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Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 421

'on a computer'.

Arranging LEDs in a circle is a relatively minor feat of engineering, certainly. Smashing 50 odd years of hegemony that suggest screens are rectangular is a source of innovation on the software side.

The utility of such a device will not be displaying the conventional clock face, pie chart, speedometer or compass but how developers rise to the challenge and 'innovate' in adapting general purpose user interfaces to small, round, screens.

(Okay, so a Star Wars style (ep4) portable holographic projector watch would truly be innovative.)

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 421

The more "PC" like my mobile devices get, the happier I am.

I take it you never used a Pocket PC device then? :) MS tried to bring a modified Windows UI to a handheld and it wasn't fun. Stabbing a resistive touch screen with a scratchy stylus to navigate a start menu on a 3.5" screen was painful.

Windows 10 on phones doesn't attempt to run desktop software. Rather, MS' approach now is to develop a universal app that shares the same codebase but is completely reskinned appropriately for different form factors. The interface is appropriate for each device, which was the main criticism of 8.x on desktops.

The (wireless) docking station could make a comeback though. Dock your phone and it instantly transforms into a Windows 10 workstation with mouse, keyboard and 4K screen. All your apps seamlessly then transform into their desktop counterparts.

I think there's a lot of promise in Windows 10 but cramming a desktop UI onto a phone didn't work with Pocket PC/WinCE and neither did upscaling a phone UI onto a desktop work with Windows 8.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 421

Watches/phones with circular screens displaying analog clockfaces were all the rage at the Barcelona show, e.g. the Runcible phone and the Huawei watch.

Steampunk hipsters are willing to fork over for tech that bears a passing resemblance to their great great grandfathers'.


Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the hiding-spot-for-stranded-time-travellers dept.
jones_supa writes: An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with the discovery of a previously unknown culture's lost city. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied "White City," also referred to in legend as the "City of the Monkey God." Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned. The objects were documented but left unexcavated. To protect the site from looters, its location is not being revealed.

Eureka! -- Archimedes