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Microsoft says Android infringes on its patents, licenses HTC (update: talking to other Android manufacturers as well) {Engadget}

Apr 28th 2010 4:24AM @Camperton I don't see what the fuss is about. If HTC agreed the pay the license fee without going to court then there's no argument.

If this means that HTC Android phones can be better than they would be otherwise then that's great.

That's good for the consumer, HTC, Google and Microsoft.

There's nothing to stop Samsung / Sony / Dell / [insert Android manufacturer here] signing up to a similar deal ....

Breakfast Topic: What are you doing to protect your account? {WoW}

Jan 16th 2010 12:08PM @Mike

In what way are Blizzard games primarily developed for Mac?

Is it how they have a seperate team to ensure Mac Compatibility (see your WOTLK credits) ?
Or, how their tools are written in Win32? (see BlizzCon panel: http://www.wow.com/gallery/blizzcon-2009-wow-dungeons-and-raids-gallery/2228265/)?

See, if this was really designed primarily for a Mac, then their Mac OSX Job Postings probably wouldn't read:

"Port, debug, tune, and maintain multiple Blizzard Entertainment titles on Mac OS X".
(http://lists.apple.com/archives/Cocoa-dev/2008/May/msg01986.html)

So, I ask again, in what way are Blizzard games primarily developed for Mac?

Second Mr. T mohawk commercial launches {WoW}

Nov 22nd 2009 8:19PM It's just a bit of fun. Which, in a game, is not usually a bad thing.

This isn't the first non-Warcraft reference to enter the game. Mayor Quimby? Murloc Marine pet? Haris Pilton? etc...

Officers' Quarters: Partners in crime {WoW}

Oct 26th 2009 1:15PM It is up to the raid leader to decide the looting rules at the beginning of a raid.
A trusted Master Looter and "aware" raid leader will negate any of these problems.

Microsoft multitouch mouse prototypes in action (video) {Engadget}

Oct 7th 2009 5:45PM Phil,

Obviously you're waiting for your omnipotent leader Steve Jobs to tell you what is good and bad, but, what is being demonstrated here is new Mouse technology, not Multi touch screen technology.

Microsoft managed multitouch with Surface, and again with Second Light. However, multi-touch is not the answer to everything. Can you imagine navigating a 1st person shooter with just a multi-touch screen? Or editing a spreadsheet?

The mouse isn't going to go away anytime soon, so companies like Microsoft may aswell start to think about the next thing.

Would you rather they demonstrated that on a laptop with a bigger trackpad? How does that change the demo at all?


The next time Apple demonstrate publicly their prototypes ... oh wait.

Switched On: A tale of two tablets {Engadget}

Sep 22nd 2009 8:12PM Barry, do you actually know anything about Windows CE?
Millions of devices out there run CE with or without you knowing about it.

What are the choices:
- Apple don't yet have an open embedded OS
- With Linux the tool support is expensive, Embeded Linux "can" be free most dev houses buy the professional distros that cost alot of $$$ (Embedded Linux doesn' have the professional library support that Win CE offers)
- Custom OS (unless you've spent years in house developing your own custom OS and tools, this really isn't an option)

Microsoft on the other hand provide an OS that you can easily customise
- Using Platform Builder you can play around with the features you need (with source code)
- Build a new OS completely from the ground up
- Run on multiple processor types (x86 / ARM / Mips)
- Connect Visual Studio to a debug device and deploy code (.NET Compact Framework or Native, your choice)
On its 6th edition now its going strong, is very reliable (despite what you may think), doesn't cost an arm and a leg ($3 per unit) and its very easy to get in touch with the developers that made certain features to get support.

Almost all chip manufacturers supply Windows CE BSPs to solve any early driver issues. In my experience creating a CE device (and i've worked on many) is really easy and pain free. I spend time writing the software I need rather than play around getting the OS image right.

Now, what were you saying?

Breakfast Topic: Your Cataclysm Bucket List {WoW}

Sep 4th 2009 9:50AM Ambassador, Seeker, Loremaster, Explorer can all be done at the same time.

I managed Ambassador by doing the starting zone quests and just following through. Really simple, nice grind. I always had quests and things to do.

I did Northrend / Outland / EK / Kalim in that order. Got ambassador at the beginning of Kalimdor and Seeker half way through Kalimdor.

Explorer is something you can easily pick up on the way.

http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-achievements.xml?r=Dragonblight&cn=Myaxe&gn=Just+A+Game

Windows 7 RTM released to TechNet and MSDN {Engadget}

Aug 6th 2009 2:16PM 500k second, 1hr remaining.

Woop woop!

Apple: Jailbreaking encourages cell tower terrorism, "catastrophic results" {Engadget}

Jul 29th 2009 2:05PM What about any other Mobile Phone OS that can interact with a cell tower?

By taking this on face value, every mobile phone out there is capable of doing this. Google seems to be going out of their way to encourage people to download Android and flashing it to their owns. Microsoft distributes SDKs to anybody that wants to. I can write whatever software I want for Symbian OSs.

By Apple's logic are these other companies accidentally also encouraging cell-based terrorism (CBT from this point onwards, 10 points to whoever gets the reference)?

World of Warcraft on Windows 7 RC {WoW}

May 29th 2009 4:03PM Yes, it runs fine. I've been running WoW and Vent together on 7 since the RC was released to MSDN users a few weeks ago. Very smooth.