Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - Full Reviews and Benchmarks
Friday, October 09, 2015
"at Congress was up in arms about were routers and communications devices used in enterprise systems, not consumer-level smartphones. Even so, we are now considering trusting our most personal information to Huawei-built devices. Smartphones are both incredibly personal and incredibly data-intensive. If anything will be of interest to an organization interested in stealing secrets, it would be the personal data found on a smartphone.
Except for one thing: that's not really China's style. China tends to conduct big-picture espionage. The country seems far more interested in big scores, like the plans for our F-35 multirole and F-22 tactical fighters. China seems more than willing to let US taxpayers foot the bill for stolen R&D, which eventually found its way into its Chengdu J-20 Dragon fighter.
In fact, according to the 2013 edition of the always-excellent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 30 percent of all cyberespionage activities originated in China. By contrast, the former Soviet states are into financial hacking. The same Data Breach Investigations Report attributes 40 percent of all financial hacking to Bulgaria, Romania, and Russia.
One of the issues I am particularly curious about is how we, as a global culture, manage technologies that are supplied by nations we may or may not have cordial relationships with. This is of particular concern since national policies can be so transitory, based on whatever regime is in power at any given time."
Thursday, October 08, 2015
The stunning Surface Book may reignite PC maker hostility towards Microsoft http://www.pcworld.com/article/2990900/computers/the-stunning-surface-book-may-reignite-pc-maker-hostility-towards-microsoft.html#tk.rss_all
"Microsoft’s foray into notebooks with the Surface Book is certain to tick off its computer-making partners, but there’s little recourse for the latter except to grin and bear it, analysts said today.
“If I’m an OEM, I’m not happy,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research. “The big difference between [the Surface Book] and the Surface Pro three years ago is that the Surface Pro was claiming to be a new category. Now Microsoft is saying the Surface Book is the best, thinnest Windows PC, not the best from Microsoft. It’s unqualified.”
Microsoft device boss Panos Panay certainly didn’t qualify his boasts about the Surface Book. “Ounce for ounce, pound for pound, this is the fastest 13-in. laptop ever made anywhere on any planet,” an energetic Panay said Tuesday as he unveiled the device. “This is the ultimate laptop.”
Gates saw the value of a convertible tablet complete with a keyboard and a pen 15 years ago, but it’s not Apple that’s leading the industry forward with the idea of a modern tablet. It’s Microsoft.
We've seen some weird and wonderful two-in-one tablets over the years, thanks largely to Windows 8, but it seems the industry as a whole is settling on a combination of detachable keyboard, tablet, and some type of kickstand or adjustable hinge. Microsoft's Surface Book is a fresh take on the laptop, but Google, Apple, HP, Dell, and others all seem to be taking a lot of inspiration from the Surface Pro 3.
Everyone is copying Microsoft's Surface | The Verge
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Fiorina had sealed a deal with the Steve Jobs-led Apple for HP to sell HP branded iPods. Now, you may wonder, why on earth would a company whose motto was "Invent!" be excited about rebranding another company's product? Well, for one, up to that point Apple had not had much success getting the 3 year old iPods into retail stores - Apple mainly sold iPods online and at Apple stores. So Fiorina thought she had her big break, she could rebrand another company's product and sell it at your neighborhood Big Boxmart store. In exchange, Apple got HP to ship all their PCs with the iTunes store pre-installed. This was pretty significant for Apple, as HP had a large market share in PCs, and the move allowed Apple to grow its iTunes store business.
Levy however, details the flaws with Fiorina's plan
In return, HP got the right to sell iPods. But not in a way that could possibly succeed. Fiorina boasted to me that she would be able to sell the devices in thousands of retail outlets; up to that point Apple mostly sold them online and in its own stores. But by the time in mid-2004 that HP actually began selling its branded iPods, Apple was expanding to multiple retail outlets on its own. And soon after HP began selling iPods, Apple came out with new, improved iPods — leaving HP to sell an obsolete device. Fiorina apparently did not secure the right to sell the most current iPods in a timely fashion, and was able to deliver newer models only months after the Apple versions were widely available.
The HP iPod never made up more than 5% of total iPod sales."
How Steve Jobs played Carly Fiorina like a fool