When an Apple person reviews Oranges

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“This thing called Orange doesn’t look like Apple, doesn’t have Apple color, it doesn’t taste like Apple, an Apple can have a worm, but this Orange thing can’t even tolerate a worm”.

Here we go again. Another Microsoft Hardware/Platform launch, followed by rounds of Reviews from people who has little or no interest in Microsoft, neither do they use Microsoft’s products as goto tools in their daily routine. Continue reading

Mirror’s Edge (GAME) FOR IOS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Okay, so Mirror’s Edge is one of them. I really enjoy playing this game on my iOS device. It is a touch version of the popular console and PC running and action game with a female lead. The mechanics are fun and smooth. The entire experience is really enjoyable.

Download Mirror’s Edge for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Mirror’s Edge for the iPad

Description

“With crisp visuals and sharp gameplay, you dear Mirror’s Edge are the fairest iPad launch game of them all.” – Tracy Erickson, PocketGamer.com

“Mirror’s Edge is not just one of the top launch games for the iPad, it’s also a damn fine game, period.” – Levi Buchanan, IGN.com

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF MIRROR’S EDGE
Grab hold of the cutting-edge gaming power of your iPad as you bolt into action as Faith Connors – an underground “Runner” who must stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers.

RACE HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. FRIENDS
Using the incredible split-screen interface, challenge friends on time and tactics in 2 Multiplayer modes. Outrun them with the fastest time in Race Maps, or outmaneuver them on a city hunt to uncover secret packages embedded in multiple Rival Maps.

SIGHT, SOUND & ACTION TAKE A LEAP FORWARD
See and feel the iPad difference as you run up walls, slide down ramps, ride zip lines, and hurdle between rooftops. Pound through a visually stunning HD cityscape flooded with realistic sounds, a pulsating soundtrack, and dynamic camera angles.

14 LEVELS OF INCREASING INTENSITY
In single-player campaign mode, think fast on your feet, engage in furious hand-to-hand combat, elude your enemies, and push yourself to the very edge. Mirror’s Edge on iPad puts it all out there. Once you experience it, you won’t look back.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

The Sims™ Medieval (GAME) FOR IOS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Here’s a goodie! We have The Sims Medieval on the list. This is the latest in the series of Sims game by EA/Maxis that allows users to simulate a family of their dream.

Download The Sims Medieval for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download for the iPad

Description

GET MEDIEVAL WITH THE SIMS™! Your favorite lighthearted Sims universe is going old-school – back to the times of castles, kings, jesters and knights!

DELVE INTO A MAGIC STORY-DRIVEN WORLD
Create your hero and determine your Sim’s destiny in this new fantasy. From serf and squire to Lady and Lord, role-play even as a Vampire! Immerse yourself in a dramatic adventure where the possibilities are endless.

QUEST YOUR WAY TO DESTINY
Complete quests to propel your Sims onward. Master skills and make wizardly potions like a death potion – or a love potion. Join parties across a richly detailed medieval realm, or test your skills with features like combat and fishing.

LONG LIVE THE SIMS MEDIEVAL™ ON iPHONE & iPOD TOUCH
View all the feuding, feasting and frivolity with the visual glory of the Retina Display.
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Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Flight Control (GAME) FOR IOS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Check out Flight Control, a popular game that made it into the selection.

Download Flight Control for iOS

Description

✈ NEW: STORM AIRFIELD! ✈ REWIND FEATURE! ✈
Flight Control is a must-have App Store classic. It’s the incredibly simple, yet insanely addictive worldwide #1 game from Firemint that invented the “line drawing” genre. Over 4,000,000 copies sold – don’t miss out, play all six unique maps in the original and best today!
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✈ Macworld awarded Flight Control an extremely rare 5 out of 5 mice: “The unique gameplay is perfectly suited to the device, and I am hopelessly addicted.”
✈ Pocket Gamer: “Flight Control is one of those essential games that you’ll continually return to and will remain on your iPhone forever”
✈ Touch Arcade: “the winning balance of easy pick-up gameplay, ramping difficulty and tickling the need to try ‘just one more time’”
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Air traffic control is the world’s most stressful job, but not for you. You don’t need heading angles, flight rules or meteorological reports, you’re a natural! A prodigy! A born controller!

