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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Acer Chromebook 13 review - Page 2 - CNET

The Acer Chromebook 13 is the first Nvidia-powered Chrome OS device we've seen, but it won't be the last. HP and others have similar designs coming soon, and with the growth of popularity in Chromebooks overall, there's a chance this won't always be an Intel-dominated category.
This particular configuration makes a compelling case, with a decent design, high-resolution screen, acceptable performance, and long battery life, all for $300. A handful of software incompatibility issues are annoying, and shows how early in the game this model is. Chromebooks with Nvidia processors perhaps need a little more time to work out all the kinks, but this is an excellent first step.

Acer Chromebook 13 review - Page 2 - CNET

Five surprises switching from iOS to Android and back

Samsung responds to Galaxy Note 4 build quality complaints- Trusted Reviews

"In the wake of the Galaxy Note 4 release, Samsung has been forced to respond to complaints from a number of early adopters who have reported issues with the handset’s build quality.

Although a UK Note 4 release date is not set to be held until October 10, the 5.7-inch smartphone touched down in Samsung’s native Korea last Friday, September 26.

The big launch doesn’t seem to have gone quite as smoothly as Samsung would have hoped, however. According to Korean media, Note 4 owners are already complaining about the shoddy piecing together of the high-end phones.

According to a number of separate adopters, the Note 4 suffers from sizeable spacing between the phone’s screen and its new metal-framed body.

The issue is severe enough for pieces of paper and business cards to be easily slotted within the gap"

Five surprises switching from iOS to Android and back again

As a long-time iPhone user, I finally gave up the ghost after getting a serious case of big-screen envy and swapped my iPhone 4S for a Samsung Galaxy S4 and later a Galaxy Note 3. The larger screen was just what I was looking for, but getting used to the Wild West of Android after living in a walled garden required a period of adjustment and retraining.
With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the big-screen iPhone I told myself I had been waiting for was here. Switching back would be like slipping on a comfortable old shoe, or so I thought. Going from iOS to Android was tough, but going back from Android to iOS was in some ways even more of a culture shock, and these are the top five changes I struggled with immediately.

Five surprises switching from iOS to Android and back again

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Recommended read from You don't "have nothing to hide": How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you

"Another reason why privacy is important, as Greenwald and many others, including the philosopher Hannah Arendt, have argued, is that privacy is crucial to personal exploration, creativity, dissent — those interests and thoughts that reflect the complexity of human beings and their ability to flourish and lead meaningful lives. But as we also know, creativity and dissent can be disruptive to the smooth functioning of society — making the lives of bureaucrats and autocratic politicians much harder because their authority would be constantly challenged. As Professor Roger Berkowitz, Director of Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center, suggests in an excellent post on the importance of privacy for Hannah Arendt,

Such independent thinking is dangerous, or at least disturbing to the demands for conformity and correctness of public society. The real reason privacy is in decline today is because the very fruits of a rich private life — uniqueness, difference, and plurality — are scorned by the insistence on uniformity of opinion and behavior in good society. What suffers in the poverty of a meaningful private sphere is politics."