Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 23:38 UTC
Microsoft The Verge is reporting Microsoft is building its own gaming tablet. "The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We're told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft's Xbox Surface won't run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming." Custom kernel. So, incompatible with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Question. Why?
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the loss via inductive charging when in contact (like a charging pad) is not too bad < 5% so that is probably a good trade off for most people.

Now consider if it would become really popular ...on a global scale* that quickly starts getting into "how many more power plants will we need?" kind of questions.

*global is the scale here, with "most people" - among them, 5+ billion mobile subscribers already.

Anyway, inductive/pad charging can be seen as less convenient in some regards: its spot needs to remain relatively undisturbed (and recharging in a car is outright out basically - unless in a holder, which pretty much doesn't change the status quo), using the phone and recharging at the same time is harder. I even suspect it might also lead to some domestic disputes ;p (when somebody "bumps off" a recharging mobile from its pad)

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