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Friday, March 20, 2015

Dell Venue 8 7000 vs Nvidia SHIELD Tablet

Review - Dell Venue 8 7000 (7840)

Apple Wants the Computer to Disappear - Pacific Standard

"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

Tim Cook says Microsoft's big problem held it back - CNET

"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

Microsoft has promised its next operating system, Windows 10, will run across every device, from desktops with large hard drives all the way down to low-cost smartphones with barely a gigabyte to spare.
It's a lofty goal, but one fraught with the challenges of rolling out one piece of software to devices with vastly different capacities. Microsoft has a vested interest in making sure everyone is on a consistent experience, which the company believes will ensure consumers stick with Windows and encourage developers to support its platform. But to deliver on its promise, Microsoft had to shrink Windows down at its core.

With one OS to run them all, Microsoft is shrinking Windows 10 - CNET

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Article: Astronomers detect star leaving the Milky Way at record speeds

"An international team led by astronomers from Queen's University Belfast has identified the fastest ever star on an escape trajectory from the Milky Way – the white dwarf US709, which is traveling at a staggering 1,200 km per sec (746 miles per sec). The discovery of this star may shed light on the astronomical events that are vital to the calculation of distances in our universe... "

Exclusive: Apple Watch not on shopping list for 69 percent of Americans: Reuters poll

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.