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Acer CEO warns Microsoft to ‘think twice’ about Surface

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In an interview to FT, JT Wang, the CEO of Acer, has revealed that he has warned told Microsoft to think twice about what it’s doing. This is in reference to the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 tablet, which was announced back in June this year.

I believe there is a 50-50 chance of Microsoft having a low-key launch, if not backing out completely. You ask me the reasons?

1. Surely, none of the OEMs is comfortable with Microsoft competing with them directly. It’s true that OEM’s have to take the blame themselves for being lethargic and not innovating enough to let Apple run away with tablet iPad market. But then, competing head-on with Microsoft will dilute their stake in tablet market (which is already negligible). Will they all get together and convince Microsoft to stay away? Mind you, Microsoft too cannot afford to pi$$ off the OEMs, no matter how unhappy it is with them.

2. Surface is still a mystery. Though Microsoft demoed some cool things about Windows 8 and Surface tablet at Los Angeles, they never allowed anyone from the media to even get close to either the tablet or the accessories. We still don’t know who’s actually building Surface for Microsoft. Is Surface just a vaporware as some people think? Chances are bleak, but history says Microsoft is capable of that.

3. Even if it’s not a vaporware, Microsoft has made it clear that they will not sell the Surface tablets in retail stores, but only on their own online stores. So, will Surface be just a benchmark device for Windows 8? The sort of a product which excites many but don’t really have a future?

As much as I love to see and buy Microsoft Surface, I cannot rule-out any possibilities at this point.

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Why the Rs 9,999 iPhone 3GS is not such a great buy

Firstpost has this shitty link-bait article and I just fell for it. The article is so good that it took all of the Firstpost’s staff to come up with it (or it is so bad that no one want’s to have their name in author section).

Seriously, what’s the point of owning an Apple product without FaceTime.

Ha! Video calling in India is like the biggest thing right now. “Seriously!”

Ah, in the age of quad-core processors you’d still be paying Rs 10,000 for a smartphone with very basic RAM

Please make up your mind. Your qualms are that iPhone 3GS lacks quad-core processors? “Seriously!”? Duh-uh! Even iPhone 4/4S doesn’t come with quad-cores. So you’ll bash them as well? And how many quad-core smartphones we have for Rs.9,999?

Or is it that you have problems with the RAM? Confused I guess.

“Seriously!”

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Buy Nexus 7 in India

Google’s Nexus 7, which is currently on sale in US and few other countries is yet to be launched in India. Whether it makes sense to buy Nexus 7 outside US or not, if you are in the market for a relatively cheap android tablet with a great hardware, you can get one in India, thanks to some sellers on Indiatimes shopping, ebay.in and Tradus.com.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the seller is same on all the three sites. Still the price varies for some reason.

Will you get warranty for Nexus 7 when you buy from any of these e-commerce sites? The seller confirms that.

Warranty : 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

But wait! That’s a blatant lie. Asus India has confirmed that they won’t be providing any support to Nexus 7 (as yet), which makes sense considering they are yet to launch the tablet in India. Looking at the history of Nexus devices, the chances of seeing Nexus 7 launched here is pretty low. But I cannot digest how these e-com sites get away by lying on your face.