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As Mr. Me says, Macs have excellent support for programming in C, C++, and Java, and Apple's Xcode software is free. However, I would also check with the faculty of your Computer Engineering department to find out what platforms and tools they recommend.   Instructors may only be familiar with certain programming tools, and might be unable or unwilling to assist with problems if you are using something else. I would expect a school to use Eclipse, which is a free,...
Just last night, I mentioned to my wife that the new Google tablet looks intriguing, and is quite cheap (hint, hint). She responded that she's so happy how all of our stuff works so well together since we switched to Apple that she'd rather wait until we can justify buying an iPad.   Yeah, she's right.
While a great number of people say they want such a thing, the reality is that it would not be a good product, (for the reasons others have mentioned), and would not actually sell. For evidence, just look at the Tablet PC market. Such devices have been available for about 10 years, and have never sold well. The user interface is not designed for use by touch (or stylus), and the current OS and software demands of an x86 CPU means underwhelming performance, high weight,...
I recall a similar furor when it came out that the Chevy Volt will report the battery as empty when it still technically has a 50% charge. It still delivers the all-electric range promised, and continues to run on the gas engine as promised. However, due to the battery technology used, if it is frequently fully depeleted, the battery would have a very short life indeed, and be extremely costly to own. By using a bigger battery, and only using the top 50% of its working...
Even though I am an Amazon Prime member, I have not really made use of their streaming video content. The main reason? I can't get it to my main TV! I have the AppleTV and an Xbox 360 that should be capable. Please? I do have a Roku on a secondary TV in the kitchen, but it doesn't get used as much, and the UI is tedious to browse shows with... I wonder if Amazon is holding back on iOS/AppleTV support to favor their own products such as the Kindle Fire? Or if they...
I'm downsizing our cable bill, and recently got an AppleTV. It's connected to our kitchen TV where we had a Roku and the crappy cable box. So far, I am very impressed! Not a single technical glitch in setup or use so far, and super easy to use. The downside is no Hulu or Pandora, which my wife uses a lot. I will be putting the Roku back along side the Apple TV, and investigating xbmc as well. In our living room, we have an Xbox 360. Frankly, that does a fantastic...
I pre-ordered a 4S for my wife Friday early afternoon (PST). Admittedly, I'm kind of surprised they hadn't officially sold out for first-day delivery yet. Apple has been showing it as "Preparing for Shipment" for several days, but still says it will deliver on the 14th. Not feeling too confident about it... (Fingers crossed)
Note to AT&T: What is undermining your profits is your overpriced texting plans; not iMessage! I have long refused to pay for texting; I simply choose not to use it. I only send if it is an extreme need. If a friend texts me, I will call them back. I will also ask them to call or email next time. I probably average about 2 texts a month. My wife, on the other hand does text, mostly with her sister. She currently has a $5/200 plan. A few months ago, she...
This already sort of exists. Seagate has a Wi-Fi hard drive server that works with iOS (and other mobiles), and can stream media using their app. http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...001a48090aRCRD I can imagine that the concept can be improved upon (integration with the OS for one), but I agree that it seems very awkward to use. Even if you don't have to take it out of your bag to stream from it, you would need to charge it regularly...
True, many specs are used for marketing purposes, and are treated as more = better. However, specifications are ultimately an engineering issue, where optimum = better. Televisions with 120 Hz have a very specific purpose, which is beneficial to the viewer. Video is commonly available in formats that support 30, 60, and 24 frames per second. A common 60 Hz display has to play games (like 3:2 pulldown) in order to play 24fps video. While this is a very effective...
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