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I read someplace that Microsoft had to pay the NFL to get Surfaces onto the field. As with the Bose contract, nothing else can be used so the coaches and players are using them because that's all that's available on the field. The funny thing is that the waterproof jackets are not available for retail sale and that you always see them plugged in most of the time. They probably can't even last one game without having to be re-charged. Typical Windows laptop. Microsoft even...
"Things were even worse for Microsoft, whose handset division had an average selling price of just $45 last quarter."   How can you even manufacture a legitimate cell phone for $45? Microsoft must have been giving away most of their phones. I'm sure they were giving away most of their Surface tablets.   As for Android phones, as many have said, it's a race to the bottom to see who can sell the most and Samsung, Xiaomi and the others are fight to get that honor. I'd...
I found this site, https://developer.android.com/distribute/tools/launch-checklist.html, that's a checklist for apps but when I look for certification, I only find people certification, not app certification. The app checklist looks like it's up to the programmer to do everything, which doesn't always mean they will do everything correctly. I also don't see anything that talks about an independent review of the app, which is what Apple does before allowing any app to be...
Aren't the majority of Android-based cell phones glamorized feature phones anyway that can't do much more than make calls? I would like to see what Google apps are actually downloaded, categorize them, and evaluate what level of phone they require. I would guess the majority of downloaded Google apps work on the simplest of phones, which is obvious, but that a whole lot less are actually written and downloaded for the better Android phones (whatever those are). It's always...
If I had a 2012 iMac Netflix would be streaming using HTML5 and unless Apple did some magic, I don't remember any additional hardware security between a 2009 and 2012 iMac. I remember reading it was about CPU and GPU speed. I bought the fully loaded iMac in early 2009 which wasn't a slouch. Netflix just doesn't want to have to deal with people who bought a lower end iMac before 2012, justifying why their stream doesn't work. I also have 105Mbps Comcast so I don't have...
This article isn't about Silverlight but since you brought it up, I still have to load Silverlight to view Netflix on my Mac (refuse to). It's an older iMac but still capable of running HTML5 just fine (2.93 Core 2 Duo) even though Netflix continues to say it isn't. 
Which should take care of the drop it's having this morning. In other words, no change for the day.
Single thread vs parallel processing aside, more of the Top 500 supercomputers are using GPUs to accelerate their systems. The current #2 supercomputer, Titan from Cray installed at Oak Ridge, uses NVIDIA K20X GPUs. These are expensive desktop and supercomputer devices that have a theoretical speed of almost 4 TFLOPS (single precision). If Apple can develop a desktop-grade GPU that's usable for desktop and professional applications, it would make sense because this is...
"Um also expressed concern over Apple's next product cycle, particularly with regard to the low-end 16-gigabyte capacity for the iPhone and iPad. The analyst said that 16 gigabytes does not appear to be sufficient for modern devices, and raising the minimum storage to 32 gigabytes could affect average selling prices and margins."   He's not only an analyst but a technical expert. What technical background does he have to make statements like this? 16GB is fine for a lot...
No, it's Flash. With Yosemite and a Flash blocker, I am seeing much more HTML5 videos pop up instead of Flash. I can use the developer setting and trick the site into thinking I'm using an iPad and HTML5 shows up. Try watching ESPN and just about every video sucks. Some of this is Flash, the rest is ESPN's servers. I'm still waiting for Netflix to drop Silverlight. Get rid of Flash and Silverlight and the world will be better off. As for using Google products, no thanks....
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