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Comment Re:What about latency? (Score 1) 115 115

Yeah, I'm not sure how to explain that. I almost never got any useful data in 0.62 seconds, (NYC) not even from something like twitter.

I wouldn't put it past AT&T to have fast download speeds, quick latency for the first byte, but to make you sit and wait for 10 seconds for the second and third byte.

Comment What about latency? (Score 5, Informative) 115 115

The problem with AT&T isn't speed, it's latency. I often had to wait ten seconds or more for a data request to be met, and often the software would timeout before that happened (which meant I would get no data at all). Once a download actually started, it was very fast, but so what?

Microsoft

Microsoft "Courier" Pictures 230 230

tekgoblin writes to let us know that Gizmodo has some early shots of the new prototype "Courier" booklet (foldable tablet) on the way from Microsoft. "Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the 'late prototype' stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre."

Comment It seems to me .... (Score 2, Insightful) 185 185

It seems to me he's just slowly, gently, running Microsoft into the ground. He's not a horrible failure, but there seems to be a complete lack of inspiration and mojo.

Has Microsoft had any major hits since 2000? Like, real killer apps or disruptive new technologies?

Comment Re:oh god (Score 1) 262 262

People who bitch about how stupid twitter is Do Not Get Twitter. Twitter is not for broadcasting the fact that you're on the toilet. It's for disseminating news (and yes, this includes advertising and PR) more quickly than any other medium, ever. Twitter is quickly obsoleting one particular hook of 24-hour cable news networks: the ability to be the first to report a major event.

Cellphones

Growing Power Gap Could Force Smartphone Tradeoffs 246 246

alphadogg writes "Mobile users face a fast-growing gap between their smartphones' increasing power needs and battery capacity. That gap could force users to make tradeoffs in how, and for what, they use their phones, even as vendors at all levels work even harder to reduce power demand in mobile devices, according to Chris Schreck, a research analyst with IMS Research. Schreck estimates that a 1500 mAh battery, the industry's current 'high water mark,' yields for many smartphone users a battery life of about 6 hours — highly dependent on what applications and on-device technologies, including Wi-Fi, users are running. The latest and greatest tech advances, including faster CPUs, higher data throughput, and improved displays all crank up the demand for power. The combination of user behavior and technology is boosting power demand faster than battery capacity can keep up. Schreck estimates power requirements can grow 15% a year."

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