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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Google Nexus 9 review | Not the Android hero we expected

"Given the little issues here and there, it’s not as complete or coherent a device as the iPad Air 2. There’s a slight spark of magic missing that means — at £320 at least — it probably won’t go down in history as an all-time classic.
However, what’s commendable is the direction it demonstrates. 8-inch non-widescreen tablets like this will no longer be ‘non-canon’ third-party oddities, and that’s a very good thing. We don’t think it’ll take the Nexus 9 18 month to be topped for value, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is already a fairly compelling alternative. But for a larger device, the Nexus 9 offers up a solid ‘go-to’ standard."

Microsoft Just Took Android’s Future Out of Google’s Hands | WIRED

"With the announcement that Microsoft would partner with the truly open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS to provide a bundled suite of apps, both companies made one thing very clear: Android’s not just for Google anymore.

The partnership, as detailed by Cyanogen yesterday, will allow the budding mobile OS to integrate Microsoft apps like Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, OneDrive, and OneNote. The subtext here is that these apps can act as a replacement for the ones that Google appends to its Android releases, such as Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, and more."

What The Apple Watch Could Be

"Long time Apple watcher Gruber thinks the Apple Watch is very much a watch — if by a watch you mean “a wrist worn glance-able display of status information”, plus to a lesser degree a “signifier” of personal taste and style. Analyst Horace Dediu thinks it’s so much more than a watch — closer to a productivity machine, thanks to its omnipresent, on-body proximity.

“The product has a completely different character. It tries not to do more but to do less. But that which it does is more meaningful, more thoughtful,” Dediu writes in a philosophical dissection of his early experience with the Apple Watch (which even invokes the ‘b’ word: beauty).

“We talk of computing speeds and network feeds but we spend much more time and money to visit people who have little to say and say it slowly. We value charm and wit more than bandwidth and throughput. We are drawn to beauty more than to speed. This is what this computer captures.”

HTC One M9 Review

Apple 12" MacBook vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Comparison Smackdown

The new MacBook review | Engadget

Friday, April 17, 2015

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Release Imminent

Last month, Google started rolling out its brand new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus smartphones and tablets. Google’s initial roll out included the Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. Then earlier this week it arrived for the Nexus 4 and a few others. However, the Nexus 9 is still stuck on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, and hasn’t received any of the other two software updates, but that’s about to change.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Release Imminent

Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper… better? | Ars Technica

In just about every sense, the Surface 3 is a Surface Pro 3 Lite. It's smaller, lighter, slower, and cheaper. It will appeal to the same constituency that the Surface Pro 3 appeals to—OneNoters, digital artists, desk-bound mobile workers—but with markedly greater affordability and portability. It's a slightly worse laptop than the Surface Pro 3 but a somewhat better tablet. Many people will be able to find it useful.
One thing I haven't mentioned is lapability. That's not because the Surface 3 finally fixes this long-standing gripe; a laptop with a stiff hinge is still better for use on your lap. Rather, this is a system that's priced more or less as a (high-end) tablet or mediocre laptop, not an Ultrabook. As such, I never felt that I was using something lesscapable than comparably priced machines; in fact, the device felt like something more capable. Even if it isn't quite as good at being a laptop as a real laptop, it's much better at being a tablet, or at fitting in a backpack, or for watching movies on a plane, or as a sketchpad with a stylus. Using the Surface Pro 3, I always had a nagging sense of "I could get a nice Ultrabook for this money." I couldn't get something as nice as the Surface 3 for the money.

Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper… better? | Ars Technica

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The inside story of the multibillion-dollar quest to make faster, cheaper gadgets

"Moore's Law, which was conceived by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 and turns 50 on Sunday, remains one of the most accurate predictors of future technology. It's set the breakneck pace that all electronics moves along today, goading chip companies to make sure they can keep up. Semiconductor makers are sinking billions of dollars into research and manufacturing each year just to stay in the race. In 1966, a new chip plant cost $14 million. In 1995, the price tag was $1.5 billion. Today, it can cost as much as $10 billion -- roughly the annual gross domestic product of Mongolia."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Google Nexus 9 - TabTimes

"Both the Apple iPad Air 2 and the HTC built Google Nexus 9 have been on the market for a short while now. Both devices are about as good as it gets, at least in terms of tablets from these companies. We want to see how these devices stack up against one another, pitting the hardware and the software in a genuine old fashioned shootout.
Here, is your Apple iPad Air 2 vs the Google Nexus 9 comprehensive comparison."

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nexus 9 Vs Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Nexus 9 Vs Galaxy Tab S 8.4

How The Science Of Wasabi Could Pave The Way For New Pain Meds

"Scientists have modeled the stunning structure of the receptor in our bodies that jolts our senses when we eat sushi garnished with spicy wasabi -- and it turns out that this so-called 'wasabi receptor' may hold clues for developing new pain treatments.

The receptor, a protein called TRPA1, resides in the cellular membrane of our sensory nerve cells. Not only does it detect certain chemical agents outside of our bodies -- from wasabi to tear gas -- but it also gets triggered by pain-inducing signals within our bodies from itches and inflammation."

One month with the new Chromebook Pixel: Still impressive for my needs | ZDNet

"Summary:Out of the box, Google's new Chromebook Pixel impressed. After 30 days of nearly full-time use, it gets even better if Chrome OS and a few tweaks can work for you."