✔ Incredibly easy to learn! Just touch and drag the aircraft to their landing zones and avoid collisions.
✔ Insanely addictive – it only takes a minute to get started, but it’s impossible to stop!
✔ NEW MAP – Storm Airfield! A thunderstorm is wreaking havoc, striking aircraft with lightning – zapped aircraft cannot be redirected for a short time!
✔ NEW FEATURE – Rewind! Purchase rewinds to turn back time – revert disaster and earn higher scores
✔ Fly solo, or share landing duties with a friend – online via Game Center on iOS4.2, over local Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth
✔ Turn on the voice chat option to talk with the other controller when in online multiplayer mode (off by default)
✔ Aim for a new personal best or compete against other Flight Controllers in online leaderboards
✔ Earn achievements when you complete challenges, including the new ‘Thunderstruck’ achievement for the Storm Airfield
✔ Visit all 6 airfields including Beach, Original, Windy, Australian Outback, Aircraft Carrier and the new Storm Airfield each with unique characteristics and challenges!
✔ Featuring 10 aircraft types including jets, helicopters and seaplanes!
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So welcome aboard, please sit back, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the mayhem – treat yourself and buy Flight Control now, or surprise a friend and Gift This App!
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ⓘ For the latest inside info from Firemint, join us on our site, Facebook or Twitter! Please report bugs on our support site so we can assist you – visit http://www.firemint.com for links and details.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Dead Space (GAME) FOR IOS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. One of these games is Dead Space, a si-fi shooter with multiple game modes!

Download Dead Space for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Dead Space for the iPad

Description

“BEST MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR!” ( 2011 Meffy Awards)

AN ORIGINAL DEAD SPACE STORY DESIGNED FOR iOS
Featuring hardcore gameplay and a rich audio experience, immerse yourself in events that unleash the Necromorph horde again – and set the stage for the horrifying action of Dead Space 2. Hailed by fans and critics, this stunning vision of the Dead Space franchise is truly a landmark “must-play.”

ENTER SURVIVAL MODE FOR THE NASTIEST NECROMORPH RUSH YET
With two engrossing channels of gameplay, Survival Mode offers as much strategic dismemberment as you can stomach. Hack and shoot your way through 4 maps in both ENDLESS and “5 MINUTES TO KILL” modes. Bring in weapons, suits, and ammo from Story Mode, rack up big combos, and earn more credits!

A CHARGED SENSORY EXPERIENCE
Featuring a fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects, we recommend experiencing the game with headphones for full immersion. Cutting-edge visuals, rich in effects and atmospheric lighting, reproduce the cinematic horror of the console experience.

INTUITIVE CONTROLS FOCUS YOU ON THE ACTION
The on-screen HUD is seamlessly integrated into the game. Navigate 6 varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls.

INTRODUCING 2 EXCLUSIVE WEAPONS & FEATURING CLASSIC MODULES
Access the all-new Plasma Saw and Core Extractor, plus 3 more weapons from the Dead Space universe – and get on with the business of strategic dismemberment. Also utilize Kinesis and Stasis Modules well-known to players of the console game.

INSTANTLY BUY & DOWNLOAD UPGRADES – INCLUDING THE ALL-NEW HEAVY PULSE RIFLE
Enhance weapons and more with additional Power Nodes. Increase offensive and defensive capabilities with Weapon Output and Armor Integrity Modules. Or get the Credit Booster to scavenge more credits from dismembered Necromorphs.

