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Comment Re:Windows 10 x86 (desktop version ) Runs on this (Score 1) 107

Don't forget about Continuum. The upcoming "Creators Update" due in April includes a number of enhancements to the technology which, coupled with x86 compatibility, increases the feasibility of a mobile device (be it a tablet or a phone) as a primary computing device. Easy to imagine a market in both developed markets (either to reduce device proliferation, or as dedicated devices for children) and in developing markets (where a converged device wouldn't be competing against full blown computers, but against less flexible mobile platforms).

Comment Re:1993 just called, they want their codec back. (Score 1) 140

No, it's not. Not when you can trivially have access to your entire collection and don't have to predict what you will be in the mood for. Not when you can avoid having to periodically swap out what subset of music you have on your phone at any given time. Not when you can leave more room for other content.

Of course copying all that data to the phone in the first place is kind of daffy. That's what cloud storage is for. Compressed formats still make sense for cheaper, faster streaming though.

Comment Re:Microsoft? (Score 1) 127

You are misinformed. The Surface 3 uses an Intel chip and a full version of Windows 10, with all the compatibility that implies. You are thinking of the original Surface and Surface 2 models.

The primary difference between the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3/4 is a smaller screen, different processor line (Atom SoC vs Core), fixed position kickstand, and no facial recognition. Aside from that they are largely similar. Both have a touchscreen and digitizer, both use the same pen, they use the same contacts for the keyboard (because they have a different form factor they have separate models, but a Pro 4 keyboard can work on a 3; it just looks silly.), and they would both work with the new Surface Dial accessory.

Comment Re:Uh..... the price tag?! (Score 1) 197

$200 more for 2016 tech instead of 2013, a 28" high DPI, color accurate touchscreen and digitizer... Yeah, what a rip-off. Sure, it's a Xeon, but as the Apple fans have pointed out, single core performance of a processor that old is actually lower than the iPhone 7 offers.

Looks like Apple is finally refreshing though, since their store page for the Mac Pro is now a teaser. Will be interesting to see what they offer.

Comment Re:Still trying... (Score 1) 124

It works surprisingly well. Recognizes me with or without a full beard, with or without glasses, with bed head, in pitch dark, etc. The feature depends on a dedicated camera and projector to do near IR mapping of facial features: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/mt450467(v=vs.85).aspx

Comment Re:A real Windows (Score 1) 177

Hence Continuum.

But beyond that, UWP apps are far friendlier on smaller screens. Different screen sizes certainly demand different sizing and presentation of UI elements, but that does not mean you cannot serve different form factors with a common code base. Writing a ground up application for a handset is a much different proposition than doing a marginal amount of coding to make an existing one work on different screen sizes (especially since apps need to do that to work well in windowed or tiled mode anyway).

Comment Re:Courage (Score 1) 761

Once upon a time they got rid of two proprietary* standards (ADB and their mini-DIN8 RS-422 serial port) with a cross-platform standard. Now they're removing a standard port and offering two proprietary standards instead (Lightning and W1 wireless). Not quite parallel.

* Neither RS-422 signalling nor the mini-DIN8 connector are proprietary in and of themselves, but that particular configuration was, to my knowledge, exclusive to Apple. Sun also used mini-DIN8 on machines like the IPC, but the pinout was completely different.)

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