ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:

  • Smartphone secrets
  • Window 7 sales back on
  • Windows 8: back to the future
  • Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 sales
  • The Yahoo / Microsoft search relationship
  • iOS 7 and Android adoption rates
  • iBeacon
  • Curved smartphone displays
  • Taxidermy chess
  • How the Digital Zone podcast is produced

Press the ‘PLAY’ button to listen to Digital Zone 290: Taxidermy Chess

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If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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Microsoft’s Xbox One is now on pace with Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft said today it has sold 2 million Xbox One units worldwide since the console launched last month. Microsoft reached the milestone in 18 days. The Xbox One’s sales news comes a week after Sony said that it has reached 2.1 million PlayStation 4 unit sales. That company took 15 days to reach that milestone. Microsoft said the Xbox One has so far sold more quickly than the Xbox 360, adding that the company is producing Xbox One units as quickly as possible to keep up with demand.

Windows 7 sales are coming to a close. As of October 30, 2013, Microsoft ceased selling boxed copies of Windows 7 at retail sores. OEMs can continue to sell PCs preloaded with Windows 7 until October 30, 2014. In a related story…Microsoft is now saying that date was posted in error. The new official word is that Microsoft still has yet to determine when the Windows 7 preload cut-off date will be. A spokesperson supplied the following statement explaining the mix-up: “We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information; however, some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined.’ We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available.”

In a related story, and as we’ve talked about on the podcast, Windows 8 is a very polarizing operating system. While many Windows users find it much faster and more stable than earlier versions of Windows, other users simply hate the Metro UI and wish it would go away forever. Paul Thurrott reports some good news for desktop users who feel spurned by Windows 8 and aren’t satisfied with the changes made with Windows 8.1: Microsoft is working hard to appease them. The most important change, as Thurrott hears it, is that Microsoft will finally be bringing back the full Start menu to the Windows 8.2 desktop mode. Unlike the current Start button that Microsoft added to Windows 8.1, the new Start menu will be much more like the one Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95. Thurrott also says that the new version of Windows will allow for Metro apps to run as floating windows on the desktop screen, something that users can only do right now if they’ve installed third-party applications such as ModernMix.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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Looks like Yahoo is more dependent on Microsoft than it lets on. Both companies are in the middle of a 10-year search partnership wherein Bing handles the Web crawling capabilities for Yahoo’s home page, while Microsoft gets to brand each Yahoo search results page as “Powered by Bing.” A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing recently made public showed that 31 percent of the company’s revenue last quarter was generated through its partnership with Microsoft. Current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer inherited the deal put in place by former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, has indicated her dissatisfaction with the search partnership even though a significant percentage of Yahoo’s revenue came via Microsoft. The deal, according to the terms, has certain “outs,” allowing each company to terminate it if it doesn’t meet certain financial expectations.

Apple has officially confirmed three-quarters of iDevices are now running iOS 7. Apple’s data is coming from visits to the App Store during a 7-day period ending on December 1. The numbers are in sharp contrast to Android, where the latest KitKat version (Android 4.4) is at just 1.1 percent and the previous 4.3 version of Jelly Bean at just 4.2 percent.

Apple will start using the iBeacon feature built into iOS 7 to be a personal shopper for customers on Friday at its 254 stores across the US. As long as you have Apple’s official Store app installed and allow the program to track your location, iBeacon can tell you about the products you’re near in the store, and provide order updates that can be shared with sales staff on the floor. One of the more interesting tools Apple has built into iBeacon is the ability to determine upgrade eligibility on the iPhone. When near an iPhone, Apple’s app will see if you’d like to upgrade to the newer version. The app will also check upgrade eligibility to determine if it’s a feasible move right now.
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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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The next set of iOS devices could come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but the latest Apple patent published on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website is the best evidence yet that the iPhone 6 will feature a curved display. The USPTO awarded the patent to Apple this past Tuesday, just over three years since the company originally filed for a “curved touch sensor.” In the patent, Apple describes its proposed method to form a curved touchscreen display while eliminating many of the current inadequacies of the process. By affixing a thin film to the flat, flexible substrate before applying heat and curving it, Apple believes it can strengthen the display and avoid warping the substrate all at once.

A study performed on behalf of Clean Master — a KS Mobile product – says they know what type of information people keep on the smartphones. It asked 1,000 apparently honest Americans what was the one thing on their smartphones that they hoped no one else would ever see. You would think it would be ‘very personal’ pictures of oneself. However, their research suggests that Americans have an even greater personal taboo: their bank information. A full 25 percent of respondents said they would be mortified to have this information be seen by someone else while ‘very personal’ photos only came in at 8 percent. The three groups of people who represent the greatest threat to cause the greatest embarrassment if they happened upon your smartphone are — in order — friends, children, and co-workers. Strangers and criminals are on the list but come much later.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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