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  • Does this means Nokia won't be suing android makers?

    @fanbaby: I don't see why you are so optimistic.

    Android manufacturers are still Nokia's competitors and battling for the bigger slice of the pie. If anything, I would expect a more aggressive stance.

    The only possible good news on the silly patent litigation front is that Microsoft may not be able to assert its Android patents against Nokia, but that's not much. We'll see.

  • Archos Dual SIM Windows Phones

    @Ian2: if you are interested, there are even a few Lumia with a dual-SIM version (530, 630, 730 and 535), even though they don't seem to be available in every market.

    As for the pictures you posted, they also downplay the dual-SIM angle quite a bit, and that's a pity since WP implementation is one of the best I saw so far.

  • Microsoft Independence Day

    , CaRDiaK wrote

    http://news.microsoft.com/stories/independence-day/

    Heard a talk about this on the radio during the commute this morning. Basically sensors around town to provide him with information as he is severely visually impaired. "Shops in 10 meters" ... "Doctors on your left" Also had an interface to his guide dog which allowed him to "hear" a sonar between him and the dog. He hadn't been to the area before and said he felt "very comfortable navigating the area". Gave him information on buses that were approaching and which number it was etc. 

    He was very excited about the technology and immediately noticed a difference when he didn't have it on again. The prototype considered a success is now being extended. 

    Great stuff Microsoft, truly awesome! 

    Awesome indeed, thanks for the link.

  • HP Sprout

    , kettch wrote

    *snip*

    No doubt using proprietary cartridges and materials. :P

    That's unfortunately the norm, and some players are such trolls that even HP looks good in comparison...

    I'm looking forward to seeing what a little competition can bring.

  • HP Sprout

    Makes sense, given that HP is planning a major comeback in 3D Printing. This is just the device that would enable non-technical people to start printing their own objects (and 3D selfies...)

     

     

  • Lumia Denim

    @elmer: implementing voice activation without draining batteries requires specialized hardware and/or low-level dark magic. In any case, it's probably phone-specific and OEMs will have to implement their own.

    That shouldn't be too hard, though, for those who already implemented Google Now on similar hardware.

  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    @DeathByVisualStudio: weird, there was an article not too long ago painting an entirely different picture.

    Politics might be a major driving factor here: since April 2014 Munich is ruled by an SPD/CSU coalition (after decades of undisputed SPD majorities) and, apparently, the CSU opposed the project back when it started.

    So, while this will obviously constitute a setback for Linux and its community, any technical consideration may need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

     

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    ...and today the 8018830f error is gone, at least on my phone.

     

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    Welcome to the "very small %" club. Regrettably, it's not as exclusive as its name might suggest... ;)

  • Mame for Windows 8

    , bondsbw wrote

    @Blue Ink:  A processor takes the next byte of data in its stream and interprets what to do with it.

    Notepad does the same with a text stream (the next character determines whether to display it or move to a new line, and which glyph to display).

    The only data that cannot be a form of code is data that is never processed in any form.

    That's a very loose definition of "data", but even that doesn't suffice. There's plenty of dataflow architectures out there; think of an FPGA, for instance, or any hardware FSM machine.