FANS & CRITICS AGREE: DEAD SPACE FOR iOS IS ONE KILLER GAME…

“…a wholly original and terrifying experience splattered in deep gameplay, outstanding graphics, and chilling audio.” (App Store iPhone Game of the Week)

“5 STARS …a game-changer as far as 3D action games go on iOS platforms.” (Ryan Rigney, GamePro Editors’ Choice)

“4/4 MUST HAVE …all the limb-slicing action, Retina Display crispness, nail-biting audio and run-for-your’s-life thrills you could want…” (Chris Reed, Slide To Play)

** NOTE ON SURVIVAL MODE DEVICE COMPATIBILITY – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? Survival Mode is ONLY compatible with 3Gs devices or above. This mode will not appear in the game when played on 1st or 2nd generation devices. **

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Peggle (Game) for iOS FREE for a Limited Time!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. First up, is Peggle, a classic hit by PopCap.

Download Peggle for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Peggle for the iPad

Description

Shoot to clear all the orange pegs from 55 sparkling levels in what msnbc.com calls one of the “top 5 most addictive games of all time.” Become a Peggle Master and pit your skills against over 40 Grand Master Challenges. Rack up bonus points and hit style shots that will make you smile for weeks.

Game Features

FOUR WAYS TO PLAY
Clear all the levels and train with the Peggle Masters in Adventure mode. Revisit your favorite levels in Quick Play. Face off with friends or your iPhone or iPod touch in Duel. Unlock Challenge mode and prove that you have become a Peggle Master.

ACTION ON MANY LEVELS
Raise the Fevermeter in spectacular, colorful levels including snow banks, tulip fields and outer space.

MASTER MAGIC POWERS
Hone your skills with the help of 10 Peggle Masters and learn their magical skills.

EXTREME PRECISION WHEEL
Fine-tune your aim to bust more pegs with every shot.

COOL NEW STYLE SHOTS
Rack up more bonus points with tricky shots like Off the Wall, Double Long Shot and Eye of the Pyramid.

TROPHY ROOM
Build a shrine to your own awesomeness in the new Peggle Trophy Room.

SAVE AND REPLAY YOUR BEST SHOTS
Relive your Peggle glory and show your friends your most spectacular shots!

Classic Peggle background music is now available during gameplay!

MORE COOL FEATURES
-Optimized for faster, smoother play and improved frame rates.
-Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

This is potentially first, free, first person racing game to come to the Windows Store. There is a paid version, and a free version. Curiously, you can convert the free version to the paid version, yet it will still be called Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite.

Description

With over 15 million players worldwide, the #1 Drift game on the App Store is finally back! Drift Mania Championship 2 delivers the ultimate drift experience with its highly addictive gameplay and next generation graphics.

Start a drift career or compete in a drift battle tournament or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. Upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual mods. Complete over 60 achievements in career mode. Challenge drivers from all over the world using the global leaderboards.
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HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHICS
Drift Mania Championship 2 includes next generation 3D graphics specially optimized for your hardware to provide you with the best drifting experience.

UPGRADE YOUR RIDE
Upgrade your ride by installing aftermarket performance products from licensed brands including Royal Purple, K&N, Magnaflow, Centerforce, Whiteline and Mishimoto.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAR
Fully customize your vehicle appearance with body kits, custom wheels, windows tints and spoilers. Make it your one of a kind drift beast!

TUNER FRIENDLY
Adjust different aspects of your car including the suspension, steering sensitivity, gear ratio and weight distribution to suit your own driving style.

BECOME A DMC CHAMPION
Complete the career mode which includes over 13 drift circuits, 60 achievements and 48 performance upgrades to unlock. Gain cash to upgrade your favorite ride with visual and performance mods.

DRIFT BATTLE
Start a drift tournament, compete in tandem against an opponent while making your way to the finals!

ONLINE & LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MODE
Challenge your friends to a drift battle!

