As it has countless times in the last decade, Microsoft once again finds itself at a crossroads.
Over the course of thirty-plus years, Microsoft rose to global dominance on the back of the desktop computer. But in the last decade, PC sales have been slowing as mobile devices become the next paradigm in personal computing. This presents some serious challenges for the folks in Redmond; the problems are bigger than just finding ways to win with smartphones and tablets. The traditional method of selling boxed software or licenses to hardware manufacturers and big businesses is changing.
- Compatible with the iphone 4s, iphone 4 and iphone 4g!
I go on the phone.
List Price: $ 7.99
Price: $ 0.01Related Posts:
Download the song on iTunes – http://bit.ly/T9EdTL Do you want extra exclusive content? Circle us on Google+ -http://bit.ly/RqZsgS Steve Jobs and Tim Cook be…Related Posts:
Note: Higher res version HERE.
This is a tattoo inked by Pablo of Level Up Tattoo Studio in Great Falls, Montana. Me? I’ve never taken a great fall in Montana, but I did eat shit down the apartment stairs this morning. Thankfully the only person who saw it was this ancient geezer who lives on the floor below me. He asked if I was okay and I was all, ‘Okay?! If that had been you your bones would have disintegrated! WELL — are you going to help me up? Jesus, did they not teach manners in medieval times?’ That’s when he spat and tried to poke me with his cane! Old people these days!
Thanks to Donna, who works at the shop and promised to hook me up with a quality dino tat if I’m ever in Montana and can decide what species I want. Decisions, decisions.Related Posts:
This video was uploaded from an Android phone.Related Posts:
I’ve had most of the week to wear the $ 129 Jawbone UP and I thought I’d offer a few impressions for those unsure which model pedometer to buy. I’m a Fitbit man myself because I’ve gotten used to moving the minuscule dongle from pocket to pocket and I have only lost one in my travels. But – and this is a big but – I could be convinced to move over to Jawbone if they fixed a few niggling problems.
The UP, if you’ll recall, is a bracelet that senses your movement. This can be used during the day to see how much you run around and during the evening to see how well you’re sleeping. You can also log your food intake and mood, thereby giving you a fairly good picture of your calorie I/O and general state of being.
It holds a about a week’s charge in a package about as big as a bangle bracelet and there’s a single button to switch from day to night mode. It’s clad in rubber and is waterproof. It also has a silent alarm that will wake you gently from your slumber and a slacker alert that buzzes during a certain interval to remind you to leave your nest of sloth and walk around a little.
What else is different about the new UP? Well, Jawbone completely redesigned the innards, ensuring that no water can get in and that the constant pressure of taking it off and putting it back on wouldn’t break the connectors, chips, or battery. The changes are almost entirely internal but ideally this one will be far more rugged than the previous version.
Now here’s the rub: unlike the $ 99 Fitbit One and other devices, you sync it by plugging it into your cellphone’s headphone jack. There’s a little cap that covers the jack (which will, at some point, inevitably fall off and be lost) and a USB dongle that you use to charge it with a laptop. You don’t really interact with the UP on a desktop, which works well enough, but I’d love a way to sync wirelessly. Presumably the size of this device – and it’s surprisingly tiny – prevents that from being an option, but it could be a dealbreaker for some. There is, sadly, no external indicator of steps walked so you’re mostly in the dark when it comes to ambulation.
For others, slipping the thing off, popping off the cap, and plugging into a phone isn’t that hard. You don’t have to do it every day (but you’ll want to) and the app is cool enough that you can forgive it some of its drawbacks.
But with so many other devices on the market, why this one? Well, simplicity is a factor. This doesn’t look like a nerd device. It could actually masquerade as a piece of jewelry, provided you’re into rubber. The UP is also quite accurate, matching the Fitbit One almost exactly each time I checked it. In other words, it works.
I also like the reminder feature, which works a bit better than Fitbit’s quiet calm. A buzz on my wrist helps me get up and walk around a bit, which is a great thing.
In the end which is better? I’m not sure. These things are constant reminders of our failure as biological organisms. I do enjoy the UP’s simplicity but the Fitbit, with its stair sensor and comprehensive online interface still keeps me coming back. I’ll wear them both – I’m a dork like that – but I suppose the rule of thumb is simple in this case: if you tend to lose tiny things a lot, buy the UP. Otherwise, weigh the merits – price being one – and see which features you’ll use the most. There is sadly no one clear winner, but the surfeit of choice is great for folks living the quantified life.Related Posts:
CBS has been the lone Hulu refusenik among the biggest US broadcasters — even with rumors of licensing discussions underway at least two years ago, we’ve usually had to visit the network’s own site if we wanted a CSI fix without paying by the show. The deadlock is over at last now that CBS and Hulu have struck a deal. The agreement isn’t quite what we’d hope for, focusing almost exclusively on back catalog titles like Medium and Star Trek, although celebrity gossip junkies will like knowing that Entertaintment Tonight segments will be viewable the day they air on regular TV. We’ll have to wait until January 2013 for the selection to be ready — not to mention shell out for Hulu Plus to get full access — but there’s at least an end in sight to one of the longer content droughts in streaming video.
Seen here on the back of a man who looks wider than he is tall, this is a giant God of War themed tattoo inked by Moscow tattoo artist Roman Kuznetsov. I’m not sure who the guy with the actual tattoo is, but he’s definitely not somebody I’d want to get in a fight with at the bar. Psych, I could take him. “WHAT WAS THAT?” Oh nothing, I was just talking about what color fingernail polish I want to get next. What a stupid idiot. “ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ME?” I sure wasn’t, I was talking about….your mom! *prepares to die*
Thanks to Taylor, who has one of those unisex names that makes writing a shoutout harder than it should be.
When Nokia first announced the Lumia 920 one color was suspiciously absent — the iconic cyan that has graced numerous devices from the Espoo-based company. Our fears were put to rest today, however, when AT&T announced that its US-exclusive Lumia 920 would come in cyan, and we’ve just taken a look at the finish. Unlike the white, red, and yellow varieties that come with a glossy finish, the cyan and black models are identical to what we found on the Lumia 900. It’s certainly a striking color — take a look below for the full gallery.
Note: Worthwhile higher-res version HERE.
This is the eXtreme Deep Field, a composite shot of all the galaxies in a teensy view of space, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s two primary cameras over the past decade. Look at all those galaxies! And, I hope you’re sitting down — they’re all in this amount of space!:
Everything in the main picture is contained in that little box next to the moon. It’s estimated the universe is ~13.7-billion years old, and the eXtreme Deep Field depicts galaxies as old as 13.2-billion. Another 0.5-billion and we could see God flipping the light switch on! But that’s not what I came to talk about, I came to talk about aliens. If there are that many galaxies in that small amount of space, there must be all kinds of aliens out there. Big ones, little ones, green ones, purple ones — I bet the universe has them all! And, fingers crossed, strip clubs for every kind. Excuse me alien, but is this a male or female club? “Our species is entirely asexual, human.” Hoho, so both kinda! How much for a private dance?
Hit the jump for a video of a simulated fly-through the eXtreme Deep Field. Get high and pretend you’re in a spaceship!