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Topic: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has The Same Minimum PC Requirements That Have Existed Since 2006   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:51:18 PM(UTC)

Uh, you do know this is only the first technical preview?

As MS put it, it's just the first "chapter" of the preview and it's going to go through a lot of changes... This first release just focuses on the changes for the desktop and has a emphasis for Enterprise users...

For people trying it out, they'll have to subscribe to monthly updates and a more general consumer version of the preview is suppose to come out sometime around February 2015...

Not to mention they're also going to be working on a merged version of WP/RT next year as well...

While MS specifically stated they'll be making it faster, etc. as they continue to develop it...

Besides, an adaptive OS that can work on nearly any device should probably be able to only install what it needs for the given hardware and legacy support can be put off as optional installation elements but it's going to take awhile before they can make all those changes and actually deliver what they are describing...

Topic: ASUS Unveils Transformer Book V Hybrid Android Smartphone, Tablet, And Windows 8.1 Convertible   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 7:01:36 PM(UTC)

There's actually a viable market for devices that lets you combine the function of multiple devices but the problem is neither Google or MS want anyone to produce a device that actually overlaps their individual platforms on the same hardware...

Asus seems determined to still try to tap that market potential, however, and the Transformer V should get around the Google/MS ban as it's really two separate devices that just dock together...

So Android is only running on the phone and Windows 8 is only running on the PC side and both can use the tablet as a dock with a physical button to switch between them...

While you get the flexibility to use everything from the phone to the full keyboard docked combo configuration in any combination you wish or just the phone by itself and/or the keyboard dock and tablet by itself...

There's downsides of course but there are people this would appeal to...

Topic: ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Android Tablet Powered By Intel Bay Trail Platform Leaks To Web   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:31:34 PM(UTC)

Slightly? The Nexus 7 2012 model was Tegra 3, but Bay Trail performance rivals even the Tegra 4... It's also a 64bit SoC, which means this could be running the first 64bit Android...

Intel did already provide the basic image for developers to work from for a 64bit version of Kitkat... So, they can start pushing that out at any time with tablets like these that are already ready to run them...

The Z3745 is also part of the newer updated Bay Trail SoCs that put a little more emphasis on GPU performance with up to 16% faster GPU max Clock and they raised the thermal limits, which can allow for better prolonged performance...

The stated 1.33GHz is only the CPU cores base clock but it goes up to 1.86GHz...

It's just too bad this is a budget model and they only gave it 1GB of RAM... Since, eventually users could have gotten around the firmware and run anything they could want on it...

Mind, full Intel SoC means Open Source drivers that in turn means users could have gotten pretty much any GNU/Linux distro to run on it or even Windows 8...

But this won't be the only model Asus will be releasing and there will be likely a better spec version released later...

Topic: Meta Pro Glasses Claim To Deliver Iron Man 3D Augmented Reality Computing   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:43:59 AM(UTC)

But give it another decade and they'll be able to put the whole thing inside the equivalent of a Google Glass setup...

Topic: Verizon Called in to Bail Out HealthCare.gov Disaster   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:12:05 AM(UTC)

Considering they spent over $500 million developing the Obamacare sites and all related services, I think the tax payers have been royally ripped off big time!

Never mind the agency asked for more than $1 billion in additional funds “needed to support operation infrastructure” and open-enrollment preparations of the FFEs. @_@

In comparison, a company like Facebook took 6 years from the time they started to finally spend $500 million and they dealt with a lot more traffic... People attempting to access the Healthcore.gov site are down to 10% and they're still having problems!

Seems they're determined to prove bureaucracies are the most inefficient ways to do business, even though everyone already knew it!

Topic: Microsoft Drops Support For Skype In Windows Phone 7   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:16:46 AM(UTC)

Nope, Skype is their main such app and it has replaced many of their older similar services... They're just phasing out support for the no longer really supported WP7 devices... Remember, the WP7 devices could not be upgraded to WP8, reasons ranging from different hardware to how different the WP8 is from WP7 with different NT Kernel, etc.

So rather than continue to maintain multiple versions of their app, they're stopping it at the last version released and only continuing with the newer versions for the newer devices and OS versions.

Topic: IBM Willing To Pony Up $1 Billion Investment In Linux   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:49:19 PM(UTC)

Uh, no... first the NSA is involved with the Linux Kernel development... “SELinux is an implementation of mandatory access controls (MAC) on Linux”! So at the very least the NSA knows how it works inside and out!

Second, modern surveillance is mainly about the networks you're using and not about the software on your computer. Even the most secure systems can be spied upon if they really want to target you!

Like malware, using Linux may help a bit but nothing is fool proof!

Topic: Microsoft Details 3D Printing Support in Windows 8.1, A Lot like Printing in 2D   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 7:45:09 AM(UTC)

3D printing has been around for a long time but it's finally starting to reach the point that it can be applied to commercial applications for everyday users and not just hobbyists and prototypers.

NASA for example has already started making rocket engine parts with 3D printers that can be made a lot faster and in a single piece, instead of complex multiple components, that's a lot cheaper to make and still is a high quality part.

We may be only a year or two away from everyday consumers from being able to order certain products and have it made right at home.

So, I wouldn't say they jumped on the bandwagon so quick but more just in time to help grease the wheels of progress and help accelerate this trend.

Topic: Mozilla Working on Windows 8 “Modern Interface” Edition of Firefox   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 3:36:42 PM(UTC)

Obviously for all the touch screen Windows 8 devices of course... desktop App isn't very useful if you're using a tablet for example.

Making a Modern UI version means touch screen support and optimization for smaller devices than you would normally use the desktop app for...

Besides, Mozilla is trying to get Firefox everywhere... even coming out with their own FF based phone OS...

Topic: Leaked Photo Shoot Shows Off NVIDIA Tab 7's Sexy Backside   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 7:26:12 PM(UTC)

Despite the Samsung S-PEN software, the problem with stylus/pen usage is that aside from drawing and note taking that there aren't any general purpose reasons to use a stylus/pen with Android...

A stylus/pen makes more sense when running a desktop OS like Windows because they require more precision than capacitive touch can provide on small screens.

However, it is possible to put Android apps into a windowed and tiled view that's similar to a desktop. The Galaxy Note 8 only partially does this with side by side app view and with switching between apps but Rockchip and others are showing that it can go a step further and provide stacked or tiled windows of apps...

On a small 7" screen this can suddenly create a need for the precision of a stylus/pen...

Assuming of course they intend this to be a Android tablet... they could always go with RT or desktop Linux instead... or maybe even opt for a remote desktop feature where a stylus/pen would become more useful than capacitive touch...