We’re getting to that time of year where the big technology players start to launch their new flagship products in the run up to Christmas where sales can literally go through the roof.
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The Tech You Will Lust After in Quarter 4 2013
With app reviews like the one above, it was pretty obvious my startup’s Windows Phone application wasn’t working. But why it wasn’t working has baffled us, Nokia’s technical experts and Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer evangelists up until just a few days ago when we finally got to the bottom of it: a Windows Phone Store bug. The SoundGecko Windows Phone app launched with a little bit of fanfare in mid-September as a result of user requests and, well, my own demand
Just as I was leaving Seattle at the conclusion of Microsoft BUILD 2012 , a HTC 8X fell off the back of a truck and into my hands. I’ve been keeping it in my pocket over the last couple of days, doubling my dosage of radiation with the iPhone 5, and it’s a Windows Phone 8 phone with a lot of potential.
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Hands on with HTC 8X and Windows Phone 8
Paolo Marcucci (@ paolom ) gets his free BUILD goodies Around 10 minutes before the 7pm scheduled time to hand out the “ BUILD 2012 goodies “, Microsoft staff began the process of handing out around 2,000 sets of the Microsoft Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 and a coupon for 100GB of SkyDrive storage. Although not all 2,000 attendees are expected to collect their freebies tonight – the queue was so long in one of the two buildings that it went around a corner and almost went out a fire escape door, most attendees were rightfully anxious to collect their free devices to play with
It’s day 1 of Microsoft’s BUILD 2012 developer conference and to kick things off with a bang was the first of two keynotes held in the “big tent” seating around 2,000 attendees. Steve Ballmer came out on stage and spoke for a large majority of the 2-hour presentation, recapping launches and market numbers as well as demonstrating a number of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices and features.
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Microsoft BUILD 2012 Day 1 keynote (in pictures)
At an Microsoft Alumni Foundation event recently, former President of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, Robbie Bach took to the stage to explain what he has been doing after leaving Microsoft at end of 2010. Even though the story he tells of his path to discovering the meaning of giving through charity and philanthropy is respectfully important, he made short reflection on his 22 years at the company which included a fun and honest quip about the short-lived product that no one talks about now.
Robbie Bach on â€œAct IIâ€ after Microsoft
Compared to the more grounded Productivity Vision videos , these ads for Microsoft’s private cloud solutions are definitely a bit of a stretch in the Utopian sci-fi direction. Ignoring the obvious consequences of the grandfather paradox implied in these scenarios, it scores perfectly on the checklist of a Utopia.
I’m both glad and worries Bill Gates still has some time to do interviews while he’s on Christmas holiday in Australia, but the weather in Sydney where he’s staying hasn’t been very Summer-like so I guess he’s just passing time. In contrast to the Fairfax interview where he was asked whether he would return to Microsoft, here’s a 12-minute video of one he did with ABC News where he focused entirely on his philanthropic work, health issues, energy, carbon pricing (where Australia recently introduced law for this) and even global protests.
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Bill Gates interviews in Australia