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Monthly archives for October, 2011

It’s a done deal. Skype is now a division of Microsoft.

Microsoft announced late last night that the Skype acquisition by Microsoft has formally completed and Skype is now a division of Microsoft.

This is an exciting move and it we look forward to see how Microsoft move forward with the unique Skype technology and we are eager to see how this is incorporated in both Windows 8, and with existing video communication and video streaming software and technology Microsoft currently develops such as the Windows Live Messenger and the business communication tool Lync.

This now also means that Skype in itself can continue to move forward with its own developments with the expansive resources of the software giant behind it, helping them to reach their goals of easy, multi-platform and multi-device social communication providing communication between billions of people.

“Will the skype experience change? The answer is an emphatic no.” – Tony Bates, Skype President.

It’s important to remember in this merger, Microsoft haven’t simply expanded their portfolio with a new technology, they too gain the “world-class talent” of Skype. Watch this space, exciting things will be coming from this.

 

Everything Everywhere: Orange & T-mobile – The “big 3G switch-on”

A while back Orange and T-mobile (UK) merged into a new company, Everything Everywhere Ltd forming the UK’s largest communications company.

As part of this Orange and T-mobile customers gained massively from the ability to use the other network for their 2G (SMS & Voice mainly) signal helping all Orange and T-mobile customers (myself included) better coverage and quality of signal.

Until now though customers have been unable to benefit from using the 3G signal of the other network. As of next week customers will be able to take advantage of the both networks 3G capabilities thanks to the latest advancements in the mobile networks evolution plan. This will enable all 27 million T-mobile & Orange mobile customers to enjoy faster internet and data access, with wider coverage (woot!).

Since the merge customers from each brand have already been using the shared 2G network in their millions, with a huge 1.7 million days worth of calls (that’s almost 41 million hours!) made on the other brand’s network, as well as a whopping 5 billion additional SMS sent and received since October 2010.

The big 3G switch-on will begin rolling out next week region by region to all T-mobile and Orange customers over the next few months.

“This is a significant achievement and demonstrates the latest milestone in our network vision and customer promise – to provide more things, to more people in more places than any other company in Britain.

Customers are always on the move and demanding instant access to information wherever they are. Not only will customers be able to talk in more places they weren’t able to before, they’ll also now be able to access the internet, social networks or download emails at improved speeds, in more places.” – Olaf Swantee, Everything Everywhere CEO.

The best bit? It won’t cost you a penny more. This will be rolled-out seamlessly and pricing and plans will remain as-is meaning a better service, without you having to pay a penny more, and without having to lift a finger. I for one – as a T-Mobile customer – can’t wait!

Steve Jobs has died

It has now broken that Apple Ex-CEO Steve Jobs has died. Apple.com now simply shows a large image of Steve Jobs with 1955 – 2011 (his life), linking to a short statement from Apple, they also asked for those wishing to share their thoughts, memories and condolences to email remeberingsteve@apple.com.

Steve Jobs has undeniably been a huge influence in the technology industries with an impressive CV ranging from pioneering the personal computer, the music industry with iTunes & iPods and bringing tablet devices out the cupboard and helping to show where predecessors got it wrong.

This sudden news makes Steve’s talk at Stanford University where he talks about how his ill-health and closeness to his death impacted on him.

 

Finding the right laptop

Let’s face it, I’m a geek. A pretty big one at that. Running blogs as well as an online business obviously means I rely on my computer a lot. It’s a life-line which enables me to do what I do. Not to mention the looming prospect of University coursework soon and simply the bulky 3-year-old Sony Vaio just won’t cut it as my portable computing device. I’m on the hunt for a decent laptop, at a decent price and most importantly, with the specs to satisfy the geek in me who needs something where I can do everything no matter where I am.

Often it is a real struggle to find the perfect laptop for you. Nothing is quite right, it has your ideal spec, but terrible battery life or its got the battery life but a but looks like a McDonald’s kids toy. what’s worse is when the sites you use don’t have full and detailed information on all devices, making it extremely hard to do side-by-side comparisons. That is until I came across the Laptops on Misco.co.uk and I can genuinely say I am extremely impressed with the excellent consistency in how they display their product information.

All seem to have the same information meaning you can easily do side-by-side comparisons. Another massive step up from every other online retailer is they have taken the time to provide photographs for all parts of their laptops, something which many seem to see as an after-thought but vital when spending £500+ on a Laptop I’ll be using for years.

I currently have my eye on the HP ProBook 4530 (right pic) which certainly seems to check all my boxes! – What this space for the review…

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Checkout our friends at Misco.co.uk might just find your ideal laptop!