Google held a keynote today where it announced several new devices including a phone and a release date for Google Home; a device that competes with the Amazon Echo. On this episode we cover all of the announcements as well as a few updates to Thurrott.com
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Next month, Nintendo will ship a miniature retro console called the NES Classic Edition, a release that will take generations of gamers down memory lane. Perhaps not surprisingly, this throwback device has also triggered some memories of my own from the late 1980s.
On this episode, which is the first from episode from the First Ring Daily studios, we talk about why Paul looks so blurry, a bad Microsoft update, the perfect console, what's coming down the pipe for Thurrott.com and a lot more.
Thanks to leaks, we know that Google is set to announce its Pixel smartphones, the Google Home appliance, the 4K/HDR-capable Chromecast Ultra, and a mesh-based Google Wi-Fi solution. But that doesn't mean Google doesn't have a major surprise it could share with us on Tuesday.
Even the most beloved of personal technology products betray their users in at least some small way over time. Perfection is never really possible, of course. But after almost two months of daily use, the Xbox One S has passed the test. It is the perfect thing.
Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi mentioned during his appearance at the Ignite keynote that there are now over 70 million active users of the commercial versions of Office 365. But that number isn't new. What's going on with Office 365 adoption?
You have to wonder about Sony, a company that inexplicably chose to introduce its new PlayStation 4 Pro on the same day that Apple unleashed the iPhone 7. But now the firm is facing more serious questions: Are the PS4 Pro's vaunted 4K capabilities even real? Is it all a lie?
Apple reported this week that its initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have already sold out, and that the new jet black version of the smaller iPhone 7 is likewise sold out. Other versions of the iPhone 7 will be available only in limited quantities at tomorrow's launch.
Recent issues with exploding Samsung smartphones are a welcome reminder in these parts that Microsoft isn't the only tech giant that can totally muff a crisis. So thanks, Samsung. You've really raised the bar.
Yesterday, Brad exclusively revealed Microsoft's plans to retreat from its Band efforts: The firm won't ship a Band 3 this year, and will almost certainly never do so. Now what?
In the coming weeks, both Amazon and Pandora are expected to upend the digital music industry and offer streaming services to consumers that start at just $5 per month. Will this be enough to disrupt the market leaders?
It pains me to admit this, but I've come to the conclusion that Apple was right to drop the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. And while there may be some short-term pain from this change, the firm's ability to push forward is both notable and---God help me---even admirable.
For a brief, shining moment, Microsoft's nifty new Xbox One S dominated the video game headlines. And then Sony and its PlayStation 4 Pro happened. And now everything is different. Again.
For the past several years, I've had an uneasy relationship with tablets, and I think I've finally figured out why: Tablets are an imperfect solution to a problem that few people actually have. And I don't know why we keep trying to pretend otherwise.
A former Microsoft employee has written a lengthy post about the history of Windows Mobile, noting with regret that the software giant should have owned the mobile market. That sounds pleasant. But it was never going to happen.
On Wednesday, Apple is going to announce the iPhone 7, and I'm going to spend the day on Twitter skewering them and their terrible marketing as they so richly deserve. But before this time of great frivolity, it is perhaps worth remembering and examining why the iPhone matters quite a bit.
Forget Microsoft Surface and by all means ignore Apple's Mac. Because it is once-staid HP that is reinventing the PC today. And the hits just keep on coming.
There are a lot of announcements coming out of IFA 2016 today in Berlin, most of which are unsurprising new PC releases. But here's one that caught my eye: ASUS is selling a portable display for laptops. And I'm curious whether there is a market for such a thing.
In May 2015, Microsoft announced a major update to its consumer-focused Outlook.com service, which would include changes to its front-end user experience and back-end infrastructure. Today, Microsoft literally has no idea when it will ever complete this migration.
Some believe that Intel's new Kaby Lake processors are not a significant upgrade. Don't believe it. Kaby Lake is nothing less than an apology, and a do-over, for Intel's woefully bug-ridden Skylake processors. It's a family of chips that Intel never intended to make.
Microsoft is no stranger to playfully---and not so playfully---poking the competition. But it seems like the firm is escalating things with a series of ads pitting its Surface products against Apple's MacBook family. This is smart timing, I think. But the window is closing.
Several years back, Microsoft launched a widely-mocked marketing campaign in which PC users claimed that "Windows 7 was my idea." In the same spirit, I'd like to formally apologize to Windows 10 users. Because Webcamgate was my fault.
Faced with rampant security issues in the recently-released Windows XP, Microsoft in 2002 announced its Trustworthy Computing Initiative and halted all major software development so that it could fix the problems. Today, Microsoft needs a similar effort, but for reliability. And the stakes are just as high.
Business Insider this week is providing an uplifting story about the success of Microsoft's Surface business. But I have a number of issues with this narrative. Here's what they left out.
Apple's iPhone kicked off the modern smartphone era, and it's arguably the most important personal technology product of all time. But the iPhone is suddenly not so cool anymore, with consumers, with tech enthusiasts, or with Wall Street. What went wrong?
So Microsoft is freeing the Windows Holographic shell from its HoloLens shackles and will make it available on mainstream PCs. But I'm still not sold on augmented reality, or mixed reality, or whatever they're calling it this week. And part of the problem is Microsoft's mixed up messaging.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.