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  • Microsoft reportedly looking to bring back Windows Start menu [View news story]
    People forget that windows XP was never successful until service pack 2. To me, windows 8 is akin to windows 95, the first attempt at a new paradigm. I have been using windows 8 since the preview and am quite used to it now. There is obviously things that can be improved, but I don't doubt they will be. I actually like the full screen start menu, which is how I view the modern UI, and with a very small amount of work customizing it, it is far superior to the old start button access. People complain too much. If you have ever used a Surface or something akin to it, it becomes very apparent what they are going for, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will get it right given time.
    Dec 13 11:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Someone Has To Be Wrong [View article]
    I think analysts have gotten their hands on a Venue 8 or a Surface Pro 2. The bottom line is, mobile computing has always been about offering a lesser product then what was available in a non-mobile device in terms of performance, and the ability to get things done. Ipads and Galaxies are not PC's, or even real substitutes for anything other then content consumption, whether its games, video or music. But this is all we've had. The new batch of Intel based mobile devices are full fledged PC's in a mobile package. It is what Intel has promised us and finally delivered. There is a reason Ipads have not flooded the boardrooms of America, or really been used in any kind of business form other then sales, they just aren't good enough to handle real workloads.

    I am currently working on moving all of my companies inventory management, payroll, estimating and job flow functions between the office and sites in the field into the cloud using Office 365. We are going to put tablets on every job site to streamline these processes. As well, we will be using Skydrive to collaborate between the office and the field on AutoCAD drawings, to create a more seamless transition between design, implementation and the "as-built" processes. None of these things have been truly feasible until now. The new batch of Intel based mobile devices running Windows 8 and utilizing Office 365 make it a snap. There will be a "PC refresh" based on the availability of mobile devices capable of integrating with the established business software environment.

    people talk about Intel missing the mobile revolution when the reality is it has just begun.
    Dec 9 08:49 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's 40 Million Tablet Campaign Finally Makes Sense [View article]
    This is absolutely depressing. Intel has made chips that allow us to finally have PC power in a mobile device, and its success is going to be based on its ability to play Temple Run?!?!?!

    what the hell has happened to our society?
    Dec 9 12:18 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Resurrection Of The Microsoft Surface Could Be A Big Plus For Both Microsoft And Intel [View article]
    Its all about marketing at this point. The Surface Pro 2 (or clones like Dell Venue 11) is the obvious choice for business tablet, it is just up to MS to make sure enough people know this. What I am seeing is promising, with Surfaces showing up in the background of popular tv shows, Surface displays taking prominent positions in retail outlets and Office 365 numbers showing the continued strength of MS in the enterprise.
    Dec 9 09:59 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's SoFIA Could Be A Real Bombshell [View article]
    This scenario is the main reason I an long INTC and MS. I have to believe that the brand hype that is keeping Apple and Samsung dominant will die down and people like the members of your family would just start using a single Windows 8.1 hybrid device. Wouldn't you? It just boggles my mind that these things aren't flying off the shelves faster then Ipads.
    Dec 2 03:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple May Earn $46 Billion In Annual Profit From TV By 2020 [View article]
    Why apple will never release a tv, and will never be dominant in the living room: They have no leverage over the content producers. The reason Apple is so dominant in tech today, more then design, brand loyalty, apps, siri or anything else is because they singlehandedly saved the music industry with iTunes, and by doing so basically took it over. They did so because they had leverage over the industry, they created a market in which their goods could still be sold and put a stop to the rampant piracy that almost destroyed the industry. The profits from this as well as the model for the app store, were used to launch the iphone and the rest is history.

    however, in video content no such leverage exists. For the most part, TV content producers have never been in danger from pirates like the music industry, and movie producers did the smart thing by advancing their own offerings to keep people willing to pay money. So for the most part, video content producers revenues have not been impacted the same way as music producers were, and therefore Apple's attempts to strong arm them failed. There is no Apple TV.

    The next big revolution for TV is already underway through the Xbox One. MS, unlike Apple has always been about creating platforms and making partnerships. We have already seen the start of this revolution in that you can now download content straight from the producers websites. As well Xbox 360 offered apps like HBO and CBC Hockey Night in Canada which would allow you to watch tv shows without cable. The next step is for all networks to produce their own apps which will allow subscriptions to their programming bypassing the cable companies completely. These apps, written for windows 8, will be able to reach your living room, through the Xone, and have the added benefit of "useful on all your devices".

