Today, Venturebeat reported that Apple is working with the world’s largest Watch manufacturing group Swatch for to release a line of smartwatches in variety of branded styles and price points. Apple usually does not license their technology/OS to other companies, they do both the software and hardware as we have seen in the past with iPod, iPhone, Mac and iPad. If this report is true, then Apple is aiming to capture a significant share of smartwatch industry by licensing their technology to other watch manufacturers. Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smartwatches. Microsoft invented the smartwatch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those smartwatches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about ...

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Gartner today released their Worldwide PC shipments report which revealed that total shipments were 75.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2013. This should be a good news for OEMs as PC shipments have increased after eight quarters of declining shipments. This is due to the stabilization in developed markets was offset by a decline in emerging markets. “The PC market’s installed based has been declining as buyers switched to tablets and smartphones for entertainment and social media consumption. The 2Q14 results suggest that the consumer installed base restructuring peaked during 2013. We are seeing a slowdown in premium tablet sales, which have already penetrated a large number of households. PCs are now growing off a smaller installed base of newer devices, with more engaged users. Therefore, we expect to see slow, but consistent, PC growth. While the end ...

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The ‘FutureBrand Index’ is a from brand consultancy FutureBrand, sanctioned by Global Top 100 Companies creator PwC, measures perceptions of brand strength through in-depth quantitative research among thousands of consumers worldwide. FutureBrand Index 2014 list was released today and Microsoft was ranked No.2 in it. Google toped the list with Walt Disney and Apple taking No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. Some key findings in the report include financial value and past performance are no guarantee of future brand strength, being global makes a difference to brand strength, the value-perception gap for brands varies by sector, brand awareness is not enough to drive strong perceptions, Chinese companies and brands are not yet future proof and more. A ‘future brand’ is a brand that is more likely to succeed in the future, not just one that is strong now. This is because it perfectly balances strong perceptions of its purpose in the world ...

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Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada are running a great deal in which consumers can get up to $650 in store credit when they trade in select MacBook Air models and purchase a Surface Pro 3. So, you can save up to $650 for your Surface Pro 3 purchase until 7/31/2014 in this way. To be eligible for trade-in, device must power on to be considered working. Water-damaged devices and devices with cracked screens are not considered working devices for purposes of this offer. Why Surface Pro 3 over MacBook Air? Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. Larger Screen, lighter form   Featuring a gorgeous 12-inch display encased in ...

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Last Friday, we reported that AT&T and Verizon has filed their support for Microsoft’s case in the court. Today, Cisco and Apple have joined others by filing a a joint amicus brief detailing their response. Other tech companies are also expected to join Microsoft soon. Back story on what’s going on, Microsoft has a global network of data centers included more than one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft as an enterprise vendor stores data of lots of different organizations and companies around the world in its various data center. As per US law, Microsoft is forced the disclose the content it stores in its data centers on request from agencies like FBI. Microsoft is now challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to force the Microsoft to hand over a customer’s email stored in a data center in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument is that, just ...

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Apple does this again and again. They present you with some stupid stats to make you believe their message. At this year’s WWDC keynote, Tim Cook compared user adoption rate of OS X Mavericks and Windows 8. The comparison itself doesn’t make much sense as OS X Mavericks is a minor free update while Windows 8 is a major update that will require users to purchase new license. Also, Tim pointed out that over 51% of the Mac user base has adopted Mavericks which means over 40 million users upgraded. In the same slide, he pointed out that only 14% of the Windows user base upgraded to Windows 8, which means over 140 millions users have upgraded. He made this point to developers to highlight the fact that OS X has more users on the latest version, but as per his stats developers should target over 140 million Windows 8 users instead ...

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At WWDC, Apple today announced the next update for their desktop OS called OS X Yosemite. While OS X and iOS still remains the separate operating systems as opposed to Windows desktop and Windows Phone, Apple is trying to blur the lines with new iOS like features being added to OS X every year. Let us take a look at the new features announced in OS X Yosemite and how it compares to Microsoft Windows 8.1. 1) Redesigned and refined OS:  Yosemite redesigned and refined with a fresh modern look where controls are clearer, smarter and easier to understand with translucent elements reveal additional content in your app window. App icons have a clean, consistent design and an updated system font improves readability. In Windows 8.1: Instead of modifying the existing the controls for old style desktop apps, Microsoft has included a whole new modern experience that offers great looks and ...

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Five years back, HP and Beats Electronics, LLC, announced an alliance to achieve higher-quality sound from digital music through technology innovation. Starting from that announcement, HP has released no.of PCs, Laptops, Desktops with Beats Audio technology built-in. Over the years, Beats audio has become one of the unique features in HP devices. As Apple today announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics, HP’s partnership has come to an end. However, HP confirmed today that it will continue to integrate Beats Audio technology in its high-end PCs through 2015. HP is allowed to continue developing products with new Beats Audio technologies through 2014. But it’s allowed to continue selling devices with the Beats Audio logo and technology through 2015. HP says it’s planning an aggressive lineup of new products that includes the Beats branding through 2014. These products will have the full Beats Audio experience, the company says. Currently, Beats technology is ...

