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Comment: Re:Maybe better for android? (Score 1) 140

by DaveOrZach (#43388035) Attached to: Ars Technica Goes Close Up With the Pebble Smartwatch
Apple supported Bluetooth 4 (low energy) before Android and as a result several useful and cool gadgets were released for iOS before Android (Fitbit One, etc.) I think developers had to write custom drivers/interfaces for each low energy Android device before the latest version of Jelly Bean. There is no doubt Android is more open than iOS but it is a lie to say their isn't cool gadgets for the iOS devices.

+ - Cell phone link to brain cancer overhyped?->

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The Bad Astronomer writes "Following up on the story posted to Slashdot earlier, the "possible" link between cell phones and brain cancer is very tenuous, to say the least. Looking at the actual data reveals the results are indistinguishable from no connection at all. Not surprisingly, these results are being widely misinterpreted."
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Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 200

by DaveOrZach (#36310618) Attached to: Microsoft Said To Limit Device Makers' Partners
Check Google's investor relations site, http://investor.google.com/financial/tables.html. They make a majority of their revenue off ads ($28.2B in 2010.) They only made $1B in other revenues in 2010. Google really doesn't care what OS/browser you use; they just want to make sure you use their search engine and ad platform. What better way to control the user search and ad platform preference than control the OS.

Comment: Re:In other words (Score 2) 200

by DaveOrZach (#36308936) Attached to: Microsoft Said To Limit Device Makers' Partners
I think Android has a large install base because Android phones are cheaper. AT&T has 4 Android phones under $20, T-Mobile has 4 free phones, and Sprint has 2 free phones (all with 2 yr contract.) My mom, dad, and aunt don't care if you root or jailbreak your phone. They want a cheap phone that can email, browse the web, and show off picture of the grandkids. Their is a lot more non-geek user than geek users; they don't care about the underlying technology, they just want a cheap phone.
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+ - Intel to integrate Thunderbolt into Ivy Bridge->

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An anonymous reader writes "While there was never any doubt about USB 3.0 support, Intel announced at Computex that Ivy Bridge — the successor to Sandy Bridge that's due in 2012 — will support Thunderbolt on the chipset. In other news, at the same presentation, Intel also hinted that Haswell (the platform after Ivy Bridge) will support "multiple OSes", though whether that means there'll be an abstraction layer like the Transmeta Crusoe, or something else entirely, we'll have to wait and see."
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Comment: Re:Is Google becoming AOL? (Score 1) 417

by DaveOrZach (#36183160) Attached to: Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

AOL was an ISP. It was easy to copy and improve on AOL's early business model and ISPs become a community in a very short time. Even today, no one wants to become a "dump pipe," just look at how the cable companies and cellular networks try to protect their turf with long term contracts and bundling their data service with something else (TV, movie, phone, etc.) AOL didn't know how to evolve, AOL died.

Google is an advertiser/data miner. It is very hard to copy or capture Google's data. Google's business model is secure because of extreme high cost to enter the market. The only thing Google has to worry about is users giving their data to someone else. That is why they made Android and Chrome; prevents MS and Yahoo from gathering user data. Facebook, not Apple, is the only real threat to Google.

Comment: Is Google becoming AOL? (Score 2) 417

by DaveOrZach (#36181514) Attached to: Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

If memory serves me right, didn't the early versions of AOL work a similar way as the Chrome browser? A user types in a keyword into the AOL broswer and AOL matched the keyword with a URL, website pops up. A user types a keyword in Chrome and Chrome searches your history or uses Google's search engine to match the keyword with a URL, website pops up. I know you can change the search engines in Chrome but the end result is the same; the user doesn't have to know how the Internet works to use the Internet.

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