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Comment Re:Another new headphone connector! (Score 1) 121

Trust Apple not to implement that. Of course it requires an audio amplifier, probably a chip so small it's difficult to see. There's also some extra logic around the USB chip, because that's a relatively high-current low-impedance task. But Apple has already driven its users to a different solution, and has no reason to admit that analog headphones are just fine, and that it can support them.

Submission + - This Coach Makes Tech's Top CEOs Cry (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: In Silicon Valley, there's a secret society of founders who've had their lives changed by Jerry Colonna, a venture capitalist-turned-coach who offers one-on-one coaching as well as a series of "bootcamps" based on his philosophies. Those philosophies center on radical self inquiry—getting people to talk about the things that they avoid most intently. His clients include Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Gimlet Media cofounders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, and Soundcloud CEO Alexander Ljung—and despite the fact that he now charges clients $5,000 a month, does no advertising, and is constantly trying to pare down his personal client list, founders keep calling him. They just keep calling.

Submission + - Jolla Sailfish OS Will Be Basis For National Chinese Mobile Operating System

Mickeycaskill writes: The Sailfish China Consortium has gained the exclusive rights and licence to develop a Chinese operating system based on Sailfish, a mobile OS built on the MeeGo platform abandoned by Nokia when it moved to Windows Phone.

Russia is also using Sailfish to build a national mobile OS in a bid to reduce its reliance on Western technology and reduce the risk of foreign surveillance.

Jolla claimed that there have been many attempts to build a national OS on Android but these had been unsuccessful because of Google’s control over the code.

The Finnish company has released its own smartphone, also called Jolla, running Sailfish but has always intended to offer it to other manufacturers. The first of these, the Intex Aqua Fish, made its debut in July last year.

But now owners of Sony’s mobile devices will be able to run Sailfish on their device through the Sony Open Devices Program, Jolla confirmed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, where it is showing an Xperia X with the software installed.

Submission + - Zorin OS 12.1 Ubuntu-based Linux distro is here for Windows switchers (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: If you have been thinking of switching to Linux, there are a lot of choices nowadays, but there is one such operating system designed for that purpose. Zorin OS aims to be familiar to Windows users, while its Ubuntu base makes it easy to manage and install packages. Today, Zorin OS reaches version 12.1. While it is not a massive update by any means, existing users should definitely upgrade. If you have never tried Zorin OS before, now is as good a time as any.

"We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.1. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, new desktop features, performance enhancements and hardware support. Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.8 as well as an updated X server graphics stack adds compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS," says The Zorin OS Team.

Submission + - $5 Raspberry Pi Zero Updated With Wi-Fi And Bluetooth

Mickeycaskill writes: Mini computer maker Raspberry Pi has celebrated its fifth birthday with the launch of a brand new PC: The Raspberry Pi Zero W.

A variation of the Raspberry Pi Zero – which costs $5 (£4) and sold out in just 24 hours when it was launched in November 2015 – the Zero W comes with 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and will set you back the princely sum of $10 (£8).

The original Pi Zero has already grown a camera connector since its release, but functionality has been further boosted in the Zero W with the addition of the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip used in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

As well as the camera and connectivity options, the full list of features includes: a 1GHz single-core CPU, 512MB RAM, a mini-HDMI port and micro-USB power.

Comment Re:MozColonSlashSlashA is at it again! (Score 2) 76

No, it isn't. Or at least it shouldn't be. When their entire goal was to make a browser, they did good work. Everything since then has watered down their effort and caused them to lose focus on the one thing they absolutely needed to have win in order to achieve their goals. They should be completely shut down other than Seamonkey/Firefox.

Comment Re:Stupid question (Score 1) 194

The article goes into some discussion about the limitations of the methodology involved, but a huge negative net worth isn't impossible. You could easily have a guy who used to have some money but then made some catastrophic bets on the stock or housing market and is now seriously under water. Or a family member may have gotten really sick and now he has typical medical debts to deal with.

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