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I think that this great ideal which would aim at being able to run Linux on ANY device prevails over these complexities.
I understand that Linux will not suddenly stop running on 386 boxes, but this is a step in the wrong direction, especially when you consider that with Linux , so much can be done with so little CPU.
Blame Google TV
The complete failure of Google TV won't hurt Google that much, but Logitech and others who invest so much in it might not survive it.
We need a Wii with Full HD resolution and backward compatibility - we got it. No need to throw in a $500 GPU in there.
We saw that Moore's law showed its limits when Intel gave up frantically raising its CPUs' clock speed as it has been doing in the last decade and, instead, multiplying the number of cores.
This slowdown is now also affecting video game consoles. I consider this a rather good news for three reasons:
- Xbox 360 and PS3 owner will be happy that their favorite toy gets extended lifespan
- If there was any XBox 720 or PS4 in the pipeline, MS and Sony wouldn't bother coming up with Kinect or Move
- Maybe this could motivate developers to come up with new game concepts, as opposed to just increased specs (FPS, resolution,...)
Bezos is on the right path
The $199 barrier is very important: that's were impulse buys start to kick in.
Although comparing it to the iPad hardly makes any sense, comparatively-priced Android tablets are way behind the Kindle Fire.
Chris O'Dowd taking a shot at Hollywood
I think this probably has to do with the fact that Roy (Chris O'Dowd) is trying to make himself a name in Hollywood. We've seen him in quite a few comedies in the last 2 years, Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig, being actually quite fun and commercially successful.
Nothing beats the Moto F3
Dirt cheap - No idea what it costs now but got one for 30 euros about 5 years ago
Big characters and voice help for grandma
Super long battery life thank to e-ink display
Actually quite stylish, being one of the slimmest phones on the market.
I have to agreee with Steve on optical drives
Permanently doubling the size of the Mac mini just to allow a one-time install is not worth it.
And for the desperate ones unable to properly configure a bootable USB stick, then I would suggest to go for a cheap external CD/DVD burner, that they'll also be able to share among other gadgets such as netbooks, which have given up the opical drive long time ago.
Countdown is on
I bet a large pint of beer with my buddies that Logitech would either go out of business or get acquired by Microsoft within 2 years. I would feel rather comfortable upping the ante right now.
I know the Swiss Franc is reaching insane heights lately, but Logitech really has to stop ruining decent innovative products by charging way too much for them:
- the Harmony remotes: excellent but way too expensive
- the squeezebox: not bad, but way too expensive
- IP camera alarms system: looks great but 3-4 times more expensive than comparable products
- GoogleTV, see other comments in this post
An e-Reader is not a tablet
It's just plain nonsense to put Amazon and iPad in the same chart. The Kindle is meant to read books whereas the iPad is a mobile computing device.
Of course you can read books on the iPad, but it's painful to the eyes (especially if you've already spent the whole day working in front of a computer) and those who've tried to bring their iPad to the beach (or the park) to read a book on a sunny day have clearly understood the benfits of the Kindle e-Ink technology.
Samsung and Hitachi want out - With good reasons
The technology is obsolete and the market is nearly ready for flash-based only storage (where there is still a good deal of competition),
It just need this nice little boost from the EU.
Sad state of affairs
This is what happen when you are a smaller player with a superior product: the big names with subpar products win anyway using unfair strategies, such as unhealthy alliances, which surely won't benefit the customers in the end.
Why a Brit?
I've been told that any time they need some kind of expert, US TV networks bring in a Brit.
Does this also apply to MS commercials?
Is there some kind of inferiority complex going on?
European vs American market: wrong debate
Where did Elop get the idea that American would love WP7 any more than Europeans?
Having lived for years on both ends of the Atlantic, I have to say that taste for good phone is not different on either end. The main difference are the fact that CDMA still survives in the US and also that the big telcos (ATT, Verizon...) really get to decide which phone do or doesn't reach the american customers.
In any case WP7 is clearly "too little too late" and this will drive Nokia to its knees.
Not much of an Ellison fan but...
...Wasn't it the right move to can OpenSolaris? Wouldn't it be better is all Open Source backers would focus on OSs based on the Linux kernel?
Adobe killed Flash by not improving it
Since the acquisition, Adobe hasn't done much to improve former Macromedia technologies: ColdFusion is dead, Dreamweaver is getting worse at every CS release , while Flash is still buggy, not secure and way too CPU-consuming.
Steve Jobs is not the only one who has griefs against Flash (MS also joined the bandwagon), he's just one of the few actors on the market who can actually afford to side against Adobe.
I certainly doubt that MS cares about the Linux desktop crowd at all.
IMHO, the only reason Office Web Apps run on Linux is because MS had to update Sharepoint to accommodate the growing population of Firefox/Chrome/... Windows users, fed up with being limited to IE. From what I recall, this took place with the release of MOSS 2007 SP2. Hence, by making Sharepoint Firefox-compatible, they unintentionally made it Linux-compatible.
Back in the days when I was working as a support professional at Microsoft, when call volume was low, we were happy to be able to log some working time reading and answering the newsgroups and hence avoid a slap on the fingers at the end of the month.
I guess restricting support to the forums will also allow MS to have tighter control on how much time the support folks actually spend helping users in there.
