Windows 10 Preview: Build 9926

Last Wednesday, Microsoft unleashed their sweeping consumer vision of Windows 10 on the world. We were expecting a lot from this conference, and despite your opinion of Microsoft’s announcements, it’s hard to argue that they didn’t deliver. Windows 10 is the most ambitious release in Microsoft’s history, but it has to be. Microsoft lost a lot of ground with the badly regarded Windows 8, and Windows 10 is going to have to be a tour de force if Microsoft hopes that “people will love Windows again” as Satya Nadella said. However, when Terry Myerson said the next preview build of … Read more…

Microsoft’s HoloLens Looks Incredible

Yesterday, Microsoft had their consumer focused Windows 10 event, where they announced a ton of new and amazing stuff. Windows 10 looks to be the most significant Windows version since, oh I dunno, probably ever. However, I’m not really ready to talk about that stuff yet. While I was blown away by the conference, I do want to test out all these features and be able to demonstrate them for you, rather than just talk about someone else talking about it. I’ll be checking out the next official build of Windows 10 when it’s released next week, and then I’ll … Read more…

Why The Windows 10 Preview Should Get You Excited

After months of leaks, Microsoft finally unvealed Windows 10 on Wednesday. Sort of. In reality, Microsoft broke with tradition and unvealed the Windows 10 Technical Preview. We’ve received technical previews in the past, like with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, but Microsoft broke tradition with this particular release by unvealing a product that was not finished. Unlike previous Technical Previews, we are seeing a mere peek of the feature set of the future of Windows. But that’s not a bad thing. What we can see with this preview is a fairly exciting future for Windows, both through the … Read more…

Good Stuff From E3

E3 has come and gone this week, and if you’re like me, you’re too damn busy to look up all the incredible gaming news that came out of it. I can especially understand that this year, since developers have stepped up their game and released a metric shit ton of games. Of course they had to. Most of the gaming populous has still not picked up a next gen console yet mainly because none of them have any really good titles (at least none that aren’t available on previous gen too). But while much of the world was waiting for … Read more…

Microsoft Surface 2

There are going to be three reactions to this header: 1. Are you fucking nuts? The iPad/Samsung/Nexus/whatever-Android-tab-you-desire is a waaaayyy better tablet than the Micro$oft’s (hur hur) shitty piece of shit. 2. Why the fuck didn’t you get the Surface Pro? The Pro is REAL Windows, unlike that that crappy limited Windows RT they pass off as an OS. 3. What the fuck? Isn’t that like a $10 million table or something? Well, despite your feeling on this particular device, my Surface 2 has been my primary machine since I got it in late October. I absolutely love it. It … Read more…

Nokia’s Big Product Announcements

While most of us were sleeping last night, Nokia was hard at work at Nokia World in Abu Dabi announcing new devices. They also announced many other things, but I’ll talk about their other announcements in future articles. Nokia Lumia 1520 The 1520 was the star of the show this morning. This is Nokia’s newest spec monster, but it goes in a slightly different direction than the 1020. I see this device as more of a replacement of the year old Lumia 920 than the 1020. The spec barf is below. So, notice a few things on the specs. First … Read more…

Get Ready: Windows 8.1 Has Landed

For those who don’t know, Windows 8.1 officially launched yesterday and so its time to upgrade. Although I’ve been kept busy with work and other obligations, I still want to keep you in the loop with the upgrade process. First of all, yes you should get Windows 8.1. With the addition of the start button,the ability to make the start screen mirror the desktop background, and new “all apps” start screen option, i feel that 8.1 addresses the “jarring transition” of the original start screen. Combine that with the improved performance, improved file system, and better integration with online services, … Read more…

Can’t We All Just Enjoy Our Tech?

Hey readers. This article is partly to explain why I haven’t written a lot lately and partly to get up on a soap box and talk about one of the biggest problems facing the tech industry today. Rabid fanboyism. As much as I will try to talk about this without sounding like a fanboy myself, the fact is that it is unavoidable. Since tech giants are trying and succeeding in locking users into their respective walled gardens, it seems unavoidable that people who loved their walled garden experience won’t be rabid about their enjoyment of it. Despite the fact that … Read more…

Microsoft and Google are at it again: Who’s Scroogling Who

So Microsoft and Google are fighting about YouTube again. If you don’t remember the original battle, I’ll give a synopsis. During the early days of WP7, MS shipped the phones with a YouTube “app” that really just redirected you to the mobile YouTube site, because Google prevented access to the same “metadata” that Android and iOS has, and therefore a conventional app was not possible. MS further filed an anti-trust complaint with the Euopean Union, stating that “Without proper access to YouTube, Bing and other search engines cannot stand with Google on an equal footing in returning search results with … Read more…