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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Tech execs take a stand against pro-discrimination laws - CNET

"Dozens of tech leaders speak up, joining Apple, Salesforce and Yelp honchos in criticizing so-called religious freedom laws being considered across the country."

Friday, April 03, 2015

Why Microsoft got everything wrong with the Surface 3 | News | TechRadar

"The Surface 3 fails on two vital aspects; it is too expensive (and priced too closely to the Surface Pro 3) and it is underpowered."  I totally agree with TechRadar. I played with the Surface 3 at the Microsoft Store at Perimeter Mall, Atlanta and it was sluggish and underpowered like most Windows tablets save for the wonderful Surface 3 Pro I 5 and I 7 devices.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Obama puts 'malicious cyber actors' on notice - CNET

"A new executive order lets the US Attorney General and the Secretaries of Treasury and State go after cyberattackers "where it really hurts -- at their bottom line."

Hands on: Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet makes an awesome first impression | Computerworld

There's so much more to explore with Dell's Venue 8 7000, ranging from its unusual camera setup -- the Venue boasts a special "RealSense Depth Camera" that's supposed to let you refocus photos after the fact and conduct precise measurements of objects in your pictures -- to its performance, especially since the device uses an atypical (for an Android tablet) Intel Atom processor.
Rest assured: We'll get to all of that, along with a much more detailed look at the tablet's hardware and software, soon. I'll be living with the Venue 8 7000 for the next several days in order to get a full picture of what it's actually like to use in the real world.

Hands on: Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet makes an awesome first impression | Computerworld

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 review - CNET

Samsung Galaxy S6 review - CNET

Build quality of Nexus 9 apparently refined, improved button action, back panel firmer

Build quality of Nexus 9 apparently refined, improved button action, back panel firmer

Microsoft Surface 3 Preview - CNET

"The non-Pro Surface 3 starts at $499, £420 or AU$699, and presents itself as very similar to the Surface Pro 3, just with a few budget-minded tweaks. It has an adjustable kickstand, although rather than the fully adjustable version in the Pro 3 or the two-angle one in the older Surface 2, the Surface 3 kickstand snaps between three different angles.

The touchscreen has a 1,920x1,080 native resolution, which is more than enough for a 10.8-inch display such as this. The 12.5-inch Pro 3 has a 2,160x1,440 resolution, and both screens have a 3:2 aspect ratio, which makes them feel more like writing on a pad of paper when held in portrait mode (a sold-separately stylus runs $49, £45 or AU$69).

Like every previous Surface, you'll want the optional keyboard cover. With large backlit keys packed into a very slim cover, and connecting via a magnetic hinge, it's the cleverest bit of engineering about the Surface line. Unfortunately, as with the previous models, the add-on keyboard costs a hefty $129, £110 or AU$180 (but comes in a variety of colors). And, as the Surface 3 is a different size than the older models, you'll need the new keyboard cover made specifically for this unit."

3 Things Apple Inc's Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Wants You To Know | The Motley Fool

"Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people. If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they'll think faster than us and they'll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently," Wozniak said. "Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on?"

Monday, March 30, 2015

Microsoft releases Project Spartan browser into the wild in latest Windows 10 build - GeekWire

"Microsoft rolled out its new Project Spartan web browser for the first time publicly today, offering members of the Windows Insider Program early access to the product designed to revitalize the company’s position in the browser market.
Features of the new browser include support for annotating web pages. Users can either write or type notes on the page, which they can then share with other people. It’s an interesting move by the company to essentially take its collaboration features from Office and bring them to the web."

Wrongfully Convicted Man Who Spent 30 Years On Death Row Is Denied Restitution

"Glenn Ford was imprisoned nearly half his life for a murder he didn't commit. Now, the 65-year-old has been denied restitution for his nearly 30 years on Louisiana's death row.

Caddo Parish District Judge Katherine Dorroh on Friday denied Ford compensation, saying that while Ford did not commit the murder that led to his wrongful imprisonment, he was "proven to be guilty of lesser crimes and was not an innocent man." The judge said Ford knew about plans for the robbery that led to the killing and didn't stop it. Further, he attempted to destroy evidence by pawning items taken in the robbery and tried to find buyers for the murder weapon used by men Ford implicated in the murder."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops - Forbes


"After all, with a Google-centric experience, not to mention an operating system in the form of Chrome OS, there’s little if anything to be gained here by Microsoft and everything to lose. That’s why it’s targeting the Chromebook specifically, with a most likely Windows 10-based $149 laptop.
They’re no MacBook killers and don’t expect them to play GTA V, though  (when it finally makes a PC appearance that is). According to tech rumour, these laptops are geared primarily towards emerging markets, education and the super-low end market, which includes users whose tasks are limited to web browsing, word processing and social media use."

Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops - Forbes

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Sales Still ‘Incredible’ Despite Surface Pro 4 Close To Release Date

"Many industry insiders laughed at Microsoft when they released the Surface Pro in February of 2013 and advertised it as a tablet/laptop hybrid. A lot thought the unit was too heavy and the battery life was too dismal. Microsoft has obviously listened to the criticism and has ushered in a new era of laptop/tablet hybrids."