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Microsoft looks for cool clue while Zune sings last song


Microsoft’s ill-fated Zune, that self-proclaimed “iPod killer” is inching closer to EoL (End of Life) hell. Will anyone notice, or even care? Not really. And will Microsoft lose their cool? You have to question whether they ever had any cool to lose in the first place…


Microsoft’s digital dilemma


Like most other major multinational companies, Microsoft is comprised of some exceptionally smart people. However, sprawling strategies and conflicting interdepartmental agendas have the unerring ability to undermine the best intentions of said smart folk — and Microsoft are by no means an exception…


Zune vs iPod: what next for the iPod, and what the hell can Microsoft’s Zune do about it? Part 3


With the recent generation of the iPod, Apple began offering games. What?! So didn’t Apple learn anything from the Pippin fiasco? Well, maybe they did learn something, and they’re puttin’ that learnin’ to use right now with the iPod. In the first installment, I looked at how the Microsoft Zune has had a bit of […]


Zune vs iPod: what next for the iPod, and what the hell can Microsoft’s Zune do about it? Part 2


Sometimes, technology is very predicable. Other times, technology isn’t so predicable. With regards to the former, the iPod seems destined to go full-screen. Why? Because it’s what people want. And all of the best technology follows the money. In the first installment, I looked at how the Microsoft Zune has had a bit of a […]


The game is on!


There was a time when a computer game was a simple enough affair. One of simple rules, a simple ‘platformer’ or ‘scroller’ with simple ‘baddies’ with even simpler if no-less annoyingly difficult to overcome abilities. There was this endlessly repetitive, formulaic simplicity that rather than detract from the experience, actually added to it. Then things […]