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Friday, May 08, 2015

Why Windows 10 is the 'last' version of Windows

"Now it's clear those updates will be perpetual. Windows will be, going forward, more akin to Google Chrome, which was one of the first big consumer-facing examples of software as a service, in the modern sense. For Chrome users, updates typically happen in the background and features are added or get turned on as they roll out.

Updates can even include big changes that are invisible to users. Chrome replaced its entire browser engine (from the open-source WebKit to its homegrown Blink) a couple of years back, but users didn't even notice. To them, it's still just Chrome, not Chrome 42, which is technically the current version number."

The iPad Pro will kickstart Apple's tablet sales | CIO

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Apple tries to resuscitate iPad sales with new ad campaign

"Apple certainly needs help generating greater demand for its tablet. The iPad has seen its once stellar sales and market share continue to dwindle over the past few years. Announcing its fiscal second-quarter results on April 27, Apple revealed that iPad sales hit its fifth consecutive decline to 12.6 million units from 16.4 million a year earlier. Analysts had been forecasting 14.1 million iPads, according to a poll by Fortune.

Why the downturn in iPad sales? There are several reasons.

People are holding onto their tablets longer and sharing them with family members, so there's less of a need to buy new ones. And instead of purchasing both a mobile phone and a tablet, more consumers are opting to buy bigger-screened iPhones, or phablets, such as the iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5-inch screen."

Feds to cable industry: Embrace broadband competition, or else - CNET

"Speaking at the cable industry's annual convention, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tells cable operators to expect policies that promote broadband competition."

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE variant (SM-T705) gets Lollipop - SamMobile

"More Lollipop love is heading out to Samsung’s customers today, with the LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 the latest device to be upgraded to the latest and greatest version of Android. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE is currently getting Lollipopover in Hong Kong, two weeks after the Wi-Fi variant got its helping of the confectious update.

The update is based on Android 5.0.2 and comes with build number T705ZHU1BOD3; it is available via Samsung Kies and through our firmware section for those wishing to upgrade manually. An over the air version should be heading out as well, and if you’ve received it on your Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE, do let us know how the installation went and whether you notice anything different than what the usual Lollipop update entails."

Monday, May 04, 2015

NYC commits $70 million toward universal broadband

"In an ambitious effort to close New York City's digital divide, theDe Blasio administration has announced that it's going to spend $70 million bringing high-speed internet access to the city's residents. An estimated 22 percent of New Yorkers overall lack ahome internet connection (with that number jumping to 36 percent for the poorest residents), which significantly impacts their social mobility, according to the mayor's office."