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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Long-term take: Surface Pro 2 vs. iPad Air - CNET

"Microsoft and Apple have very different ideas about what a high-end tablet is.

After extensive use of both, I have some thoughts about the their strengths and weaknesses."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Aereo | Protect My Antenna

The broadcasters are asking the Court to deny consumers the ability to use the cloud to access a more modern-day television antenna and DVR in order to protect what they believe are their most lucrative business models.
The Copyright Act provides no justification to curtail those rights simply because the consumer is using modern, cloud-based equipment. If the broadcasters succeed, the consequences to American consumers and the cloud industry are chilling.

The issue of whether transmissions made by consumers using Aereo are public performances under the Copyright Act is currently before the United States Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on April 22, 2014. An important question in this case is why the broadcasters are so intent on preventing consumers from using a remotely located antenna and DVR.
Decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals April 1 2013

Aereo | Protect My Antenna

Monday, April 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review - CNET

Samsung is known to price tablets as if they're imported from another galaxy and the 10-inch Tab Pro is yet another victim of the company's unfortunate practice. The comfortable design, top-of-the-line screen, and special software perks are the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1's most impressive features, but the Google Nexus 10 andAmazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offer a better value for similar specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review - CNET

Sunday, April 13, 2014

South Korea to mandate anti-theft mobile feature | ZDNet

"Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has completed development work on a new security feature, called Kill Switch, which it wants to make available in all smartphones sold in the country.

South Korea is looking to mandate the implementation of an anti-theft tool in all smartphones sold in the country, as it looks to curb growing incidents of theft in the country. 

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning last week said it had completed development work on a new security feature, called Kill Switch, reported Yonhap News Agency. Designed with local tech players, the initiative first commenced in August last year. 

The security feature will allow smartphone users to remotely block all functions in their stolen or lost devices, rendering it unusable. The report noted that while similar functions were available via apps that could lock or delete data in lost smartphones, these devices could be reused once they had been initialized."