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Was the Courier Project really killed off or did it transform into the Surface, OneNote and Windows 8?

Six years ago before the Apple iPad there was rumor of a 7 inch dual screen tablet from Microsoft, the Courier project, two years later in 2010 that project was killed, but was it really killed?

It was rumored to be a device that supported multitouch gestures as well as a stylus and came with special applications for note taking and tight integration with the cloud. Does any of this sound familiar?

It is very interesting to see how the idea and mockups of the Courier transformed into the Surface Pro and the tablet computing flood that followed the accusations of vaporware. While the iPad made it to production and the Courier did not, the Surface Pro 3 lives up to Microsoft promise of the Courier in ways that the iPad has yet to do.

Four years ago I wrote a blog post expressing my disappointment when I heard that the Courier Project was killed, today I manage a fleet of Surface Pro 3 devices that run AutoCad, Revit and provide the note taking and entertainment features todays users have come to expect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=En9NaKqtwlE

Surface Pro 3 – They finally got it right

I just finished a report in Word and added charts from Excel (with a mouse attached, what a concept), connected to the office via VPN, placed the file on a network share, downloaded a PDF file, annotated that file using the pen and then attached it to an email while talking to my sister on Skype in split screen and sitting pool side. Priceless!

Microsoft is listening and reacting to user feedback (refreshing), the kick stand that reclines all the way back, the bigger screen, thinner, lighter and keyboard they tilts up and can still be used as a cover, man this is fantastic!

For the people who negatively reviewed this device but didn’t really provide any reason, I say nice try iCrap fans, you can’t even come up with one good reason that the iPad is better and don’t even start with the millions of apps crap, there are decades worth of quality applications that one can install on this “real computer” and all the peripherals that I have already invested in work (USB keys, printers, monitors, etc.).

 

Most tablets on the market are just companion devices that people carry along with or instead of their main computer and then struggle to get the content off and onto their main computer, this is a main computer replacement with the size and the cost of most companion devices. You can take it with you, take pictures or video while out and about, come home and connect your monitor and other peripherals and keep working.

This is more than just a happy customer raving, this is someone who is thankful to be free of the restrictive iCan’t and Android world in which you had to find workarounds for everything that you used to be able to do if you wanted a tablet.

Bravo Microsoft, well done!

 

 

Xbox One Voice commands

System Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox on Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox turn off Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command
Xbox select Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing
Stop listening Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during casual conversation
Xbox help Shows help menu with available options
Xbox use a code Triggers Kinect code scanning for QR codes
Xbox show notifaction Shows on-screen notification(s)
Identity Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox sign in/out OR
Xbox sign in as [person]
Signs in/out an Xbox Live member
Gaming Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox record that Records the previous 30 seconds of gameplay
Xbox start a party Launches the Party app in Snap mode
Volume Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox volume up/down
Xbox mute/unmute
Controls volume of TV set
Navigation & Multitasking Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox go Home OR
Xbox show my stuff
Returns to Home
Xbox go to [activity] Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications and sections of the dash
Xbox show menu In full screen: shows menu for whatever is on the screen. At Home: shows menu for whatever is in the current window
Xbox go back Returns to previous screen or menu option
Xbox snap [app] Launches activity in Snap mode
Xbox unsnap Unsnaps activity in Snap mode
Xbox switch Switches control of activities in Snap mode and Fill mode
Communication Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox Skype [person] OR
Xbox call [person]
Launches Skype call, must be a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One
Xbox answer/answer without video Answers incoming Skype call
Xbox hang up End Skype call
Xbox send a message Sends message to your Xbox Live friends
TV Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox watch TV Launches cable or satellite TV from set-top box
Xbox watch [channel] Changes cable or satellite TV to specific channel when channel shortcuts are showing
Xbox show guide Xbox OneGuide Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers
Transport Controls Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind/faster/slower/skip forward/skip backward/next song/previous song Transport controls for media playback, play and pause also work for gameplay
Xbox play [music/video] Launches video and music playback
Bing & Internet Explorer Commands Xbox One Function
Browse to [website] Browses to the specific website when in Internet Explorer
Xbox Bing [name] Launches Bing and searches for the specific item(s)

CM9 Developers to all HP TouchPad owners – Surprise!

Did I call it or what? In my post yesterday (Android for the HP TouchPad gets an update, getting closer to Netflix working) I speculated that they were closer to getting Netflix and other video related bugs fixed and today they did.

HP TouchPad users who have been using Android CM9 are now much closer to having a fully functional tablet almost equivalent to the Galaxy Tab (in function only).

The last major issues to be resolved now are mic and the camera, this would enable the use of Skype and other video conferencing apps.

Congrats guys, that was wicked fast.

Follow this link to get your hands on CM9 Alpha 2 for TouchPad

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The Nook giveaway at FairyGodauthor.com ends Friday, head on over and click on the link in the upper right for a chance at winning.

Android for the HP TouchPad gets an update, getting closer to Netflix working

 

 

….but not yet.

 

 

Alpha 1 of CM9 was released with fixes for HD video (hardware video encoding) and better touch responsiveness, plus some rendering enhancements using the hardware’s 2D graphics core.

The big deal here is that HD video in YouTube no works.

The CyanogenMod 9 developers continue to pleasantly surprise us.
Keep up the good work guys! 

The E-Reader war is heating up

The latest salvo is from Barnes and Noble, they just launched a cheaper version of the Nook tablet to compete with the price of the Kindle fire ($199), they were able to shave $50 of the price by bringing the internal memory down from 16gb to 8gb. The previous model (Nook Color) is now $169 and the Nook simple touch is now $99.

The next round will be from Apple, as they prepare to announce the iPad3 to beat off the encroachment of the Android 4.0 tablets which have been slowly gaining ground and to position themselves for a defense against Windows 8 tablets which everyone expects to be welcomed into the business world more so than Apple products have been.

 

Don’t forget to visit FairyGodauthor.com for a chance at winning a Nook simple touch reader.

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