Boot up: Dell's lineup, what 64-bit does, Minecraft skillz, and more
(Guardian Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Dell's downward spiral: 10 years of failed consumer devices >> The Verge
With style like this, how amazing that Dell wasn't a hit with consumers.
What's wrong with the Windows Phone? >> Tech.pinions
I performed a little experiment recently which led me to a few carrier stores to see how they pitch phones to customers. I went in with a story, one that isn't entirely untrue, about how my wife is planning on buying her first smartphone soon (she carries an old school Nokia flip phone) and was looking for some recommendations.
Though there's plenty more in the article, this segment tells you all you need to know about why Windows Phone isn't selling in the US.
Digital Image Processing and 64-Bit computing >> ESRI
Nasa's Commercial Remote Sensing team did some digital image processing (DIP) and geographical information system (GIS) work:
Upon examination of the results, the 64-bit platform required 49% less time to complete a sample of DIP/GIS procedures than the 32-bit platform. As a capstone to this examination, three-dimensional fly-throughs were obtained by capturing successive images from slightly different viewing perspectives. These images were then viewed in succession using a movie emulation tool.
Which tells you how 64-bit could be useful.
Network IP Address via ipcalf.com
Reveals your IP address - as long as you're using an HTML5-capable browser. (Via @glynwintle on Twitter.)
Minecrafter is now a skill. DIY's guiding...>> DIY blog
"Minecrafter" is now a skill.
DIY's guiding principle is that all creative skills are important and our mission is to help people discover the ones that make them passionate.
Many people working in tech today got their start building with LEGO and SimCity. At the time they were toys, though in hindsight they were essential experience to develop the creative confidence that's so valuable now. Likewise we've been riveted by Minecraft since its transition from an indie game into a creative tool beloved by people of all ages. We believe Minecraft is as transformative for this generation as Photoshop was for ours.
But requiring less pirating.
When will tablets outsell traditional PCs? >> asymco
Horace Dediu, in March 2012:
Given these assumptions, the day when the tablet market (by units) will exceed that of traditional PCs will come sometime in the fall of 2013.
IDC forecast on Thursday that tablets will outsell traditional PCs in the fourth quarter of 2012. How was your prediction?
Google+ now lets you do serious photo editing, but only in Chrome >> The Verge
The new editing features have been ported to Google+'s iOS and Android apps as well, writes Google's Josh Haftel. Back on the desktop, the new features rely on Google Native Client's support for native code, so Safari and IE users are out of luck, but getting these kinds of image editing tools in the browser for free is definitely worth the download. That said, you'll still have to decide if built-in Snapseed features are a compelling enough reason to store your photos on Google+.
The browser wars are back, but this is only the most minor of first-round skirmishes.
Apple missed the best use for a fingerprint scanner >> Gizmodo
Every cop or theft victim or, frankly, person with a functioning human brain, knows that the first thing any iPhone thief does now is turn the phone off, so that you can't track down the phone with Find My iPhone. Because if they don't, the cops show up. By making turn off a secure function, your phone would be trackable for as long as the battery holds out.
It's crazy that a feature like this hasn't been put into place already, right? Even just with the passcode? So much effort has gone into features like Find My iPhone and Windows Phone's Find My Phone and Android Device Manager, and yet you skirt around them just by turning off the damn phone.
Yes. Why hasn't anyone implemented this?
Mark Zuckerberg on NSA spying: 'The government blew it' | The Verge
>> The Verge
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