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Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of the PC

Tuesday 10th of November 2015 05:04:54 PM
"Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones," Cook argues in his distinctly Southern accent (he was born in Alabama). He highlights two other markets for his 12.9 inch devices, which go on sale online on Wednesday. The first are creatives: "if you sketch then it’s don't want to use a pad anymore," Cook says. Aside from the fact that the death of the PC has been predicted just as often as the death of Apple, I'm obviously not going to claim the man successfully running the largest company in the world is wrong, but I am going to state I'm rather skeptical of the iPad Pro. I predicted the original iPad would do well, but this Microsoft Surface clone? The doubt is very real.

The EU is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink

Monday 9th of November 2015 08:03:37 PM
According to a draft communication on copyright reform leaked yesterday (via IPKat), the Commission is considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. This idea flies in the face of both existing interpretation and spirit of the law as well as common sense. Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable. The stupidity of the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels/Strasbourg never ceases to amaze me. Fresh from royally doing terrible things to the poohc regarding net neutrality, out comes this insane plan. And then people wonder why the EU has such a bad reputation.

BlackBerry Priv reviews are coming in

Monday 9th of November 2015 08:03:29 PM
The BlackBerry Priv has been released, and the first reviews have been coming in over the weekend. It's a bit of a mixed bag - people like the hardware and the keyboard, but the software seems to have bugs and issues. Some reviews, like the one from AndroidCentral, are radiant: This is absolutely one of the best phones to be released this year, and while BlackBerry still has to demonstrate it can keep its promises when it comes to software updates this is already an exceptional experience. It's only going to get better from here. The review from Dieter Bohn at The Verge - certified keyboard enthusiast and Palm fan and thus an awesome person you can trust because anyone who sings the praises of Palm is a great person, as well all undoubtedly know - is, overall, positive, but the software issues he experienced did mar the experience considerably. In truth, I wanted to tell him to do it. But I couldn't. There are enough software bugs and slowdowns that I had to tell him to hold off and see if BlackBerry could finish the job it started here. Take those good ideas and buff off their rough edges, make the software just a little more stable. Because as a first effort at an Android phone, the Priv is remarkable, and I couldn't wait to see what a second push would do for it (assuming, of course, that BlackBerry gets the chance). I agree with Bohn that such software issues on a flagship device that's supposed to save a company's handset business are dealbreaker - this machine costs a hefty €699, and for that, you deserve a phone without such issues. That being said, I'm still excited for the phone, if only because it will surely be picked up by the Android ROM community soon enough. This one is definitely on my list to eventually replace my Nexus 5.

Tizen shows growth, overtakes BlackBerry

Thursday 5th of November 2015 11:58:21 PM
Android registered a slight year-on-year increase in marketshare, while Apple gained traction, driven by strong demand for new iPhone models. Microsoft, BlackBerry and Firefox drifted down, while Tizen posted tangible growth and overtook BlackBerry being the fourth largest OS platform for the first time ever. Good news to see Tizen gain at least some traction - although admittedly taking over BlackBerry OS is like winning the 100 m sprint while your competitors are all asleep. In case you're not familiar with Tizen, this helpful video will explain... Wait what did I just watch? In any event, I'm genuinely interested in getting a Tizen device once they hit Europe at a justifiable price point. Great addition to the collection.

Google reportedly wants to design its own Android chips

Thursday 5th of November 2015 11:56:33 PM
Google is reportedly taking a page out of Apple's playbook and expressing interest in co-developing Android chips based on its own designs, according to a report today from The Information. Similar to how the iPhone carries a Ax chip designed by Apple but manufactured by companies like Samsung, Google wants to bring its own expertise and consistency to the Android ecosystem. To do that, it would need to convince a company like Qualcomm, which produces some of the top Android smartphone chips today using its own technology, to sacrifice some of its competitive edge. Google did not respond to a request for comment. Within a few years, Google will be competing head-to-head with Apple, with its own line of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and maybe even desktops, all running Android.

Microsoft and Red Hat announce partnership

Thursday 5th of November 2015 12:06:04 AM
The partnership we are announcing today with Red Hat extends our commitment to offer unmatched choice and flexibility in an enterprise-grade cloud experience across the hybrid cloud. With more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft’s cloud, for us to team with the leader in enterprise Linux allows even more businesses to move to the cloud on their terms. By working with Red Hat, we will address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds, including the following. Only fourteen short years ago: Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. What a time to be alive.

OOSMOS goes open source

Wednesday 4th of November 2015 11:28:01 PM
OOSMOS, the Object Oriented State Machine Operating System, is an open source implementation of threadless concurrency for C/C++. The portable, single-source file implementation makes it easy to integrate into any environment - from bare boards to mainframes. Out of the box, it compiles and runs on many small processors and boards (including Arduino) as well as on Windows and Linux. It is our goal for developers of any skill level to be able to use OOSMOS effectively, whether building a science project on an Arduino or building an advanced medical device. We've already talked about OOSMOS before, but the project's just gone open source.

Some good news, some bad news about digital rights

Wednesday 4th of November 2015 11:19:56 PM
The bad news: For months, privacy advocates have asked Congress to kill or reform the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a bill that they say hides new government surveillance mechanisms in the guise of security protections. Now the Senate has shot down a series of attempts to change the legislation’s most controversial measures, and then passed it with those privacy-invasive features fully intact. The good news: The new rules for exemptions to copyright's DRM-circumvention laws were issued today, and the Librarian of Congress has granted much of what EFF asked for over the course of months of extensive briefs and hearings. The exemptions we requested - ripping DVDs and Blurays for making fair use remixes and analysis; preserving video games and running multiplayer servers after publishers have abandoned them; jailbreaking cell phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices to run third party software; and security research and modification and repairs on cars - have each been accepted, subject to some important caveats.

Hunting bugs in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Wednesday 4th of November 2015 11:32:33 AM
Google's Project Zero, which investigates the security of popular software, recently turned its attention to the Galaxy S6 Edge. A week of investigation showed that there are a number of weak points in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Over the course of a week, we found a total of 11 issues with a serious security impact. Several issues were found in device drivers and image processing, and there were also some logic issues in the device that were high impact and easy-to-exploit. The majority of these issues were fixed on the device we tested via an OTA update within 90 days, though three lower-severity issues remain unfixed. It is promising that the highest severity issues were fixed and updated on-device in a reasonable time frame. I love that Google has Project Zero, and that the Zero team is not afraid of exposing the weaknesses in the company's own products (in this case, Android). Few companies out there would allow this.

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