Tech News Round-up 24/5/11

Its been a busy few days with many snippets of news to report, so here I present a few of the issues that caught my eye.  These may well be covered in more depth on TechBytes.

Windows Phone 7 – Updates, streaming problems and no sight of this “iPhone Funeral”

Launched in 2010, the mobile-phone software has yet to make any sort of dent in the leads held by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Just last week, market research firm Gartner found that of the 100 million smartphones sold worldwide in the first quarter, only 1.6 million of them ran Windows Phone 7. Android, which had just 9.6 percent of the market a year earlier, soared to 36 percent of the market, while Apple held a 16.8 percent share.


Microsoft released an announcement that it’s Windows Phone 7 would be receiving 500 updates in its next incarnation – “Mango”.  Whilst as you would expect it was announced with the usual Microsoft hype and media involvement, just like iPhone sales, there was one thing that wasn’t predicted by Mr Ballmer.

It was reported that whilst Microsoft tried to give you more of its self praise for a product that lets be fair, hasn’t grabbed the attention of the smart phone market place, the stream in which it was trying to show how great Mango would be, failed.   Cnet report:

And it stumbled early, with the video feed of the press conference bogging down and not loading for many Web watchers, greeting them instead with a screen with a bar slowly loading the video feed.


To add further insult to injury it has been also reported that in the 1st quarter of 2011 out of the 100 million smart-phones sold, only 1.6m of those were Windows Phone 7.  That to me still seems rather inflated, I’ve yet to come across anyone with WP7 or indeed who intends to get one.  I also would like to know if that figure includes returns too.

“i” – Sorry Apple, it’s not yours

Proof that maybe a large wallet won’t get you a win in court sees Apple loosing its case against DOPi.  The idea that Apple could have any claim on that name when they took the manufacturers to court was preposterous to me at the time.  Thankfully it seems sanity has prevailed and DOPi have retained the right to use the name.  Some legal experts have stated that this could prove to be the undoing of any future claim Apple makes over the letter “i”.  Very good thing too,  we can but hope.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The registrar overseeing the case Michael Kirov, who confessed to being a tech head and a fan of Apple’s products, judged that Apple failed to demonstrate that a “person of ordinary intelligence and memory” would automatically assume that just because a product carries the letter “i” it is an Apple product.


I am going to refer to myself as iGoblin – Apple, come at me.

Ballmer’s Windows 8 slip-up?

Just when you thought it safe to put your wallet back in your pocket, Microsoft is alleged to have another Windows version to sell you in 2012.  Lets brush aside all the XP users who still refuse to upgrade, lets put aside the Vista effect and look at Microsoft slip-ups again in the public eye.

During a press release by the man who proves you can be a CEO and unintentional comedian at the same time, Eweek have reported that he said in a recent statement:

As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.


As its been rightfully observed, statements like that could hamper further Windows 7 uptake on the basis that people would wait for the next version.

With all these “new” “innovations” and purchases (Skype) , one has wonder if Microsoft is now just desperately slinging mud at the wall in the hope that something will stick before they get swallowed up into irrelevance by the plethora of competitors offering products which are proving to be very popular with the consumers.  Certainly if WP7 is any indicator of that theory, then Microsoft is in big trouble.

And finally….Sir Alex and Twitter

There’s been plenty of silliness abound recently with the super-injunction that turned into a super-promotion and the worst kept secret on the planet being talked about far more than if everyone had just been upfront.  Sir Alex Ferguson has been pretty outspoken about Twitter with it being reported that he said:

I don’t understand it, to be honest with you. I don’t know why anybody can be bothered with that kind of stuff. How do you find the time to do that?…..There are a million things you can do in your life without that. Get yourself down to the library and read a book. Seriously. It is a waste of time.


Ok, sir Alex, waste of time? – I’ll expect then you will be deleting the Manchester United Twitter account then?

I wouldn’t think so, I would guess Twitter (or any other social networking service) is only a waste of time for him when it’s not in his favour.  Stick to football Sir Alex, if you want to play in the tech world, you play by different rules.

Tim (iGoblin)

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  1. Accidental comedian ??? The man is clueless, and he got a lot of luck to be where he STILL is. Or, all the years in the shadows of Bill G, and his ineptitude never had the chance to show up. Now that the lights are on him, his shortcomings are way more evident.

    1. I struggle to think when anyone has written a piece with the words “good work Ballmer”. You have to give the man credit, look at the years of entertainment from the Ballmer dance video.

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