Friday, March 20, 2015
"We love the computer because it heralds a new era of immateriality for technology that has remained stubbornly physical, despite our wishes to the contrary. The new MacBook is 13 millimeters thick—thinner than two pencils stacked on top of each other. The Microsoft Surface, a tablet with an attached keyboard that’s supposed to be taking on the hidebound laptop market, measures nine millimeters. The iPhone Six hovers around seven millimeters. The particular dimensions of these devices speak to two desires: We want our screens wide but as thin as they can possibly be. Technology is trending toward two dimensions."
Thursday, March 19, 2015
"Asked by Fast Company whether Apple might fall into the same problems as Microsoft by trying to be all things to all people with its operating system, the Apple CEO mused: "I think it's different. Part of the reason Microsoft ran into an issue was that they didn't want to walk away from legacy stuff."
It's an interesting word, "legacy." Some people think of it as a thing to leave behind after you're dead, so that others think of you fondly.
In this case, Cook was suggesting that Microsoft had a certain stick-in-the-mud obstinacy about the things the company created."
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
With one OS to run them all, Microsoft is shrinking Windows 10 - CNET
Sunday, March 15, 2015
By Alexei Oreskovic
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new smartwatch may be a tough sell, with 69 percent of Americans indicating they are not interested in buying the gadget, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
However, the survey also showed limited awareness of the watch. The poll was taken after Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook rolled out the product on Monday, and only about half of respondents said they had heard news of the timepiece in the last few days.
Also, in an encouraging sign for Apple, roughly 13 percent of survey respondents who did not own an iPhone said that they would consider buying one in order to buy an Apple Watch, which needs an iPhone to work fully.
Apple overcame skepticism about the iPad and iPod when they first debuted, but the survey suggests that the world's largest technology company has work to do to make the watch ubiquitous.
The new watch, a test of Cook's leadership, is the company's first new product in five years, and it hits stores on April 24.