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Absolutely marvelous! I have two iPhones with GPS, so I'm less than happy than neither can share that location data with my non-cellular iPad, with its much larger screen and better audio for turn-by directions. Let's hope these features come soon and work with older iDevices. One of Apple's primary competitive advantages, I tell friends, is their support for previous generation gear. My 3GS runs the latest iOS. Try finding that with someone's else's smartphone. Most go...
Looks like Office 2011 will be the last version of Office I'll ever own. That matters little. For writing, I use Scrivener. For formatting I use InDesign. I have no need for a word processor that does both badly.
I picked up a Windows Mobile 6 second hand. It was so bad, after five minutes I wanted to hurl it against the wall. How something that awful could pass through the Microsoft system still amazes me. Don't they use what they sell? On the other hand, at about the same time I found a Motorola RAZR tolerable, although it did leave me wondering why it didn't include a text editor for note taking. That was a pre-iPhone hint that cell phones needed to get smart, meaning offer...
Hopefully, this'll encourage Apple to add GPS chips to their entire product line from the iPod touch to the non-WiFi iPad and all their laptops. Every Apple product should be location aware. That'd be marvelous for app developers and users.
Given how cluttered the unlicensed WiFi spectrum is, it'd make sense to create a band that's dedicated to medical devices. Every WiFi chip would be able to use it, but only certain apps, mostly medical ones, would be able to access it. Otherwise, we're going to find people whose heart attack symptoms go undetected because the guy in the next apartment is streaming a movie or because a microwave over in a cafe is warming up meals.
Let's hope they spend at least a few million to improve OS X's text services, which seem virtually untouched since 10.2. The spell-checker's suggestions draw a blank about a third the time for me, which is a real time waster. Building ePub into the system like PDF is has long been overdue. Named styles have been in Word since at least the late 1980s. It's time they came to OS X text apps, particularly since that'd make working with ePub export much better. And GREP for...
Reaching the cops or fire trucks isn't that big a deal. They're building that into the specs for all next-generation cell phones. One number will get you to them wherever you arm and even if you don't have a local cell plan. Of far more importance in many countries is finding a doctor, dentist, car mechanic, or lawyer that you can trust. That's a far more complex issue. The better, meaning more expensive, hotels know how to manage that for their guests. But what if you're...
Thank goodness Apple doesn't need the Ultrabook label. The last thing I want is a touch screen laptop that needs the screen cleaned every day.
I'd be a bit more impressed if these news stories didn't claim that Foxconn would be building these factories. That leaves the real executive and technical expertise off-shore, with Americans--and very few of them in automated factories--merely providing the labor.
The Democrats strike again. They won't be happy until they can turn their Great Recession into a Great Depression. Liberal Democrats were never happier than under FDR. And there's no question that's what's happening. The three state in the worst economic shape--California, Illinois and New York, are heavily Democratic. And Detroit, perhaps the worst major city in the country, hasn't elected anyone but liberal Democrats in half a century. Keep in mind another factor for...
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