Windows 8 sales below expectations

According to Paul Thurrot, renowned blogger and specializes in Microsoft products, sales of Windows 8 would be disappointing. He mentions several ways to explain the lack of interest that would create the new operating system from Redmond.

We remember, there is little through Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer welcomed the very good start of Windows 8 with 4 million copies sold in 3 days. An encouraging result for Microsoft as Windows 8 sounds like a revolution for the firm with significant changes at the interface.

A very good start though!

But the joy was short-lived if we are to believe the blogger Paul Thurrot announcing that sales of Windows 8 would be disappointing, he claims to have its information from an internal source. If no data is encrypted and mentioned that Microsoft is careful not to comment on rumors, information made by this specialist are to be taken seriously and several tracks reinforce this trend.

Indeed, if the beginnings were delighted with the side of Redmond, it should be noted that they were not exceptional if we compare them with those of rival Apple had made ​​impressive score of 3 million downloads in four days with Mountain Lion. Our blogger Paul Thurrot, Microsoft would not be satisfied with the PC manufacturers who have not contributed to the success of the new OS in not offering interesting machines. This criticism its own partners could well be due to Microsoft's decision to launch its own tablet products with Surface example and the idea of a Windows PC would also be considered. On tablet sales area, Steve Ballmer has also recently raised in a modest sales interview in Paris before returning to the use of this term was used stating that " to qualify the supply and distribution Surface RT with Windows, which has in fact been made ​​available only on the website of online sale "" and in some Microsoft stores in the United States and Canada. "and adding" Although our approach has been modest, Steve Ballmer discusses the reception of the product that has been "fantastic", why it is also cited in the article that "soon we will present in more countries, more stores."

Real good start or just curious?

Clarification that occurs at the same time as the surprise departure of Steven Sinofsky, an important figure in the company since he was tipped as a possible successor to Steve Ballmer. Always about timing, P.Thurrot highlights the difficult economic context that accompanies the release of the new operating system, but an interesting reason can not explain the disappointment on the side of Microsoft. Indeed, it was found that the year 2012 was marked by an increase in sales of tablets, smartphones still panicking as counters instead of PC sales fell for the first time since 2001, the question of power purchase, if it is real can not explain the low sales of Windows 8 especially as it has for the first time with an attractive price.

Then comes the question of the operating system itself, if the new interface has deterred some, especially PC users fixed, we can wonder if Windows 8 brings added value that justifies a passage to it thereof. With Modern UI interface designed for touch devices and inspired by what we find on Windows Phone, it seems very difficult to convince users PC and laptops and businesses migrate to the new system. His biggest rival could also well be Windows 7, called his release from the "what should have been Vista", the system has attracted users and the machine restarted Windows, traumatized by the failure of the elder Vista. And if Microsoft used the same formula with Windows 8, to take the best of the previous system by adding some new features, we can not say that the system changes both in substance and in form.

Finally, also note the lack of clarity of the offer with the Microsoft Windows version of RT that offers no visual difference with a classic version of Windows 8 as they are two completely different OS, Windows RT is designed for ARM devices while Windows 8 is for PCs and tablets. During his test Microsoft Surface tablet RT, Eric had also highlighted the differences between the two systems.

Microsoft can he to win his bet with Windows 8? The question remains relevant nearly a month after the release of its new operating system, and the specter of a curse passed on two OS still hangs.

MacBook Pro: Transform your mobile with a wooden keyboard

The MacBook keyboard can be completely transformed with wooden keys. An original concept will not appeal to everyone, but still pretty nice. The set is quite elegant and harmonizes with the rest of the laptop.

The MacBook Pro can have a new keyboard with Lazerwood. This original concept is compliant with all MacBook Pro models. Apparently, the change requires some precautions. The result is amazing, but it requires patience. Symbols and characters have been made ​​with a laser to provide a great accuracy. The keys are made ​​with walnut or cherry wood.

Each key has an adhesive layer on the rear face. The set is solid, but this concept may well be removed if the owner of the MacBook Pro wants to get rid of.

For this report, it will cost $ 40. You can also choose between walnut and cherry wood. So what do you think?

Nokia Lumia 920: The demand is incredibly strong

The Nokia Lumia 920 meets an incredible success since many stock-outs are announced. Operators were surprised to see the enthusiasm for this first Smartphone Windows Phone 8.

Nokia Lumia 920 arrives at operators side of France. For several weeks, the mobile is also proposed by Phone House. In some countries, Nokia is facing a huge demand. Testra Australia was surprised to see how much enthusiasm was strong. The figures for the moment are not reported, so it is difficult to identify a trend, but the success may be very strong given the excitement generated by the fans. The operator believes that the Lumia 920 smartphone that will allow the Finnish manufacturer to resurface in the mobile world. It is via the Twitter account that release "Due to high demand, the stock Nokia Lumia 920 pre-order is exhausted. Some stores will have a limited stock from November 27."

