A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
HP has a new Android PC for businesses >> Business Insider
HP clearly still believes that business-class touchscreens will be hot. And now HP is trying to make Android the new operating system for businesses.
Yes, Android — not Chrome OS.
At CES this week HP showed off the Slate 21 Pr0, which uses Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and will be available on
For an alternative point of view, read on...
Android apps on a Windows PC is an OEM gimmick, waste of time >> Neowin
The idea of running Android apps on a Windows machine is somewhat logical as Android now has a massive footprint in the mobile segment. What doesn't seem to make much sense is that mobile Android apps are designed for mobile devices not PCs with a mouse and keyboard or even a touchscreen laptop as the resolution in the displays are dramatically different. And if you are going to argue that Android tablet apps would be more relevant, can you name a killer Android tablet app that doesn't have an alternative in the Windows store or heck, any application that will run on Windows?
"Threshold" to be Called Windows 9, Ship in
At the BUILD developer conference in
In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though
Lexical distance between European languages >> Etymologikon™
This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of
From 2008. But they haven't moved since then. You never know when you might want to know.
Covering CES with a Chromebook wasn't great, but it was possible >> Ars Technica
That's what bothers me the most about Chrome OS. It's not that you can't do a lot with a Chromebook. It's not even about getting used to different tools. It's just that the operating system works so differently from established desktop operating systems that you'll have to alter many of your normal workflows. No one's saying it's impossible to do, but for people used to something else it can be a laborious process.
All of these complaints aside, I was able to cover the majority of CES with the Chromebook 11. I had one full cheat day on Monday, because I need Windows or OS X to run our image uploading tools for liveblogs and I didn't want to carry two laptops around all day. Even the biggest sticking point—importing and manipulating images—could have been circumvented in part with a card reader dongle (or better yet, a Haswell Chromebook with an SD card slot integrated). Even during the few times when I was without a reliable Internet connection throughout the show,
One of his biggest complaints was that he couldn't edit RAW files from his camera, or edit video. Commenters then pointed out that he could have handled RAW with an iPad app. And maybe edited the video.
Apple devices flow into corporate world >> WSJ.com
The utility, a subsidiary of
"For years, we looked for some way to automate this and we heard all sorts of fairy tales, but we could never find anything," said
Now, the utility's engineers who run power plants use iPads to record how much electricity is generated. Warehouse managers use the tablet to scan bar codes and track the utility's tools and materials.
"People start with the iPhone. It's the tip of the spear," said
Windows XP and Java 6: Creating the "Perfect Storm" for Attacks in 2014 - Trend Micro Simply Security
As we outlined in our predictions for 2014, "Blurring Boundaries: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2014 and Beyond", when it comes to Windows XP and Java 6, we really do have unprecedented conditions coming together for a perfect storm for attacks against these legacy platforms. The coming end of support for Windows XP combined with Java 6 (which is already out of support) and the issue of how broadly these legacy platforms are deployed means we are likely looking at the largest number of unpatched and attackable vulnerabilities in history. If that doesn't describe a perfect storm, I don't know what does.
For those tempted to write this off as "crying wolf", remember that as many as 2m Windows PCs running Java may have been infected by malware via ads on the
BlackBerry says keyboards are the future >> Re/code
[New chief executive
It also helps explain why BlackBerry sued Typo, the Ryan Seacrest-backed startup that makes an add-on keyboard for the iPhone.
And while Chen says BlackBerry is sticking with the device business (albeit with
If keyboards are BlackBerry's future, why is it understood to be getting
FLIR ONE™ Specs >>
FLIR ONE™ is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on your phone screen and perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely measured, allowing you to use the FLIR ONE™ in a variety of practical and fun ways by revealing a thermal world not visible to the unaided eye.
Shown off at CES. You can't think of many consumer uses for a thermal camera, but the commercial applications are plentiful; another example of the way that smartphones are becoming the universal tool.
Why Delta put
Airlines are putting tablets in the cockpit, replacing heavy flight bags and saving on fuel in the process. But while American and other airlines are using iPads, Delta went in another direction: the Microsoft Surface 2.
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