According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is already discounting Windows 8 in an effort to spur sales. Microsoft's price breaks appear to target those developing "small, touch-enabled laptop computers" with screens 10.8" or smaller. The idea is encourage developers to create ample supply in the marketplace, creating more competition, while pushing costs down for consumers. Slow sales and steep discounts wasn't exactly in Microsoft's Windows 8 roadmap.
According to USA Today, General Motors (GM) has announced a technology agreement with AT&T to bring 4G to all of its vehicles starting in 2014. According to Gartner's Thilo Koslowski, "It shows that GM is serious about the connected vehicle. It's a pretty big commitment."
The idea is that every GM vehicle will soon be a 4G hotspot. You can connect multiple devices to your car so your kids can stream videos, play games or stream music while you drive across the country to visit grandma. While this sounds cutting edge it is, at best, a pretty silly move.
A quick shout-out to Ron Johnson, CEO of J.C. Penny -- Your old job at Apple is open. Take it!
Truth be told, it was a brave move for Ron to take the helm of J.C. Penny. The apparel giant has seemed forever stuck in an identity crisis, caught between Macy's and Kohl's.
Apple has been coy about its oldest product in the Mac lineup for quite some time: The Mac Pro. WWDC after WWDC have come and gone with not even a mention of this category. The most recent public statement was by CEO Tim Cook stating that we could expect to see something in 2013 for Professional users.
Well our San Francisco Bay Area source has just informed T-GAAP.com that the time will be early April 2013. While we have been unable to corroborate this claim with another source, the timing does make a lot of sense.
Computer users have a huge number of options when it comes to bags for carrying and protecting their laptops. It can be hard to decide which one is best with so many choices. There are far more poor options than there are great or even good options. One of those great options though is the Surge II by The North Face.
The Surge II has a dedicated laptop pocket that can fit up to a 17 in laptop. The Macbook can easily fit with plenty of extra room to make it easy to store or remove the computer. There is also a pocket in the laptop compartment for an iPad. This pocket is near the top for easy access. One word of caution though: iPads with large cases may not fit. Most slim cases and slim keyboards should work.
It seems the next generation of programmers are starting to wake up. Instead of providing us apps that do the same things only a little better, we're starting to see apps that take a dare and do things differently — and sometimes better.
Welcome Mailbox.app. Mailbox.app takes the idea when we read our email we would all like to get to "nirvana" (an empty mail box). But with today's email clients it is difficult to get there because it takes too much work and it takes too long. Moreover, the tools are the same tools we saw when email first hit the popular culture around the mid-90s.
When the iPad first came out, we saw people mounting them onto the dash of their cars and trucks. They did same thing when the iPad mini came out as well. Were the automakers watching?
Another Blockbuster Video retail location closes. Dish Network is quick to point out that it is "This Location Only" but there is little doubt there are dozens more across the country closing their doors -- permanently.
The Auto Show came to Portland last weekend January 24-27, 2013, which showcased the latest cars and trucks by most of the auto industry. They also had specialty areas for green, exotic, luxury, and tricked out autos.
This year, the guys of T-GAAP went to the show to check out to latest cars and trucks, but we also wanted to see if Apple had any presence at the show. What we found was indeed interesting.
I was in the Portland, OR area the other day and at a local high-end mall. Microsoft is advertising anywhere they can these days. One place they picked was this escalator in the mall. Along the sides of the escalator the glass is covered in pink and baby blue. It says "Surface. Exclusively at Microsoft retail stores." Strange. There's only an Apple Store at this mall, no Microsoft store.
However, what was truly funny is how this made for a great Microsoft metaphor: Surface takes you down, down, down and then ends in needing repair. Typical Microsoft I would say.