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Friday, February 28, 2014

Windows 8 Sells 100 million Fewer Copies than Windows 7 at 15 Months : technology

" To put it bluntly, “Metro is shit for power users.” Those are the words of Jacob Miller, a UI designer for Windows 8 who lunged into a Reddit bash fest of Windows 8 that began with a discussion of how many licenses have been sold to date. To be clear, Miller’s intent was not to pile on the Windows 8 hate, but to clarify why Metro exists. To do that, he wanted to start from common ground before going down the rabbit hole, hence his opening comment.

To sum it up, Miller said Metro exists as a content consumption space. It’s for casual users who are really only interested in doing things like updating their statuses on Facebook, viewing photos, and “maybe posting a selfie to Instagram.” He tossed out examples of your computer illiterate little sister and your mom who only wants to look up recipes.

“That is what Metro is. It is the antithesis of a power user,” Miller explains. “A power user is a content creator. They have multiple things open on multiple monitors — sometimes with multiple virtual machines with their own nested levels of complexity.”

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Windows 8.1 update said to arrive when XP ends

HTC One wins GSMA's top smartphone of the year at Mobile World Congress | Android Central

The HTC One wins "Best Smartphone," breaking Samsung's two-year winning streak (for the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3).

For HTC and the smartphone industry, from the folks in the suits to the boots on the ground, this is a pretty big deal.

We all have our favorites, of course. And while some of us here at Android Central were leaning in other directions toward the end of the year (hello, Moto), nobody — and I do mean nobody — would not recommend the HTC One. That's a pretty strong statement by us, and validated today by the GSMA, we believe.

And it's also worth another mention that the HTC One is one of the first carrier-branded phones (this really goes for us in the U.S.) to be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. That's not a small thing, either.

Other winners of note:

HTC One wins GSMA's top smartphone of the year at Mobile World Congress | Android Central

Sunday, February 23, 2014

HTC M8 design leak reveals even less plastic, five colors | Android |

"March 25 is still a little while away, but the HTC M8 is showing off more of its outer shell every day. It now looks like this phone will be mostly based on the HTC One design, but there’s more than enough changes to make this feel like a unique experience.

The HTC One was a big deal because its design broke the mold a bit. The the almost entirely aluminum frame, the speakers on the front, and a unique Ultrapixel camera that delivered surprisingly great results, the One just felt like a well made phone. Still, it wasn’t without its faults. The plastic seam that ran along the outer rim of the phone often appeared to have gaps between the aluminum and the plastic (and if you didn’t have that problem when you bought the phone you most assuredly had it after you dropped the One for the first time).

Thanks to leaks provided to, we’ve got a look at the top of the HTC M8 along with some details surrounding the rest of the phone that set it apart from the HTC One."

HTC M8 leaks out in full render form, looks like an HTC One | Android Central

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