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Wednesday: November 9, 2011

Bret Victor's not-so-brief rant on the future of interaction design.Bret Victor's not-so-brief rant on the future of interaction design.

If you haven't seen Microsoft's video entailing what they think the future of technology holds, you should watch it (readily available on source URL as an embedded clip). So watch that video and then read Victor's thoughts on the matter. That being said, I do have a minor point of contention. I did get some hands-on time with a Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 this past weekend and it was a fun, dare I say, semi-magical experience. I highly reccomend Double Fine's Once Upon a Monster (even the demo is fun). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 9:39 AM | Tags (10) | apple | design | future | hands | interaction | microsoft | rant | tactile | touch | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 12, 2011

Some new info about Microsoft's upcoming version of SQL Server for all you database nerds out there.Some new info about Microsoft's upcoming version of SQL Server for all you database nerds out there.

Just when you think you've gotten used to something a new software product comes along and changes things up. The new version of SQL Server called 'Denali' will see a final release sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. For those wondering here is a giant list of deprecated features the product will carry that you can go cry in the corner about.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:00 PM | Tags (7) | microsoft | sql | server | programming | database | features | deprecated |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Microsoft to give Hotmail service a makeover at some point this summer.Microsoft to give Hotmail service a makeover at some point this summer.

...users will encounter a first screen that’s on overview of new messages, sorted into categories, with e-mails from known contacts in the top heap, updates from services like Facebook and Twitter at the bottom, and a bar up top that lets you send a status message.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 12:39 PM | Tags (8) | competition | email | gmail | google | hotmail | microsoft | service | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.

I find parts of this user interface to be very depressing (granted it's not final but near-final sounds like their pretty close). The data entry screens are bland, colorless, and lifeless. Almost as if you're signing a death warrant on someone when you want to add them as a contact. Not very inviting.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 1:59 PM | Tags (10) | black | dark | depressing | design | interface | microsoft | phone | screenshots | series | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Microsoft would like you know that Natal will launch this October.Microsoft would like you know that Natal will launch this October.

Get your imaginary baseballs and soccer balls (anything imaginary will do really) ready because Project Natal will be available for your beloved Xbox 360 this October. Microsoft hasn't nailed down an exact date that month but they think they'll have that ironed out by the time E3 rolls around.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 9:28 AM | Tags (9) | engadget | gaming | invisible | launch | microsoft | natal | project | videogames | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 6, 2010

Microsoft sends out press invitations for mystery event on April 12.Microsoft sends out press invitations for mystery event on April 12.

Microsoft seems to be a little tired of Apple hogging all the spotlight these days. The only information on the invite is something vague about it being 'time to share'. Hold on to your hats and/or excitement - whichever comes first.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:55 AM | Tags (5) | event | microsoft | mystery | sharing | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 18, 2010

Want to run Internet Explorer 9 on your Windows XP machine? Tough luck.Want to run Internet Explorer 9 on your Windows XP machine? Tough luck.

Microsoft has decided to give Windows XP users the finger and not allow them to use their latest and greatest web browser until they upgrade their OS over to Vista or Windows 7.  Yet another reason why I'll be sticking with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or any other superior browser.  Good work, Microsoft.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 9:28 AM | Tags (11) | browsers | chrome | dumb | firefox | ie9 | internet | interwebs | microsoft | safari | software | upgrade |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Leaked photo of updated Xbox motherboard hints at upcoming slim version of Xbox 360.Leaked photo of updated Xbox motherboard hints at upcoming slim version of Xbox 360.

This move would make sense given that Sony already has a much slimmer version of the PS3 compared to the bulky original one that was first announced. And while I don't mind the current design of the Xbox 360, it certainly could stand to lose a few extra pounds.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 9:01 AM | Tags (8) | console | gaming | microsoft | motherboard | pcworld | slim | videogames | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Internet Explorer 9.Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Internet Explorer 9.

The good news is that there will be better support for web standards and a brand new JavaScript engine that promises to improve overall speed and page loading times. Bad news is that it's still Internet Explorer. You can take an early version of IE9 for a test drive on the other side of the click.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:52 AM | Tags (11) | microsoft | interwebs | version | browser | explorer | html5 | test | drive | sample | platform | preview |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 5, 2010

Turns out that Microsoft has a secret phone waiting for use with Verizon's network.Turns out that Microsoft has a secret phone waiting for use with Verizon's network.

The phone is dubbed as 'Project Pink' (but may just end up being called 'Pink') and runs the brand new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.  Verizon is most likely the exclusive carrier.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 6:59 AM | Tags (8) | microsoft | verizon | cnet | secret | device | windows | phone | seven |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Funeral for Internet Explorer 6 held yesterday over in Colorado.Funeral for Internet Explorer 6 held yesterday over in Colorado.

Internet Explorer Six, known to friends and family as 'IE6,' is survived by son Internet Explorer Seven, and grand-daughter Internet Explorer Eight. To better accommodate the overwhelming response, we're changing the venue.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 6:47 AM | Tags (6) | colorado | explorer | funeral | funny | internet | microsoft |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: February 19, 2010

Ten year search deal between Microsoft and Yahoo finalized and approved by regulators.Ten year search deal between Microsoft and Yahoo finalized and approved by regulators.

Microsoft is hoping to give Google some viable competition with this new deal. Also, Yahoo's search will soon be powered by Microsoft perhaps spawning an even sillier name for a search engine like Bahoo or YaBing. One last point, both names are actually sounds (try it, YAHOO... BING!).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:54 AM | Tags (8) | approval | competition | deal | google | microsoft | regulators | search | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 17, 2010

Microsoft decides to go with AT&T for their upcoming Windows 7 phone.Microsoft decides to go with AT&T for their upcoming Windows 7 phone.

Interesting move considering how much AT&T is bashed for their poor and spotty coverage as it relates to all things iPhone. Although, I have to admit I've never had a real issue with AT&T in terms of service here in the NYC suburbs. Maybe I have a magical account.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:33 AM | Tags (10) | 2010 | at&t | carrier | exclusive | holiday | interface | microsoft | phone | service | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: February 16, 2010

Microsoft pulls the curtain back on their brand new Zune-like Phone.Microsoft pulls the curtain back on their brand new Zune-like Phone.

That's quite an interesting user interface that Microsoft has come up with for this device and I wonder how useful it will actually be in day-to-day use. Also, I appreciate their underlying message/tactic of designing the gadget to be the complete opposite of the iPhone.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 6:42 AM | Tags (8) | microsoft | phone | zune | competition | interface | internet | gadgets | device |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 10, 2010

Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.

Much as been made of the fact that the hole is 17 years old, but Ormandy said he informed Microsoft about it in June 2009. 'You can criticize them for taking a long time to fix a bug,' but not if they didn't know about it, said Pedram Amini, who runs the Zero Day Initiative.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:35 AM | Tags (5) | microsoft | patches | security | vulnerabilities | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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