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Comment Re:Making a comeback? Really?!??! (Score 1) 135

Razr v3 was the best phone I've ever had - great form and function.

Light, durable, easy to carry, a nice feel in your hand. Just a nice piece of engineering.

I haven't used it in years but its still sitting here ready to go - it makes me question my move to other devices, and makes me a bit sad, every time I catch sight of it.

Submission + - Astronomers Generate Image Equivalent to Telescope 63,000 Miles Wide (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: The cosmos came into sharper focus this week with astronomers releasing the highest resolution astronomical image yet. The product of 15 earthbound radio telescopes and a Russian satellite, the image of a black hole in a galaxy 900 millions light years away is detailed enough to show the equivalent of a US 50-cent piece on the Moon.

Submission + - Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is dead. (windows10update.com) 1

Ammalgam writes: Tom Warren at the Verge today gave voice to what a lot of other technology analysts and today definitively declared that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is dead.

This largely based on the abysmal adoption numbers released in Microsoft's most recent earnings report" Mr. Warren articulates the obvious by stating:

"With Lumia sales on the decline and Microsoft's plan to not produce a large amount of handsets, it's clear we're witnessing the end of Windows Phone. Rumors suggest Microsoft is developing a Surface Phone, but it has to make it to the market first. Windows Phone has long been in decline and its app situation is only getting worse. With a lack of hardware, lack of sales, and less than 2 percent market share, it's time to call it: Windows Phone is dead. "

Now this news should not be surprising to anyone who has watched the slow decline of Windows Phone.

Last December, in an article on Windows10update.com, Onuora Amobi also wrote off the platform.

In this case, his analysis was based on the nonconformity of the Microsoft user interface to Apple and Android's widely adopted aesthetic appeal.

He said the following:

"I believe Windows Phone is dead. Kaput. Finished. Over. Done. I’ve said this ad nauseam but it bears repeating. When Windows 8 started going south, it was pretty clear what the issue was – users didn’t like the interface. Windows 10 is successful in part because it’s a return to Windows 7 in many ways and that’s what made the consumers happy. One of the definitions of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result”. This is exactly what Microsoft is doing and it’s insane. Over 90% of Microsoft’s desired audience like the look and feel of iPhones and Android devices. They do – it’s not good or bad – it just is what it is. They spend their money on those two user interfaces."

What do you guys think? Is there hope for the Windows 10 platform?

Submission + - 27% Of All Malware Variants In History Were Created In 2015 (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: According to a new report from Panda Security, more than 84 million new malware samples (27% of all malware ever created) were collected over the course 2015, making it a record year. Luis Corrons, technical director of Panda's PandaLabs unit, attributes the rise to the constant oneupsmanship between hackers and antivirus software makers. 'At the end of the day, it's our fault, in some ways,' he said.

Submission + - German inventor, innovator and businessman Artur Fischer dies at age of 96

Qbertino writes: As Spiegel.de reports (German link) inventor Artur Fisher has died at the age of 96. Artur Fisher is a classic example of the innovator and businessman of post-war Germany — he invented the synchronous flash for photography, the famed Fisher Fixing (aka Screwanchor/rawlplug or "Dübel" in German) and the Fisher Technik Construction Sets with which many a nerd grew up with, including the famous C64 Fisher Robotics Kit of the 80ies. His heritage includes an impressive portfolio of over 1100 patents and he reportedly remained inventive and interested in solving technical problems til the very end. ... Rest in piece and thanks for the hours of fun tinkering with Fishertechnik. ... Now where did that old C64 robot go?

Comment The Internet will be just fine (Score 1) 290

The ad industry has been around for a long time. It survived just fine with out knowing all kinds of info about everyone that happened to access a venue they occupied. They need to return to a methodology where they actually select the proper place to run their ads and pay for a period of exposure. The whole pay per impression/click concept is a large part of what has led us to where we are today. The industry has over reached what most people find as acceptable behavior and its past time for a correction. Sadly the DNT efforts aren't going to be successful unless there are some teeth somewhere.

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