LEADERBOARDS
See your ranking against other players worldwide using the DMC online leaderboards. Submit your high scores and expose your accomplishments to the world.
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Drifting is the act of maneuvering a vehicle through corners at speeds and angles that exceed the vehicle’s grip. A drift is when a driver performs a controlled slide through corners while adhering to the racing line. Drifting involves fast cars, super skilled drivers and hardcore fans.

It’s a combination of driving skill, style and showmanship. It’s all about loss of the rear wheel traction while keeping the race car in total control. Drifting is so popular because it brings all the best aspects of motor sports into one package. Highly skilled drivers control a high powered street car past its limit, sideways at high speed, burning rubber. It can’t get any better!
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•Available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese

SUPPORT: http://driftmania2.com
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FOLLOW US: twitter.com/ratrodstudio

Features

  • Supports Windows tablet and desktop mode
  • Online and local multiplayer modes
  • Xbox controller support
  • Variable throttle bar system or pedal accelerator controls
  • 13 high-performance vehicles with unique specs
  • 13 drift circuits to master from different locations
  • 48 performance upgrades per vehicle
  • Hundreds of visual mods including body kits, spoilers, window tints, wheels and custom paint job
  • Tuning mode to adjust all aspects of your vehicle
  • 3 level of difficulties
  • 5 race camera configurations
  • Soundtrack from A’n’R Music Limited including songs from Templeton Pek and KNGDMS
  • Exclusive content including drift event photos
  • Accelerometer and virtual wheel steering mode

Fully customizable controls including element repositioning and sensitivity adjustments

Download it here: Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

Get Plants Vs. Zombies FREE on the iPhone within the Next Few Hours

I know we are a Microsoft focused site, but a good deal is a good deal. The ever popular game by PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies is being given away for FREE for the next few hours at the time of this writing! So, if you are reading this, grab it now if you have an iPhone, iPod, or even an iPad. This app goes is usually sold for $2.99, but it’s free now! Grab it while you can!

Description

***APPLE’S APP OF THE WEEK – NOW FREE!***
Winter is fading away, and spring is quickly approaching… just like that horde of zombies!
Dig into one of the most popular games ever on iPhone and iPad. Discover the joys of pelting zombies with peas and mulchifying zombies all around your house. Best of all, it’s free!
WINNER OF OVER 30 GAME OF THE YEAR AWARDS*
“Truly ingenious” – New York Times “Titles this good don’t come around often” – Destructoid “Editor’s Choice – 9/10” – IGN
Plants vs. Zombies™ was spawned from the fertile minds that created Bejeweled®, Peggle®, Zuma® and Bookworm®.
Get ready to soil your plants as a mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Use your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants — peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more — to mulchify 26 types of zombies before they break down your door.
Game Features:
50 FUN-DEAD LEVELS Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool, on the rooftop and more! Replay levels in the all-new Quick Play arena.
NOT YOUR GARDEN-VARIETY GHOULS Battle zombie pole-vaulters, snorkelers, bucketheads and more. Each has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all.
SMASHING FUN Try to survive all 9 unique levels as you battle zombies hiding in vases. It’s smashing fun!
SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ZOMBIE Be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds. Zombies love brains so much they’ll jump, run, dance, swim and even eat plants to get into your house.
FIGHT LONGER, GET STRONGER Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy a pet snail, power-ups and more.
GROW WITH YOUR GAME Earn 44 awesome achievements and show off your zombie-zapping prowess.
COIN PACKS Need coins for great new stuff? Buy up to 600,000 coins right from the Main Menu.
MORE COOL FEATURES – Full Retina display support—zombies have never looked prettier. – Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking. – Loads of performance enhancements and bug fixes.
*Original Mac/PC downloadable game.
Discover More Plants vs. Zombies Fun: Follow us on twitter.com/PlantsvsZombies Find us on http://www.facebook.com/PlantsversusZombies
More Apps from PopCap: BEJEWELED®  – Match sparkling gems in the world’s #1 puzzle game. PEGGLE® – Clear the orange pegs in this epic blend of luck and skill. BOOKWORM® – Feed your appetite for fun in THE brain-tickling word puzzle game. CHUZZLE® – Slide and match cute, cuddly — and surprisingly explosive — furballs. BEJEWELED® BLITZ – Enjoy one minute of endless gem-matching awesomeness.
POPCAP MAKES LIFE FUN Follow us on twitter.com/PopCap Find us on facebook.com/PopCap Visit us at PopCap.com

