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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Google's dilemma: A faster but fragmented Web? | Internet & Media - CNET News

A powerful new Google+ photo app embodies a sticky situation facing Web developers: embrace the Native Client tech for high-performance Web apps and risk sites that only work for Chrome users

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Judge appears to back Google's defense of digital books project | Internet & Media - CNET News

A U.S. judge made comments Monday that suggest favor for Google's defense of its digital books project, which could hobble an authors group's effort to stop it.
The Authors Guild, which represents the interests of authors, says the project constitutes massive copyright infringement. Google, which has scanned more than 20 million books since forming partnerships with several major universities to digitize their research libraries in 2004, argues that the project is exempt under the "fair use" provision of copyright law because it shows only short "snippets" of text online.

Technology And The Cult Of Fan Boys

I am operating system agnostic.   Apple clearly makes the best laptops and has the best software developers for the desktop and laptop platforms.  Apple also had the best hardware and software for mobile.   Android clearly has caught up and passed Apple in some ways,  especially value, in the mobile sphere.   Android is more flexible than IOS. The Android share page is unequaled in IOS. Being a fan of a company is fine, but rather childish.   They, the companies, are only a fan of your money. The game is about who can push the technological envelope to make you desire their products. That is why I sold my iPad 2 and bought a Nexus 10.   That is why I have bought both generations of the Nexus 7 instead of an iPad Mini while using every generation to find iPod Touch devices with a hot spot and Jawbone headset as my phone.  I started with a paid Skype in account and moved to a paid Magic Jack account.   That saves me $1200 every two years over a regular smartphone plan from a cellular company.   It is absolutely the best technology at the best price.

John H. Armwood

Microsoft adds 200GB storage option to SkyDrive | Microsoft - CNET News

The company unveiled the 200GB plan, which costs $100 a year, on the same day it launched its Surface 2 tablets.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2 - Tablets - CNET Reviews

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CNET Editors' Take September 23, 2013 8:00 AM PDT

Microsoft's Surface tablet was supposed to usher in a new generation of Windows RT products, targeted to compete more with iOS and Android tablets than full-featured laptops. The lukewarm reception Windows RT received meant that we've seen very few RT products since, and the Surface tablet itself was outshone by the superior Surface Pro, a slightly heftier version that ran full Windows 8 with an Intel Core i5 CPU.

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Both halves of the Surface line have been refreshed just in time for the 2013 holiday season, but it's the Surface 2, still running Windows RT, that has undergone a more complete makeover.

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This updated Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface features a slightly slimmer body, an updated 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor (as first reported by CNET), and a higher-resolution screen than the original Surface. Both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 share the same 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution screen now, and it's been color-tuned for greater accuracy. Surface 2 also has improved front and rear cameras (3.5MP front, 5.0MP rear) for Skype and other Webcam use.

While the Windows 8 Surface Pro 2 still comes in a slatelike black, the Windows RT Surface 2 is now a lighter color, more of a silver/magnesium (and the bodies of both are made of mostly magnesium).

Surface 2 declassified: How Microsoft made Surface into the tablet the world said it wanted | Microsoft - CNET News