#XboxOneX goes head-to-head with #PS4Pro – an annotated infographic

The XBox One X, Microsoft’s souped-up update to its Xbox One console, is the latest weapon in its ongoing war with Sony, boasting 43 per cent more rendering power than the market-leading PS4 Pro. The hardware race between the PlayStation and XBox game consoles has been running for years, but Microsoft has been under pressure to overtake Sony, after the current generation PS4 steadily outsold the Xbox One following the launch of the two systems in 2013. E&T news reported on the Xbox One X announcement at E3 2017, the annual gadgets and gaming convention held in Los Angeles, USA. … Continue reading #XboxOneX goes head-to-head with #PS4Pro – an annotated infographic

Nominet and Microsoft to bring broadband to rural Africa – an annotated infographic

Nominet and Microsoft have announced a partnership to deliver broadband across the African continent, using Nominet’s TV white space database and dynamic spectrum-management technology, along with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, to bring low-cost terrestrial wireless broadband internet to remote and rural communities. Advances in TV white space broadband technology have allowed disused TV channels to be repurposed as wireless internet connections. E&T was at the recent IoT launch event for this Nominet and Microsoft collaboration. You can read that story in full on the E&T web site.  There’s a video and everything. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Nominet and Microsoft to bring broadband to rural Africa – an annotated infographic

Book review: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global impact – Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton

By Jade Fell “There’s a well-known saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and in Cambridge, you could say ‘it takes a cluster to raise a company.’” For nearly 40 years, a technological powerhouse has been growing in the English countryside. Nestled on the southern tip of East Anglia, Silicon Fen, also known as the Cambridge Cluster, may pale in popularity to its older, wiser sibling – Silicon Valley in California – but is of no less importance locally and indeed, globally. Widely acclaimed as a centre of excellence for knowledge and education, Cambridge is ranked as the … Continue reading Book review: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global impact – Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton

#Apple still the world’s most valuable brand – least surprising news story of the day – an annotated infographic

In a news revelation on a par with such unremarkable headlines as “Earth still round”, “Pope still Catholic”, “Bears still pooping in the woods” and “Kanye West still a complete tool” comes the announcement that Apple has once again retained its top spot as the world’s most valuable brand, according to consultancy Brand Finance. So, you’re telling us that Apple once again enjoyed both an embarrassment of riches and also a multitude of end-user warm fuzzies? No shizz, Sherlock. The concept of being a valuable brand is based on perceived commercial value, derived from a combination of brand strength and … Continue reading #Apple still the world’s most valuable brand – least surprising news story of the day – an annotated infographic

#Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

Ever-anxious to join in with what looks like a fun party to be at, Microsoft will shortly launch its own wearable device, according to Forbes. With the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung already making headlines and – more importantly – money out of the wearable technology sector, it was inevitable that Microsoft would chime in at some point with another me-too gadget of its own. Zune, anyone? According to the Forbes report, the device will be a smartwatch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and sync with different mobile platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android and it’s … Continue reading #Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

Games consoles 2014 – beyond the #PS4, #Xbox, #WiiU – an annotated graphic

Never mind your Sony Playstations, your Microsoft Xboxes and your Nintendo Wii-Us. Today’s infographic celebrates the lesser-known lights of the gaming world: the Ouya, the GameStick, the M.O.J.O., the Steam Machine and more. Whilst unlikely to have the gaming giants quaking in their pixellated boots, this is a refreshing crop of pretty cheap and plenty cheerful alternatives, attractive as both an entry-level introduction to modern gaming and as a left-turn adjunct to the big boys’ mainstream offerings’. It’s the gaming equivalent of crate-digging in an independent record shop. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Games consoles 2014 – beyond the #PS4, #Xbox, #WiiU – an annotated graphic

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, the outgoing CEO – an annotated graphic

Steve Ballmer: goodbye, “world’s worst CEO“. Today’s infographic paints a rather stark portrait of Microsoft’s stock market performance during Ballmer’s years as CEO. From a record high on the day Bill Gates stood down and Ballmer took over in January 2000, to something closer to half that value, the last 13 years have not been kind to Microsoft’s market standing and reputation – despite the company revenue actually tripling during that time. Way to go, CEO! And so it has come to pass that Ballsy will retire as CEO within the next 12 months. Good news/bad news, you decide. Still, … Continue reading Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, the outgoing CEO – an annotated graphic

#Google making money and hiding money – an annotated graphic

As we here in the UK are faced with a 100 per cent price hike in the cost of buying lottery tickets, such that we’re now looking down the barrel of having to spend twice as much money in the vain hope of winning enough money to escape what Homer Simpson memorably described as the drudgery of work and family, it’s always refreshing to hear about hyperglobalmegacorps trousering inordinate piles of money and then squirrelling it away overseas to avoid paying tax at home. Google is one such company, whose Chrome browser has also been revealed to now account for … Continue reading #Google making money and hiding money – an annotated graphic

History of video games from #Atari to #Xbox – an annotated graphic

With the gaming world apparently in equal parts excited, confused and meh about Microsoft’s recently announced XBox One, we thought we’d share this joyfully nostalgic infographic about the history of video games to remind us all of the simple fun we used to have. As clever as new consoles get, it’s still hard to deny the addictive pleasure in assisting a simple eight-bit 2D character run, jump, bash or shoot his way out of trouble. What are your favourite gaming memories? Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading History of video games from #Atari to #Xbox – an annotated graphic

Microsoft Surface Pro to run full Windows 8 – an annotated graphic

Following the success of Microsoft’s Surface, with its funky clicky-clicky dancing geeks advert, the Seattle software behemoth now has plans for a Pro version which will be capable of running not only the full version of Windows 8 but will also be compatible with software that runs on earlier versions of Windows. Maybe even Windows ME, arf! This is all an encouraging development for Microsoft, following its less-than-enthusiastically received Microsoft Stores and hardware like the Zune MP3 player, as it finally seeks to mount a decent challenge to Apple and its seemingly unstoppable torrent of must-have gadgets. Click on the … Continue reading Microsoft Surface Pro to run full Windows 8 – an annotated graphic