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While you've been on the beach, the world has not stood still. Here's a quick roundup so you can explain to your boss that you were actually reading the FT while you were in the sun...

  1. Microsoft acknowledged how bad things really are for the sales of their Windows 8 RT flagship device, the Surface RT. They cut the price, and consequently booked a $900 million loss on their stock. But should they still be soul searching over that price?

  2. The new 2013 version of the Google Asus Nexus 7 is out. Its specs compare well and we've put it on our recomended list. It briefly took the top spot in the Amazon bestseller list ahead of their own Kindle Fire series of tablets. The Nexus 7 now has Android 4.3 which allows for the setting up of user profiles with different access rights. That could be a pretty big step for business acceptance in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) market.

  3. There's a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab series out and its launch was not so smooth with a plan to use an Intel chip to power the 10-inch version looking like a bad PR move, especially with rumours of people taking shortcuts on benchmark tests. But this was only their summer launch, and the huge Korean company will be keeping back their best stuff - we hope - for...

  4. IFA, the big consumer electronics show in Berlin at the end of this week (5th SeptemberSamsung Galaxy Gear - Android Wearable Watch). Samsung are confidently expected to present an Android watch (the Galaxy Gear), a Note 3 - a new version of the very successful phablet, and 12.2-inch Note to complete the set (as originally requested / designed by me some time back). There's also expected to be a high resolution phablet from Acer, the Liquid S2, and a new high res 8.3-inch tablet from LG... and much, much more, as they say, all just in time to be attracting all your Christmas present buying pounds right out of your bank account.

  5. Remember
    Ballmer signing off

    Steve has time to salute each Windows 8 Surface RT as it leaves the warehouse

    all that Surface tension over at Microsoft... well Steve Ballmer has now said he'll be leaving the role of CEO inside a year - after being in the job since 2000. (Did he do well? Was he pushed?) As a parting shot, Microsoft have just bought what's left of Nokia for $7 billion. But that's Chicken feed beside another recent not-so-taxable transaction - the sale of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless of the US for $130 billion.






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