A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
For years people have been complaining that
For new users' first post,
Smartphones now 95% of total handset revenues >>
• Smartphone revenues now accounts to 95% of the total handset shipment revenues globally, highest ever. Feature phones are moving towards oblivion (pretty quickly).
• Apple captured more than a third of those revenues with Samsung closely behind Apple with revenue share, together capturing more than two-third of global smartphone revenues as wellIf we leave out Samsung, Apple generates more revenues than all the global smartphone brands combined
• Xiaomi is now the fifth largest smartphone brand in terms of revenues overtaking likes of
The iPad's next killer app: Osmo connects iOS kids' games with the real world >> Gigaom
The other inspiration for Osmo was Sharma's previous job. Before launching the company, he worked for seven years at
Turns out, making this work in the real world isn't actually all that easy. Osmo has to work under variable lighting conditions, on different kinds of tables and with objects that align in countless ways. Conventional image processing doesn't work for this unless you force kids to always align their letter cards (the way I did the first time I tried it), require play on white backgrounds and impose all other kinds of unrealistic constraints.
Children play differently than adults do.
Surface Pro 3: niche product, not a saviour >> Tech-Thoughts
The challenge for tablets is to move upmarket into productivity use cases without compromising on their advantages over PCs - 1) ease of use, and 2) lower price points. With the Windows 8 operating system and a price tag starting at
The primary selling point of the Surface is access to legacy applications which are practically unusable without the keyboard cover (the fact that this is still sold as an optional accessory is puzzling). In other words, the Surface is not a tablet, but an ultraportable PC or "ultrabook" which happens to have a touchscreen. The product has been designed to cater to a very niche segment of enterprise users, i.e. users who have already decided to purchase a portable PC over a tablet. This leaves no room to move upmarket and no flexibility to move downmarket. The sub-par mobile app ecosystem for Windows Phone/RT limits downmarket movement as well.
HP SlateBook 14 is an Android notebook with a Tegra chip >> Liliputing
The SlateBook 14 reportedly features a 14in, full HD touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It has a microSD card slot, HDMI port, 3 USB ports, audio jack, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth. It also features Beats Audio and has a a keyboard with dedicated keys for Android functions such as Home and Recent Apps.
The notebook runs Google Android and features access to the
…While the HP SlateBook 14 will hardly be the first Android laptop to his the streets, it's one of the first from a big-name PC maker since the Toshiba AC100 10 inch notebook launched in 2010
.…the fact that HP is promising access to the
On the 20th anniversary – an oral history of Netscape's founding >> Internet History Podcast
OK, so it was April, but this is a fascinating transcript of the podcast.
As I pointed out at the time,
Four things we've learned from the EU Google judgment >> ICO Blog
This is a judgment that we welcome. It sets out a framework to hold data controllers operating online search engines to account for the personal data they process. It also backs our view that search engines are subject to data protection law, clarifying an area that was previously uncertain.
It's worth noting that the judgment does all this under the existing European Data Protection Directive. Some critics have previously suggested the law is no longer fit for purpose – and indeed we'd still back calls for it to be updated – but this ruling shows the existing directive can still be relevant when discussing modern data protection issues.
Graphics card demand drops in 2Q14 partly because of changes in Bitcoin ecosystem >> Digitimes
…as chips designed for Bitcoin mining started appearing in early 2014, demand for graphics cards has been dropping. Since mining chips have advantages in size, power consumption, reliability and costs, most Bitcoin operators have turned to dedicated chips instead, the sources said.
Bitcoin's dropping demand is also affecting overall demand for mining machines, the sources added.
Hope nobody at the graphics cards companies was making forward plans based on the upward growth of sales last year.
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