Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
it looks terrible, doesn't have apps, compatibility (fixable), other company support, dev loving.
I get that some beancounter is probably saying "hey, we pay Google 5 bucks per phone, if we didn't have to pay that, we'd make more profit", but breaking everything isn't the solution.
And how they ignore their users for years over touchwiz, I'm not too trusting that Tizen will give users what they want.
It /can/ be fixed a bit, by making a Cyanogenmod like version of it, release the base code somewhere, like ASOP for Android, and it would get some love from the dev community I'm sure. But will/can samsung set it free? From past experience they want everything kept very close.
Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality
Heck, can even order a 'nice' version from Amazon for 20 bucks, drop in your phone, done, you've got a VR headset.
Pretty amazing how well it actually works.
Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?
Usually jump all over new ROM's, new OS updates, all part of the fun. Though... I'm still not sure about this new Material look to everything.
Running on a AMOLED, and rarely go outside, I prefer the black background, holo look. So... the 'xp feel' is spot on, I'm in a good place, everything works, and it looks good.
Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman
Been missing seeing Sony design something that looks good. Make a phone in this formfactor, size and all (bigger battery, better camera sensor, better grip), and I'd be all over it. Bored of slivers of steel when you can get something like that.
How Nigeria Stopped Ebola
Yup, only takes one person holed up in their bunker, seeing the gubmint trying to take their guns away for it to turn... well, as these things usually go. Though I suspect the police storming the compound might take a bit more care than usual.
Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?
You know, WHO.
Communism was just a *ahem* red herring.
Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday
Checking our weblogs, I'm still amazed how many people out in the wild are using ie6, and have avoided windows update. Ok, it's only a few % out of the full amount but still a few thousand machines that must be malware heaven.
CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s
Recent versions were tested on youtube comments but someone forgot to turn it off.
Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
Wife's family would read this and laugh before heading out to the club. Large Cuban family, the 'baby' of her aunts and uncle is 81 and there's no holding any of them back. I think the coffee they knock back in ludicrous strengths is what Ponce De Leon was searching for all that time.
Scotland Votes No To Independence
Aye, and when they do bump something back a couple of times, people tend to pay attention. There's little that gets jammed through without people noticing.
X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday
Unless there's that lone scientist who isn't being listened to by everyone else, as he's got the evidence that the sensors are wrong, and that it's going to be XKCD class.
Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
2 Billion dollars richer? I wish I could fail that badly.
Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara
Think that's exactly it, yes, this IS Ara only at the moment, but when they were asked this at the dev conference, there was much flirting of eyes and 'we're only doing THIS for now' comments.
But for phones, tablets, cameras, home security systems, media players, car units, plug in what you want, when you want. This concept isn't anything new in PC tech, with so many busses/drivers/external devices, it's known what's needed. This is a uber low power/hopefully incredibly flexible, driverless (to a point) something new.
Plug in that better camera, get the associated app to take benefit of the low light sensor.
Plug that smoke sensor into your wifi router for a cheap NEST like device. Have that wall mounted NEST AC unit near the door, plug in a bigger screen, attach the external camera to your doorbell (with fingerprint sensor? maybe versionIII), when someone calls, show the camera view on the NEST controller, and/or Chromecast it across to your TV.
Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch
Never. They've been trying to crack this nut for nearly 20 years and still won't give it up. They can't.
If someone takes aware Windows/Office, MS dies. This market should have been theirs to own, but sticking to simply bust WindowsCE rebranded with a shiny interface stopped them doing what needed to be done.
Still, they can keep throwing marketing dollars at it, and as long as they creep up %'s of ownership each year, they'll see it as a success. That they're offering their services on ios/android shows how scared they are, but they won't/can't give up.
Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch
Hmm... no idea. Been watching MS in this market for years, ever since 'Pegasus' and...
They just wait to see what everyone else does, throw marketing dollars at it, and try again. For the last 20 years.
THIS time... I really can't get it. They've been rudderless for years, we'll see if the new guy in charge starts showing an actual direction.
Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa
Was obvious people were going to figure out everything Verizon was saying is BS, and that they'd continue to get bad press about this.
You'd think the PR droids spouting this stuff would talk to their tech people and listen. But they probably said "look, just give us a pretty graphic right?" "But, techs will see through your spin" "Leave that to us" "But it'll make us look even worse" "You don't get paid to deal with this"
All too predictable, and the same techs are probably still being yelled at.
Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"
Yeah, the second MS announced their Surface devices, the first thing I thought of was "well, that's every single PC maker now in competition with MS, and MS doesn't play well with others if history is anything to go by"
Got a Dell Venue Pro when it first came out cheap, to have a play. And after a few bios upgrades, 8.1 upgrade, constant windows updates, driver upgrades, it's almost workable. Pick it up, let it install the updates, and in 10minutes or so after powering up and eventually locking onto the local network signal (that the very last update seemed to fix), it's good to go!
Even skipping the horrendous UI, that's clunky on the small screen, it simply doesn't feel as 'quality' as the Nexus7 I also use. Windows, use it on the laptops/desktops/servers, it works and works well, but for tablets, it's still stuck in that odd twilight of functionality that means it's not perfect for anything.
Ok, there's going to be some sales for people who want to access MS Office files on a tablet? No, I don't think there really will be that many. And if you DID want that functionality, the 'safe' choice is going to be a MS laptop/Surface device.
So I totally get why Win tablet sales are next to non-existent, and why makers of these devices are going to flee the platform and follow the rush to the bottom of other Android maker devices.
German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks
Shares in correcting fluid would rocket.
Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba
Aye, it's the Floridian Cubans stopping this. If they really wanted to get rid of the regime, they'd remove the blockade in an early morning vote. The cruise ships would be sailing by dinner, in Havana by evening. Within a week, property along the coast would be snapped up, in in 3 months, condos/villas/hotels all along, with a mass invasion of tourists and their dollars. Under that influx, things would change.
But people who can make it happen don't want to as it's advantageous for votes/power.
I look forward to going as a Brit, but it's tricky for my US wife, has to jump through some odd hoops.
Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss
Thank you, that's exactly what I was trying to say!
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Off to America
Getting everything sorted out/burned/tested to goto Washington. Weather looks like it's clearing over there so I should get chance to go Monday Morning.