    I also theorize that the Xone and smartglass has the capability to create an even more disruptive paradigm shift in that it is a very small step from what is available right,now for you to be able to buy the products featured on your favorite shows through some kind of smartglass tablet app. How does that change the revenue possibilities from tv? Forget about ads, the whole show becomes an ad if you can buy the wardrobes, accessories etc of the stars right of your tv screen with a click on your tablet or smartphone!

    these two developments, imo are the holy grail of tv revenue streams and MS is better positioned the Apple to get them since they are already further ahead in the tech needed, have a larger market share of users, and have a more inclusive strategy of partnerships then Apple.
    Dec 1 12:44 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel reportedly planning $1B in tablet CPU marketing subsidies [View news story]
    You guys are nuts. The OEMs need this as much as Intel. Without the success of Baytrail and Windows 8.1, they are just as irrelevant. "Wintel" paid their bills. Without it, Samsung and Apple will continue to eat their lunch.
    Nov 27 11:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: A Delicate Balancing Act [View article]
    Enough with he sell Bing and Xbox chatter. These products are both hugely important to Microsoft going forward.
    Nov 26 12:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bloomberg: Intel asking for $500M for TV business, Verizon thinking big [View news story]
    There is no room for Intel in that space, no synergy. It never made sense to me.
    Nov 25 09:11 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Winner From Intel's Analyst Day? ARM Holdings [View article]
    If anything MS is way closer to this. The Surface Pro can already do this.
    Nov 25 06:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Game On [View article]
    More than one million. So 1,000,001 or 1,400,000? These statistics are meaningless.
    Nov 25 05:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeing Microsoft Without Bing And Xbox [View article]
    X-box One gives MS the strongest foothold in the living room of any of its competitors. Its integration with Windows 8 and windows phone creates the strongest cross device platform of any of its competitors. Bing is in many ways the glue that holds it all together and will be central to the next generation interface code named Cortana. Anyone who advocates selling these crucial pieces of the puzzle is looking to the past, not the future. The release of Windows 8 will one day be seen as the beginning of the next chapter in computing, as the release of Windows 95 was the beginning of the last. The "mobile revolution" has really just begun.
    Nov 25 02:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: What You Need To Know [View article]
    As i finished writing this my wife (who is playing sims freeplay, a game played by millions on her S4) exclaimed, "Sweet my onions are ready"
    Nov 25 01:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: What You Need To Know [View article]
    Im starting to lose faith, and heres why. I have an adroid tablet (Galaxy 10.1), given to me as a gift a couple of christmases ago. The thing is a piece of garbage, absolutely incapable of soing anything that I use a real computer for. It is a very pricey ebook reader. I am also someone who grew up enjoying video games, good old school strategy games like Age of Empires. When I got the tablet I thought, this is great, I could see ports of my old favorites showing up in the google play store, or even better, maybe developers would create new games that followed the old models. But this isnt what happened. Instead we get these "fremium" games that look like my old favorites but are nothing like it.

    Today it occurred to me that I should just get a windows tablet like the t100, powered by cutting edge intel silicon and just play Age of Empires or Civilization 4 (which i will) instead of beating my head against the wall of Google Play trying to find something of quality. And this is where it hit me. The reason why ARMH is skyrocketing while Intel languishes, even though we are now seeing that Intel's products are rapidly overtaking.

    Quality doesnt matter anymore. People dont care about getting a real computer in mobile form like I do. They dont care about having a tablet that you can do actual work on. The success of the "Freemium" model in gaming proves this. I am in the minority here, and because of this, I am incapable of making sound decisions about what the mass markets want. Too many people have become too stupid. I just cant relate.

    Long Intel, but seriously considering selling and moving funds into a stock that sells sugar puffs to the idiot hordes. Any suggestions?
    Nov 25 01:37 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Console battle heats up as Microsoft Xbox One goes on sale [View news story]
    More importantly, 60 million zombies have been killed
    Nov 23 04:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment