Could be. But did anybody ask her if she'd have preferred a Windows 7 laptop plus a nexus 7 tablet for the same price? Then she wouldn't have to lug around this 11 or 13 inch ultrabook just to look at recipes in the kitchen. It sounds like she's using it as though it's two separate devices - which it kind of is (that's the problem with Windows 8 and Metro). I'm sure you (assuming you bought the Christmas gift) thought it was a great solution, but unless there's little to no price premium for these things, they really don't make much sense as all-in-one's.
Unlikely. But your post points out the real situation. It's Microsoft that wants dual-booting phones. They can't get anybody to buy their phones, so they hope to use dual boot to encourage people to at least try their OS. Apple or Google have nothing to gain there, so Apple would never cooperate. Google has less control in this case.
But this article is about convertible laptop/tablets, and in that market, I imagine it's Asus that wants dual-booting. Anybody who would buy one of these is buying it for the Windows laptop capability. And Asus wants them to pay a premium for it to be convertible into a tablet. Other than the possibility that Asus has made it easy to share files between the Android tablet and the Windows laptop worlds, there'd be no advantage to this over a cheap laptop plus a Nexus tablet. Microsoft would probably prefer Asus to build an all Windows convertible, since again, the buyer's buying the Windows laptop. If MS can give their unpopular tablet OS a boost, that'd be preferable to them over a Windows/Android hybrid. Google might prefer an all Android convertible, though. But even they probably realize Android laptops at this point are a stretch.
In any case, we're talking about the high-end (i.e. expensive) laptop market. That's not a happy place to be these days. Cheap laptops or even Chromebooks serve the real laptop market better. Power hungry games and productivity apps do better on a desktop (and for the most part, a cheap one will do fine there too). The rest of the market is for phones and 7" tablets, and I don't see Asus pushing for dual booting there...
As far as I know you're allowed to include competing services on a Google-blessed Android device. I think Verizon at one point was selling Motorola devices with Bing as their primary search engine - they just didn't sell. Sure, Google doesn't want to allow 'real Android' to be a platform for excluding Google services (as with the Nokia X devices), but they don't (or can't) try to prevent you from including other services in addition to Google's.
On the other hand, I think even after their anti-trust sanctions, Microsoft still doesn't allow OEM's to include, say Firefox or Chrome to be installed (let alone as the default browser) - or Google preset as the default search engine. Sure, they've been forced to allow users to jump through hoops of their design to get Google as the default search, but still. And don't tell me only idiots consider those hoops too much trouble. I've seen enough users at work typing in google.com to get to google search rather than using the Bing search bar. They're either too lazy or intimidated to change the default, but they're all too glad to have me change it for them...
And had the nuclear plant not melted down, another 20,000 people could've moved back into the area and attempted to devise ways to survive the next tsunami. But as it is, the meltdown has rendered a big swath of land uninhabitable. The tsunami would've killed those 20,000 either way. But the nuke didn't have to be there making things worse.
Fair enough. I would at least hope, though, that the finger tap combinations that correspond to an alphabet in this invention are not themselves patentable. It's one thing to patent the input mechanism, but an entirely different thing to patent the input itself. Imagine a world where millions learned to 'type' this way, and somebody came up with another mechanism for processing finger taps that didn't infringe Samsung's mechanism. There'd be a huge barrier to adoption if everybody had to learn a new alphabet in order to use the new input device. Kind of like patenting the QUERTY keyboard (or was that patented in its day?).
That may be, but once the behavior was observed, the observer didn't have to find the owner of the code to get it diagnosed. They may have, but the point is that anybody who found this behavior could've gone into the code and found out what caused the problem. Of course, if a black hat happened to be the one that found the bad behavior, they could've gone into the code to figure out how best to exploit it. So, the situation's not perfect, but still, it's probably a good thing that there were lots of eyes allowed to diagnose and fix the problem once it displayed itself.
or at least temper the amount youre willing to commit to them.
walmart will never invest in this because the truck of the future for them is the train. Long-haul tractor trailers are a dying breed perpetuated by cheap oil, and the future of regional and local trucking is in battery or hybrid power demonstrated by Staples and numerous other companies.
if you're one of the unwashed masses then be prepared for an almost entirely random enforcement experience. is today a warning day? or is it our legendary MANDATORY ENFORCEMENT ZONE policy where you'll be fined no matter what. Did you use your cellphone at a red light in a school zone? double fine. Was there construction? double fine. Did you just rear-end someone while on a cellphone? that piece of technology will never be considered in the accident report and is as good as having never happened.
dont get me wrong. im not here to defend cell usage in a moving vehicle but there is nothing about LA that precludes you from setting your 4-ways, pulling over, checking the phone, and safely entering traffic again. Or hell, plan the route before you get in the car. The trouble i find is the LAPD is like a magic 8-ball when it comes to enforcing this law. if you can make it to court, if you have the money and the time, then 60% of the time you'll get out of it every time.
2. reigning system of currency/government considers it a threat.
3. coordinated attacks on the stock exchange
4. bankruptcy, uncertainty, disappearance
5. 'Maybe X currency isnt so bad after all!"
the fact stands that shifting major trade away from the dollar is dangerous, but the bitcoin midel would be catastrophic. its a world where international financial sanctions cant work, and in which America would need to do more than just show up to security council meetings in the UN for a rubber-stamp vote against $evil_dictator. Iraq and Iran serve as real-world examples of this in action. both countries have in the past attempted to shift oil trade away from the dollar. Nothing says monetary supremacy like de-stabilizing the competitions government.
the internet interperets ignorance, malice, and poorly defined opinions and conjecture as spam, and has for 15 years honed tools and systems in online forums to ensure. the 50 clandestine posters in a free software forum defending SOPA or PIPA will, nearly instantaneously, be downvoted to oblivion in a system which is very much designed to keep the topic of discussion of relevance. systems like karma and abuse tracking dont exist in meatspace forums, but these are tools which members can use to shut down abusers or track malicious participants who abuse the tools as well. and finally its worth nothing to poison one forum when in its place dissuaded or frustrated posters can erect 10 more. mobility is a moot concern on the internet; a luxury meatspace forums just dont have.
...as opposed to another Windows Phone OEM making a loss?
the only winners at Nokia are the ones that got bonuses for engineering the MS buyout. It's an all-too-common business plan.
1. Put out a largely vaporous business plan.
2. Operate for a few years as though that plan can work.
3. Sell the company to company B that you've duped into believing that success is just around the corner.
The company I work for is currently on step 6:
4. Company B realizes they've bought a lemon, outsources all development so the financials look okay short term.
5. Sell off at a big loss to a private equity firm.
6. Private equity firm cooks up a new, largely vaporous business plan...