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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Everybody copies everyone: iOS 9 features inspired by Android | Ars Technica

"Apple announced iOS 9 on Monday, and while watching the keynote, I had just a little bit of déjà vu. Most of iOS 9's new features seem to be squarely aimed at Apple's biggest rival in mobile: Android. Specifically, they were about catching up to Android.

Search improvements, proactive assistance, split screen, and transit directions? It's been done, but the differences are the fun part, so we chased down the new iOS 9 screenshots and compared them to their Android counterparts. It's not just about who copied whom; it's also a chance to look at the different designs of the two operating systems. And hey, Apple isn't the only one taking ideas from a competitor. Android M's selectable app permissions are an exact copy of the iOS model.

Siri and Search are chasing Google Now but hitting Google where it hurts"

Friday, June 12, 2015

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Update: Impressions & Performance

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Performance
Fast, smooth, stable, and impressive. The Nexus 9 is an extremely powerful tablet but the initial Lollipop release wasn’t nearly as smooth on this powerful 64-bit NVIDIA Denver powered device, but now that Google’s refined everything with Android 5.1.1, this device flies. Everything is buttery smooth, fast, fluid, and appears to be running like a well oiled machine.
I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the noticeable increase in performance and general smooth operations. The Nexus 9 still seems to have a little stutter here and there, which it shouldn’t, but it is actually noticeably better. The update should not only improve the speed and perfomance, but there should be less bugs, less app crashes, and improved battery life as well.

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015) review - CNET

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015) review - CNET

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Costolo steps down as Twitter CEO

Twitter's Dick Costolo, who has spent months defending his performance in the hopes of saving his job, is out as CEO.

The microblogging site announced Thursday that co-founder Jack Dorsey will become interim CEO on July 1, as the company looks for a permanent replacement. Costolo will remain on Twitter's board of directors, and Dorsey will continue as chief executive of Square, the mobile-payments company he also founded.

"I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company," Costolo said in a statement. "We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs our objectives and priorities. There is no one better than Jack Dorsey to lead Twitter during this transition."

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Periscope shares your exact location in global map video - CNET

Periscope shares your exact location in global map video - CNET

Pocket: The Apple Watch could be the most successful flop in history

I really think that and I know that my argument, which Christina is about to shoot down, is going to sound a little crazy because some of it has to do with my gut, perception, the response I’ve seen online and the response I’ve seen in person. This is leaving aside the fact that I think it’s a beautiful device, that it really works and that it didn't disappoint, although all those things play into it.
But, the response and reaction I’m seeing online and in person from people reminds me quite a bit of the early days of the iPhone and the iPad. Especially the iPhone, because when that first started to appear in the market and you saw somebody who had it, you almost ran over to them and you were very excited about it. I see that, and even if people get the name wrong (“Oh is that the iWatch?"), they ask that question. They’re interested, they’re intrigued and I don’t think that has anything to do with Apple’s marketing. The Apple campaign is very nice and all, but once again, I think Apple has tapped into something special.
Pocket: The Apple Watch could be the most successful flop in history