Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground '- either to be phased out completely or just brushed aside and consigned to oblivion?
It seems like a funny thing to say, but when you look back at Android's history, you realize how many once-transformative-sounding features ended up fizzling and being forgotten soon after their grand debuts. Some remain buried in the software while others quietly vanished after a period of inertia, but they all share the fact that they're nowhere near the center-stage-worthy elements they once appeared to be.
There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who's been through this before.
"I'm willing to help as best I can," fish says. "In order to be viewed as a team player, you have to stick around '- it doesn't matter if you're contributing or only sitting there available.
"But after about 30 minutes of just being in reserve, I approached the manager in charge: 'Hey, I'm just sitting here burning billable hours. Do you want me to remain here? I'm reachable and can dial in if needed, but...'
"He did a quick check with the rest of the team to find out if they needed me '- and then told me, 'No, head on out, we'll call you if we need you.'"
I'-ve been hearing a lot from friends recently about how Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and people would be stupid not to switch. These being friends, I don'-t want to be rude, but '- cough, ahem '- I don'-t buy it.
Is security your No. 1 concern? Well, Windows 10 is no more secure than Windows 7 '- which is to say it is a profoundly insecure operating system. There have been a lot of serious Windows security patches in the last year, and Windows 10 had all the same problems as Windows 7.
Mozilla last week announced that revenue in 2016 exceeded $500 million, the first time it broke the half-billion-dollar bar, while development costs climbed 6% as the organization worked up Firefox Quantum, the revamped browser it shipped in November.
The bulk of the $520 million in revenue for the Mozilla Foundation came from royalty payments, with most of that coming, as usual, from deals struck for the default search engine spot in Firefox. Mozilla Foundation is the nonprofit that in turn runs Mozilla Corp., the commercial organization that creates and services Firefox for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
According to Mozilla's just-released financial statement for 2016, $504 million, or 97% of all revenue, came from royalty payments. The percentage of revenue derived from royalties has never dipped below 91% - Mozilla's fortunes have always been tied to Firefox's search contracts - but 2016's portion was lower than the 99% record set in 2015.
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Virtual assistants are destined to do much more than send memos, capture shopping lists or tell cheesy jokes '- they will become one of the primary ways we interact with the ambient AI that will surround every part of our lives in the not-too-distant future.
That'-s what Apple'-s Steve Jobs saw in these technologies way back when he relentlessly pursued the purchase of Siri. He saw the potential of the interface to enable new platforms.
'-'[He] later convinced us that he understood our vision, that he wouldn't just make Siri a tiny feature but something core to Apple's strategy across multiple devices, and that we could impact the world more as part of Apple than as an independent company,'-" Adam Cheyer, the co-founder of Siri, explained earlier this year.
Reports are piling in from afar that Windows Update in Win7 is broken. My first sighting was late Sunday afternoon, when KarenS posted on the AskWoody Lounge:
When I clicked on the Windows Update icon today to start the updates it said that my computer was up to date and that there were no updates available which I know was not the truth because I hadn'-t installed any of the [recent ones]
KarenS reported that the machine would only regurgitate the message shown in the screenshot.
There was an attempt to isolate the problem on KarenS'-s computers, to no avail '- the update service was working fine.
This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?"." Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings." Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. (Note: When you get to Amazon's page, scroll down past their "featured" deals to where the filtered list begins).
This month, the initial battle will begin on what will be an historic war for the next generation of PCs." Initially it will be fought on laptops but '-" much like smartphones drifted to tablets, and much of the initial wave of AI-driven, home-based digital assistants '-" this war may eventually encompass all PCs.
If this were just a war between processors, the X86 folks would likely win easily, both because Windows has decades of tuning on X86 and it is the entrenched part. But this isn'-t about processors. This is about whether the computing will be done on the desktop or in the cloud.
In short this is a war between the modem and the processor'-¦or yet another attempt to turn the PC into more of large smartphone.
Hundreds of millions of downloads just doesn'-t cut it, apparently. Ivo Beltchev, who first released the Start Menu replacement in 2009, has decided it just isn'-t worth the effort any more. Yesterday he posted this on his official web blog:
After months of deliberation, I have decided to stop the development of Classic Shell'-¦
There were few factors that led to my decision:
1) Lack of free time.
2) Windows 10 is being updated way too frequently
3) Each new version of Windows moves further away from the classic Win32 programming model'-¦ The new ways things are done make it very difficult to achieve the same customizations
You'-ve no doubt heard of software as a service. Those who are deeply into IT will nod their heads in recognition when acronyms such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) are tossed around, too. But here'-s one '-'*aaS'-" you might not have heard of yet: everything as a service. And it'-s the future, according to Linden Tibbets, CEO and co-founder of IFTTT.
But what exactly is IFTTT? And how does it relate to the idea of everything as a service? Here'-s what you need to know.
Pilot fish is testing a new IT business management system for his company, and decides to have a little fun while he's at it.
"I had access to the development environment to work out the purchasing process," says fish. "I'd log in, create a purchase order, work it through the process and then log in to the dev environment as my boss to see how it worked from her side of it.
"I decided to be funny and -- pretending to be her -- denied my test purchase requests with replies that, well, even she wouldn't say. Since the dev environment didn't have an email server, those denials would just stay in there and go nowhere.
"Until one of the knuckleheads on a different team decided to connect the dev server to the production network. And the dev solution suddenly found itself an email server.
The future belongs to the tech company that best harnesses artificial intelligence. A.I. is vital to understanding what consumers want and thus better design products for them. It is crucial in attracting consumers by delivering them the most customized and attractive content at the point they want it. And it is essential to providing cloud services that help corporations increase their efficiency and improve the way they operate.
Microsoft, like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, is betting big on A.I. The company has some definite A.I. strengths. But it also is missing an important piece: widely used mobile technology. Without that, it will be tough or impossible for Microsoft to win the A.I. war.
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...
Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.