Daily Archives: October 24, 2013

To Start, Do Not Touch Start

This is wonderful.

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She touches the word Start thinking it’s the old Windows Start button!

Warner Crocker did four videos with his wife encountering a Surface 2 and Windows 8.1 for the first time.

These have to be seen. His wife is a delight — Warner must laugh at lot at home — and we get to see Windows 8.1 through fresh eyes. Like touching the word Start to Start — which, when you stop to think about it, is completely logical! Did Microsoft ever consider that? I can’t say I did — but I’d already seen videos of Windows 8 in use.

Go see the post and videos: Checking out the Microsoft Surface 2 with a First Timer

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Surface RT: Still D.O.A.

The Surface RT is simply a very bad product

This man [Microsoft’s PR boss Frank Shaw] has his head so far up his own ass he has absolutely no idea just how terrible the products he is spinning are compared to the competition. And, unlike him, I have no horse in this race. I gave my Surface RT, Windows 8, and Metro a fair chance — several of them, in fact — but the cold and harsh truth is that my cheap-ass, first-generation 8GB Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, bought in June 2012, is infinitely more useful, has far better applications, and has crazy better performance than the Surface RT.

There’s even more there, detailing the horror of RT as well as Windows Phone.

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R.I.P. webOS (Again)

Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Seeking to Sell Mobile Patents

Whitman initially turned WebOS, designed for smartphones and tablets, into an open-source software project and rebranded it as a wholly-owned subsidiary called Gram. She sold the operating system’s code to LG Electronics Inc. (066570) earlier this year.

Hewlett-Packard retained WebOS’s patents under that deal and licensed them to LG. The agreement would be unlikely to encumber Hewlett-Packard’s ability to sell its WebOS patents, one of the people with knowledge of the sales process said.

Will Apple and Google team up again to buy this portfolio, as they’ve teamed up in the past?

Or will Apple, already using a Card-like UI in iOS 7, grab them alone?

I was right to move on from webOS.

It’s clear that it’s dead. Even LG seems to have abandoned its webOS plans, with the rumor of them doing devices based on Google’s Chrome OS.

It’s dead, Jim.

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