Last summer designer Andrew Kim’s vision for “The Next Microsoft” got a lot of traction online — including on The Verge — for its aggressively minimal rebranding of the company across platforms. The next month Microsoft unveiled its actual new logo, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take note — Kim just announced that he’s been hired by the company, which got in touch after seeing his designs.
While “countless” other companies apparently followed suit, Kim says that Microsoft was the most obvious choice, and promises to create his “greatest work ever” when he starts in the summer.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Hands-On by Aaron Aaron takes a first look at the BlackBerry Bold 9900, RIM’s newest smartphone. Resembling the original Bold 9000, it has been upgraded and offers a 1.2 GHz CPU, 2.8-inch touchscreen with “Liquid Graphics,” 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a spacious QWERTY keyboard. Carrier partnerships and pricing haven’t been announced just yet, but the series will be landing “beginning this summer.” BlackBerry die-hards will love it, but can it compete with the Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, and webOS devices that are coming out this summer? Facebook: www.facebook.com Twitter: www.twitter.com Forums: forums.phonedog.com Win Free Phones: instantwin.phonedog.comRelated Posts:
This Kickstarter project has been kicking around the Internet a bit but it’s pretty cool. This is a handsome dock for your 11- or 13-inch air and includes 4 USB ports, an ethernet port, a DisplayPort, Kensington lock port, and power supply. To use it simply lock your MacBook into the LandingZone’s snug confines and start working.
As a doofus who just set up a standing desk, this would be a livesaver. First it improves the Air’s USB situation immensely and the ease of use would shave, at worst, a few seconds off of my start-up time and probably improve air circulation around the Air.
The entry-level pledge is $ 159 and that gets you an 11- or 13-inch model. You can get two for $ 299. I’d be wary given the upcoming changes we expect to the MacBook Air in the next few months, but not much in terms of port placement should change.
Kitae Kwon, an engineer in Cupertino, created the dock and has been working on it for eight months. He’s set up a product page here. The product has 31 more days to reach $ 50,000 in funding. Considering it’s at $ 30,000 now, it shouldn’t be too hard.
Now that we’ve seen all the leaks and heard all the rumors, RIM has finally announced the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, welcoming two new members to the OS 7 family. Picking up where the Bold 9780 left off, the comparatively higher-end 9790 boasts a 2.44-inch touchscreen display with 360 x 480 resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz CPU. The QWERTY-equipped handset also ships with 8GB of onboard memory and features a microSD slot that offers up to 32GB of additional space. The Curve 9380, meanwhile, is an all touchscreen affair, with a 3.2-inch, 480 x 360 display and a five megapixel camera. RIM hasn’t offered any other details on the 9380′s specs, though the company did specify that both devices will offer NFC and augmented reality support, and will come pre-loaded with BlackBerry Messenger, Documents To Go Premium, and BlackBerry Protect. No word yet on pricing or availability, though RIM says to expect a launch “over the coming weeks.” Find more details in the full PR, after the break.
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- Specifically designed for the Apple iPad 2
- Magnetic strip built inside for secure closure, and (instantly wakes up iPad 2 when opened, and makes it go to sleep once you close).
- Cover has flip capability to transform the case into a horizontal stand
- All features are accessible (camera and speaker hole available)
- Open interior pocket for easy insertion of iPad 2
Protect your iPad 2 with this CaseCrown Bold Standby case at all times! This case sports a simple and classy design made from faux leather, and the interior is lined with non-scratch material so you don’t need to worry about any damages. There is also a magnetic strip built inside for a secure closure. This magnet also makes your iPad 2 go to sleep once you close it after use, and instantly wakes it up when you open it ready for use. Because the cover is uniquely designed to flip back and transform the case into a comfortable viewing stand, this capability allows the viewer to use the iPad hands-free whatever your position may be without strain. All features of the iPad 2 are accessible even with the case on. It even includes a camera hole so you can take pictures and videos without removing it. Watch movies and listen to music clearly with speaker holes! The compact structure of the case offers convenient mobility so you can just grab your iPad 2 and be ready to go knowing it will be protected at all times!
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There’s no QNX (or BBX, we should say) here, but the Bold 9930 is still taking baby steps towards the future with BlackBerry OS 7. Now that you’ve had a few months to tinker with your latest and greatest, we’re interested to hear how you’d tweak things if given the keys to Waterloo. Would you make it look a bit more like this? Change up the screen? Toss that chrome ring around the edge? Chunk it to another carrier? Go on and get creative in comments below, but keep it civil, cool?
