Why Microsoft’s Surface May Be Better Than iPad

When Microsoft unveiled the Surface tablet Monday, the software company clearly had one ultimate goal: to make a tablet that’s better than the iPad. Unlike some hasty competitors, Microsoft took its time getting into the tablet game. And there are at least five features CEO Steve Ballmer and friends showed off Monday that might make the Surface better than the iPad.

Keyboard

While it’s possible to get somewhat proficient at tapping spots on a flat screen, most acknowledge it’s impossible to get e-mail and other documents written as quickly as with physical keys. The Surface keyboard will be part of its Touch Cover, which is connected with magnets and flips open. It’s both sleeker and thinner than many of the third-party offerings for the iPad. And for the style-sensitive among us, they’ll come in a variety of colors, including black, pink, red and blue.

Size

First, its display screen is 10.6 inches, almost a full inch bigger than the iPad’s. And the company says it’s optimized to have essentially the same dimensions as a movie screen: So, farewell black bars when watching video. The Surface’s Touch Cover, with the keyboard, is 3 millimeters thick.

Power

Tablets have always been a hybrid hovering somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop, best used for game playing, Web surfing and media consumption. Microsoft wants the Surface to be something you can actually do some work on. The Windows Pro model will run on an i5 Intel processor and come with up to 128 gigabytes of internal memory (the iPad currently goes up to 64).


USB ports

Both versions of the Surface come with two USB ports. These ports open up the possibility of extra storage, printing and other external capabilities that should be easier and quicker than the workarounds iPad users need involving cloud storage, Wi-Fi connections and the like.

Xbox SmartGlass

The Xbox SmartGlass feature, which Microsoft rolled out at this month’s E3 video gaming expo, will work with the iPad and Android tablets. It will connect a smartphone or tablet with the Xbox, which in turn will be connected with the television. By connecting the devices, users can watch a movie on their television while getting bonus material on their tablet.

So, we gotta ask the techies out there — which gadget is better — the iPad or the new Surface?

Source: CNN

Image: Microsoft

TEPCO President Steps Down Over Nuclear Crisis

Earlier today, Masataka Shimizu, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., announced that he would be resigning from his position in the company. Shimizu said he had suffered disgrace after reporting record losses in company history, following one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, after Chernobyl.  Fuel rods had melted at three if the power plant’s reactors after the infamous March 11 earthquakes.

Shimizu stated that he was resigning to take responsibility but he also vowed that the utility company would continue to do its best in trying to control the disaster in the plant at Fukushima Daiichi. Leaking radiation in the plant had forced thousands of locals to relocate and the struggle to contain the radiation is still ongoing. The clean-up and containment is expected to continue until next year.

“I am resigning for having shattered public trust about nuclear power, and for having caused so many problems and fears for the people,” said Shimizu to reporters while bowing in a traditional Japanese apology during his news conference. “I wanted to take managerial responsibility and bring a symbolic close,” he added.

The radiation crisis had raised questions about the management of Japan’s nuclear industry. It had also forced authorities to cancel plans of relying more on nuclear technology for the country’s electrical needs. The plan was to increase the dependence on nuclear technology by increasing nuclear supply to feed half of the country’s needs. As of now, nuclear power supplies a third of the country’s electrical needs.

Shimizu’s resignation was predicted because most heads of companies in Japan are expected to step down to take responsibility for even lesser faults and scandals. There were earlier calls for his resignation but he stated that he needed to stay with the company for a little more time to guide the containment and to push the crisis on the right track to recovery.

Shimizu was criticized earlier in the crisis because of his lack of visibility when problems about the plant first surfaced. He was then reported to be hospitalized, although details of his hospitalization were not given by the company. TEPCO was also being criticized for being unprepared for a tsunami despite signs of being prone to a hit. It was also later criticized for not being transparent about problems in the plant.

TEPCO reported losses that totaled 1.25 trillion yen, breaking the record for the biggest financial loss in Japan’s corporate world. Last fiscal year, the company had a profit of almost 134 billion yen.