As Microsoft makes its foray into the tablet market with its own line of self-branded tablets aptly titled Surface, the company's much-needed innovations make for evolutionary steps that Apple should be taking note of for future iPad designs. Microsoft makes splashes in not only a new realm of hardware-central functionality, but also with creative, meticulously-designed accessories that can transform Surface into something that remains new whilst retaining a sense of familiarity.
Taking cues from the unique styling of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft continues actually standing out to an extent in the mobile operating system scene with the tablet version of Windows 8. Or more specifically, its intelligent tile-based home screen. Watch a demonstration by Jensen Harris, Director of PM Windows User
While he didn't say it outright, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega gave the strong impression to reporters today that their exclusive deal with Apple as the official carrier of the iPhone in the US is soon coming to an end. The statement came as a response to questions about what AT&T would do if they were no longer the exclusive carrier of the iPhone.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke about the company's exclusivity arrangement with Apple for the iPhone, during which he acknowledged that they would not have exclusivity with the iPhone in the U.S. forever. He didn't offer any details about a timeline, but did offer a teeny tiny bit of insight into the relationship between the two companies.
U.S. Senators Ask FCC To Investigate Legality Of Exclusivity Deals Between Handset Makers And Carriers
A group of U.S. Senators are asking the FCC to examine the exclusivity deals between wireless service providers and handset makers that allow a carrier to be the only provider for a specific handset over a period of time, such as the arrangement between Apple and AT&T for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S. The decision was the result of a request sent by a group of rural operators asking to have the FCC look in to the matter.
Despite Apple's statement during their recent quarterly earnings call that they have no intentions of changing their exclusivity agreement with AT&T for the iPhone, USA Today is bringing back rumors that they may be in talks with Verizon to bring the iPhone to their network. Sources described as "people familiar with the matter," claim that high-level discussions started a few months ago between the companies and are continuing to take place.
Wireless carrier Orange Telecom has officially lost their exclusivity as the only iPhone 3G carrier in France. A court has ordered Apple to allow other carriers to carry the iPhone 3G in the country. The ruling was the result of a complaint filed in September by Orange France rival Bouygues Telecom SA, the third largest carrier in the country.