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  • Steve Ballmer says he couldn't change Microsoft fast enough

    Steve Ballmer says he's leaving Microsoft to help the company change faster

    Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he would retire from Microsoft came as something of a surprise, and left many wondering whether his eventual exit is voluntary. Thanks to an interview with the outgoing CEO at the Wall Street Journal, we now know that it is — although it’s coming after intense pressure. Ballmer explains that the company board of directors has been pushing him to speed up Microsoft’s transformation into a devices and services company ever since January. By May, he decided that his own way of thinking was slowing down the transition; he was the “pattern” that had to break. New leadership might reshape the company at a faster pace, Ballmer says. While the success of his strategy will depend heavily on just who takes the reins next year, it’s clear that the chief executive is willing to sacrifice a lot to keep Microsoft healthy… including himself.

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    Via: Business Insider

    Source: Wall Street Journal

  • Microsoft's 3D printing app for Windows 8.1 eases you into object creation

    Microsoft releases its simple 3D printing app for Windows 81

    Microsoft made a big deal of building 3D printer support into Windows 8.1, and today it’s releasing a tool that lets even newcomers create objects of their own. The new 3D Builder app includes a catalog of pre-designed items that virtually anyone can start printing right away. Especially curious users can adjust and combine objects without having to be a CAD expert, and those with access to more advanced tools can import their masterpieces. As long as you’ve already shelled out for the requisite printer, you can try 3D Builder for yourself at the source link.

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    Via: Windows Experience Blog

    Source: Windows Store

  • Peripheral Vision 012: Dave Allen on moving from punk rock to digital advertising

    Peripheral Vision 012 Dave Allen

    “I’m pretty well known as one of the co-founders of the British post-punk band, Gang of Four,” Dave Allen begins. “And then, after a while, I got the web itch.” It’s a study in contrasts, perhaps, from the bass player of one of the late-70s most seminal political punk bands, to a title like “director, interactive strategy,” but Allen is nothing if not eclectic. Over the decades, his passions have taken him from the angular post-punk of Gang of Four to the new wave of Shriekback, through stints with Intel and E-music. And now we’re here in 2013, inside North, a Portland brand agency that has imparted on him the aforementioned title.

    To Allen, however, it’s not all that strange, the transition from punk rock to advertising. And at the very least, it adheres to tenets he’s held dear all along. “When Gang of Four signed to EMI and Warner Bros. back in the day,” he explains, “everyone was trying to say we sold out, but they kind of knew we didn’t. We wanted to get our message across to the most people, so where’s the best place to go? The big labels. They own distribution, manufacturing and marketing. They own the radio stations. For me, to work in the advertising world, whilst being critical of it – why would you do it outside the walls? Why not try to foment discussion within the very industry that we’re all working in?”

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  • Engadget Podcast 369 – 11.14.13

    Engadget Podcast 369

    Your host Brian Heater is pushing the boundaries of his vocal cords to bring you another episode this week, joined by Marc Perton and Peter Rojas. Brian was on stage at Expand for most of the past weekend, wearing out his dulcet-toned speaking voice with the best and brightest of the tech industry, and the crew takes a look back at the event’s highlights. We also review this week’s happenings, with Snapchat turning down Facebook’s $3 billion offer, the international market gaining a few economically priced smartphones and YotaPhone setting a holiday-oriented release date for its dual-screen (LCD and e-ink) handset. So, while Brian sips tea with honey, you can treat yourself to another engaging episode of the Engadget Podcast via of the streaming links below.

    Hosts: Brian Heater, Marc Perton, Peter Rojas

    Producer: Jon Turi

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