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SeaDragon Mobile: Microsoft’s first iPhone app

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

SeaDragon Mobile: Microsoft’s first iPhone appIt was bound to happen sooner or later, given the iPhone’s popularity. Yesterday, Microsoft quietly added the photo displaying app SeaDragon Mobile, its first-ever iPhone application, to the App Store. Some think that Microsoft Office for iPhone can’t be far behind.

SeaDragon Mobile is basically a demo of Microsoft Live Labs’ photo display platform. Users can use the app to do such things as zoom in on photos with incredible resolution. The app does this by storing different resolutions, and shows you only the portions requested at a given time.

Microsoft Vista Ultimate gets (PRODUCT)RED treatment

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on December 8th, 2008

Windows Vista (RED)Windows Vista and its many flavors are looked on with disdain by many and pointed to as one of the reasons Apple is posting record growth despite the poor economy. Despite that, many people still use Vista and may be looking to upgrade from Windows XP to Vista.

For those looking to upgrade Microsoft has announced that it is now offering Windows Vista Ultimate in a (RED) version that includes some exclusive additions. The downside is that the new exclusive content doesn’t make Vista any more useful or stable.

Blue & red Zune 120s available for the holidays

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2008

Blue & red Zune 120s available for the holidaysPrice cuts aren’t the only thing Microsoft is using to reel in shoppers, they are also introducing some new colors in order to snag your holiday dollars. The big M has just made blue and red versions of the little PMP available on its Zune Originals site.

Prices start at $249, and the they suggest placing orders by the 19th so you can get it by Christmas Eve. It may not be the Gears Of War 2 edition, but hey, it’s in red and blue. Beats boring black.

Special edition Microsoft Arc Mouse matches your Oriental pottery

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2008

Special edition Microsoft Arc Mouse matches your Oriental potteryAt first glance, this looks like a bunch of broken oriental pottery. It’s actually a picture of three Microsoft Arc Mice all dressed up like oriental pottery. So you see, the Arc mouse really is a beautiful mouse. No other mouses looks so stunning amid ginger roots and fine china.

This is a special edition of the Arc Mouse that Hong Kong design store Goods of Desire turned it into a work of art. Very nice. We’d like to see more mice make dramatic statements like these.

BMW uses Microsoft Surface

Posted in Surface Computing by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Microsoft’s Surface technology has many uses, but one interesting way to use it is how it is being used by BMW. Here is a video that shows you how rich slobs can explore BMW cars with just their delicate and un-calloused fingers

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” being optimized with “BMW Product Navigator”. The touch screen system lets snooty BMW buyers configure their new car in a whole new interactive way. The exteriors and the interiors can be reviewed even before the car is purchased. That includes the color of the car.

Flash Zunes getting cheaper

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

Flash Zunes getting cheaperMicrosoft will announce price cuts across the board for its flash Zunes tomorrow. Good news if you are bargain shopping. hey aren’t Earth shattering deals, but every bit helps right? The 4GB model will drop to $100, the 8GB will go for $140 and 16GB for $180. The price drops make them all cheaper than the equivalent iPod nanos.

Microsoft unveils 46 new designs for Zune Originals

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

Microsoft unveils 46 new designs for Zune OriginalsApparently Microsoft wants Zune buyers to have another handful of choices. 46 to be exact. The new options include “exclusive artwork of Eastern and Western astrology from Catalina Estrada and Iosefatu Sua”. They can all be selected now from the online design studio. It might take a while to get through all of them, but what the hell. Maybe you can do some Christmas shopping early.

Microsoft “I’m a PC” booth outside Apple store

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2008

Microsoft “I’m a PC” booth outside Apple storeI had thought, or hoped that the whole Apple/Microsoft war was deflating. Sadly it looks like Microsoft just fired the next salvo at Apple. It’s parking “I’m a PC” recording booths outside of Apple stores. The one pictured is in Birmingham, England. The booth is staffed with three Microsoft peeps who will no doubt preach at you about the awesomeness of all things Vista.

The whole deal has to be like wandering into a Jehovah’s Witness den. You know you should run, but you’re too stunned at the fact that you ran into THEM for once, instead of them coming to your house. (Or appearing on your TV) They’re swell guys and gals. They’ll preach the word and even invite you to make a short video explaining why you are a PC. The bottom line here is that we can now look forward to more ultra creepy videos of mankind proclaiming that they are PC’s, when really they’re just people we need to have a restraining order on.

