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Microsoft finds itself in something of a pickle when it comes to its tablet-centric Windows RT. Even as Nokia's latest TV commercial knocks the iPad (read on to find out more about that), Redmond weighs the notion of killing Windows RT altogether after discovering that consumers and OEMs alike instead favor having the full Windows 8 experience. Could RT wind up rolled into Windows Phone 8 instead? Time will tell...
Windows Phone Central reported Monday that a new YouTube commercial on Nokia's official channel attempts to shame iPad Air owners into ditching their Apple product in favor of the new Lumia 2520, Nokia's first entry to the tablet space. "Did I buy the wrong tablet," asks the handsome young dude who purchased his "new, slim and sleek" tablet with the hopes of being more productive. Cue the pretty gal in the coffee shop and you can pretty much figure out where it goes from there, touting Nokia's smart keyboard, fast-charging battery and built-in Microsoft Office. Check out the embedded video below in case you missed it!
Are you a T-Mobile US customer whose wireless download speeds seem to suddenly be far less than they used to be? According to TmoNews, you may not be alone. Web forums have been filling up with complaints over the last week, with some users suggesting that throttling could be to blame. The issue has been hard to pinpoint since it's not limited to a single device and while one customer might have the problem, another does not. The issue appears to be most obvious with larger downloads from devices as diverse as the iPhone, Google's latest Nexus 5 and a range of Samsung Android products. No comment as yet from T-Mobile as to what might be going on, although network upgrades have been offered as one possible explanation.
Developer Silvio Rizzi sent out a tweet on Monday with the news that Reeder 2.1 for iOS "has been submitted to the App Store" along with a list of extensive changes for the forthcoming update. These include themes, Reading List support, grouping by feed or date, OPML import and the ability to sort subscriptions alphabetically or by folders or feeds first. Mac users also haven't been left out in the cold, as work continues on a public beta of the latest version expected by year's end.
Could the days of Windows RT be numbered? ZDNet reported Monday that Microsoft Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios Julie Larson-Green has confirmed her intention to streamline the number of Windows platforms. At the moment, Redmond has full Windows 8.1, ARM-based Windows RT (which was intended for tablets) and Windows Phone 8, but the middle variety thus far seems to be a drain on the company's resources. "We're not going to have three," Larson-Green said. "We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we're continuing down that path."
Once again, the rumors are true as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post Monday that news anchor Katie Couric has officially joined the Yahoo News team. Starting in early 2014, Couric will take the mantle of "Global Anchor" in charge of "a growing team of correspondents" with the goal of covering "the world's most interesting stories and newsmakers." Couric won't be leaving her syndicated daytime talk show, but will be shooting video features for Yahoo as well. "Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire," Mayer added in closing.
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