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Submission + - Why the Surface needs to be $500. (

vanstinator writes: The tablet war is in full swing with parties from all sides throwing tablets into an already-crowded market. At the top of the heap is Apple calmly updating the iPad roughly once a year with everyone else jockeying for the smaller 7-inch form factor trophy. At the far end of the party Microsoft is planning on shooting straight for the top both with Windows 8 and its homegrown tablet, Surface. A solid piece of hardware, the Surface looks to be the first real answer to Apple’s dominance since the days of the iPhone. An all in one package powered by an innovative and user friendly OS -this product hardly seems like something Microsoft would design. In the words of one journalist, “Hell froze over”. An apt description to say the least this may indeed be the biggest splash in the tech world in years save for one detail, nobody knows how much Microsoft is going to charge.
        The article included claims the price of the Windows RT tablet to be ~$1,000 –roughly the price of a mid-range laptop or ultrabook. A price like this is going to leave Microsoft dead in the water before the Surface even launches. The article, being a rumor as it is, is likely untrue. While either a clever marketing “leak” or just misinformation the backlash it received highlights a critical point in the upcoming product launch, Microsoft needs to do better than just price competitively. The base model of the Surface needs to cost under $500 to have a shot at getting a true foothold and user base. Microsoft has been tying all of their services together for the last year to make Windows 8 an integrated product with a decent media library behind it. The app store has likewise opened and is accepting submissions. Everything has been pieced together save for the hardware. This is arguably the most important product launch Microsoft will ever make and a bet the company is making on its very own future. For the sake of the consumer market Microsoft please, please price the Surface affordably. It’s a winner if you do. What do you think Slashdot?

Submission + - Gabe Newell brands Windows 8 a catastrophy ( 1

fragMasterFlash writes: Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people." He argued that one of the last remaining things keeping people away from Linux was the lack of games. Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux in a move that Newell describes as "a hedging strategy." If his predictions about Windows 8 come true, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality."

Submission + - Skydiver Leaps from 18 Miles Up in 'Space Jump' Practice ( 1

wooferhound writes: "A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today (July 25), moving one step closer to a so-called "space jump" that would set the record for the world's highest skydive.

Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his custom-built capsule at an altitude of 96,640 feet (29,456 meters) above southeastern New Mexico, officials with Red Bull Stratos — the name of Baumgartner's mission — announced today.

In today's jump, Baumgartner experienced freefall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a top speed of 536 mph (863 kph), project officials said. Baumgartner then opened his parachute and glided to Earth safely about 10 minutes and 30 seconds after stepping into the void."


Submission + - Anonymous Betrayed (

vanstinator writes: According to tech blog Gizmodo the leader of Lulzsec/Anonymous has been working with the FBI for at least 9 months. The string of arrests taking place around the globe can be attributed to 28-year-old New Yorker Hector Xavier Monsegur. Under the pseudonym "Sabu" he was nabbed last year by the FBI, it is unclear how long he has been working with the government.

Submission + - Dropbox releases revised TOS (

vanstinator writes: Today Dropbox has released a revised Terms of service Agreement due to the controversy caused by their latest update. This new version clarifies their position on data ownership and makes it very clear that you, and only you, have a right to your data. This is welcome news to any serious Dropbox user.

Submission + - Original Apple 1 up for auction, only $240,000 (

vanstinator writes: An original Apple 1, complete with manual, box, original software, even a letter from Jobs answering questions the customer had. Only 200 of these machines were produced in Jobs' garage, and each sold at $666.66. Anyone interested in this piece of important Apple history can get it at Christie’s in London on November 23rd.

Comment Lesson Learned (Score 2, Interesting) 91

The problem I always saw with the JooJoo was how Fusion Garage rushed it to market whilst in the middle of a complex lawsuit and the looming launch of the iPad. All the pieces could not have fallen together worse, yet they still pushed the launch. After the launch it was hardly better, the interface was buggy, laggy, and slow. It was lacking features, and was paled in comparison to the iPad. I can't help wonder what would have happened if they had taken more care in the product itself than worrying about who owned what.

JooJoo Tablet Dies, Fusion Garage Continues On 91

vanstinator writes "Due to heavy competition from the iPad and a less-than-stellar entrance into the market, Fusion Garage today released a statement saying that the JooJoo tablet is no more." Company founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan says that the company will move forward, but hasn't provided much information about future products. According to, "The JooJoo has had a short life and will be remembered more for the fighting it caused between Fusion and Michael Arrington than anything else. It started life as the CrunchPad and a collaboration between Arrington and Fusion Garage. Then Fusion cut Arrington out of the picture, the name was changed to JooJoo and the price increased from $200 to $500."

Submission + - JooJoo Tablet dies, Fusion Garage continues on. (

vanstinator writes: Due to heavy competition from the iPad and a less-than-stellar entrance into the market, Fusion Garage today released a statement saying that the JooJoo tablet is no more. Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan, founder of Fusion Garage did say that the company would be moving forward, although he did not allude to what future endeavors may bring about.

Submission + - Fermi telescope discovers giant structure in space (

digitaldc writes: The object spans 50,000 light-years, and it may be the remnant of an eruption from a super-sized black hole at the center of our galaxy.

"What we see are two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center," said Doug Finkbeiner from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who first recognized the feature. "We don't fully understand their nature or origin."


Submission + - Firefox 4 beta7 now includes JagerMonkey (

vanstinator writes: Mozilla's next generation web browser, Firefox 4, has been in development for quite some time, with a large focus on simplifying the UI and increasing speed. The latest beta, version 7, finals cashes in on the promise of increased speed as Firefox 4 is now using JagerMonkey, Mozilla's successor to TraceMonkey. The new javascript engine will propel Firefox back into prime-time with the likes of Chrome, Opera, and the upcoming IE 9.

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