New “I’m a PC” ad is creepy

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

I’m A PC — Crowdsourced from AlleyInsider on Vimeo.
Alright, so the Seinfeld-Gates ads were interesting. Then came the “I’m a PC” ads that were different, but not really all that cool. That’s when Apple’s latest ads began to get lamer as well. So now we’re on to the latest round of “I’m a PC” ads and this one is appropriately creepy for Halloween. It features a bunch of Youtube types saying “I’m a PC”. Problem is that I found them all to be pretty creepy.

It has me seriously thinking about a Mac. I’ll break it down for you. A few could easily be serial killers, specially the first dude who is so in love with his shirt, one chases zebras and obviously is on serious medication, an old lady who wrangles lamas looks like she has to have about a million cats and I’m sure must throw them at people, a bling lover and more. Yeah, this one is just wrong.

Microsoft announces new 360 bundles for the holidays

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2008

Microsoft announces new 360 bundles for the holidaysMicrosoft isn’t messing around this holiday season. They want consoles in homes. They dropped the price on all Xbox 360 SKU’s a few months ago, and it just got better. Microsoft has announced that later this month the new 360’s will hit store shelves with some free games included.

With the $199 Arcade, you’ll get 6 games, which includes SEGA Superstars Tennis, Uno, and Pac-Man. If you choose to spend more for either the $299 Pro or $399 Elite version, and you’ll get Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda. Plus, all three will come with a trial subscription to Netflix. That might seem odd, but beginning next month you’ll be able to stream Netflix movies to your 360.

Microsoft “I’m a PC” ad created using a Mac

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrowIf you’re going to promote your own platform while dissing the other guy’s, it’s probably a good idea to not use the other guy’s to create your commercial. Turns out that phase two of the “I’m a PC” advertising against Apple was created on a Mac. Ironic. What are the chances that Apple is going to run with this and make fun of them for it? Probably pretty good. Metadata found in the images of the PC user featured on the “I’m a PC” web site tells the tale.

The data showed that the images were produced using Macs that were running Adobe Creative Suite 3. Microsoft responded by saying that “as is common in almost all campaign workflow, agencies and production houses use a wide variety of software and hardware to create, edit and distribute content, including both Macs and PCs.” After that the metadata was gone.

Microsoft shows off new Show Webcam

Posted in Webcams by Nino Marchetti on September 19th, 2008

Microsoft LifeCam Show

Two new Webcams were recently conceived over at little old Microsoft in Redmond, WA. The more standout of these is the slim LifeCam Show, priced around $100.

The Microsoft LifeCam Show comes with what Microsoft says is a “complete attachment kit” to anchor it to many surfaces. These kit parts include a magnetic laptop clip, magnetic desktop stand and two attachment discs which have adhesive backings.

Microsoft’s “I’m A PC” ad

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Here’s Phase 2 of Microsoft’s Windows ad campaign that debuted earlier tonight during The Office. Obviously it’s not the same vibe as the Gates/Seinfeld ads. This one is straight to the point. That being: Not all PC users look like John Hodgman, the fat guy from the Mac commercials. Some have beards, some are sexy, some are geeky, some are geniuses etc. Some celebrities that can be seen are Deepak Chopra, Bill Gates, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria and more. They got the message out and got straight to the point. I think it counters the Mac ads pretty effectively already. It will be interesting to see how they build on this.

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrow

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2008

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrowApparently the new series of Windows Vista ads starring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates did not impress Microsoft, or many others for that matter. Microsoft has now basically admitted that the ads bombed, sucked and otherwise blew and they’ve actually fired Jerry Seinfeld. Bill Gates being Bill Gates will stick around and may be back in future ads.

The series will go on, but not with Seinfeld. Which likely means without the funny. And who knows what direction it will take. Personally after the suckage of the first ad, I thought they were beginning to hit their stride. So tomorrow you’ll hear some Microsoft spin regarding phase two of the project. That would be the phase without Seinfeld.

Microsoft adds new features to all Zunes with free update

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2008

Zune UpdateOdds are that most people shopping for a MP3 player are going to end up opting for an iPod of one model or another. Some folks out there will look for alternatives to Apple’s offerings though for one reason or another. Microsoft’s line of Zune players may be just the ticket for music fans looking for Apple alternatives.

Microsoft’s latest update for all Zune players is now available. The update adds some nice new features including free Wi-Fi access to the Zune Marketplace from Wayport hotspots in more than 9800 McDonald’s restaurants around the country.