Is Microsoft Ceding the Tablet Market to Apple?

Someone should let Microsoft know that waiting to join the multitouch tablet game, a year and a half after Apple revolutionized it, just isn’t going to work this time.

This news isn’t coming from Microsoft itself, so a healthy dose of salt should be applied. The source is Jeffries analyst Katherine Egbert. She has been speaking to Microsoft’s General Manager of Investor Relations, so the estimate is pretty close to the horse’s mouth (and may, if anything, be a little optimistic).

The problem is Windows 7, which is absolutely not optimized for a tablet’s touchscreen interface–particularly in a world of multitouch gestural interfaces. To see proof of this, look no further than Steve Ballmer’s fumbling demonstration of HP’s slate PC prototype from January of 2010. Ballmer’s fingers repeatedly skitter past the tiny finger-unfriendly icons on windows.

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BY Kit Eaton
http://www.fastcompany.com/1692351/microsoft-surrendering-the-tablet-pc-race-to-apple-no-windows-tablets-til-mid-2011

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Someone should let Microsoft know that waiting to join the multitouch tablet game, a year and a half after Apple revolutionized it, just isn’t going to work this time.

This news isn’t coming from Microsoft itself, so a healthy dose of salt should be applied. The source is Jeffries analyst Katherine Egbert. She has been speaking to Microsoft’s General Manager of Investor Relations, so the estimate is pretty close to the horse’s mouth (and may, if anything, be a little optimistic).

The problem is Windows 7, which is absolutely not optimized for a tablet’s touchscreen interface–particularly in a world of multitouch gestural interfaces. To see proof of this, look no further than Steve Ballmer‘s fumbling demonstration of HP‘s slate PC prototype from January of 2010. Ballmer’s fingers repeatedly skitter past the tiny finger-unfriendly icons on windows. Leer más “Is Microsoft Ceding the Tablet Market to Apple?”

How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says.


BY Ariel Schwartzhttp://www.fastcompany.com/1692134/how-terrafugia-designed-its-flying-car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says. Leer más “How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car”

USC Brings Together Filmmakers, Engineers, Doctors for Its New Body Computing Center

The implications for this unique collaboration are truly endless, Dr. Leslie Saxon, executive director of the Center for Body Computing, tells Fast Company, ranging from creating realistic virtual reality environments to help treat post-traumatic stress, to creating minuscule implanted devices which can be placed in the body to provide ongoing, accurate health data for patients and their providers. Thanks to the filmmaking aspect, patients will be able to understand this information through data visualization, motion graphics and a dedication to storytelling that helps them engage emotionally with their own wellness — in an experience that’s not unlike going to see a sci-fi film, says Saxon.

“People think about their own health as an ongoing narrative,” says Saxon. “As they interact with increasingly sophisticated devices for medical information they will best understand that information if it’s delivered via engaging visual storytelling.”


BY Alissa Walker | http://www.fastcompany.com

How can the goofy computer-generated gait of Jar Jar Binks and a smartphone that measures air pollution help the future of health care? The three concepts are more closely related than you think. So close, in fact, that a new cross-disciplinary school established at the University of Southern California hopes to combine technological wizardry of filmmaking with the product-design capabilities of an engineering school to help patients and physicians better understand health and wellness.

The new Center for Body Computing will reside in the school’s Keck School of Medicine and collaborate extensively with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (which just got fancy new digs thanks to alumnus George Lucas) and the Viterbi School of Engineering. The filmmaking and engineering schools already work closely together on projects for the Institute of Creative Technologies, which is best known for developing products to help train or treat soldiers exposed to extreme situations in combat. We wrote about one of their collaborations, the IED Battle Drill, where theme park engineers and Hollywood producers created a simulated experience of a roadside bomb attack. Leer más “USC Brings Together Filmmakers, Engineers, Doctors for Its New Body Computing Center”

Google New Tells You What’s New…At Google Itself

Google has long needed a central repository of updates, and Google New will fill that niche. Google New, which went live two days ago, is basically a grid of all of Google’s new updates, spanning products like Maps, Search, Android, Gmail, AdSense, Blogger, YouTube, and Chrome, among so very many others. There’s a nice easy way to filter the updates either by specific product or by a general area of interest, so you can check out either all the recent Google Docs updates or everything related to business.

This also gives Google a rare opportunity to advertise itself, outside of the standard Google blogs. Right now, for instance, Google has put Instant, its new search function, up front and center.


BY Dan Nosowitz | http://www.fastcompany.com

Google New

Though Google is at heart (provided the “heart” of a company is its wallet) an advertising company, Google sometimes has a hard time advertising its new products. That’s partly due to the pace of releases and the massive scope of all of Google’s projects–just following, say, Android requires near-constant monitoring. Factor in dozens of different projects, all releasing new features and updates, plus the stream of new announcements, and it can get pretty hairy.

That can be a problem both for Google and for its users. If you’re not checking the tech blogs every five minutes, you could very easily miss a great new product or feature. Hell, even tech writers like myself, who really are checking the tech blogs every five minutes, can miss some of that stuff. Leer más “Google New Tells You What’s New…At Google Itself”

Ad Giant Thinks You’ll Pay for Media Again With the Content Project

TCP was created as a joint venture between two WPP subsidiaries: 24/7 RealMedia, a digital marketing and analytics company, and design firm Schematic. Restrepo says WPP’s technology, user-experience expertise, and “right relationships” will help TCP succeed.

So what exactly are these “right relationships?” Restrepo could only say that there would be a number of “major initial charter members” that would help introduce TCP when the service launches in early 2011.

With any paywall scheme, there are a number of important questions. How much access will users have to these sites? Which sites are involved in TCP’s network? Will consumers have to pay for sites even if they are not interested in subscribing to them? How will these network partners agree to share revenue? Is shared revenue a sustainable model?

Restrepo admits that “our solution isn’t going to be right for everyone.” As he puts it, TCP needs to “experiment before it can draw any hard conclusions.”


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BY Austin Carr

The Content Project

How much content are you willing to pay for online? That’s what providers from publishers to media outlets want to know as they gear up to launch subscription services. Hulu and the New York Times are just two of the many experimenting with paywalls. But the idea has yet to become viable among consumers who are used to free, ad-supported content. Leer más “Ad Giant Thinks You’ll Pay for Media Again With the Content Project”

2010’s Most Imitated Web Businesses


By: Tina Dupuy

The Net is rife with the sincerest form of flattery. Facebook for movie fans? (Really?) Here are 2010’s most-imitated Web businesses. Which copycats look like winners?… Leer más “2010’s Most Imitated Web Businesses”