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Since its launch few months back, Office for iPad apps was downloaded over 27 million times by users. It has got great reviews from both general consumers and the tech press. Today, Microsoft published a blog post talking about the design process of Office for iPad. They have given us the behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative journey as they created the reimagined Office from the ground up for iPad. The Office for iPad has Microsoft Office Ribbon UI designed specifically for iOS7 following Microsoft’s modern language design principles. While the mobile productivity scenarios above helped us define the “What,” we also wanted to nail the “How.” When we looked at how people were using existing productivity solutions on the iPad, we observed that many users found themselves being “perpetual beginners.” This means they found themselves spending more time learning the product than actually using it, which of course is contrary to the goal ...

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David Pogue, a well known NYT tech editor who was known for his hatred towards Microsoft products has now joined Yahoo editorial team. Today he posted a video and an article on the recently revealed Surface Pro 3 device. Surprisingly, he was well impressed with the Surface Pro 3 device. The video he posted comparing an iPad to a Surface Pro 3 is so great that even Microsoft can publish it as a promo video. I’m sure this video and his post will be an eye-opener for many consumers who really had no idea about what Surface can do. Here is the last few words from his post, But if you own or carry around both a tablet and a laptop, then the Surface is calling out your name. There’s nothing like it. It’s so much better than the sales figures would indicate. We, the buying public, are not giving ...

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The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014 was released today. The top 100 brands  added $310 billion to reach $2.9 trillion in brand value, a 12 percent increase. Prior to the BrandZ™ Global 2014 results, the Top 100 had increased an average of about 6 percent, $125 billion, annually since the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Google for the first time came on top of the results replacing Apple which was in the top spot for past 3 years. Microsoft was ranked No.4 behind IBM. The market research firm estimates that Google’s brand value jumped 40% over the previous year to $158.8 billion, while Apple’s fell 20% to $147.9 billion. Microsoft’s brand value saw a strong growth to $90.1 billion with over 29% increase. ...

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Microsoft released the above marketing video to claim the superior nature of Windows 8′s multitasking features over Apple’s iOS. Today, a new report claims that Apple is planning to include the exact same feature in the upcoming iOS 8 update. As you expect, users will be able to open two apps at the same time. The report even claims that Apple will one up this feature with the ability to drag and drop content between split view apps. In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each ...

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Canalys today reported that worldwide client PC shipments which includes tablets reached 123.7 million units in Q1 2014, up 5% year on year. Even though the growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21%, yet at 50.8 million units they continued to out-ship notebooks. Notebooks shipments fell sharply in China and European regions while US remained flat. Lenovo continued to lead among the Windows OEM whereas Samsung is pushed to 4th place by HP as they are leaving the mainstream PC ecosystem to focus on their mobile efforts. Lenovo did well in the quarter, increasing its PC market share from 10% to 12% with 15.0 million units shipped. It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively. And after four quarters of decline, its shipments in China are stabilizing – they were effectively flat on Q1 2013. EMEA ...

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Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft took the stage for the first time after retiring from the post of CEO at Microsoft. The stage was The Oxford Union Debates, one of the most famous debating chambers in the world. He discussed about his experience at Microsoft starting as a sales manager for a 30 people company with a annual revenue of $30 million. When Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, it was about $80 billion revenue with headcount around 100,000. Also, he talked about companies having one trick pony can be successful, but they need to have the tricks coming in the technology industry to keep thriving. He cited Microsoft and Apple as the two trick pony companies. Microsoft started with Windows as the first trick, and the server business was the second trick. Similarly, Apple did it twice starting with Mac and then now with iPhone and others. He also ...

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CNBC today posted a list of people called CNBC’s First 25. They have ranked list of the 25 people we judge to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live. They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd among the list and Apple founder Steve Jobs topped the list. Even though the author claims that the ranks are arguable, they have chosen based on the inputs from the panelists. Jobs at No. 1 and Gates at No. 2? Or should it be the other way around? After all, there hardly would have been a personal computer revolution without Gates. Yes, you say, but if he hadn’t propagated an operating system, somebody else would have. True, but Gates did it. And even if IBM handed him the ball, ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad apps in App Store after much delay. It became an instant hit with over 12 million downloads within weeks after the launch. Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, “If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft.” He however acknowledged that Microsoft’s Office is critical software for the iPad, especially in enterprises, and customers are responding well. He also whole heartedly welcomed Microsoft for their move. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise in the enterprise,” “I wholeheartedly welcome Microsoft to the App Store.” Source: Apple ...

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