Something that is becoming more and more standard in most vehicles is an infotainment system of some kind. A few years ago, I was at an event where Ford was demonstrating a few of their vehicles with the Mircosoft Sync system. I was very impressed with what it had to offer and the way the interface appeared to work. So much so, that I purchased two new Ford vehicles within the next year.
After a few years now, I am not as impressed with the system. The are constant lags, and there never seem to be any updates for the system software. I know I have complained on more than one occasion that the system was flawed.
It appears that Ford has listened, or maybe this is something they have been working on for years anyway. Ford has announced that starting with 2016 year models, vehicles will now be running Sync 3 which will be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX software. I can surely say this is a very welcome upgrade to the vehicle’s infotainment systems. It does not appear that older vehicles will be able to upgrade, which really sucks for me.
According to Ford:
Although SYNC 3 is optimized for hands-free use, an all-new touch screen delivers an experience similar to a smartphone or tablet.
Quicker response to touch as well as voice commands and smartphone-like gestures including pinch-to-zoom and swipe are central to SYNC 3, along with crisp, modern graphics.
For more information on the new Sync 3 system, please see the Ford press release below.
The Microsoft Surface Pro has only been available for a few days and the team over at iFixit has already taken the $900 tablet / laptop apart. There were over 90 screws that were removed, which lead iFixit to rate the repairing a 1 (most difficult) out of 10 (easy). Even upgrading the SSD card would cause you problems, as there are a number of cables to deal with.
So, handle your Surface Pro with care! You can take a look at some images of the device completely gutted.
After watching Microsoft’s first ad for Surface I can tell you two things. The keyboard makes a loud noise when docking and you must be a dancer to use one. The ad actually looks more like a trailer for the next Step Up movie. All kidding aside Microsoft shows you nothing about the actual features of the product that releases on October 26. I am sure this ad will be short lived and more informational ads will be forthcoming.
Developing news, Microsoft has entered into a licensing agreement with RIM. This can go a number of ways. We are calling our contacts and will let you know as soon as we do.
RIM has licensed exFAT from Microsoft to allow them to store files up to five times larger on their devices memory and SDCards. This will allow easy handling of media files and large presentations when BlackBerry 10 is eventually released. Full press release below.
REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 18, 2012 Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. Read more
In January of last year Microsoft launched OneNote for the Apple iPhone, something we had to see to believe. Was Microsoft bringing Microsoft Office to Apple’s mobile device platform? Unfortunately the answer is no, we are two weeks from the end of the year and Microsoft has done nothing besides bring OneNote from the iPhone to the iPad.
OneNote looks awesome on the iPad’s large screen, but there is a large setback. You’re limited to 500 notes before you have to pay $15. OneNote for the iPhone has the same limitation, except after you reach your 500 note limit, you only have to pay $5 to continue with note taking. Even if you have deleted old notes you no longer need, you will still be required to pay after the 500 notes. OneNote keeps a count of how many notes you have created.
The real question is when or if Microsoft will release Office in all its glory to the iPad and iPhone?
Microsoft is asking their fans to Spend the Night with Windows Phone as the company is having events in New York City (Nov. 7th and 8th), Chicago (Nov.11th and 12th), Dallas (Nov. 16th and 17th), Los Angeles (Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st) and San Francisco (Dec. 6th and 7th).
The hottest devices deserve the coolest party. Be the first to see why everyone is buzzing about the latest Windows Phones and catch special performances from bands on the rise. Its our treat, but space is limited.
The event is free and open to anyone, but you must have a Facebook account to register. You must RSVP while spaces are limited. Follow this link and get your name on the list.
Time is running out if you are a SideKick owner still running on the Microsoft / Danger servers. This service will reach it’s end of life on May 31 and your SideKick will revert to being a basic phone with only text messaging capability.
T-Mobile has provided tools to save all of your data off the servers but remember you only have until the end of June and then your data is lost forever. The new Android based SideKick has been selling well for T-Mobile so if you are still running an old device you may want to plan your move soon and not wait until the 31st.