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Fuffr: You *need* to see this –> Interact with your phone using the surface around it

Right stop everything and have a look at this website: www.fuffr.com. This startup has developed an iPhone cover that enables you to control your phone using the surface around your phone. Oh yes. It’s like a huge multi-touch extension to your iPhone screen. They’ve got a great demo video that auto-plays on their website front-page […]

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Can we officially declare the Microsoft Surface dead, then?

So is that it, then? It’s been a good few months now. Nobody’s bought one. Well, no one I know has. And that, dear reader, is the reality check. This viewpoint is hardly based on extensive research but I think everyone bar Microsoft’s various PR agencies can now nod their heads in unison to the […]

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Office for iPhone looks pretty smart, but…

… at the cost of a $99 annual subscription to Office365, that makes it amongst the most expensive mobile office productivity applications around. I’m pleased that Microsoft has actually made the leap into iOS. I’m on record as saying their reluctance to engage on the iOS platform has been a costly, costly mistake. Millions of […]

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Reader opinion: Microsoft are aiming for enterprise with the Surface

I had quite a few emails from readers after yesterday’s post on the Surface. I asked permission to reproduce some of them anonymously as I thought the points deserved airing, especially since a few reckoned I was overlooking things. Here we go… Ewan, You might be missing the point. What I took from the launch […]

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Surface: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft… WHAT are you thinking?

Well. We’re all clairvoyant, aren’t we? What a clusterfluck that was. Microsoft yesterday released a rather smart looking tablet device on the back of all the Windows 8 launch shenanigans. It looks wonderful. I haven’t had hands-on yet. Yet it’s already a substantial disappointment. Let’s set aside the clear technological innovation. There is no debate […]

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Microsoft Surface: One sentence opinions from the mobile industry’s executives and influencers

This afternoon The Verge broke the pricing news of Microsoft’s Surface tablet device. I have my own rather strong opinions but wanted to check those of the MIR audience first. I sent a note out to the MIR insiders subscribed to our TinyLetter newsletter asking for one-sentence perspectives. (I’ve only used first names to protect […]

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$199 for the Microsoft Surface? Now that would set the market alight…

Everyone and their dog has picked up the rumour-cum-possible-fact originally cited by Engadget that Microsoft will shortly offer their Surface (Windows RT version) for $199. The tech blogs are full of standard he-said, she-said commentary — obviously a $199 Surface would sell a lot better than a $999 Surface. However I think the deal is […]

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Acer should start innovating and stop complaining

I had to smile at this series of points from Acer’s top man into today’s FT regarding the impending launch of Microsoft’s Surface: Acer, the world’s fourth largest computer manufacturer by shipments, has attacked Microsoft’s planned move into tablets, highlighting the growing rift between the software company and its former allies among PC makers. JT […]

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Why the Microsoft Surface tablet is brilliant news for everyone

Well then. That took us all by surprise didn’t it? Last week’s keynote from Microsoft announcing their Microsoft Surface tablet strategy was unexpected. We should be clear, though: Of course Microsoft has been looking at tablets. Of course. Tablets (or, quite frankly, “iPads”) are one of the biggest trends in technology right now. Microsoft couldn’t […]