Windows Weekly 136

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Windows Weekly
Episode 136

Topics

  • PC gaming ... Is it dead? Or just dying?
    • Fact: PC gaming represents less than 10 percent of all gaming revenue right now, with consoles at 90 percent. It's not even close.
    • I wrote a bit about this but only compared it to the Xbox 360
    • It's so much more than that.
    • Piracy, cheating, hardware issues, DRM, and so on are all abysmal on PC
    • But also other consoles (PS3/Wii) and handheld game consoles (and iPhone/iPod touch)
    • And web games -- Facebook, Addictinggames.com, Ninjakiwi.com and many others
    • There's still life on the PC, of course
    • But it's getting smaller
    • And some interesting deals to be had at Steam, Direct2Drive, GOG, and so on
  • Microsoft loses Word appeal with i4i
    • Will "fix" Word to remove offending code
    • No worries about Word being taken off the market
  • iPhone is not really the most popular smart phone of 2009 (in US only)
    • (RIM and LG both beat it out)
    • But .. Come on. This is the platform to beat. 2010 is going to be interesting.
  • New Atom platform
    • Congratulations, shoppers. Those Christmas presents you just bought are all obsolete
    • Kind of a mean thing to do on Intel's part: Announce new chips the week of Christmas, ship them right after New Years.
  • Rumors of an Apple TV subscription platform
    • This sounds interesting
    • But... Has to include all major networks. Must have closed captioning.
    • If it works ... Could kill cable.

Tip of the Week

  • Save money online with this awesome browser plug-in - Invisible Hand for Firefox and Chrome
    • Shows a very discreet notification when the product you're browsing can be bought for a lower price elsewhere. Absolutely priceless. (Pardon the pun.)

Software Pick of the Week

  • Blurb and Booksmart Make your own photo book - the ultimate holiday gift. Or a book of any kind

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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Sponsors

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Production Information

  • Edited by: Erik
  • Notes:
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