He did it right
I actually found this launch (and the first hand-on videos) very reassuring:
- I was expecting it to be overpriced: it starts at $499 ($629 with 3G) and the 14.95/month for 250MB data plan is quite affordable
- I was wondering about typing: the keyboard dock looks really good
- I was worrying about eye-strain: the IPS screen is nearly as comfortable to the eyes as a Kindle
- I was wondering about software availability: it runs 99+% of the current iPhone software library
- I was wondering about productivity: they redesigned iWork for the iPad and if you get the keyboard dock, it should work quite well.
As per the comparison with netbooks, I'd say that it's nearly impossible to get MacBook-like build quality and design on netbooks (probably only the Nokia Booklet 3G comes close) so the iPad is a good compromise, without ruining yourself. Moreover, being only 0.5" thick, it's much more portable than a netbook.
I'm no Apple fanboy (hell, I don't even own a "Jesus Phone"), but I definitely will put this gadget on my wishlist.
Too early to call it
I've been following GeoHo's blog and tweets for awhile now and I tend to share reknown PSP hacker mathieuh's pessimism about this project. GeoHot replies to mathieuh's very precise questions were hardly convincing.
There's big chance that nothing would come out of this, due to unforseen security hurdles, so it's definitely too early to call victory.
There has been a long time when hardware manufacturers didn't have any other choice other than WinMo if they wanted to build a high-end smartphone. Those days are over: I feel as if we're back in the early nineties when dozens of computer manufacturers were competing for the lead, each with their own innovations
I don't get it
How are those two gals even related? They don't look like each other at all
You mean a "Yaris for the 21st century"?
How does this look like a Beetle?
I'd expect more from VW than such a boring car with a 2013 production date. By then, Nissan, Honda (and maybe Mitsu) will own the market.
Either those resellers are trying to rip us off, or the Pré is bound to fail completely with such an unrealistic price tag.
Even with a $300 or $350 subsidy, the Pré doesn't stand a chance at surviving against the Android crowd at this price.
It was evil in the first place to make iPhones without external storage, forcing storage-hungry users to shell out big bucks for iPhones with bigger flash memory .
But now, the rest of us, non Apple fashion victims will have to suffer overall flash memory price increase due this evilness.
No wi-fi => Chinese Market?
Since the Chinese government doesn't like wi-fi enabled phones, maybe junior might be a good candidate to compete with the iPhone over there?
The keyboard seems more confortable than on Pre Senior
Looks like they embedded the battery in hope to keep it away from those "pandorized" batteries enabling custom firmwares. This is a bad trend (Apple does that too on their new MacBooks) because batteries don't last forever and it makes the PSP useless when the battery is dead, as it wouldn't be worthwhile to replace it at that time .
While you're checking out iFixit's site, don't miss the awesome "banana teardown" :-)
Will it ever replace ADSL/cable?
Is there any place in the World where 3G/HSDPA access is available without monthly bandwidth limit?
The speed would be sufficient to make it a replacement for ADSL or cable.
The multiplicity of apps is much less of a problem than the multiplicity of file formats.
As long as open source alternatives are not up to speed with MS Office, I find a little competition more than welcome to boost the envelope.
I share your disappointment with KDE4 (which is gradually getting much better), but if I was to switch back to KDE, I would certainly give KOffice a try.
I think it's inaccurate to classify the PS3 as a hardcore gamer-only machine. The titles available for download on PSN can keep most casual gamers happy (e.g Eden, Calling All Cars, Lumines Supernova, Fl0w, etc...). Moreover, folks who bought the PS3 for its Blueray/Media Center capabilities are usually way past the age of hardcore gaming.
On the other hand, EA, Activision and others will gradually abandon the Wii, as they did with the GameCube and once again Nintendo will have to keep his much-hyped baby on life support all by itself.
I think the goal is realistic: the Wii crowd will eventually get bored of playing Wii Sports and seek a console with a wider offering of decent games.
Moreover, HDTVs have been selling really well lately and the PS3 is the perfect addition to them.
Even if the hardware sales goal is not met, I wouldn't worry too much: a large part of the income is coming from software licensing and on that front, being the only console to this day that hasn't been hacked is a huge advantage.
I find pretty naive for folks to think that americans and their feeble-minded friends have a monopoly on UAVs. Anyone with above-average skills, access to the local RadioShack and some time on his hands could build one.
And in any case, the feeble-minded friends (eg. Saddam or the Afghan Mujahedins) have a nasty tendency to become enemies or even join the Axis of Evil club.
Give away Windows 7 for free and kill Ubuntu
Shuttleworth makes an interesting point saying that dirt cheap XP OEM licences hurt Ubuntu a lot.
I think MS should consider giving away Windows 7 for free if they want to maintain their lead. In any case, the real cash cow is Office, not the OS.
Net neutrality issues?
Maybe it has to do with this:
In any case, the fiddling Comcast has recently been doing with their customers' bandwidth could turn a lot of them away (it would turn me away if I was one of their customers).
It looks like LG finally managed to come up with a usable watchphone, after several attempts by less-serious manufacturers. I doubt anyone would actually use the built-in microphone, but if you pair that it with a bluetooth headset this would really make my day.
People have been complaining about its size, but it seems to fit quite well the guy in the video, who doesn't seem to have an oversized wrist.
Useless Windows-only bloatware CD
It's very common to see Internet connection kits bundled with a CD that lead you to believe you have to install some useless Windows-only application to be able to use your modem, whereas, the Web Interface is more than sufficient.
Verizon should provide noob-proof documentation to set up your connection using a browser without having to install this probably unsecure bloatware.
I wouldn't be surprised if this whole article was in fact a PR stunt by M$ to prevent other PC manufacturer from following Dell's excellent move toward non Windows OS.
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