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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Smartphones: When is 'big' too big? (Smartphones Unlocked) | Smartphones - CNET Reviews

"I've handled a lot of oversize smartphones in my years as a reviewer. That's a bit of a trick statement, I'll admit, since both handset screen sizes and our perception of them as large or small have grown throughout the years.
Today, phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3 inches), Huawei Ascend Mate (6.1), and Sony Xperia Z Ultra (6.44) aren't merely outliers giving niche users the come hither. They form a fully fledged category of XXL smartphone -- that's only getting bigger.
Samsung, HTC, and Nokia are all releasing, or rumored to be launching, new gentle giants in the coming year. These will join the six biggest cellular screens you can buy right now."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Microsoft's next CEO faces tougher times than Ballmer | Microsoft - CNET News

The biggest challenge for Microsoft's new CEO can be found in one simple question: What's the glue holding the company together?
During the Bill Gates era and part of Ballmer's rein the answer was clear: Windows.

Today Windows isn't necessarily the glue of the company. The new glue may be the cloud.

What Is Economics Good For? -

The fact that the discipline of economics hasn’t helped us improve our predictive abilities suggests it is still far from being a science, and may never be. Still, the misperceptions persist. A student who graduates with a degree in economics leaves college with a bachelor of science, but possesses nothing so firm as the student of the real world processes of chemistry or even agriculture.