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Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on his frustrations around the Megaupload case, as well as praising Microsoft's visual design as something Steve Jobs would be proud of. The outspoken exec voiced his dissatisfaction with the Kim Dotcom case while at the Entel Summit in Chile, FayerWayer reports, refusing to comment on whether he believes high-ranking politicians had a hand in the investigation, but expressing dismay at some of the techniques used to bring Dotcom to trial.

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Ballmer: Microsoft will leave “no space uncovered that is Apple’s”

Ballmer: Microsoft will leave “no space uncovered that is Apple’s”

Microsoft will challenge Apple in every aspect of software and hardware innovation, CEO Steve Ballmer has warned his Cupertino rivals, promising that "we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple." The rambunctious chief exec insisted Microsoft would not sit back on its enterprise range and cede the consumer segment to Apple, telling CRN that "we are not going to let any piece of this [go uncontested] ... not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation."

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Surface Sleight of Hand: Microsoft’s big touch distraction

Surface Sleight of Hand: Microsoft’s big touch distraction

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made sure to mention quite how well the company did in keeping Surface off the radar before launch, and it seems the firm's next tablet sleight of hand is already underway. The Windows tablet team "did a good job of keeping [Surface] secret" Ballmer boasted on-stage at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference today, going on to subsequently name-check new acquisition Perceptive Pixel. Make no mistake, though; while Ballmer may have shown the most enthusiasm about that company's vast multitouch screens, it's Perceptive Pixel's potential in Surface-style hardware that could give Microsoft its tablet edge against the iPad.

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Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel for pen and multitouch expertise

Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel for pen and multitouch expertise

Microsoft has announced it is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a touchscreen specialist that creates displays capable of simultaneously recognizing pen and finger input. Confirmed at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 in Toronto today - where Microsoft also announced the Windows 8 release dates - the deal could see Perceptive Pixel's Active Stylus technology included in future versions of Microsoft Surface Windows tablets.

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Microsoft Surface magnesium case reportedly hit by low yields

Microsoft Surface magnesium case reportedly hit by low yields

Microsoft ruffled more than a few feathers when it introduced its Surface tablet, although pricing and availability details were scarce at the event in June. One of the key features of the tablet was its premium magnesium construction featuring an integrated kickstand. Digitimes reports that Microsoft is seeing low yields with the case construction method, with the publication citing upstream supply chain sources.

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Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

It's not a mistake that Bill Gates spoke this week on the Microsoft Surface saying Apple may have to follow suit at essentially the same time as Andrew Kim's The Next Microsoft branding has come along. Actually it's more like divine intervention, with some power up above finally telling Microsoft to get their rear in gear, to not only chop out the middle man in more ways than one, but to get some graphic designers worth their salt as well. The biggest news at the moment is the fact that in an interview with Charlie Rose this week, Bill Gates was quoted saying that Apple will probably have to create their own Surface-like device in the near future because Microsoft's effort was so awesome.

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The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

Think Microsoft and what do you get: old, enterprise, and well behind the times, perhaps? Not if one designer has his way; Andrew Kim may not have a contract with Microsoft, but that hasn't stopped him crafting a whole new branding strategy that ditches the "Windows" pane of today and replaces it with a crisp parallelogram Kim calls the "slate", before pulling in Windows Phone, Surface, Office, and Windows under some straightforward new headings.

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HP reportedly first to ditch Windows RT tablet plans over Microsoft’s Surface

HP reportedly first to ditch Windows RT tablet plans over Microsoft’s Surface

Microsoft has so alienated Windows RT tablet manufacturers with its own-brand Surface that OEMs are abandoning the platform, insiders claim, with HP leading the way in ditching its roadmap. The PC company had intended to launch a number of Qualcomm-powered Windows RT models, it's said, but according to SemiAccurate's sources HP dropped its plans after Microsoft's handling of Surface and OS licensing.

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Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft is definitely thinking ahead when it comes to its Surface tablet. At a TechEd event held in Amsterdam today, the company has said that it believes tablet sales will overtake PCs within the next year. Antoine Leblond, vice president for Windows Web Services, spoke about how touch interfaces will become the dominant platform in the coming years, and that tablets will outsell traditional PCs for the first time.

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Microsoft saw OEM tablet plans, went ahead with Surface

Microsoft saw OEM tablet plans, went ahead with Surface

Microsoft surprised consumers, and apparently even its OEM partners, when it announced its self-branded Surface tablet running Windows 8. An Acer executive has already spoken out against the announcement, saying its an attempt to get OEMs to produce their own high quality offerings. One analyst now believes that Microsoft used its access to partner’s Windows 8 plans before moving ahead with the Surface launch after all.

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