Incredible demand

Customers have made ​​a few complaints to the operator. The latter was forced to admit that he had underestimated the demand that is currently "more as incredible." In Germany, the trend is also similar. Nokia said it had received several reports from retailers. The latter believe that stocks will not be sufficient to meet consumer demand. The manufacturer would have set up an investigation to try to estimate the number of copies available.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was announced as an amazing product, it had also caused a sensation when it was introduced. We therefore consider two cases, Nokia has not been able to anticipate sales and stocks are very limited and so the demand is really important and the manufacturer is struggling to keep pace. The second solution is indicated by Nokia, Windows Phone 8 is widely acclaimed and could if the trend continues or increases, disrupt the market for iOS and Android.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga: the convertible ultrabook

On the occasion of an open day at Lenovo , we went to see the future flagship brand ... it should be only one, it would be the Ideapad Yoga 13 I choose because it is a Ultrabook multimode allowing you to do just about everything! Here is a small description of the beast:

Wearing a dress either orange or gray metal , the Yoga is "convertible" Indeed, it is possible to return the entire screen of the ultrabook to turn it into a tablet !

The keypad is disabled in this position and grip can be confusing as you touch the keyboard ... And if this position you like, you can always put it in "stand mode":

Practice to watch a movie or have a tilt tray to suit your needs, you can also set the "tent mod"

It is original and it is the new joint Lenovo products, with these all in one that will fit your needs. Supported a processor i3/i5/i7 depending on configuration and with a screen of 13.3 "to 1.54 kg in 16.9 mm thick ! Yoga 13 thus opens the way to more innovative devices with Windows 8. The hinge seems to give any satisfaction, and he has an interest in this operation! My last notebook dropped me because of the hinge, here we are told that it was tested for more than 25,000 movements . It will be available from end of November 1199 against € 799 for its counterpart 11 "will happen in early December.

Be careful though! The Ideapad Yoga 11 "is equipped with Windows RT and a Nvidia (Tegra 3)!

Apple and Samsung dethroned by the Sony Xperia Yuga?

Apple and Samsung meet a great success. They are the two manufacturers that exist in the field of telephony , however, Sony believes that everything will change in 2013 with the arrival of Yuga.

In the press articles talking mainly Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. Other mobiles have very few places in this market yet, they have strengths. The two companies are also getting into a war without thank you for patents, they tend to invade the canvas with their trial. Meanwhile, Sony has developed a new model. Dennis Van Schie, sales manager Manufacturer explained in the Financial Times that the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 will be a formidable opponent with a flagship model. Some believe that this will be the Sony Yuga, it has also been proposed on the web via several leaks. Some features have been revealed. Xperia Yuga C6603 should offer a unibody design:

  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Clocked at 1.5 GHz
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 12 megapixel camera sensor
  • 5-inch White Magic
  • Definition Full HD
  • 1794 x 1080 pixels
  • 443 ppi
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Photos were even offered by the site Xperia Blog. Apparently, according to the latest information, it should be formally proposed at CES 2013 in Las Vegas or during MWC 2013 in Barcelona. All these information are of course rumors, but according to the director of sales, Sony really wants to offer a smartphone to compete with Apple and Samsung, the Yuga he can dethrone? For now, the two companies attack again at trial. Since Friday, Apple has managed to incorporate in its complaint Google Android, Samsung has responded with the iPhone 5.

Jailbreak iPhone 5: Another step and will be available for Christmas?

The jailbreak of the iPhone 5 is desired by the owners of Smartphone . They eagerly await and the latest information circulating on the web are reassuring. Some sites say that a good surprise could come for Christmas 2012.

Jailbreak the iPhone 5 is currently in the research phase and the results are interesting. Developers need to rub iOS 6 and A6 processor. They got to work right out of the iPhone 5 to expand the possibilities of the device. The jailbreak is widely expected, because it allows owners to fully customize their phone freely. A few days after the launch of the iPhone 5 screen capture circulating on the web. Hope is born when the photo showed a jailbroken device. However, is still a step to take. Specialists working on this and they start encouraging results. Jailbreak method proposed by the developer planetbeing of the Chronic Dev can not yet be released.

Available at Christmas?

He explained that some key elements were still missing, he must skip this step. When it is effective, the jailbreak of the iPhone 5 should be available. Since the end of September, he also said that much progress had been made. Hackers are thus faced with one last hurdle they must overcome, this step is essential to provide an effective method especially stable. Planetbeing believes that the biggest has been done and these missing elements are essential for a jailbreak untethered iOS and total 6.

Currently, the developer makes no prediction regarding the availability, but the method is on the right track. Yet CultofMac believes that Jailbreaks are always out around the month of December, and the iPhone 5 could be released in a few weeks, but nothing is certain yet. Planetbeing has certified in all cases that the jailbreak will be released when it is untethered.

How to customize your Facebook news feeds

In recent weeks, particularly since the introduction of "Promoted posts", a new pay option that allows a brand to reach more people depending on the amount invested, the algorithm Facebook organizes the way you see in the news your flow seems to have undergone some changes.

