We're getting word from several top industry sources claiming that our beloved WinPho 7 operating system should be reaching the market on October 11th, using New York City as its launching stage. It appears that the OS will launch that day, with handsets coming out later in the month.
Until now, all we've known is that Asus, Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung were all on-board to help the cause, but we had little on what handsets were to have WinPho 7 on it, other than seeing some pictures of a Samsung and HTC devices in the wild.
Microsoft has gone on record this week to say, "We do not comment on rumor or speculation," but that was not before the company decided to celebrate Windows Phone 7 going to RTM (Released To Manufacturing), which means the system is ready to go onto handsets! They capped off the celebration by doing a "Thriller" dance in what appears to be one of their sidestreets. Camera crews were on the scene, and we have the video after the break. Another way to market WinPho 7 by going viral (and crazy)? Microsoft said they'd try anything to get the word out.
This is exactly why you don't start pushing your competitors: eventually, they will push back! Acer founder Stan Shih called Apple's products a "mutant virus" this week and all the Mac users are up in arms about it. They seemed to have forgotten that when Jobs went to defend the iPhone 4's antenna problems, he did the same thing. Gasp!
What in the world is going on here? Follow the break.
Last week, I briefly mentioned that Mark Hurd
may be going to Oracle after the HP debauchery. Well, it looks as though this speculation has actually turned out to be true. In an announcement that boosted their stock up by over seven percent, Oracle said they will look to pay Hurd, their new co-president, an annual salary of $950,000, and that he could receive a bonus of up to $10 million.
The SEC-filed offer letter was sent in after Oracle talked earlier in the week about hiring Hurd in the first place, just over a month after he was booted out of HP as their CEO.
For more on this, follow the break.
It would appear that Verizon's love affair with Microsoft is not as dead as it appeared. Despite not currently offering any active WinMo handsets (only old-stock), Verizon is still very willing to work with their partner. In this example, we see a collection of Verizon Wireless Android handsets coming with Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. The story doesn't end there, however, as on some handsets it is impossible to change it back.
Let's take the Samsung Fascinate as our working example. It is the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S phone (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G) which is the most impressive series of Android handsets I have had the opportunity to use yet. The Fascinate, however, has a few alterations that make it a lot less impressive than the rest.
To read what Verizon has done to the Fascinate, hit the break.
This week, Google launched their newest, most ambitious search enhancement yet - Google Instant. If you have made it to the Google homepage in the last 36 hours or so, you will notice that all of the searching is different. As soon as you start typing, it starts searching.
Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. We are pushing the limits of our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.
For more about Google Instant, hit the break.
Josh Moore, a 26-year-old Xbox Live fanatic recently received notice from Microsoft that his account had been suspended for offensive language on his profile. When he went to look at what was so offensive, he found out he had been suspended for having the word "gay" on his account. The only problem with that is he lives in Fort Gay, West Virginia.
While it is a little town, I do not believe it is offensive for him to live there, and neither did he. He promptly called Microsoft support and figured he could clear up the misunderstanding.
I figured, I'll explain to them, 'Look in my account. Fort Gay is a real place.' I told him, Google it - 25514! He said, 'I can't help you.'
The rep was uninterested in hearing his story and threated to cancel his account and keep the money he had prepaid for 2 years of service.
For more on this story, hit the break.