Download from the App Store

Debunking the Chris Pirillo’s Negative Surface Review Video

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Someone sent me today a link to Chris Pirillo’s YouTube page comparing MS Surface with the iPad shown below:

Chris Pirillo’s video comparison of Surface with ‘New iPad’

Chris as usual was negative about MS product and recommends people not buy the Surface, he based his argument on the browser test he did at the Peacekeeper browser test page of Futuremark. Naturally I was curious about his comparison. I also have a tablet, a Core i5 x86 tablet that smokes an iPad in terms of performance with the following specification:

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So I went to the Peacekeeper browser test page and did a test of my system. You can imagine my surprise when it came back with the following result:

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You are telling me an ARM tablet called iPad is faster in performance than a Core i5 x86 device? Are you kidding me? Of course, there is no knowledgeable soul on earth that will believe this report. You then have to ask yourself, what this site is actually testing. For one, not all test were done in IE10 because the browser was blocking the Add-In used in the measurements. I counted at least four tests that were skipped. Note the “HTML5 Capabilities 2/7” given under my 374 score above, on Chris’ test Surface had 3 of 7 tested. So if IE10 is protecting users by blocking shitty Java add-ins, it is punished by this Peacekeeper page? And this is the problem with the internet these days. You don’t get the warning that the tests on Microsoft’s platform was incomplete, users are not warned and test results refused because it is no more a fair test. I for one don’t run anything Java. I am of the opinion Java is a gaping security hole on any system. If you don’t believe me, see Kaspersky’s IT Threat Evolution Report page. I just cleaned a Neighbor’s PC this weekend, all Java Trojans! Java should be banned on any system period.

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So I am presented with an incomplete result. Even the Surface is faster than my Core i5 Tablet! And this is the convoluted world we on the Microsoft platform live in these days. We have to deal with un-informed popular opinion. Even the so called “Experts” have no clue about the technology they are talking about. Hello Mr. Chris Pirillo, after this test on the Peacekeeper page, to be fair, you should also have done a test on Microsoft’s IE Browser Test Drive page. I am sure you would see a different performance report. Take the de-facto FishBowl test with 10 Fishes, how many FPS are you getting on both Surface and iPad? Then take the Particle Acceleration Test, what is the Score on both Surface and iPad? I am getting 25FPS for FishBowl and 15000avg for Particle Acceleration on my Tablet.

There you have it. A test based purely on HTML5! No Add-In, no extra web-kit optimized pages. Just pure HTML5 which is the future standard of Internet. What are you getting as score? Unfortunately, I am yet to receive my Surface device and I don’t have an iPad to test with. So I am calling on you normal people using both of these devices to do a test for yourselves. Please go to the Test Drive page and run the FishBowl and the Particle tests, let me know what scores you are getting on Surface and iPad. Know the truth, and the it will set you free as the saying goes. We cannot depend on the so called “Tech Press” anymore as most of them are just opinion shapers these days. They have vested interests that determine their vision. Most of these Tech journalists, if you can call them that, have Apple Stocks, and they will do everything to shape popular opinion to the advantage of their Stock Portfolio. They should now make it a law that any Blogger give a full disclosure of their affiliations and Stock Portfolio. Period.

Please do the tests if you have a Surface and an iPad and come back here to give your findings in the comments below. Thanks for helping rid the world of FUD against Microsoft.

