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New “Gotta-Gets” in Tech
Microsoft, Apple, and Android are vying for your consumer affection with new products they hope you simply gotta get!
Microsoft introduces Windows 8 and this time there is actually a few things to cheer about.
First, it uses the same touch-friendly interface that Microsoft uses in Windows Phone. Known as Metro, it features a mosaic of tiles that can be tapped to start up applications, and that often spring to life with photos, emails and other new content from the internet. Consider it “apple-influenced.” Additionally, Windows 8 is intended to run both on tablet devices operated exclusively through a touchscreen and on more traditional computers controlled mainly by a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft executives have promised that the software works equally well either way.
And Windows 8 users will be able to switch from the Metro interface to a more traditional-looking Windows desktop if they wish. Bill Flora, a former Microsoft designer who was involved in creating Metro, said Microsoft needed to give users both options because it doesn’t want to alienate the vast numbers of people who are used to the traditional Windows appearance. So while launching the new operating system is really about survival for Microsoft, it proves to still be relevant in a competitive field.
It was bound to happen. The internet has been buzzing over rumors of an iPad Mini in the works. Reportedly it’ll sport a 7-inch tablet viewed as a counter to highly successful and aggressively priced smaller tablets such as the Amazon Kindle. One report places the iPad Mini in the $249-299 price range, which would make it more expensive than the Kindle, but it would arguably be a much more capable device. And while we’re keeping our ears and eyes open for that, we all know what’s happening on March 7th!
Call it “iPad-3-da-monium” because March 7th marks the press conference where Apple is believed to launch iPad 3. While the corporation has been mum on the details, the image associated with the invitation was a clue of sorts. The event will take place in San Francisco, California at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Stay tuned.
And what about a really, smart-smart-phone?
The HTC One X by Android brings high quality camera phones and fast quad-core processing together really well. Rather than just blowing out specs, HTC is focusing on the finish, feel, and quality, from the eye-popping Super LCD 2 screen to the mega-fast HDR camera enabled by a new image chip. It might be too large for some with its 4.7-inch screen, but it’s a contender for Android’s best product of the year.
Nothing comes between the studio and your audio enjoyment. Thanks to Universal Beats Audio, the listening experience is deep, clear and rich—just like the artist intended. You can even snap a picture while shooting HD video.
So there you have it, as easy as 1-2-3 or Microsoft (8), iPad (3), HTC (1) X, your must-haves in technology for spring 2012.