Microsoft’s last stand?

Microsoft is desperately trying to avoid the fate they inflicted on the Mac in the 1990s with Windows 9X:

Office for iPad, launched at the same time as Windows 8/RT, would most likely have killed the market for Windows 8 and RT devices. As it was, that market was already severely diminished and below expectations. But with a viable alternative tablet, it could have been game over. And the ramifications of that decision would have impacted far more than just Windows 8/RT: The PC market could have literally collapsed, much as the video game market did in 1983. The fallout would have included PC makers going out of business/being sold, a serious and potentially permanent hit to Microsoft’s bottom line and the ouster of Steve Ballmer. I’m talking tech Armageddon here.

via A Theory about the Office on iPad Schedule | Office 2013 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

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Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone

So now the TSA and their ilk have more things to worry about than shoe bombers. Also, this does not make it any easier for those of us who were thinking of being able to use our smart devices on flights:

To make things even more interesting – or easier – Teso showcased an Andorid application that uses SIMON’s powers to remotely control airplanes on the move.

via Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone