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Next week is Microsoft's last chance to prove that Windows still matters

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about two weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Windows 8 was a disaster. Windows Phone is a non-starter. PC sales have dropped for the last two years. Windows has gone from powering 95% of internet-connected devices to powering about 15%. Next week, Microsoft will lift the veils a bit further on Windows 10, the next version of its now 30-year-old operating system. Will anybody care?"
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Larry Page's Nightmare: How Google Loses Its Dominance

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about three weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Interesting walkthrough of all the threats facing Google right now. More focused on the business than the technology, and no mention of Chrome, but still worth considering as Google follows in the footsteps of Microsoft and IBM before it."
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The burning question Microsoft needs to answer this year

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about three weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft is no longer the Windows-first company. So this year, it needs to give developers a crystal clear answer to the question: why should we keep building for Microsoft's platforms? In the old days, the answer was easy: Windows was where the users (and the money) were. Today? Not so easy."
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On The Country's Elite Hacking Force

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Business Insider interviewed Jang Se-yul, a North Korean defector who trained in the country's Mirim University alongside some of the hackers who make up its elite Bureau 121 hacking squad. He explains how they train: "They take six 90-minute classes every day, learning different coding languages and operating systems, from C to Linux. Jang says a lot of time was spent dissecting Microsoft programs, like the Windows operating system, and how to attack the overall computer IT systems of enemy countries like the US or South Korea." He also explains that these hackers are among the elite in North Korea, and even though they have unfiltered information about the outside world that their countrymen lack, most of them would never dream of leaving."
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Windows next: So what?

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 4 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The PC isn't dead. But Microsoft tried ambitious and ahead of the curve with Windows 8 and got a resounding "huh?" from the mainstream market. If the next version plays it safe, tones down the vision, and makes enterprises comfortable with the more secure and easier to mobilize WinRT runtime, while accommodating cheap tablets for people who don't want to pay for iPad and want something more powerful than Android, Microsoft can hold onto its 14% while it builds out cross-platform versions of its apps to take advantage of the services where it's actually doing something exciting — like Power BI and Project Spark and Skype Translator and Azure ML and lots of things that have nothing at all to do with Windows."
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Why Apple's HealthKit and HomeKit privacy rules are a huge competitive advantage

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 5 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Apple has added a list of rules about how developers can use HealthKit, HomeKit, and keyboard data, and they demonstrate Apple's commitment to ensuring that the most private and personal data of its users is respected and protected. In a year where Facebook admitted that it experimented with the mental state of hundreds of thousands of its users, it's refreshing to see a company that remains focused on what its users want and need, and doesn't rely on selling information about them."
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Jawbone's earthquake chart and the creepy factor

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 5 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Jawbone published a chart this morning showing its customers in the Bay area waking up during the recent earthquake. While many people thought that was a cool use of fitness data, it's a good reminder about how much data is being collected."
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Google's retreat on Pointer Events makes life harder for web developers

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 5 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Google's decision means that's more work for web developers, as it forces them to write multiple versions of the same code.
They'll need to support Pointer Events, and whatever Google adds to Touch Events to support different input messages, and maybe Android's Motion Events if they aren't the same as Blink's version. The PC isn't growing much but it isn't dying off either. The future doesn't only look like touch — unless you're Google and all you see is Android. It would be nice if the web was ready for that future, and Google isn't helping."

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Why Silicon Valley is suddenly in love with Slack

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 5 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "For all the hype, Slack only really shines in the specific use-case of teams, likely distributed across geographies, who have to share and act on information from multiple sources really, really fast in order to produce something digital. It's probably not going to make as much sense for, say, a field sales force. Or the HR department. Or retail workers."
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Why Microsoft Azure will get the last laugh in the cloud wars

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Venture capitalist Brad Feld recently argued that Amazon's cloud dominance is over, and said that it's a good time to be Microsoft or Google. In this article, CITEworld editor Matt Rosoff argues that Microsoft is in fact in the driver's seat — Azure is a core part of its strategy, not a low-margin side business like Google Cloud Engine is for its parent company."
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The hunt for electric bacteria to power tiny devices

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "As the tiny machines of the Internet of Things spread to each corner of life, researchers have increasingly looked for new ways to power and connect them. Several researchers are focusing on the tiniest form of life — bacteria."
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Despite bolstering its offerings, BlackBerry is still stuck in the past

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The BlackBerry Security Summit gave the company a chance to announce its acquisition of Secusmart and affirm its commitment to delivering and expanding highly secure devices and services. While there were high points, it also demonstrated that BlackBerry is still out of touch in some key areas."
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Microsoft: Platform

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Satya Nadella's experience coming up through the Microsoft ranks (and through several different divisions) has given him a very different picture of the company than Steve Ballmer had, and it's shaping his re-invention of Microsoft. The key to Nadella's Microsoft is the idea of Microsoft as a platform. While that idea may seem orthogonal to the original devices and services concept developed by Ballmer, it's actually closely related. The platform that Nadella is talking about is Microsoft's services, and he's thinking ten years ahead when hyperscale cloud services deliver much of our computing experience."
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How to prepare for the flood of wearables into the workplace

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Wearables are poised to make a dramatic entrance into our lives and workplaces, if they haven't already. Wearables pose many of the paradigm shifting challenges that mobile devices, apps, and cloud services did. Companies will have to figure out how to redesign apps — again — to be more aware of context, and will have to grapple with new privacy and security challenges. But unlike with the flood of smartphones, this time they can be prepared."
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