Question by Jordan J: What are some birthday gift ideas for 14 year old boys? In April, I’m turning 14 and I’m writing down my birthday gift list and I can’t think of much stuff. I already got iPad 1 or 2, iPod Touch, and Kindle down so don’t say those. So if you could please give me some gift ideas I would be really grateful!! I also already have an Xbox 360 with Kinect.
Answer by nikPS Vita? PS3? Xbox 360? Depends on what you like to do . ahah
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Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s big return to the smartphone stage after Windows Mobile’s gradual decline and demise, turns two today, according to a tweet by Joel Belfiore, Microsoft’s head of Windows Phone product definition and design. So I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at Windows Phone 7′s life up until now, and what the mobile OS has or hasn’t done for Microsoft so far.
On October 21, 2010, the first Windows Phone 7 handsets officially went on sale in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Europe and Asia. 10 launch devices brought the mobile OS to users, made by HTC, Dell, Samsung and LG (early highlights of the lineup included the LG Optimus 7, Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC HD7), spanning 60 carriers in 30 countries, and expanding to more in 2011. Early sales were promising in some markets, and even generated lines according to an AT&T spokesman, but overall failed to impress, with only 40,000 total units reportedly sold in the first day of U.S. availability.
In December, Microsoft Corporate VP of the Mobile Communications Business and Marketing Group Achim Berg revealed in an interview posted to Microsoft’s official blog that Microsoft had sold over 1.5 million devices – but that was to carrier partners, not sales through to customers, which meant there was no telling how much of that was sitting on store shelves or in stock storerooms. Berg hedged against potential criticism in that interview, saying that Windows Phone 7′s “numbers [were] similar to the performance of other first generation mobile platforms.”
The news didn’t improve terribly in January the following year, when Microsoft announced passing the 2 million mark about 10 weeks after its Windows Phone 7 launch, but again, those numbers were to retailers, not overall sales to customers. By most accounts, users seemed pleased with the OS, but growth rates still looked to be a considerable challenge.
A month later, in February 2011, Nokia and Microsoft announced a broad partnership, with the aim of using Nokia’s hardware expertise to boost Microsoft’s struggling mobile OS. The idea seemed sound: Nokia was enjoying flagging fortunes in the worldwide handset market, having trouble competing with Android and iOS device gains, and Microsoft needed a focused hardware partner it could work closely with to both guide the future Windows Phone’s software design, and also make sure device/OS integration was as tight as possible. Here are three crucial bullet points from the press release announcing the arrangement:
- Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
- Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
- Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
It was a bold move on both sides, and one that seemed on the surface to have at least some potential to help both companies rally in the increasingly competitive mobile ecosystem. But it would take until October before consumers got any inkling of what kind of hardware we’d see from the partnership, with the official unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 800, and another month after that before it would ship to consumers. The Lumia 800 was fairly well-received by reviewers, and included Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango,” a significant update that brought a number of features to the OS users thought were missing in the original release. Mango also made it to a lineup of other devices from manufacturers besides Nokia, though by this time, it already seemed like some of Microsoft’s other hardware partners might be losing interest, owing to its special relationship with Nokia.
Nokia Windows Phone 7 sales failed to impress, and Microsoft remained mum on the subject during the first conference call it had following the Mango device launches, which wasn’t reassuring anyone. Then, in June, Microsoft essentially dealt Windows Phone 7 a killing blow, saying that it wouldn’t be possible to upgrade devices running Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8. They announced Windows Phone 7.8 at the same time, which would bring some functionality from the newer OS to older devices, but the damage it did to existing hardware sales was evident in Nokia’s most recent earnings, as it only sold 2.9 million Lumia devices, with its smartphone sales overall taking a sizeable blow.
