares over the sound system? Ok, probably not… But he might still show up.

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