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Comment: Re:Tablets are better for Linux than Desktop (Score 1) 237

by banemc (#38680494) Attached to: Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS

* People don't have expectations about what should work on their tablets. They aren't going to be all, "But what about Excel on my Tablet!"

Unfortunately this is just not true. A lot of end users are frustrated that they cannot use all the apps from the iPhone on their Android device. They may have different expectations now in terms of what will be on a PC or Tablet, but there are definitely still expectations and assumptions made for each platform.

Comment: Re:bad info (Score 2) 257

by banemc (#38455320) Attached to: Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online
The Scouring of the Shire was actually one of my favourite parts of Return of the King. The final battle felt really overstretched, like Tolkien was having trouble keeping track of his characters by that point, and it was good to return to a more well constructed chapter. It also resolves the character arcs for Saruman and Wormtongue - something the movie (even the extended edition) failed to do. I would definitely have been happier to see that as the finale rather than twenty minutes of 'everyone gets old and gets on a boat'.
Power

+ - Sony Develops Paper-Powered Battery->

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An anonymous reader writes "Sony just announced that it has developed a battery that is completely powered by paper. The design uses enzymes to break down the glucose stored within the cellulose of wood pulp fibers and then process the sugar produced to create hydrogen ions and electrons, which travel through a circuit to generate a charge."
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+ - Google+ Hangouts: How to make a your first FREE ph->

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An anonymous reader writes "Until recently, Google+ Hangouts was only possible between computers and mobile devices, but today things are shifting, Google just added a new feature that allows Google+ users to use Hangouts to make phone calls to the US and Canada — for now–, even more you don’t need to register for anything special or add any cell phone number or anything, it just works!"
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Comment: It's just a screen (Score 1) 2

by banemc (#38232998) Attached to: TV Ownership Declines
Do these figures include monitors, projectors and other 'dumb' screens? I have a media centre hooked up to an '07 TV - haven't used any channel other than HDMI input on that for ages. The 'TV' they talk of is becoming little more than another display device, fed by a set-top box or PC/laptop.
Android

+ - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Launched, Tested->

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MojoKid writes "The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime was officially launched today and some of the first hands-on testing and a preview of the tablet can be seen over at HotHardware. The Prime is based on NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 quad-core ARM9 SoC with an on-board NVIDIA graphics engine. Tegra 3 runs at 1.3GHz in multi-core mode but can boost up to 1.4GHz in single threaded workloads. What's impressive about the Transformer Prime is its 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display that has a native resolution of 1280X800 and puts out 380nits of brightness in standard mode but when in Super IPS+ mode, the panel pushes 600nits of brightness for outdoor settings. The Transformer Prime is fast, thin (.33-inches) and beautiful as you'd expect, and it drops in at about $100 less than a similarly equipped iPad 2."
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+ - Steve Jobs Wanted An iPhone-Only Wireless Network->

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jfruhlinger writes "One of the more profound ways that the iPhone changed the mobile industry was the fact that it upended the relationship between the handset maker and the wireless carrier: Apple sells many of its phones directly to customers, and in general has much more of an upper hand with carriers than most phone manufacturers. But venture capitalist John Stanton, who was friends with Steve Jobs in the years when the iPhone was in development, said the Apple CEO's initial vision was even more radical: he wanted Apple to build its own wireless network using unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum, thus bypassing the carriers altogether."
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