In July 2012, a Nielsen report put Windows Phone 7′s market share relative to other smartphone operating systems at just 1.3 percent, and predictions from analysts at the time only saw it rising to around 4 percent by end of year. Windows Phone 8 will prove important for Microsoft in terms of its ability to gain ground on the other mobile operating systems out there, and at least one analyst firm believes Windows Phone will still become the second most popular smartphone OS by 2016. As for Windows Phone 7, it will live on in 7.8 updates pushed out to existing owners of Lumia and other devices, but for all intents and purposes, it’s on the path to oblivion. But despite not taking the world by storm, Windows Phone 7 may have paved the way for a return to mobile prominence for Microsoft, even if it’s hard to see that happening based on the current state of affairs.Related Posts:
Note: Not my cake but that would have been cool.
So I had a birthday yesterday and it was a huge success provided success is measured in near-death experiences (which it is). August 13th is always International Left Hander’s Day so I’m celebrating that today because I’m a southpaw. I’ll be back tomorrow. Oh — and thanks for all the presents, jerks.
Facebook, that tenuous connection between ourselves and the many casual acquaintances we’ve amassed over the years, has just rolled out a better way to keep track of events. Now it’s possible to plan that witty annual birthday greeting months in advance, thanks to the new calendar and list views on the social network’s Events page. You can also see suggested events and respond to invites from the comfort of the same page. The roll out follows the introduction the new Google+ Events page late last month, so now the two social networks can avoid awkwardly bumping into each other at parties.
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Question by : What is a clever way to give my wife an iPad for her birthday? I’m getting my wife an iPad for her birthday. What is a clever way to give it to her instead of just wrapping the box i want to use the iPad somehow.
Answer by hollyFind a box of something which you know that she wouldn’t like that much, look really excited and pleased so that it would make her feel as if you’re not joking. Then when she finds out its an iPad she’ll be even more happy then if you just wrapped it up in an iPad box.=)
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This is an Eye of Sauron birthday cake. It’s the second Eye of Sauron birthday cake I’ve posted. Is it better than the first one? It’s all personal opinion. The other one was more sculpted, this one was straight-up painted. Regar, I like how they captured the glimmer in his eye. It’s almost like he just winked at me. “Hey big boy — I’m a 50,000-year old virgin” I imagine him saying.
Thanks to PYY, who went to the birthday party and was pissed she didn’t get a pupil slice.
Question by : Is it rude to bring your ipad to a birthday party? I really want to bring my ipad to my cousin’s b-day party so I can play on it for the time being. But would it be considered rude?
Answer by DesireeNo just don’t use it like every second just play with it for like 10 minutes then you just talk and stuff like that…
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Ah, YouTube. It wasn’t long ago that that it was pumping out around 60 hours of content every 60 seconds, but nothing can stop the video juggernaut. Celebrating its seven years of existence with a video charting its rise, rise and rise, YouTube’s official blog has also announced that it’s now dealing with an eye-bleeding 72 hours of video every minute. We’re still finding all this content as pervasive as ever though, with over 3 billion hours now watched every month. Catch the site blowing its own trumpet in the tribute vid right after the break — which is all well and good, but where’s the free game?
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This is an easy-to-understand chart depicting how common birthdays are in the US based on data from 1973-1999. *sobbing* My parents said I was special — it looks like half the f***ing country was born August 12th! So yeah, basically if you were born in July-September you aren’t that special because it’s a well known fact that everybody porks like crazy in the winter because it’s cold and, well, there’s nothing good on TV and you’re already under the covers. Nobody wants to have sex in the middle of August and get all hot & sticky then not be able to cool down because your shitty window-unit air conditioner doesn’t even work well enough to prevent you from breaking a sweat sitting still. “You’re crazy. I love hot, summer sex.” YOU ARE A FREAK. “No, I just have A/C that works.” Ooooh, Mr. Moneybags over here — shut up and go eat your cavalier! “Caviar?” OMG you think you’re SO fancy. You’re no better than me! *tries flicking booger but it keeps getting stuck to a fingernail*
Thanks to Gregory, who tried telling me he was born on a leap day. Impressive, Gregory, but nowhere near as impressive as being born ON A SPACESHIP like I was. Haha — I win!