The Surface RT is Alive and Well, Despite the $900 Million Loss

By Richard Woods Well, Microsoft’s earnings call came in on Thursday afternoon and it seems that the news wasn’t so good. Over the course of Friday, Microsoft’s (MSFT) stock plummeted a whopping $4.04, which is more than 10%. The problem is that the people that control the stock market don’t always understand technology or even the technology business. The general consensus seems to be that the Surface RT is a failure. Well I’m going to…

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Microsoft Drops the Price of the Surface RT by $20 (not a misprint)

By Richard Woods There’s a brand new price for the Surface RT and that’s $350. Microsoft, along with the rest of the known universe is promoting it as a $150 markdown. Sounds like a great deal right? Well it’s not. In fact it’s hardly true. The original price of the Surface RT is as follows: $499 for the 32 GB tablet, $599 for the 64 GB tablet or the 32 GB tablet bundled with a…

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Is the Lumia 1020 Worth the Price Tag?

By Richard Woods The phone (or phamera) that we’ve all been waiting for is here. Over a year ago, Nokia released the Pureview 808 with a 41 mega pixel camera. The only problem was that it ran the Symbian operating system making it pretty much useless. A month ago, we all thought it was coming and it turned out that they got us all tuned in to see the release of the Lumia 925 and…

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Is the Phamera the new Phablet?

By Richard Woods With the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the invention of a brand new genre of mobile computers (the so-called phablet), it would seem that mobile device makers are trying to find the next new innovation in the mobile market. Today Nokia announced the new Lumia 1020 smart phone which sports a 41 mega pixel camera, which dwarfs most DSLRs. About a year ago, Nokia released a similar product called…

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Microsoft vs. Apple: Interlude, Zune HD vs. iPod Touch

By Richard Woods I figured I’d just do this one for fun. I’ve been writing an ongoing series of posts to compare the ecosystems of Apple and Microsoft and I happened to find an old second generation iPod Touch lying around. Then, while shopping at my local Walmart a few weeks ago, I saw a Zune HD on clearance there and the price tag was $169. I noticed that the price tag had a date…

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Microsoft vs. Apple: Part 5, Windows Phone vs. iPhone

by Richard Woods Just in case you haven’t been following along at my blog at fortheloveoftech.com, it’s a tie ballgame between Microsoft and Apple at 2-2. The Surface Pro beat the new MacBook Air due to the tablet form factor and the touch screen but the iPad beat the Surface RT because of the number of apps available, the 4:3 aspect ratio, the games, and the entertainment value. The Windows RT 8.1 Preview overpowered the…

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Microsoft vs. Apple: Part 3, Surface RT vs. iPad

by Richard Woods Welcome to part 3 of the ongoing mission to compare the Apple and Microsoft ecosystems and solve the age old question of which is better. Let’s recap. We’ve decided that the Microsoft Surface Pro edges out its Apple counterpart, the all new MacBook Air (despite having a battery that lasts twice as long) due to the touch screen and the ability to use it as a tablet. Then, we decided that Windows…

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Microsoft vs. Apple: Part 2, iOS 7 Beta 2 vs. Windows RT 8.1 Preview

by Richard Woods Since part one of this series was a comparison of the Surface Pro and the new MacBook Air, part two was originally going to be a comparison of the iPad and the Surface RT, but there is just so much stuff going on right now! iOS 7 beta 2 was just released and it is finally available for the iPad and the day after that we got the preview release of Windows…

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