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If they happened to be a billionaire, it's an entirely different set of circumstances than if they happened to be struggling to support a family and keep a business afloat. Tax relief is there to help upwards mobility, not to help the super-rich grow assets they don't even know how to spend, which just promotes income inequality.Not complying with the same rules that apply to everyone is something an insolent toddler does when they think there should be different rules...
Lower-level languages make portability harder, Swift isn't necessary but as mentioned above, it greatly helps the process.There are thousands of apps that won't be made compatible overnight. An x86 translator would give much closer to full compatibility.That comment was about apps that are Windows exclusives, not Mac x86 apps. Windows apps would need more than a recompile.
Sure, I don't think they intended to use Android, just undermine it. Taking Android away from Google's control would destroy it. No more protected app store, no centralized updating and development. People would abandon it in droves and if they can't afford an iPhone, guess who'd be selling the next best thing.
The free market model meaning every supplier digs up every road to lay their own cable, which is impossible.Close, it's an exercise in humility. What harm does it cause forcing suppliers to improve? They need called out now and again. They've been given the opportunity to match the rest of the world without anyone holding them back and they've failed because they are profit-driven. They make more profit by denying people service, the telecoms companies have always done...
All CPU render times are crazy when you compare them to real-time engines:While they can't do the same effects yet, it's the difference between 0.03 seconds for a frame vs minutes/hours for a frame, 4-5 orders of magnitude faster. Memory is a limit just now but when it's not, I could see people ditching CPU-based engines (people who don't have huge renderfarms anyway). Artistic ability combined with a high quality engine with fast turnaround will give better results than...
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/01/microsoft-to-invest-in-cyanogen-hopes-to-take-android-away-from-google/It makes sense really:"Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs (like the OnePlus One), which ship the software on devices instead of stock Android. Last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to...
They wouldn't need to make a pen at all if they improved the sensor to adjust for pen input. It would need to offer palm rejection too. It would be like the game controller setup where they don't make the controllers themselves, they just have a spec that 3rd parties work to under the MFi program:https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/This can lead to higher costs as they sometimes require components to be sourced from their own approved suppliers but a pen wouldn't have...
Truly shared memory would mean that you wouldn't split it so 64GB RAM would be 64GB of video memory (minus system memory of about 2-4GB). Games consoles are setup this way now, they just reserve some memory for system software.There's the option to do split frames just now so that textures don't all have to sit in memory all the time. A 4K frame can be done by doing 4x 1080p frames and then joining them.Instead of them running on multiple machines, just do the splits...
They said there was a higher number of Android switchers than ever before and this can be seen from the performance of Android phone manufacturers. The larger models were not for existing customers. If you look at upgrade rates for the older iPhones, they were 55-75%. The latest models are for the likes of India, China and in general, Android people.The design is also a step backwards for existing iPhone users:The screen is better but not the overall design.It means more...
I don't think it would be cheaper than an equivalent iPad. A 128GB Retina 10" iPad Air 2 with 2GB RAM is $699. The cheaper Chromebooks ship with 16GB SSDs and cheap displays. Maybe they could get away with a 64GB model at $599 but OS X will take up 15-20GB of space so it doesn't leave much room for local storage.Cloud-based VMs are a possibility, I suspect a lot of people install Windows for the games though. Even emulated Windows would be fine for standard apps. It's a...
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