[Update 2012-11-06]
All, please see the response of the Peacekeeper product manager here below in the Comments. He indicated that the test at the Peacekeeper page is not using any Java Add-Ins etc, but based purely on JavaScript language that IE10 also supports. So that clears a bit of the riddle at the moment. However, the question still remains, what are the influence of the Tests skipped in IE. Does this contribute to the Score? I definitely think so. If that is the case, this Test is actually testing Browser performance (also indicated by the product manager here below) and therefore is not a device performance test like Chris makes the world believe. The Story continues.

P.S. You may not be aware but Chris has made another video test with Microsoft IE FishIE Tank test in which the iPad still obviously beat the Surface. Can anyone confirm this also? Thanks All.

Splashtop Remote Desktop App has arrived in the Store!

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Ladies and gentlemen, Splashtop is a GO for the Windows 8 Desktop! The company that was making a splash with Touch-access to Windows 8 desktop from within the iPad has decided also to make the same available from within Windows 8 desktop. Now you can reach your modern or old Windows Desktop now from your Windows 8 tablet. Also you can stream HD video and games up to 30FPS to your devices now. For most of you of course Splashtop Inc. needs to introduction. The following is the full details of the description and features of the app as stated in the Store:

Access Microsoft Word remotely

Access your Mac on Windows 8 tablet

Description:
Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Windows PC or Mac remotely from your Windows 8 tablet, anywhere, anytime!
Over 7 million users are enjoying Splashtop apps today, and you should too!

★★★★★ CES 2012 Best Mobile App Award
★★★★★ “Both a breakthrough and a bargain.” — The New York Times
★★★★★ “For simple access to a remote computer, Splashtop is hard to beat.” – CNET
★★★★★ “If you need to emulate your Mac or Windows desktop… Splashtop is one of the easiest ways to do it.” – WIRED
★★★★★ “Splashtop is your best bet.” – LAPTOP

Splashtop Remote Desktop for Windows 8 will give you tablet-to-PC or tablet-to-Mac remote access support with full audio and video over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks.
Go everywhere with just your Windows 8 tablet without having to carry your computer!
Besides Windows 8 tablets, Splashtop is also available for iOS and Android devices.

Requirements:
Install the free Splashtop Streamer on the computer you wish to connect to – supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP (including Home Premium), as well as Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leopard or Lion is required for Mac users)

Features:
Enjoy high-definition movies and videos (up to 30 frames per second), streaming from PC or Mac
Play interactive 3D games with low latency such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, or EA Sports games
Setup with ease through its simple, intuitive interface

I know a lot of you are interested in this app, so what are you waiting for? Download the app now via the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/a3d281b1-fff3-4319-9c5a-717cade64658

The King is freaking Naked! – Debunking the Retina Hype

Configuring Retina – Courtesy The Verge

I have decided to stick my neck out here and swim against the tide. Yesterday, Apple released another “Retina” device and of course the usual pandemonium in the tech world as expected.

Since Retina made its debut I have been watching the Tech blogosphere go gaga with ooo’s and aaa’s but I haven’t seen anyone compare the advantage of Retina to its disadvantage. The only advantage is the DPI density, that you can look at you pixel to so called “infinity” and still not notice any jaggedness of fonts and pictures etc. You know what, I am writing this on standard resolution screen, I don’t notice any jaggedness in this Word document. I haven’t noticed jaggedness since ClearType technology and its variations in other OSes.

So what’s the point? Looking with naked eyes (or with four eyes it you wear glasses) you can’t see jaggedness on anything above 100DPI. You will have to do your best at that level to see anything wrong with the screen, and by the time you reach 150DPI its just a waste of pixel density. I know some of you will crucify me, and cite headaches and all at anything below 200DPI, you know what, it’s just an excuse to your partner to buy yet another addictive device. Yes, you can’t see any difference anymore with naked eyes after 150DPI. Do you know how they show the difference between normal DPIs and Retina display on all Tech sites? They show the difference under a microscope. Yes, under a freaking microscope. Tell me, which of you do your day-job under a microscope looking at your computer display. It’s plain nuts!

