Wearables are becoming the new type of device that all major companies are developing for consumers, and with new hardware comes new applications. Microsoft has unveiled a new “analog keyboard” for Android Wear that lets you enter text on a smartwatch by drawing letters and numbers with your fingers.
Late last month, Microsoft threw everyone for a loop with the announcement of Windows 10. We still haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer as to why the company skipped a version, but looks like the gimmick was a success — Microsoft announced via the Windows Blog on Monday that over 1 million users have signed up for the Windows Insider Program. More →
There are plenty of classic rivalries in the world of technology, but none run quite as deep as the one between Apple and Microsoft. Perhaps even more contentious than the ongoing battle of these two giants is the scrabble among their fans, constantly bickering back and forth about which company builds better products. More →
If there’s one thing that Microsoft has excelled at over the past year, it’s providing the Xbox One with a constant stream of significant updates. After a rocky pre-launch campaign that arguably doomed the Xbox One to fall behind the PlayStation 4 on the sales charts, Microsoft’s console slowly caught up with and eventually surpassed the PS4 in terms of added functionality.
Many grow up looking up to the skies with wonder and amazement. Children dreamed of what it would be like to travel to space to float around and use all that science-fiction inspired technology. Many of us will never get the chance to realize that dream, although this 3D-printed Nokia Lumia-powered automated robotic observatory might be as close as we’ll ever get.
There are times when Digitimes offers up interesting and accurate information, particularly when it comes to supply chain news. There are other times, however, when it seems as though its writers have spent all week taking part in a $300,000 crack party. That said, between reporting that Apple plans to merge iOS and OS X earlier this week and reporting that Microsoft plans to kill its Surface line of tablets, Digitimes this week has reached a level of insanity that could only be matched by Gene Munster on a bad acid trip. More →
Microsoft’s attempts to convince you that your next computing machine shouldn’t be an iPad or a MacBook Air, or any other tablet or laptop for that matter, apparently aren’t working in the company’s favor, a new report from Digitimes says. The publication says it learned from sources familiar with the upstream supply chain that the Windows maker is already considering discontinuing its Surface tablet line, as Surface Pro 3 demand isn’t as hot as expected. More →
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s form Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect, has unveiled a new iPhone app named Talko, a voice calling app that he has been working on for 2 years and that can actually tell the phone recipient if the person on the other end is walking or driving. This type of app will give the user the information on just how attentive the recipient is and could prevent potential accidents.
One of the most anticipated Xbox One exclusives of the year isn’t launching until the end of the month, but Microsoft is well aware of how impatient its fans can be. That’s why the console maker is teaming up with Best Buy to offer an exclusive first look at Sunset Overdrive on October 11th during a one-hour livestream of the game on the Xbox Twitch channel. More →
Just as previous reports suggested, Android might be a golden goose for Microsoft, a company that has licensing deals in place with many top Android device makers. Previous estimates revealed that Android devices sales might bring Microsoft $2 billion a year, although the number was never confirmed. However, documents from a recent Microsoft vs Samsung case found by Re/code have revealed that the Galaxy device maker might be on the hook for $1 billion in licensing fees owed to Microsoft per year. More →
The official NPD numbers for September haven’t been released yet, but it looks like Sony had another whopping victory last month despite some important moves by Microsoft to try to put the Xbox One back on top. According to VGChartz, Sony sold 178,000 PlayStation 4s globally during the week of September 14th while Microsoft only moved 94,000 Xbox One consoles in that time.