Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard
Bear in mind that a lot of phones get their own specialised outer casing compared to the standard version, so I doubt it would be much work to just make a small modification such as the socket.
Take for example the HTC Hero: Standard Version and the American Version.
Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel
Because most people building websites are techies their idea of something new and exciting is completely different to the everyday person.
I recently attended a lecture by Toby Moore on the cool curve, it helps explain why things like twitter get popular.
Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection
It's not really the case on whether there is a system out there already, chances are there are plenty that could be likely candidates to explode in popularity; all it takes is the bandwagon to start.
I recently attended a quite interesting lecture by Toby Moore that talked about the 'Cool Curve', which essentially says that things just usually have to be there at the right time; there were plenty of better services than Twitter before Twitter existed, but people's comfort moved up a little bit which moved twitter into the cool curve.
Toby Moore on the Cool Curve
The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead
The early consoles couldn't even take care of the available resolution. NES was 256x240. Not to mention the 16 colour limitation on NES. SNES then looked better with the same (NTSC) display, as did N64. They were all major improvements on their predecessor.
I don't think you can improve that much on the existing consoles, definitely not the leaps and bounds they had in the early days.
This also the case with the XBOX360 and PS3, if you have a quick search on google there only seems to be a handful of games that run at 1080p natively; most games are merely up scaled from lower resolutions.
Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse
Hello margins my old friend.
The End of Free
> why would I want to install a dozen different applications (IMDB, Wikipedia etc.) when I can Google it and get the results on one page.
Because websites suck, and you're better of accessing the data on the sites via a tool hand crafted for the screen size/ui of the device you're viewing it on.
Because websites don't have mobile versions of their sites .. oh wait.
The End of Free
Look for the cost - of both the devices and bandwidth - to continue to decline over time.
Strangely enough they've actually gone up recently for AT&T and O2, with their 'unlimited' data plans being scrapped.
Although to be fair the product hasn't really changed much, if at all; they're just being more honest about the limit this time around.
The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships
Huh? There is a picture of the product right there on the page. Links to five different views of it in the lower right.
Yes they have pictures, but no photos.
Project Natal Renamed 'Kinect'
And please don't give me that "You don't *have* to upgrade, you can just ramp down the settings on the latest games" argument. Yes that's true. But we all know that most self-respecting gamers *hate* to do that.
After admiring the new purdy graphics on most games for about 10 minutes, I usually go back and turn the graphics way down to make sure I have a steady FPS; I get so immersed in games after about 20 minutes of gameplay I don't notice whether or not my shadows are perfectly smooth around the edges.
As long as the graphics aren't absolutely terrible to the point where it's distracting, I'll be happy playing on the lower settings.
A delicious steak should be ...
It's a commonly believed myth that searing meat keeps moisture in, see this Wikipedia article.
The Fashion Industry As a Model For IP Reform
In fashion, women are required to constantly buy new clothes lest they be considered "frumpy". Last year's clothes are perfectly good, quality-wise, but a culture has been created by which anyone who wears them is subject to public ridicule.
This only applies to people that buy into fads of fashion, good clothes are timeless and will always look good no matter when you bought them; unless you bought them when you were a few sizes smaller that is.
Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive
So you mean like having 2 separate drives?
Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3
awesome graphics, and not having to constantly upgrade to play the newest games at full quality.
You don't have to upgrade your PC to keep playing games at the same quality; 'Full quality' on a console is the same quality, so it's no different from a PC.
Apple Is Nintendo's "Enemy of the Future"
An iPod touch lasts for ever, I have already seen hand me downs.
Well I don't know about that, my iPod classic is only about 3 years old and the battery lasts about 8 hours when it's not even playing music; this of course wouldn't be a problem if I could replace the battery.
I can't imagine something that has a much more advanced screen would fair any better than a simple music player.
Florida Fails To Pass Bestiality Law
Damn accents get me every time.
Why Google Needs To Pull the Plug On Chrome OS
I've got to admit, it's a pretty clever way of tricking people into going to a site; people rarely fall for the url shortening sites any more, but everyone trusts Google! (Except Slashdot of course, we don't like anyone).
A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight
It's important to note that the loss of profit may not be from the App store, but from the fact that people will have little reason to buy an iPhone if every app is available on every platform; Apple makes the majority of it's profit off hardware not software.
Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control
Oh by the way, the Crookes Radiometer doesn't help you argument; I quote:
Crookes incorrectly suggested that the force was due to the pressure of light.
WoW On an iPad Via Gaikai
I'd imagine this screen-refresh issue would be solved if the rendering was done at home with your desktop PC and was then streamed to you sitting in your living room onto your tablet of choice. I've always wondered if it would be a cool idea to have a 'home server' that just ran dummy machines at the end to just completely run off the server, it'd mean you could use nearly any device and have all the same interface.
Mind you I'm currently in a flat with 5 people in it, so I'd imagine that's really the minimum you'd want this setup for (or if you had 5 people in total that are in the flat a lot).
Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?
I think what they're trying to get at is to remove all the rubbish that doesn't need to be in the game, and to a certain extent I agree.
A lot of my favourite games have been made fairly recently and are short but sweet, the two that stick out in my head being Braid and Portal.
Sure they're not 'simple' challenge wise, but they keep the aim of the game simple and to the point; not only that but they actually force you to change the way you think. I adore watching people play Braid and Portal just because you can see how they struggle until something finally clicks and they start thinking outside of the box.
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