If we are to believe some observers, the "reach", ie the potential number of people who see a post in their stream, declining steadily for several weeks. According to others, not. Discontent that seems to grow on the side of brands, which restrain the suspect's Facebook posts complimentary in favor of pay, regardless of their interest, Facebook held last Friday a small press briefing to explain - and possibly defend - its position.

According to Will Cathcart Product Manager for the "flow" of Facebook and spokesperson for the occasion, if EdgeRank, the algorithm that calculates how posts are displayed in news feeds, has recently been changed, it has not changed the reach. To support his point, Cathcart has partially lifted the veil on the new criteria of the famous EdgeRank. Among them, the four most important, those who you see or not to pass a post in your news feed would be:

  • is that you have previously interacted with the publications page of the original post?
  • is what your friends have interacted with this page, like this new post?
  • how you interacted with similar posts in the past (yet to define what a similar post ...)
  • is that others have complained about this new post?
  • In this way, Facebook aims to highlight the most interesting posts for a user and therefore penalize those who are less so, without any notion of post for which a brand would pay option via Promoted posts. This explains why some posts, even paying do not necessarily reach as many people as you want: if you send a big spam although clumsy and sticky paying up to touch the most people possible, you risk be for your own expense.

Pay to see?

This is probably a good intention on the part of Facebook, which intends to prevent users to be bombarded with irrelevant publications, but it raises questions in terms of the brand or company has paid to aui to see better, because the criteria are still rather vague: why pay if there is anyway not sure to reach as many people as you want?

To Will Cathcart, each user should receive personalized information and different, so ideally there is no two identical streams. This implies that even the same member of Facebook will not receive the same news as it accesses via their PC or mobile (for the moment I have not seen it).

Of course Facebook does not disclose that he wants to reveal, and we imagine that the algorithm is a little more sophisticated than that, but the briefing reveals an inherent difficulty in social network: satisfy both users and brands. While sometimes their interests diverge. Beautiful tightrope.

Back pixelated Nexus 4 on your Android device

Google has clearly redefined fee schedules shelves with the launch of the Nexus thundering 7 (Amazon had also been there with the Kindle Fire and more recently the Kindle Fire HD). Google could do more in the area of mobility? Google's response: launch a high-end smartphone at the price of a mid-range model (and a shelf 10 inches with a higher resolution than the iPad 3 and 4 to 100 € less).

The Mountain View company has, however, taken the foot in the carpet with mismanagement of the launch of Nexus 4 and 10. Triumph, it has turned into frustration for many potential buyers of Nexus 4, they were lured by the smell of processor cores "Krait" signed Qualcomm (for Nexus 4) or Exynos Dual 5 of 10 Nexus and Android 4.2, promises including 360 degree panoramic pictures.

That's all we'll realize in our test Nexus 4. If you need 24 minutes to the world to sell a stock over Nexus 4 (and Nexus 10), it is a little more time is needed to complete his full test and report on all aspects of terminal.

In the meantime, it will not have escaped you and it is also one of the attractions and the singularities of the Nexus 4: pixelated or her back rather stellar bring us closer to our last article. Composed of hundreds of small pixels, it appears differently according to the light. It also gives a sense of depth rather special.

The Nexus 4 is no longer available on the online store of Google Play. shortage real or outcry from other manufacturers (including LG who will struggle to sell its Optimus G, this close cousin of the Nexus 4) because a price too aggressive (where rethinking the outcry of French mobile phone operators in the announcement of the fee schedule free mobile), is it always a loaf is better than two in the bush.

So here (all for it) the animated wallpaper with the image of the back of the Nexus 4. And as a new Nexus terminal is routinely accompanied by a new version of Android (Android here 4.2) and new wallpapers, here 'Wave Nexus', one of wallpapers available on Nexus 4 and 10.

Yahoo and Facebook create a search engine?

Facebook and Yahoo could unite to give rise to a search engine . The goal is to blend their skills to compete with the industry leader, Google. Officials are currently in talks.

A project could bring Facebook and Yahoo. That's the rumor circulating for a few hours. The two leaders of the two companies would discuss a collaboration to provide a search engine. Sector, Google is well ahead with over 90% market share worldwide. Competition is crushed, but The Sunday Telegraph shows that the two companies are trying to find a solution. The new search engine could use the know-how and Yahoo databases of social network. The search engine is built for tablets and smartphones.

To succeed in dethroning the Mountain View company, the two companies will demonstrate originality and relevance. Visitors will be attracted by this new concept. You should know that Facebook has a database of more than one billion subscribers, it would be a real asset for Yahoo. This collaboration could be the result of two former employees at Google, which now have a key position in one of the two companies. Marissa Mayer was the former vice-president responsible for mapping and geo location in Mountain View, it is now the CEO of Yahoo. Sheryl Sandberg was the former vice-president of sales and international operations in Mountain View, is currently the CEO of Facebook.

The creation of an engine between Facebook and Yahoo could also be a problem for Microsoft.

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