Which brings me to Retina’s disadvantages:

  1. Like almost all Apple’s products, it is a brag right! Yes, there is nothing to Retina than to brag my d@#ck is bigger than yours. Anyone who has a need to brag as such should see a shrink because you are compensating for a need in your life.
  2. It is inefficient. Because of increased resolution, there are more wasted pixels on the screen. These pixels have to be powered, supplying power to something you don’t need is inefficient, it’s a waste of resource, and environmentally irresponsible. The power you supply to these pixels have to be generated which impacts the environment. By the time you take the energy to power those extra pixels and multiply it by the number of Retina devices, you begin to realize we are talking of serious impact on our planet. Like they say, “if you don’t do it for your money, do it for your grand-children”. The next generation bears the brunt of our current obsessions with devices. Retina is so inefficient that it requires more battery on the “New iPad” than iPad2, grows hotter than iPad2, has less battery-life than iPad2, etc etc.
  3. Requires Apps Re-Writes. It is a normal cry now, anything that sports “Retina” display has to have the “right” apps for it. Sad that none of the Tech blogs are calling Apple to this inefficiency: Apple creates a problem where none exists, and therefore has to be fixed by devs. The following logic hold if you can figure it out:
    1. When you put high resolution on a small screen, your screen elements suffer if it doesn’t scale. It’s a simple question of proportions. The screen elements are made to a certain specifications, especially on a Touch device. A button in an App need to be a certain size to accommodate an average finger size. Certain font sizes are chosen for readability per DPI. So what happens when you increase resolution and your elements are fixed, they seem tiny and unreadable on the small screen. Therefore elements have to be made bigger. For example, a 320×240 standard graphic element now has to be made 640×480 to be made usable on a retina screen and so on and so forth. You get the picture. A size 10 font has to be made size 20 font to be readable. All for nothing, just because someone convinced you higher resolution on a small screen is better.
    2. App devs need to drive more pixels for games on a small screen. Can you imagine, you are playing an HD, Xbox level resolution game on one third or fourth of the screen estate. It’s a waste. Its lots efforts to make the elements visible on the screen. The game still looks small despite the fact that it’s a large resolution game.
    3. I can’t think of any more disadvantages off the top my head at the moment, but I am sure you will think up of other. If you comment, I’ll add them here.
    4. [Update] Someone pointed out another disadvantage offline: The manufacturing cost, not in terms of price, but in terms resources needed to produce it. All the energy waste during production, and the waste materials and chemicals from the production that will probably end up dumped in the ocean somewhere.

So please stop this Retina screen madness and see Retina for what it is: A sales gimmick. Nothing more, nothing less. There are people clamoring now for Retina Windows 8 devices, believe me, you don’t need them. If Apple has succeeded in pocketing every blogger out there (I know most of them are pushing their Apple stock), then let it be that this “little fella” here have the nerve to shout it out loud: “The King is freaking Naked!” Save our environment, stop inefficient use of Technology.

[Update: 2012-07-09] For those of you bashing me on my stand on Retina, you’d better read this from the CIO Journal! “Apple withdraw from Green Electronics initiative”  Apple has just removed itself from the Green Electronics initiatives as none of its current devices meets the goal of energy efficiencies. And before it is hit by class action suits, Apple has decided to withdraw itself there losing permanently the Good for Green logo right.

