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Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

At the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Steven Sinofsky stepped on stage to say that Microsoft was "super excited" about the event and the release of the Consumer version of Windows 8. Sinofsky continued by saying that this new system will take what Windows is already, a system that allows you to do what you want and what you need to do when you need to do it, and improves it. Speaking on how systems across the technological landscape make you make choices based on the form factor of the hardware and how this is a limit, Sinofsky noted that "a no compromise user interface" was the goal of Windows 8, tying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops/desktops.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

We're currently sitting comfortable at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event and will be checking out what Microsoft has to offer the public in just a few short minutes. What we're seeing thus far is a collection of giant screens and tiny screens, everything from tablets to an HDTV sitting up center stage. We've already seen a bit of Windows 8 in the many early release versions of the software, now it's time to get down to personal business.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.

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QNX Porsche 911 Hands-on

QNX Porsche 911 Hands-on

It's strange to see a vehicle here at MWX 2012, especially one running BlackBerry - but here it is, a QNX Porsche 911 working also with a set of BlackBerry PlayBooks. This vehicle has the ability to connect to your BlackBerry smartphone using NFC to stereo telephony, while connections between devices then works instantaneously from there on out with Bluetooth. Control the music at the front of the car with the PlayBooks set in the seats in the back, play video from one part of the car to the other, and roll out on the web throughout the vehicle.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

The Android team predicted forking in the ecosystem, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today at Mobile World Congress, taking the opportunity to snipe at Apple over the company's litigious tendencies. "We understood that this stuff would happen ... and it's fine" Schmidt said, explaining that while Google hoped that those manufacturers not sticking to the search company's official guidelines for Android would realize the potential benefits, "We don't sue them… if you get my drift."

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“You are in control” speaks Google’s Schmidt “these devices have an off button”

“You are in control” speaks Google’s Schmidt “these devices have an off button”

This week Google's Eric Schmidt spoke to the whole world via the Mobile World Congress 2012, expanding on what he began earlier in the day on the fully connected earth. "To some degree the gap gets larger" Shmidt spoke on how developing nations get technology much slower, "but it does not negate the importance of getting these people information." Speaking about low-cost computers and textbooks and everything along the lines of information for power, Schmidt noted that getting these people this information is vital and that "getting this information is life changing."

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“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

A life without internet access is a life equivalent to spending it incarcerated, Google's Eric Schmidt has joked at Mobile World Congress today, quipping that "prison is no bandwidth" after a question from an Iranian attendee. Speaking during the Q&A section of his keynote session, Schmidt was asked whether Google would lift blocks on the company's services in Iran. After a brief consultation with his lawyer, Schmidt said that such a move was impossible as it contravened US law.

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P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

Upon being asked a question about mobile payment - or being pitched an idea about doing peer to peer payments, as it was, Google's Eric Schmidt responded with a treat of a forgone technology not oft, if ever, spoken about in public. It's Google Bucks, and though it was only tested internally apparently, it was a peer-to-peer payment system that may well have been ready to take place in the real world had such a technology been rendered essentially useless via laws restricting payment in such ways.

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