I'm a TomTom iPhone user. I'd love it if they integrated with the iOS map API so they could take advantage of the crowd sourcing abilities with their existing traffic re-routing. And map update pushes from the crowd sourcing...
"Read" reads unread text messages. "Reply" initiates a text after a read. "Change it" if I screw up. "I'm on my way home period would you like me to pick up dinner question mark" composes 2 sentences to the recipient. "Time" current time. Siri works with single words just fine - and can handle follow-ups in context.
I agree - this rumor has fail writ large. If they would've stuck to just metal back, thinner, and perhaps expanded the screen while keeping existing ratio and physical size, it would have been a reasonable rumor. Not that it would've been true, but at least hook-worthy.
I remember it quite well...a nice implementation. Though Microsoft stole nothing - Sybase entered into an agreement with Microsoft to share source code. Once they split, MS got no more code so the implementations cleanly separated. I believe Sybase is still used in the DoD due to a great deal (for the military.)
The only thing MS (and Oracle) has over open source solutions (like MySQL, Hadoop, MongoDB, etc.) is that they provide enterprise-level support. Many people may not realize just how much that support costs in terms of the license and renewal fee...it would be cheaper for them to bring staff in to deal with all issues and save a bundle. SQL Server is a great product. But it's among a field of great products, not a stand-out.