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Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak, is no stranger in the tech world, and when it comes to giving his opinions on the latest and greatest on tech he pulls no punches. His foray into the Android world caught many by surprise, but he is a lover of great tech and it shows. Cult of Mac spotted footage of the Entel Summit in Chile in which Woz spoke openly about the recent developments in Redmond. The Woz said of Microsoft; "I do see a lot of stuff coming out from Microsoft in the consumer arena. A lot of people like to say that Microsoft's had no successes in the last so many years, but the Xbox is a success, and certainly Kinect." He's certainly spot on with that assesment because Kinect made it into the record books by carrying the title of 'fastest selling consumer electronics device.'

Steve is also stoked on the Nokia Lumia 900 series. He says that "they have such a striking visual appearance, which...
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Steve Ballmer, the energetic CEO of Microsoft, recently had some powerful fighting words to say regarding Apple and the new Microsoft Surface tablet. Mr. Ballmer recently spoke at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, and had this to say, “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple." He further elaborated,

Regarding the new tension with Microsoft's OEM partners because of the Surface, he also said,

Finally,...
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For some months now we have heard rumor after rumor that Microsoft would launch it's latest Windows operating system, dubbed Windows 8, sometime in the Fall and likely October. Those rumors have now been confirmed by an official statement from the Redmond giant. Here's a quote with the details,

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A new report from DigiTimes suggests that Microsoft may have a low-yield problem with their new Surface Tablet because of the Magnesium Alloy case. Apparently, Microsoft was already courting manufacturers before the debut of the Surface. They were wanting to buy as many as 5 million units worth of magnesium-aluminum cases. Unfortunately, the top manufacturers were not going be able to come close to that capacity for full-fledged magnesium-aluminum designs.

Eventually Microsoft settled on a different technology, which is called VaporMg. It is basically a magnesium chassis with a surface treatment that makes it similar to a traditional metal chassis. Also, to get this done, Microsoft had to turn to a second-tier manufacturer to make the device, and unfortunately the yields will be much smaller than they had hoped. Here's a quote with more details,

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The title of this article is not a misprint. The US patent office has given Apple claim of the ornamental design for an electronic device, as shown and described above. So every ultrabook, tablet, laptop and cellphone manufacturer now needs to tread very carefully because Apple didn´t specify anything more than what you see above. They didn't just specify a tablet or cellphone design either, so if you put any electronics in a wedge form, you will unleash Apple's Army of p̶a̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶r̶o̶l̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ lawyers.

Shocked? So are we. Apple is clearly taking advantage of a broken system. Patenting ornamental designs should be off limits, because it not only destroys innovation, it's simply ludicrous. Imagine if Ford was allowed to patent rear spoilers on automobiles and won? That is exactly what happened here. The examples can go on and on, but the fact remains that this patent has just killed...
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Increasingly, iPads, Mac notebooks and high end smartphones are turning into sealed units with few or no user-serviceable parts (for example, iFixit called the MacBook Pro with retina display "the least repairable laptop we've ever taken apart").

It's nothing new; getting into the original Mac required a large gadget called the case-cracking tool to lever apart the seam of the case, as well as a set of Torx screwdrivers, although Apple's new MacBook Pro takes this to extremes. There are reasons for sealed units that have to be professionally serviced, as well as good arguments against them.

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