Tons of news on episode number 50. Are you looking for a Surface 2? We are too! So where are they and why are they not on the shelves for Christmas? New Apps for Windows Phone 8, and the big review from John on the Toshiba Encore. Did it beat the Dell Venue 8 Pro? Find out! We also give away a ton of stuff on the live show.
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The End of Microsoft Surface, FinsUpDNC Blog, December 18, 2013
The Truth About Microsoft’s Sold-Out Surfaces, Huffington Post, Timothy Stenovec, December 18, 2013
Microsoft Gets Its Tablet Strategy Right, Forbes, Panos Mourdoukoutas, December 17, 2013
Microsoft Can’t Win at the Expense of Apple and Google, The Motley Fool, Rick Munarriz, December 5, 2013
Microsoft’s Ballmer: Surface a ‘tougher’ bet than the Xbox, Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet, December 17, 2013 Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks turkey about Microsoft’s reasons for getting into the first-party hardware business, and why he thinks the company must remain a device maker.
Surface Pro 2 Firmware Issues – Firmware update for 12/10/13 is failing install on machines but if it does install is causing issues. Battery is biggest complaint.
Report claims Microsoft’s ‘Surface Mini’ to get Kinect-like features, NeoWin, John Callaham
Kinect-like face recognition, touchless control tipped for Surface Mini, BGR, Chris Smith, December 17, 2013
A Surface Mini Cowuld Be Risky, The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa, December 18, 2013
8-inch Asus Windows 8.1 tablet rumored with Wacom stylus for $299, The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
Microsoft expects to find a replacement for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer by early 2014, TNW, Nick Summers, December 17, 2013
Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014, The Official Microsoft Blog
Nokia Lumia 2520 = Mullet?
Nokia markets Lumia 2520 as the mullet of tablets Weird and wonderful, The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
Microsoft launches separate Xbox Music app ahead of Windows Phone 8.1¸ The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
Microsoft releases Xbox Video app for Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Central, Daniel Rubino, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Skype rival Viber launches a Windows 8 app, TNW, Jon Russell, December 18, 2013
Amtrak App, Windows Phone