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Duncan J Murray (1678632) writes "Jolla, the Ex-Nokia N9 employee spin-off, has just released some details and pictures of their first handset based on their linux operating system. It will run a dual-core processor, a 4.5" screen, have a replaceable battery and a micro-SD card slot, and will initially be available in Europe for EUR399. The main selling points are a multi-tasking user-interface which is capable of running android apps using an Alien Dalvik layer from Myriad group, and *cough* replaceable multi-coloured back covers.
The technology is based on the Mer distribution, using RPM package management and QT/HTML5. The OS is called Sailfish, and work is on-going to develop a common API for Ubuntu phone, Sailfish and Plasma Active." Link to Original Source top
Duncan J Murray (1678632) writes "Currently exhibiting at The Barbican, London is a fayre on Neuroscience, which includes this 20-minute auditory exhibit looking at (or should that be listening to) — sounds of neurons firing, simulations of cochlear implants, the mosquito frequency, neverending scales, phantom words and speech reconstructed from intracranial electrophysiological recording, as well as other auditory illusions. It is worth a listen." Link to Original Source top
Duncan J Murray writes "Linus posts on Google Plus his admiration for the Google Chromebook Pixel. Citing the 13" 2560x1700 display as the main stand-out feature, he states:
"Because the screen really is that nice. And I really appreciate not just the pixels, but the form factor. I despise widescreen displays, but I had gotten resigned to them. Until now. 3:2, baby! I don't understand why people complain about "black bars", when I can't see why it would be any different to have "no pixels at all", which is what the silly widescreen displays do."
He goes on to state that he prefers a proper OS to chromeOS:
"So ChromeOS wasn't horrible, but running a native environment (currently still testing using a livecd just to see that it all works) really makes the screen come to its own. I think ChromeOS isn't necessarily a bad idea, but I think Google is being a bit too timid about it, and limiting things a bit too much. And that may make sense if your hardware is limited (ie slow Atom or ARM CPU, cheap 1366x768 panel), but on this machine it's really holding the hardware back."
Personally I could never understand the move to widescreens on computers — just who is it out there that spends all their time watching DVDs on their laptop? As a photographer, the widescreen displays really limit viewing portrait orientation shots, too. 4:3 for me please." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: What is the best note-taking device for conference?
Duncan J Murray writes "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate hardware/software combo note-taking device, taking into account keyboard quality, endurance, portability, discretion & future ease-of-reference. Is a notepad and pen still king? What about an Ipad? N900? Psion 5mx? A small Thinkpad X-series? And if so which OS? Would you have a GUI? Which text-editor?"