Microsoft is tipped to be readying a Windows-based STB to take on Apple TV and Google TV, with the platform believed to be a stripped-down, focused version of the company's existing Windows 7 embedded OS. According to the Seattle Times, the Windows TV boxes will retail for around $200 when they go on sale later in 2011.
Microsoft is tipped to present a number of new tablet PCs during CEO Steve Ballmer's CES 2011 keynote, with brands including Samsung and Dell expected to provide hardware running the Windows OS. According to the New York Times sources, one of the devices is a Samsung slate that's "similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing"; that fits in with rumors of the Samsung Gloria, a 10-inch Windows tablet rumored last week.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch yesterday saw a huge number of devices being promised for a wide range of countries, and we can't blame you if you got overwhelmed. Happily Microsoft are helping us get back to basics with a typically-shouty Steve Ballmer and a video of the whole keynote launch, which you can see after the cut.
Apple seem to have accidentally let slip their plans for the iWork suite on the iPhone 4, with a rapidly pulled screenshot of the new smartphone suggesting that users will be able to open presentations in their mobile Keynote app. The shot, from the Features section of the iPhone 4 pages, was soon replaced with another showing "Open in iBooks" functionality instead.
Keen to live through the whole iPhone 4 event again, only this time with visuals? If our liveblog wasn't enough to sate your Apple desires, you'll be pleased to hear that the full WWDC 2010 keynote video is now available to watch on-demand through the Apple site.
You can't have missed the signs: WWDC 2010 is about to kick off, and SlashGear is over at http://live.slashgear.com/ running our customary liveblog of the whole Steve Jobs keynote. On the cards today is the new, fourth-generation iPhone - tentatively dubbed the iPhone HD - but there's also talk of desktop trackpads, Safari 5 and more.
We'll obviously have full coverage on the SlashGear frontpage, but join us at http://live.slashgear.com/ to follow along with all the news as it happens!
Pushing out a press release confirming that CEO Steve Jobs will be taking to the stage at WWDC 2010 for the opening keynote is unlikely to save Apple from accusations of an over-talkative PR machine, but it all helps pave the way for a likely next-gen iPhone HD debut on June 7th. Jobs will be taking a break from dictating Apple's movements by email to open the developer conference at 10am PST, and SlashGear will be there to liveblog the whole thing.
April is turning out to be a very eventful, and very busy month. First we have the iPad launch, and then we hear about the Apple keynote that will offer up the latest, greatest, and official word on what iPhone OS 4.0 will bring to the table for a great many devices. And now we have Microsoft jumping into the foray. And, as they put it, it's time to share.
Despite speculation that McGraw-Hill were unceremoniously yanked from Apple's iPad launch this week, the publisher maintains that not only that they were never intended to be included, but that they were "never in a position to confirm details about the device ahead of time." While it was widely reported that the publisher's CEO, Terry McGraw, prematurely announced details about the touchscreen slate while being interviewed on CNBC, McGraw-Hill have a different recollection of that, too; according to Steven Weiss, VP of corporate communications, McGraw only made "speculative comments about Apple's pending launch" that were "mistakenly interpreted ... as being more specific to [the iPad's] announcement."
Steve Jobs proudly announced five publisher partners for the iPad's new iBooks app yesterday -Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan and Hachett Book Group - but according to Apple insiders one print heavyweight was conspicuously missing. McGraw-Hill was unceremoniously dropped from the keynote, after CES Harold McGraw III prematurely spilt the iPad beans earlier in the week.