Microsoft Surface midnight release – Seriously?

One thing Microsoft has is a thick skin.  Over the last few years they have put me in mind of that person probably most of us know.  The one who whilst doesn’t get invited to parties always manages to invite themselves.  The one who lives off past “glories” with a big, brash attitude that always…

APP FOCUS: Blowtorch 1.1.3 for Android & a consideration of MUD

I am encouraged by the the release of ebook readers and their massive popularity.  As readers of this blog and listeners to the audio-cast will know, I am not a big fan of TV & Film, infact if it wasn’t for the PS3 and the once a year tradition of Doctor Who, I’d happily throw…

Operation Student – Microsoft tries to drum up interest in the ailing WP7?

In a move perhaps highlighting two separate points I’ve made on numerous occassions, it is being reported that Microsoft is to invest $24 million in a project designed to encourage Windows Mobile Development in university. The “creatively” named AppCampus is a project between the company from Redmond and Nokia where in May prospective developers/students can…

It can’t be! – The tablet hit with consumers!

… it will be Windows Phone 7 hell for Windows tablets when they finally have a real showing. Certain tech “experts” dismissed them, they said the tablet form factor would never replace the desktop. Whilst this could be put down to their lack knowledge, what is more likely was because they saw them as a threat…

UK Government going ahead with Open Source

Intellect 2012 Open source and open standards are the direction for UK government IT, the civil servant leading the government’s technology change agenda has said. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/10/open_source_government/ More often than not, the UK governments grasp on technology/software is rather vague to say the least.   We need look no further than BBClick to see the level in…

Like Father like Son (or Like Phone like Tablet)

“Mighty” Microsoft is due to announce its Windows 8 (enabled for tablets), which is rumoured to flop onto the scene on the Tablet form factor in around 12 months time.  As with Smart-phones, the once mighty Microsoft (who now seems to prefer to make money with Patents instead of products) is just as late into…

Tech musings – Because I can.

Over the years I’ve kept an eye on the antics of certain Microsoft MVP’s.  What I find very interesting (since around April this year) their “advocacy” has started to dry up, one in-particular has made no real posts of note, with merely a few cheap shots at Steve Jobs and that’s about it. I wonder, is this…

The relentless issues of WP7 – You really couldn’t make this up.

I find myself again distracted from a rather large post which will be focusing on the rather “un-secret” Usenet “secret” but it’s rather more relevant at the present time to report that yet again its claimed that Windows 7 has run into update problems. When I predicted that the WP7 would be lacking even months…

Android apps get terminated

What’s the difference between a cyborg and an Android? I believe one represents a more human form than the other, putting that aside though, it appears that certain apps on the Android marketplace are being terminated due to being of an alleged malicious nature. This should be of good news to everyone but when looked…

NewsBytes: Google, Bittorrent, ACS:Law and Sony’s Android app.

Numerous commitments have meant fewer updates on OpenBytes.  Today, I am collecting a few articles of interest which will hopefully be at least touched upon on the next TechBytes show. As we march into 2011, amid the noise and the haste, one thing is clear – Android is everywhere, whilst the year of the Linux…

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 7 – 14/11/10

Theme music is by Tom Smith from the track “I fought the Troll” and you can see more of his excellent work here. We covered the following news/articles: JoliBook set to launch with JoliCloud OS Whilst talking about this mention is made of Peppermint which was reviewed on OpenBytes a few months ago.  You can find…