[Update: 2012-08-04] Engadget carried a piece about Retina and Windows Desktop that I think confirmed my assertion in this post. What really got my attention is the following quote:

Windows on Retina display
Making full use of the Retina display’s 2,880 x 1,880 resolution, the Windows desktop is startlingly huge with tiny text and dwarfed navigation buttons lost within it. Pegging the dpi at 200 percent, however, strikes a balance between readability and definition. System text, icons and windows are easy on the eyes, but third-party apps are hit-or-miss, as they require developer support for large, crisp and readable visuals. With a bit of tweaking, the oversized-desktop is useable, but a 1,920 x 1,080 experience is a bit easier on the eyes, and is more forgiving of apps that lack support for the extra pixels.

As you can read, the large Desktop on a small screen is a waste, the editors had to increase the fonts DPI to 200 to be able to read anything on the screen. Navigation buttons were “dwarfed” making them un-usable. So you tell me what is the efficiency of a large Desktop on a small screen in which you have to increase the screen elements to be able to see anything. I think its stupid.

[Update: 2012-08-11] A guy just published the complete maths of 20/20 Vision and Retina proving my point. Read it and convince yourself Retina is just a gimmick to sell you expensive devices.

New iPad vs iPhone 4: Photo Comparison

The New iPad has been out for a little over a month now and many reviewers have raved over it. But one feature that has been underestimated on the new edition to the iPad family is the iSight camera.  Continue reading

Happy Birthday iPad! 2 Years of Revolutionary Innovation Down

On April 3, 2010 the US experienced the release of the first iPad. As we reported 2 years ago, the iPad was 9.7 inches long and weighed 1.5 pounds. Over 300,000 iPads were sold on the first day in the US alone.

Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in a “sold-out” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. One of his firsts comments about the iPad was,

“We want to kick off 2010 with a truly revolutionary and magical product”

Though the starting price for the latest generation of the iPad has not changed there have been many changes over the course of the 3 generations. From the 1st generation to the 2nd users experienced a higher resolution screen, included camera, less weight, smaller frame and Apple’s A5 chip. From 2nd to 3rd generation Apple claimed they brought things to a whole new level. With now “more pixels than a HD TV”, A5X Chip, increased camera quality and the continued ability to have internet access through WIFI or wireless carriers. The iPad truly is one of Apple’s mosts distinguished and long lasting products.

“Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” – Steve Jobs

Learn more about the new iPad by checking out the links below:

Weighing the Pros and Cons of the New iPad

iPad3- Keynote

Apple took the stage on March 7th and said that the new iPad would be available in 9 days. Since the March 16th release date many negative and positive comments have been made about the iPad. Many say it was only made to give people something to “cling” to while waiting on the iPad 4 to come out with supposedly a whole new design and layout.  Now we’re unveiling the good, bad, and ugly features of the iPad [3].
One of the most talked about features of the new iPad is its ability to reach 92.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Not sure if that’s a world record for iPads yet but it has got to be close. When compared to the iPad 2 there is a 10 degree difference in the maximum temperatures reached by one another.

From a positive aspect on the iPad there’s always the astounding number of 2048×1536 pixels included in the new iPad. Many improvements in the iPad are centered around the the retina screen but there is also a downside to these pixels. When set on full brightness like many users prefer, it does quite a job on the battery. The president of DisplayMate recently conducted a study on the new iPad’s battery and found this

“With the iPad off or sleeping, it now takes 5.5 hours from a complete discharge to fully charged”

Rumors have it that some users have had ranges from 8-10 hours to charge the battery from 0%-100%. Apple was also questioned about the accuracy of the battery percentage display and Apple had this to say;

“That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like”

He’s speaking of the feature that keeps the iPad from “overcharging” or causing long-term damage to your iPad or other iOS device. As he says above this has been a long term design of iOS devices and will stay that way. Also keep in mind there is almost a full hour and a half difference between the iPad 2 charging time and the new iPad’s changing time with the iPad 2 in lead.

Be sure to visit these links to find out more about the iPad:

New iPad Overview: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/29/new-ipad-overview/#more-8280

Setting Up Your iPad: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/29/new-ipad-setup/ 

New iPad Unboxing: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/28/unboxing-new-ipad/