Happy 30th Anniversary

Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh

For me, 1984 was the year of Van Halen’s wonderful [sic] album, The Right Stuff, and my second semester of college. It would also prove to be a time of enlightenment for me and computing. On this 30th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh on January 25 and the Superbowl commercial on January 22, I wanted…

Microsoft

Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $16.24 billion, $7.97 billion, $6.56 billion, and $0.78 per share, respectively. The following table reconciles these financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting…

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Larger “metal” iPhones for 2014

Both phones will reportedly be made of metal but will not feature curved displays, a feature recently rumored by another outlet. Development is reportedly farther along on the smaller of the two phones, which is being prepared for mass production. The larger phone is still said to be in preliminary development, though earlier reports would suggest…

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Bad Christmas for Nokia

Nokia says it sold 8.2 million Lumia phones last quarter. Lumia phones are the devices that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Lumia sales had actually been growing quarter over quarter in 2013, but saw a decline in the final quarter. It sold 8.8 million Lumias in Q3 2013. That’s a troubling stat since…

All photos by Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Mac Pro, the beast.

The “pro” in Mac Pro is there for a reason. With price tags that start at $3,000 and specs that make your average desktop look like an abacus, these have always been machines designed for those who need ridiculous amounts of processing power on a daily basis. The newly redesigned Pro doesn’t just deliver that…

The Nest learning thermostat is one of the new products acquired by Google's purchase of the smart home company. Photograph: Nest Labs Inc./EPA

Looking past the glitter, big names, and big money ($3.2bn)

First, the people. Tony Fadell’s team is justly admired for its design skills. They will come in handy if Google finally gets serious about selling hardware, if it wants to generate new revenue in multiples of $10bn (its yearly revenue is approximately $56bn now). Of course, this means products other than just thermostats and smoke…

cortana

Siri – It’s not you, it’s Cortana

“Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo about the company’s in-development voice AI. “Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding…