Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
We had high hopes when we first heard of Microsoft's hybrid Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 convertible notebooks. Unfortunately, we (as well as early adopters) encountered a variety of bugs in these machines. Last Friday (Dec. 11), the company issued an apology for the performance issues beleaguering these products.
Microsoft Tells Surface Owners It's 'Sorry' for Buggy Notebooks
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Was Android actually Google's third operating system choice for its new Pixel C tablet?
The Pixel C was probably never supposed to run Android | Ars Technica
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Thursday, December 03, 2015
"Google, Microsoft and Apple have been competing for years in the very lucrative education technology market. For the first time, Google has taken a huge lead over its rivals.
Chromebooks now make up more than half of all devices in U.S. classrooms, up from less than 1 percent in 2012, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. To analysts, this comes as a big surprise.
"While it was clear that Chromebooks had made progress in education, this news is, frankly, shocking," said Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder. "Chromebooks made incredibly quick inroads in just a couple of years, leaping over Microsoft and Apple with seeming ease.
Combine Chromebooks with devices running on Android, and Google's share of the edtech market is even more impressive. As of the third quarter of this year it had 53 percent of the market for K-12 devices bought by schools and school districts.
Google's rapid gains come at the expense of its biggest rivals. Over the past three years, Apple's market share been slashed by more than half, from 52 to 24 percent and Microsoft's market share has slipped from 43 to 24 percent. Even Google seems a little surprised."
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
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"With all factors taken into account, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 comes out just a bit ahead of the Apple iPad Air 2, thanks to a prettier screen and better storage options. That said, the victory is narrow, so those who are already leaning toward Apple’s offering shouldn’t feel nervous about going that direction."
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
"When you've spoken out about the removal of racist symbols in the American south, how do you respond when a video shows apparent racism in one of your own stores?
This was the situation facing Apple CEO Tim Cook after video emerged of several black teens being asked to leave the Apple store at the Highpoint shopping center in Melbourne, Australia.
The reason, so an Apple employee says in the video, was that other workers were concerned the teens "might steal something."
The video, posted to Facebook on Tuesday by Melbourne resident Francis Ose, shows the teens' incredulous reaction when being told why they were being asked to leave.
In his posting, Ose wrote: "Simply Racism, made them apologise tho."
On Friday, BuzzFeed published an email it said was sent by Cook to his employees. In it Cook said Apple is an "open" company and called the incident "unacceptable."
"One of our store employees gave an answer which shocked many of us," Cook said, adding that the employee "immediately" expressed regret to the students.
Neither Apple nor Ose responded to my request for comment."
Friday, November 13, 2015
With the launch of Chrome OS six years ago, we set out to make computers better—faster, simpler and more secure—for everyone. We’ve since seen that vision come to life in classrooms, offices and homes around the world. In fact, every school day, 30,000 new Chromebooks are activated in U.S. classrooms—that’s more than all other education devices combined. And more than 2 million teachers and students in more than 150 countries have the Share to Classroom Chrome extension, which launched in September and gets students onto the same webpage, instantly. Meanwhile, companies such as Netflix, Sanmina, Starbucks and of course Google, are using Chromebooks given the ease of deployment, the ability to easily integrate with existing technologies, and a security model that protects users at all levels, from hardware to user data. (Chromebooks are so secure you don’t need antivirus software!) IT administrators can manage tens of thousands of Chromebooks through a single web console, making them ideal for both classrooms and the workplace."
Google Chrome Blog: Chrome OS is here to stay
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
"What’s causing this shift? One possibility: Some employers may increasingly see computer science degrees as deficient in tangible skills. “University computer science departments are in miserable shape: 10 years behind in a field that changes every 10 minutes,” says Daniel Gelernter, CEO of tech startup Dittach, quoted in this recent Fortune article.
Though many employers agree with proponents like Gelernter about the staleness of CS curricula, they also argue that it’s difficult for a 12-week coding bootcamp to produce graduates of the same caliber as a four-year computer science program. Vocational training in web and mobile development meets the requirements for many employers, but companies with more sophisticated technology like Google need software engineers with greater depth in their field. Despite their reduction, it is unlikely that computer science degrees will go away entirely."
Saturday, November 07, 2015
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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
"Tech firms including US giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft, Europe’s top mobile companies Vodafone and Orange, China’s Tencent, and South Korea’s Daum Kakao (which makes the 140 million-user-strong KakaoTalk) were among the public companies surveyed in an ongoing project called Ranking Digital Rights.
All of the firms failed to offer their users basic disclosures about privacy and censorship, according to the survey, which was conducted by the New America Foundation thinktank. One didn’t even provide user agreements in the proper language.
“There are no ‘winners’,” said the group in its executive summary. “Even companies in the lead are falling short.”
"BEIJING -- The distinctions between Google's Android and Chrome OS software will eventually become less apparent, according to Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet.
"Technology can move forward where it's possible you can wrap one into the other," Schmidt said on Monday at the TechCrunch Beijing summit.
Schmidt made the comment as Google was reported to be working towards folding its Chrome OS software, used on laptops called Chromebooks, into Android, its smartphone and tablet operating system. The move could see Android come to PCs.
Google has tried to penetrate the PC market with its generally inexpensive Chromebooks, made by companies such as Dell and Toshiba, but its market share falls far behind Windows, with only 3.5 percent of laptops sold last year running Chrome OS, according to research firm IDC."
Monday, November 02, 2015
"Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android," Lockheimer wrote in Google's Chromecast blog Monday. "While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS."
Google plans to introduce a new Android-based operating system in 2016 that will run on Chromebooks and PCs, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Chromebooks would be rebranded with a new, so far undetermined, name, according to the report.
Lockheimer responded later that day, saying "we are very committed to Chrome OS."
Friday, October 30, 2015
The company has made moves to make the two operating systems more integrated, providing more desktop Chrome features for the Android version of Google’s Chrome browser, while adding features such as Google Now and support for a select number of Android apps on Chrome OS.
Google denies that it will fold Chrome OS into Android | Technology | The Guardian
Guy in Charge of Chrome Says Google Isn't Killing Chrome OS After All
Google's mobile quest may lead to Android, Chrome merger - CNET
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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If you want a smartphone with all the fit and finish of an iPhone, including well-designed software and a slim casing, but you prefer to live entirely in Google’s world, the Nexus 6P is worth a look. Android need no longer come with trade-offs."
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
The Dark Web isn't as revolutionary as you'd think
Saturday, October 24, 2015
"The rise of cloud computing is rapid, inexorable and causing huge upheaval in the tech industry. The old guard is suffering: this week’s $67 billion merger between Dell and EMC, makers of computers and storage devices respectively, was a marriage forced by the rise of the cloud (see article). Disruptive newcomers are blooming: if Amazon’s cloud-computing unit were a stand-alone public company, it would probably be worth almost as much as Dell and EMC combined."
Friday, October 23, 2015
"Earlier this week, VentureBeat reported on a hacker known as Amped Attacks who, rather than stealing your credit card data from a national retail chain or releasing data on Ashley Madison accounts, is shutting down websites run by racists, homophobes, and other groups that most decent, intelligent people wouldn’t associate themselves with.
By initiating distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the websites, he not only takes them offline temporarily, but he also alerts everyone to their existence. We know that bad stuff is out there, but most of us do our best to avoid it.
His attacks began to garner attention when he took down godhatesfags.com, the homepage of the Westboro Baptist Church, on Wednesday evening with the message: “Just Cause I Can.”
Since then, he’s focused on websites run by members of the KKK, pedophiles and hate groups, and considering the fact that he was active just 12 hours ago at the time of writing, it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop anytime soon."
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Monday, October 19, 2015
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"Rubio says he has simply changed his tactics, not his broader position, on how to resolve a decades-long debate. But immigration advocates believe the devil is in the details and Rubio, at least for now, appears reluctant to identify the metrics and timetables they say are crucial to ensuring that the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US can even apply for work permits, let alone citizenship."
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Sunday, October 11, 2015
"I have to give lots of credit to Google's new flagship laptop for getting me through a typical workday without frustration. The Chromebook Pixel 2 will perform, and perform admirably, on 95% of what you want. Just be sure to keep your old computer around for the other 5%".
Google Chromebook Pixel 2 is ready to be your work laptop [REVIEW]
Saturday, October 10, 2015
- See more at: http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/toshiba-chromebook-2-cb35#sthash.YzcVoDgd.dpuf
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - Full Reviews and Benchmarks
Friday, October 09, 2015
"at Congress was up in arms about were routers and communications devices used in enterprise systems, not consumer-level smartphones. Even so, we are now considering trusting our most personal information to Huawei-built devices. Smartphones are both incredibly personal and incredibly data-intensive. If anything will be of interest to an organization interested in stealing secrets, it would be the personal data found on a smartphone.
Except for one thing: that's not really China's style. China tends to conduct big-picture espionage. The country seems far more interested in big scores, like the plans for our F-35 multirole and F-22 tactical fighters. China seems more than willing to let US taxpayers foot the bill for stolen R&D, which eventually found its way into its Chengdu J-20 Dragon fighter.
In fact, according to the 2013 edition of the always-excellent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 30 percent of all cyberespionage activities originated in China. By contrast, the former Soviet states are into financial hacking. The same Data Breach Investigations Report attributes 40 percent of all financial hacking to Bulgaria, Romania, and Russia.
One of the issues I am particularly curious about is how we, as a global culture, manage technologies that are supplied by nations we may or may not have cordial relationships with. This is of particular concern since national policies can be so transitory, based on whatever regime is in power at any given time."
Thursday, October 08, 2015
The stunning Surface Book may reignite PC maker hostility towards Microsoft http://www.pcworld.com/article/2990900/computers/the-stunning-surface-book-may-reignite-pc-maker-hostility-towards-microsoft.html#tk.rss_all
"Microsoft’s foray into notebooks with the Surface Book is certain to tick off its computer-making partners, but there’s little recourse for the latter except to grin and bear it, analysts said today.
“If I’m an OEM, I’m not happy,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research. “The big difference between [the Surface Book] and the Surface Pro three years ago is that the Surface Pro was claiming to be a new category. Now Microsoft is saying the Surface Book is the best, thinnest Windows PC, not the best from Microsoft. It’s unqualified.”
Microsoft device boss Panos Panay certainly didn’t qualify his boasts about the Surface Book. “Ounce for ounce, pound for pound, this is the fastest 13-in. laptop ever made anywhere on any planet,” an energetic Panay said Tuesday as he unveiled the device. “This is the ultimate laptop.”
Gates saw the value of a convertible tablet complete with a keyboard and a pen 15 years ago, but it’s not Apple that’s leading the industry forward with the idea of a modern tablet. It’s Microsoft.
We've seen some weird and wonderful two-in-one tablets over the years, thanks largely to Windows 8, but it seems the industry as a whole is settling on a combination of detachable keyboard, tablet, and some type of kickstand or adjustable hinge. Microsoft's Surface Book is a fresh take on the laptop, but Google, Apple, HP, Dell, and others all seem to be taking a lot of inspiration from the Surface Pro 3.
Everyone is copying Microsoft's Surface | The Verge
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Fiorina had sealed a deal with the Steve Jobs-led Apple for HP to sell HP branded iPods. Now, you may wonder, why on earth would a company whose motto was "Invent!" be excited about rebranding another company's product? Well, for one, up to that point Apple had not had much success getting the 3 year old iPods into retail stores - Apple mainly sold iPods online and at Apple stores. So Fiorina thought she had her big break, she could rebrand another company's product and sell it at your neighborhood Big Boxmart store. In exchange, Apple got HP to ship all their PCs with the iTunes store pre-installed. This was pretty significant for Apple, as HP had a large market share in PCs, and the move allowed Apple to grow its iTunes store business.
Levy however, details the flaws with Fiorina's plan
In return, HP got the right to sell iPods. But not in a way that could possibly succeed. Fiorina boasted to me that she would be able to sell the devices in thousands of retail outlets; up to that point Apple mostly sold them online and in its own stores. But by the time in mid-2004 that HP actually began selling its branded iPods, Apple was expanding to multiple retail outlets on its own. And soon after HP began selling iPods, Apple came out with new, improved iPods — leaving HP to sell an obsolete device. Fiorina apparently did not secure the right to sell the most current iPods in a timely fashion, and was able to deliver newer models only months after the Apple versions were widely available.
The HP iPod never made up more than 5% of total iPod sales."
How Steve Jobs played Carly Fiorina like a fool
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
"You can decide whether Edward Snowden is a whistleblower or a traitor.
I can now confirm, however, that he is unquestionably human.
Having joined Twitter a matter of hours ago, the temporary Muscovite took to it with gusto. He amassed more than 1 million followers, all keen to see what he thought of "Game Of Thrones." (That's what I imagine, at least.)
On Thursday, however, he made a confession. No, he didn't admit to advising Vladimir Putin on bombing Syria. Neither did he declare that he was currently reading Hillary Clinton's e-mails and finding them fascinating.
No, he admitted that he'd made a Twitter Faux-pas. "I forgot to turn off notifications," he tweeted. "Twitter sent me an email for each."
"The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a lightweight tablet that's a lightweight upgrade over last year's Galaxy Tab S. Andbeyond the thinner and lighter design, it can't keep up with the iPad Air 2.
There's still plenty of reason to invest in this reading and web surfing-friendly tablet. Its size and shape is better suited for everything but video, and for some, that's a big plus.
It has stronger multitasking functionality to rival iOS 9 and features that Google isn't premiering until the Android Marshmallow launch. Samsung is slightly ahead of other Android tablets, even if this year's update is as small as the form factor is thin."
Thursday, October 01, 2015
"QUICK TAKEA beautiful display and powerful processor help make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 the best Android tablet on the market today."
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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"In a world of $169 Chromebooks that are every bit as capable as Dell’s new offering (albeit not as fast or as flash) it may sound weird to welcome a true mid-range Chromebook.
But it fills a gap: businesses need devices that don’t just do what they need, but are able to withstand doing it.
To do in the office what it’s done in the classroom, Google needs its hardware partners to be making devices like this.
With 12 hours of battery life, a screen people will want to look at and extras like a backlit keyboard, the Dell Chromebook 13 rockets to the top of the recommendation tree for anyone needing something “more” than the currently available Chrome devices but without spending big on a Pixel.
And better yet you will be able to buy it, not just businesses."