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I’m so tired of people talking about the “decline of the PC”.  It’s ridiculous.  There are more “personal computing” devices out there today than there ever has been.  Cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc are ALL personal computing devices.  Now, if we are talking about traditional desktop computers, then, sure, there is a decline.  But who cares?  Technology evolves quickly.  It’s like arguing that because we mostly no longer use huge computers that take up warehouses that it’s the decline of the computer.  It’s ridiculous.  It’s just evolved into something different.  Also, seriously, Windows 8 being the reason for the “decline”?!  The “decline” started way way before Windows 8 was even an idea in Microsoft’s head.  What a stupid statement by Samsung.

Source: Engadget

I’m surprised I haven’t heard much of my friends talk about Windows 8.  I put it on my laptop again.  I used the preview before and I liked it.  Now, I really like it.  I try to stay in the “modern UI” as much as I can.  Surprisingly, it’s relatively easy.  Tile apps are really quite beautiful.  Better looking than iOS or Android.  Even with a mouse and a keyboard, the tile interface is fine. It’s better with touch but not awful with a mouse and keyboard.  It did take me some time to get used to it though.  It’s also faster than Windows 7.  So I give it a thumbs up.  Now, I really want a convertible Windows 8 Pro tablet/laptop.  I’m still waiting for the ideal one though.  I think the Asus Transformer Book that will be coming out is the best bet but I’m worried about the price.  The Lenovo Twist that is out now is really cool but it’s not that pretty and I think I want a removable keyboard…haven’t decided yet though.  I’m also curious to see the Microsoft Surface Pro when it comes out.

Reported by Engadget:

Lenovo was first out of the gate with a form-shifting Windows 8 machine when it unveiled the IdeaPad Yoga at CES. Now the company’s back with a convertible for its business customers, the ThinkPad Edge Twist. In many ways, it’s a convertible in the most conventional sense of the word: unlike the Yoga, whose screen folds all the way back, the Twist has a 12.5-inch display that can swivel all the way around and fold down into tablet mode. As a member of the Edge family, in particular, it blends design elements from Lenovo’s business and consumer 

lines, with metal accents, rounded edges, an island-style keyboard, a magnesium frame and, of course, that signature soft-touch finish.

Stealing the show is that 12.5-inch, 350-nit, Gorilla Glass-coated display, which uses IPS technology for wider angles. On the inside, the Twist runs your choice of a Core i5 or i7 processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and either a 128GB SSD or a 7,200RPM hard drive (320GB or 500GB). Battery life, meanwhile, is rated at up to seven hours. At 3.48 pounds, it’s heavier than some larger-screened Ultrabooks, but at least that 0.79-inch frame makes room for a full-sized Ethernet jack. (It also has a memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, mini-HDMI output and a mini-DisplayPort.) As for business-friendly features, the laptop offers TPM and can be configured with an optional 3G radio. Look for it on October 26th, starting at $849. 

This might be my next computer.

Today on the show we talk about how the FCC says the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is not in the public interest, Kinect for PCs is coming, Windows Phone 7 has 40,000 apps.

We also talk about Netflix bringing back Arrested Development, Microsoft to possibly include antivirus in Windows 8, and The Facebook phone.

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Today on The Technothusiasts Show, we talk about the new Nook Tablet, Square’s “Card Case”, Amazon lending kindle books for free to Prime users, the HTC Rezound Unveilved, and Google’s Gmail app for iOS.

We also talk about Google’s new look for Gmail and Google Reader, Windows XP is STILL the top OS, Sony splits TV business in three, and Ubuntu headed to smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

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Netflix CEO Apologizes, Netflix Splitting Into Two Companies, Blockbuster Movie Pass, Amazon Launches Kindle Book Lending Service, Samsung To Open Source Bada, Google+ Opens to Everyone Plus New Changes, Facebook Changes, Metro Apps In Windows 8 Only Sold In the Windows App Store, Google Wallet Released, and more!

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Jadon is on the road but he managed to squeeze in a new episode of The Rundown!  In this episode: HTC May Buy Its own Smartphone OS, RadioShack Ditches T-Mobile For Verizon, Sony PlayStation Vita News, Google Travel Search, Google Loses Search Market Share, XBox Live on Windows 8, Microsoft’s Build Conference, Asus Eee Pad Slider, Gamestop Branded Android Tablet, and Amazon Working on a Subscription Library Service.

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By   posted Aug 16th 2011 8:33AM
We’re wishing a heartfelt farewell to Microsoft Reader today, because the folks at Redmond have decided to pull the plug on their e-book application, more than a decade after it first launched. Pre-dating the rise of the e-ink medium, the forward-looking MS Reader was originally designed to display digitzed books on an LCD screen, using the company’s ClearType font display. Over the past few years, however, the app has slowly faded into obscurity, with the latest desktop version dated from 2007 and its last update rendering it compatible with Windows Mobile 6.1. The concept was clearly ahead of its time, but it ultimately fell behind what would become a swelling trend, ushered in by the Kindle, Nook and other e-reading hardware. No word yet on whether Microsoft plans to introduce a similar tool for Windows 8, though the timing of Reader’s demise certainly leaves ample room for speculation.