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The After Math: Microsoft fits new Windows, Sony pushes the limits of a smartphone screen


Welcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week's tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages.

In recent weeks, we've covered BlackBerry, Google, Nokia, Apple, Sony and (at least gaming-wise) Microsoft, but this week, the Redmond company returned to dominate tech news, showcasing a new version of Windows 8 (and RT) at its annual Build conference. It's tried to fix some of the operating system's early criticisms and make it all a bit more accessible. They even threw in a Start button -- of sorts. Meanwhile, Sony set jacket pockets quivering, announcing its new 6.4-inch smartphone (that's not a tablet), replete with arguably the most powerful mobile processor out there. For a numerical breakdown of the week's news, follow us after the break.

  • Screen size of Sony's Xperia Z Ultra: 6.4 inches
  • Biggest Android smartphone screen in 2010: 5 inches
  • Screen size of Sony's Windows-running VAIO P laptop: 8 inches
  • BlackBerry 10 devices shipped in the last quarter (Q1 2014): 2.7 million
  • Loss made by BlackBerry in the same quarter: $84 million
  • Number of Lumia 820 phones used to create a digital wall at Build 2013: 200

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  • Keynote attendees at Build 2013 that cheered at the first mention of Bing: 1
  • Free tablets given to each Build 2013 attendee: 2
  • Number of side-by-side windows possible on a Toshiba Kirabook running Windows 8.1: 4
  • (Mis)uses of the word "literally" by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the Build keynote: 2
  • New megapixels of satellite photography recently added to Google Maps: 800,000
  • Meters per pixel within Google's new Maps images: 15
  • Years of data collected by the NSA so far during the Obama administration: 2
  • Air miles NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could have earned in his escapade (Honolulu to Hong Kong to Moscow): 9,988

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