Archive for: Microsoft

Rumor: Verizon Purposely Turned Down High End, LTE WP7 Devices.

  • December 29, 2011 2:51 pm

Looks like the immediate future for Windows Phone hopefuls on VZW isn’t going to get any better. While there is at least one WP7 device planned for spring-2012 for Verizon, it’s not looking like it’s going to ship with LTE — a prime staple of any high-end VZW device these days — and is looking less likely that any LTE WP7 device is going to hit VZW until Q3/Q4 2012. The kicker: the outlook could have been better if VZW hadn’t turned down high-end LTE WP7 devices…

Microsoft: 2012 CES Is Our Last Major Year.

  • December 21, 2011 12:51 pm

Want to catch a glimpse of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer or their gigantic booth at CES? Then you best pull a few strings and plan on attending the upcoming 2012 CES as it will be Microsoft’s last CES in which they’ll feature a large presence.

Microsoft spokesperson, Frank Shaw, stated that while Microsoft will still remain present for future CES events, 2012 is the last year in which they’ll hold a keynote and occupy a space on the show floor — behind closed doors meetings and such will also still take place. According to Shaw, Microsoft’s own product cycles are simply moving too fast to hold tight to CES’ yearly schedule. Fair enough we s’pose.

Shocked, unfazed, indifferent?

Microsoft Goes On The Offensive With Internet Explorer.

  • December 16, 2011 8:46 am

Microsoft is taking matters into their own hands regarding the — Won’t it ever DIE!! — Internet Explorer 6. Now more than a decade old, IE 6 is a perfect example of what happens when complacency and laziness take hold, if not a bit of obliviousness. Whatever the reason may be for a particular person or company to continue using IE 6, very soon you’ll have to work even harder to keep the old internet relic chugging along on your computer thanks to new auto and transparent updating of IE.

Essentially, Microsoft is making IE update much like Chrome and Firefox already do — in the background silently. IE updates won’t even show up in Windows Updates anymore either. For most consumers, this is great as they don’t have to think about browser maintenance and in turn get stuck in the version number battle. For companies with ancient software that requires and equally ancient browser, the news isn’t entirely exciting. But there’s a perk: the process will be opt-in meaning companies (and consumers should they choose) can keep going the manual route.

The new auto-update functionality is scheduled to begin rolling out this coming January in Australia and Brazil, “scaling up” over the year to other countries.

Microsoft To Follow In Adobe’s Footsteps, Abandon Silverlight After Version 5?

  • November 9, 2011 7:50 am

Apparently Adobe isn’t the only one that realizes browser based plugins for rich media (read: the impending death of Flash on mobile) are dead. According to the Verge whom cites Mary Jo Foley whom herself cites multiple sources, Microsoft will officially abandon their Flash competitor, Silverlight, after the next Silverlight 5 release rumored to drop around late November.

Given the wide ranging support for HTML5 as well as previous comments by Microsoft that Silverlight’s days were numbered, the announcement wouldn’t exactly be surprising. Nonetheless, hearing of Flash (mobile Flash mind you) and Silverlight in the same day makes for a rather interesting week, no?

Outside of web video, Flash is less relevant while Silverlight still is a key piece of Windows Phone. Give this week’s events it appears the track towards a web technologies based future has been accelerated.

Andy Lees: Dual-Core And LTE Coming To Windows Phone “Soon”.

  • October 10, 2011 6:23 am

Windows Phone 7 users holding out for dual-core processors and/or LTE may have a bit longer to wait. Windows Phone hardware has been noticeably late from the dual-core/LTE party that Android manufacturers are cashing in on. Though according to Windows Phone President, Andy Lees, says sheer power with the aforementioned features isn’t the company’s #1 concern — gaining credibility in the smartphone world again (and battery life).

According to Lees, the first generation of LTE hardware was big and bulky. Add to that rather abysmal battery life and you’ve got the perfect reason to…wait. For dual-cores, Lees says the team wanted to make sure Windows Phone 7 was “mature enough” to handle the extra core.

But all is not lost. Lees mentions that the second generation of Windows Phone hardware is currently under development and we should begin to see new hardware features in the near future.

While Lees didn’t give any specific timeline regarding a feature list or release schedule for 2nd-gen hardware, merely saying “soon”, previous rumros point to a late 2011/early 2012 release of LTE WP7 and quite possibly dual-core hardware too.

The History Of: Microsoft Zune

  • October 5, 2011 10:59 am

Microsoft’s Zune is officially dead. But where we say good-bye to Microsoft’s in-house hardware we say hello to a new generation of PMP; a device whose soul purpose is no longer to simply entertain but communicate with the world around us too. Join us after the break as we take a walk back through time, admiring Microsoft’s Zune through the years…

Incredible: Life Size Lego Lancer - Pwns The Locust With Rubber Bands!

  • October 2, 2011 4:51 am

It’s late, but amazing awesome stuff doesn’t sleep. After soberly trolling the interwebs for something to chew on before we have to shut off the lights here at GS headquarters, we just happened to stumble on one of the most amazing things we have ever seen. Lego’s were one of the most played with toys of my childhood, between building whatever it was I could think of, I also used them as destructible environment for the G.I. Joe’s and the rest of the action figures of the 80′s.

Nowadays, between children, work, work and children, it’s hard to find time to build amazing forts and castles using the Lego pieces. The PlumBrother’s, however, have decided children and work can wait. I mean, seriously, how can you protect your family and the work place from the Locust and Lambent without a Lancer! If you fly over to their YouTube channel you’ll be graced with a full on breakdown of their latest and greatest toy. The Lego Lancer isn’t only life size, it features a working chain saw to rip your foes apart, but also features some sweet rubber band firing action. After turning off the wimpy safety, you’re left with either single or burst fire action to turn the Locust into chum.

The end of the video features a tear down of the Lancer, unfortunately we aren’t graced with a blindfolded re-build as we all know the COG can do!

Drop on in for the coolest video you’ll see this weekend, and probably the rest of the year!