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RIM may be pinning their hopes on BBX, but that doesn’t mean they’re done churning out classic BlackBerrys. Case in point: the revamped Bold 9790 has been revealed in a new set of photos that doesn’t look like someone took them during an earthquake.
The 9790′s existence isn’t exactly a secret, but these images (courtesy of @moha87_) represent the most up-to-date look at what RIM is working on behind closed doors. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the new Bold (on the left) sports a funky new “home row” of keys that already seem to have polarized the BlackBerry fanbase.
The rest of the improvements are a bit harder to discern: a 2.44-inch touch display sits up front, and a 5-megapixel camera rests on the back. It runs the BlackBerry 7 OS (naturally), and finally moves the charging port to the bottom of the device. Anecdotal evidence also reveals that it feels “lighter and slimmer” than the current Bold 9700.
Interestingly, the Twitter account belongs to a gentleman named Mohammad Al Bastaki who just happens to live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Could it be a simple coincidence that RIM and Porsche Design are holding an event tomorrow in that very city to show off their exclusive new collaboration? Maybe — it doesn’t exactly scream Porsche, but I’m half-hoping that this design takes the stage instead of the angular nightmare we saw last time.
The single most interesting thing I noted when watching Windows 8 at Build last night was the insistence that the Windows 8 devices were all PCs. Windows 8 on a desktop? PC. Windows 8 on a touchscreen laptop? PC. Windows 8 on an ARM slate? PC. Anything with Windows 8 code on it is a PC while anything that makes calls is a Windows Phone.
A decade ago, Microsoft was all about tablets. There was a period of a few years where Microsoft was trying to sell tablets to users and, after failing miserably, they gave up. Why? Because they kept shoe-horning Windows onto a slate and called it a tablet while the nascent smartphone and declining PDA market ran circles around those ridiculous technological chimeras that Microsoft gave up flogging years ago.
But, in a very roundabout way, Microsoft has gone out of the tablet business. There are no more Windows tablets, just Windows PCs. Let the rest of the world duke it out over form factors: Microsoft is taking their ball and going home.
To be clear, the “tablet” I tested runs Windows and Metro is, at this point, bolted onto the top of it (Gruber says it reminds him of this.) But I think their positioning is both fascinating and bold. For the past two years or so people have been clamoring for a Windows “tablet.” Well now they’re getting a Windows PC.
What they’re saying is that hardware doesn’t matter. I hope this will expand into their sales channels and we won’t have Windows 8 Professional, Windows 8 Gamer, Windows 8 Home, and Windows 8 Drunkard versions in stores (but I’m not holding my breath.) However, I doubt there will be something called Windows 8 Tablet Edition.
In the end, this is all marketing. But, in a massive departure, they’re not calling this the “Windows Horizontal Slate Experience 2012″ and instead they’re holding on to the concept of the PC for all its worth. Why? Well, Apple paved the way with their “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” ads and then Microsoft further explored this territory with their “I’m a PC” spots. Now that they actually have a competitor, they need to own their own part of the computing space. This is how they’re pulling it off.
It’s far to early to see how this marketing plan will pan out but Microsoft made it abundantly clear that they don’t want the “post-PC era” to mean this is a post-Microsoft era. What better way to to it by co-opting the terminology people use to describe their products?
As expected, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and BlackBerry Bold 9930 went on sale at Sprint yesterday as part of its BlackBerry 7 lineup. Both phones feature 1.2GHz Snapdragon processors and five-megapixel cameras, but the 9850 has a 3.7-inch touch-only display compared to the Bold’s 2.8-inch screen and keyboard combination. Purchased online with contracts and after rebates, the 9850 is selling for $ 150 while the 9930 is going for a cool $ 200 — a departure from the originally announced Bold price tag of $ 249, with no mention of cash back. For Sprint users, a rebate is clearly better than no rebate — even if it does require a stamp.
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BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review Part 1 by Aaron Aaron reviews the Bold 9780, T-Mobile’s newest BlackBerry and the third BlackBerry 6-equipped handset. Specs include a 624 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, and an awesome QWERTY keyboard. It’s an improvement, but can it compete with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7? Part 1 of 2. BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review Part 1 www.phonedog.com BlackBerry Bold 9780 Unboxing www.phonedog.com BlackBerry Bold 9780 Info www.phonedog.com Facebook: www.facebook.com Twitter: www.twitter.com Forums: forums.phonedog.com Win Free Phones: sweeps.phonedog.com Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts: