Review Category : apple

Microsoft has quietly released a new celebrity news app called SNIPP3T in Apple App Store. The surprising part is that Microsoft is releasing it for iPhone users before their own Windows Phone platform. Description: SNIPP3T (pronounced “Snippet”) is a Celebrity News app that snips everything you want to know about your favorite celebrities from all over the web and puts it in one place. •Subscribe to your favorite celebrity with one click, and the hottest stories about them will show up in your personalized stream of headlines. •Tap on a celebrity to view their detailed profiles and explore a timeline of news stories surrounding them. You can also tap into a news story to get all relevant story content (news articles, photos, videos, and social mentions) in one place. •Share your thoughts about the latest news with other fans of your favorite celebrities Download it here from App Store for ...

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Few days back, WSJ reported about Harry Shum, head of technology and research at Microsoft speaking at Think Next 2014 conference in Tel Aviv. Harry Shum said “We are now moving from the personal computer to personal computing.” Microsoft Research now has machine learning and artificial intelligence on top of its list and working on how a person interacts with a computer. Also, Microsoft is now investing heavily on invisible user interface technology in which the intelligent devices will know what you want before you tell them. Microsoft is investing heavily in “invisible user interface” technology, said Yoram Yaakobi, who heads up Microsoft’s research and development center in Israel. Yaakobi said people in the future won’t need to touch, type or speak to their devices — the devices will “know” what we want them to do before we ask. He called it “UI.Next.” “User interface started with the command prompt, ...

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OneNote Engineering team celebrated the launch of OneNote for Mac app by creating a parody of One Day More song from the film Les Misérables. This is a parody of One Day More from Les Misérables celebrating our recent OneNote Mac launch on 3/17/2014. It was recorded and produced by the OneNote Engineering Team. Big shout out to Nicole Steinbok (@nicolesteinbok) and Scott Snyder too for all their work on this! OneNote for Mac is a free note taking app in Apple App Store. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make ...

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At the press event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store. Microsoft yesterday released an updated version of iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite are on the positive side and even the consumer reaction has been great. Consumer response is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. So far, it’s a great news for Microsoft. Also, Apple App Store is now promoting Office for iPad in its Featured category list giving these apps a much needed promotion. Apple CEO Tim Cook ...

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US President Obama is scheduled to meet top executives from US tech companies tomorrow. The main agenda of the meeting is to discuss their concerns about America’s surveillance operations. Recently, Microsoft along with other tech companies wrote an open letter to Obama regarding their concerns about NSA Spying program and others. Obama will also talk about progress with the troubled online federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, and ways the government and technology industry can partner to boost economic growth. The 15 executives who will meet include the following, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo! Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and ...

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Both Nokia and Apple announced their new tablet devices a day before. Here is the comparison of both the devices in terms of specs. While both of them have almost similar specs and functionalities with their own merits and demerits, it comes down to price and the platform. Apple’s iPad Air is running on iOS where Nokia Lumia 2520 runs on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1. Nokia Lumia 2520 with 32GB storage and LTE costs $499 whereas Apple iPad Air with 32GB storage and LTE costs $729! As you can see, Lumia 2520 offers incredible value for money when compared to iPad Air. Feature Nokia Lumia 2520 Apple iPad Air Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Apple A7 chip Display size 10.1” 9.7” Display Resolution/Pixel Density 1920 x 1080 // 218 ppi 2048 x 1536 // 264 ppi Size and Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g   Length: 240 mm ...

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  Apple had a media event yesterday in the US where it announced a new wave of updated products across its portfolio. During its presentation, Apple executives compared Microsoft’s strategy with theirs to make their point. I disagree with all three cases they made against Microsoft. Here are they, 1) Apple CEO Tim Cook made the following statement to make the point that they are clearly focused on developing MacOS and MacBooks. “Our competition is different: They’re confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they’ll do next? I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you that we’re focused.” My take on it: Windows OEMs were focused on selling netbooks because it really sold well. In fact, totally 40 million netbooks were sold in 2008. Netbooks defined the category of companion device which will go along ...

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A new survey by the Ponomon institute has found that consumers are increasingly distrusting Apple and Google and are in fact turning to Microsoft.   According to their survey, neither Apple nor Google are currently ranking among the top 20 most trusted companies in America, while Microsoft has made a new appearance on the ranking; for the first time hitting the number 17 spot.   Apple was ranked 14th last year, and has now dropped off the list; showing an increasing distrust in the company whose autocratic modus operandi is increasingly disturbing consumers and who has been involved in a number of serious tracking issues.  Products such as Apple maps have also not inspired confidence.  Similarly, Google who ranked 10th in 2008, 13th in 2010 and 19th in 2011 has also fallen off the list.  That company of course whole business model is based on invading consumers privacy, thus making the result ...

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‘Super cool’ apple may be losing its grip on the teen demographic, according to bus marketing group, who polled teams as to their object of desire. Apparently apple’s latest i-products are too ubiquitous to be popular amongst the always counter culture teenage group.  Instead they are embracing current niche products such as Microsoft’s surface tablet. ‘Teens are telling us Apple is done,’ Tina Wells of the youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group told the website. ‘Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don’t think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They’re] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy.’ As the iPhone and iPad increasingly becomes your fathers gadget, Microsoft may benefit from embracing their current role as the underdog. Read more at: Forbes.com and Dailymail.co.uk ...

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Fitbit which has products that track your health and fitness has released their app for Windows Store. This app allows you to access your health and fitness info from your Fitbit account and more. Description: The Fitbit family of products motivate you to stay active, live better, and reach your goals. This app enables you to view graphs of your activity levels, sleep and weight and gives you a clear picture of your health and fitness trends. Important: This app is designed to be used with Fitbit devices. Syncing data from your Fitbit devices to your PC still requires Fitbit Connnect software which can be downloaded for free at http://www.fitbit.com/start. You need a Fitbit account to use this account, which can be created using the Fitbit connect software or from the Fitbit website. Features: •Daily and historical graphs of your step, calorie burn and floor climbing patterns. •Feedback on progress against ...

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It seems like Apple has been a victim of their own success as their crowded stores turn away some potential customers. After being bitterly turned down by a seemingly ‘far too busy’ Apple store, customer Tonicia Abdur-Salaam turned to Microsoft to provide her school –Richfield’s Partnership Academy K-5 charter school- with the 24 desktop PC’s and a few laptops she was in urgent need of. Not only did Microsoft staff provide her with technical assistance and set up of the computers, but the friendly team threw in a couple Xbox 360’s free of charge. So far, 15 million people have experienced the friendly, insightful service the Microsoft stores have to offer.  In fact, twincities.com reports that 97% of surveyed customers said they preferred Microsoft products to Apple products.  Maybe this could have something to do with the fact that Apple stores are far too ‘packed’ according to Tim Nelson, president ...

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We all know Microsoft killed off the Courier tablet concept before even launching the version 1 of the product. But the people behind it never let their ideas down and they left Microsoft to start a new company. Now they have launched a new app for Apple iPad called Paper which has many concepts what Courier showed us few years back. The app is now available for download from Apple iTunes. The app looks amazing and its a boon for creative people who would like to sketch their ideas wherever possible. Check the video above. Find the app here. ...

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Two weeks ago, Apple announced for the first time about their dividends for their shareholders. Combining dividends, share repurchases, and cash used to net-share-settle vesting RSUs, Apple anticipates to utilize approximately $45 billion of domestic cash for over first three years of their programs. As usual, some tech bloggers made statements that no other company has done so, its historic, record amounts, etc,. Just to inform them about some numbers of Microsoft Financials. 1) What is the total value of dividend paid by Microsoft in its history?  Approximately $68 Billion. 2) What is the total value of stock re-purchase programs to date? Approximately $138 Billion. So Microsoft numbers approximately equals $206 Billion. That’s an incredible number for a 20+ year old company. I don’t think any other modern technology company has returned so much amount to its shareholders. Source: Microsoft  ...

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As Steve Jobs biography went on sale from today, Fortune magazine has got an exclusive reprint rights of  part of the biography where the relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was discussed. In that, following is the situation when Steve Jobs came to know that Bill Gates at Microsoft is developing a competing OS and Bill Gates visits Apple’s campus to talk with Steve as per his request. Their meeting was in Jobs’s conference room, where Gates found himself surrounded by ten Apple employees who were eager to watch their boss assail him. Jobs didn’t disappoint his troops. “You’re ripping us off!” he shouted. “I trusted you, and now you’re stealing from us!” Gates just sat there coolly, looking Steve in the eye, before hurling back, in his squeaky voice, what became a classic zinger. “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I ...

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At today’s iPhone 4S launch event, Apple did some poor stat comparisons. 1) “We’re comparing to Windows 7 — it took 20 weeks to reach 10 percent of the Windows install base. It took Lion two weeks.” Apple, you should know facts before doing such numbers. Windows 7 is a huge release that was delivered via boxes and OEM’s whereas Lion was a $29 software update or service pack or what ever it may be delivered as update via internet. Also we have over 350 million Windows 7 PC’s as of now, there are totally 53 million macs worldwide. 2) They compared time to camera and time to take photo,etc with poor Android phones. Why not compare it with Windows Phones which are as fast as your iPhone 4S with iOS 5 ?? 3) Smartphone OS market share: They took ComScore numbers released in  July research to show off so ...

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