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Comment Re:Surface Book (Score 3, Informative) 87

Apparently the display isn't wireless, it just talks to a dedicated GPU in the base when the screen/tablet is docked. Should reduce latency, but unfortunately the GPU would be nice when using Photoshop et al. in tablet mode. The screen can also be flipped and attached backwards, for a faster--if unwieldy--tablet experience.

I wasn't too impressed with the pen demo on the SP4, seemed rather laggy, like what you'd expect from an iPad. Still waiting to see if the iPad Pro 'Pencil' is half as smooth as Apple's videos made it look.

Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 3, Informative) 87

It's not so bad... with the Surface RT people went in expecting it to be like a Windows laptop that ran Windows software. Here people have the expectation of the device being a phone that runs phone apps; having some of the functionality of a desktop is a bonus.

It still seems like a niche product, though; most people with expensive smartphones also have other, better productivity devices. Taking your smartphone, plus a dock, and carrying or hoping to borrow a screen, keyboard and mouse where you need them seems inconvenient at best. The best use case I can think of is giving your smartphone-toting kids a cheap but limited PC with a full-size browser, Microsoft Office for school assignments, and potentially other apps if developers are actually willing to invest in the niche platform.

Comment Re:Only in the US then? (Score 0) 223

Amazon's problem is that Apple and Google want a cut of in-app digital purchases. Amazon has refused so far, going so far as to violate the ToS and have their apps removed from the App Store and Play Store.

This move is just a new attempt to negotiate lower IAP royalties. If that fails, it's possible Amazon may release an AppleTV app with the same restrictions as their current iOS app, which can play but not purchase videos. Worst case, AirPlay from a iOS device still works fine with no loss in image quality.

Comment Re:Unauthorized Teardown (Score 1) 366

It wasn't that they tore the thing apart, it's that they published said teardown on their web site.

In exchange for pre-release hardware you have to sit on any reviews, teardowns, unboxing videos or other public commentary until the release date. That's just how it works.

iFixit admits they violated their agreement with Apple. Apple didn't sue them or anything particularly nasty, they simply disabled their developer account which unfortunately was also the account iFixit used for their app.

Now iFixit will probably apologize to Apple until they get they get their account reinstated, and hopefully a few people will have learned that NDAs actually mean something.

Comment Re:But Star Trek! (Score 4, Interesting) 41

I don't know, Star Trek suggests to me that starships typically have a crew of around seven people:
* Captain
* First Officer
* Helmsman
* Chief Engineer
* Science Officer
* Doctor
* Security Officer

...and also a bunch of passengers who walk around the ship carrying tablets, pressing buttons, and getting themselves killed in interesting ways.

Another megabytes the dust.