If your iPad breaks or gets stolen, it’s bad but not that bad. The chances are that there is no data on the iPad that is not copied elsewhere, especially if you let Apple’s iCloud do its default thing and copy everything you create. Get a new iPad, sign in, and you can carry on
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So I arrive at a hotel and turn on wi-fi and connect. That little dialog comes up, Do you want to find PCs devices and content on this network? The correct answer in a hotel is No, but in my jet-lagged stupor I click Yes. Oops.
No problem, just change it, right? Hmm. Go
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Software component vendor ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2013 v2.5, the latest in its suite of components, with support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.
The piece that caught my eye is the TouchToolkit for Windows Forms.
Here’s the problem. The Windows desktop is poor with touch control, which is why Microsoft
…continue reading ComponentOne’s TouchToolkit for Windows Forms: another approach to the Windows tablet problem
Lenovo and SweetLabs announced a deal yesterday whereby the Pokki app store and Start menu replacement will be pre-installed on Windows PCs.
This has been widely interpreted as a response to user dissatisfaction with the Windows 8 Start screen, which replaces with the hierarchical Windows 7 Start menu with a full-screen tiled view of application
…continue reading Lenovo’s bundled Start menu: more OEM trouble for Microsoft
Apple has released its third quarter financial results, and they are decent: year on year revenue is up fractionally, from $35.023 billion to $35,323 billion, though profit is down from $8.8 billion to $6.9 billion.
Compared to the third quarter in 2012 though, Mac sales are 7% down though, from 4.02 million units to 3.754
…continue reading Not just Windows: even Mac sales are down
Microsoft has reported a $900 million write-down on Surface RT inventory in its latest financial results. Was Surface RT a big mistake?
A loss of that size is a massive blunder, but the concept behind Surface RT is good and Microsoft should persevere. Here’s why.
Surface RT is experimental in two ways:
It was the
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Noticed this slide shown by COO Kevin Turner at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference under way in Houston.
What caught my eye in particular?
Common app platform between Windows and Windows Phone Skype integration with Outlook.com and Office 365 Update to Surface RT and Surface Pro – does this mean updated hardware? That seems likely,
…continue reading What’s coming from Microsoft in its next financial year: July 2013-June 2014
At Microsoft’s Build conference last week, one among a number of giveaways to all attendees was a year’s subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. This was announced by Developer and Platform Evangelism VP Steven Guggenheimer during the day 2 keynote.
Creative Cloud costs $49.99 (or £39 + VAT) per month for an individual subscription.
…continue reading Adobe Creative Cloud giveaway at Microsoft Build: sign of a new alliance?
The paradox of Microsoft: record revenue and profits, but yes, Windows 8 has been a disaster so far, and the company has lost developer and consumer mind share.
That might explain why there was no lack of availability for tickets to Build in San Francisco. With a smart PR move, Microsoft “sold out” of a
…continue reading Microsoft Build 2013: Love the platform?
I like the Windows Phone OS and use one day to day. However it has become impossible to do my job in technical journalism without either an Apple iOS or Android device alongside it. The reason is that I review gadgets and find increasingly that they come with app support – but only for iOS
…continue reading Not just Instagram: the Windows Phone (and BlackBerry, Firefox OS) app problem