Via PadHz, here, February 23, 2014: Google Forbids Windows/Android Dual-Boot Tablets
CNet, February 25, 2014: No Nirvana? Is Asus rethinking Android-Windows 8.1 device?
CNet, March 7, 2014: Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid
I often get shit on Twitter for citing Chinese reports. I understand that sometimes they seem unbelievable — and add to that the ambiguity of Google Translate.
Yet many times I’ve found they have the real deal before anyone in America notices.
Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if dual-boot machines are killed by Google. All they really do is aid Microsoft. That’s not something Google wants.
I’m sure Asus will cite either “no market demand” or the catch-all “technical issues” when finally announcing the cancellation.
I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem
Imagine, just for a moment, that your Sony DVD player would only play Sony Movies’ films. When you decided to buy a new DVD player from Samsung, none of those media files would work on your new kit without some serious fiddling.
That’s the walled garden that so many companies are now trying to drag us into. And I think it stinks.
I Still Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem
Openness and network effects are the biggest drivers of usage – an MP3 bought from Amazon works on an iPod bought from Apple, and an MP3 bought from iTunes works perfectly on a Kindle Fire bought from Amazon. Customers and businesses both win when open standards are embraced and lock-in is eschewed.
Samsung, you simply cannot think of everything. Harness the billions of brain out there in the world. Let the Gear Fit connect to everything. Produce an SDK. You will own our wrists.
Same-day update: Samsung’s new Gear watches are now open to third-party support Obviously I hadn’t seen this before I did the post. Thanks to Pavels in Comments for pointing it out.
The Samsung Gear Fit: This Is It
Off the top of my head I can think of three times in my life when I’ve seen a product and exclaimed, “That’s it!”
1) The Macintosh GUI
2) The Palm Pilot PDA
3) The iPhone (encompasses iPad too)
Now I have to add the new Samsung Gear Fit to that list.
I ignored the Mobile World Congress news about it and today happened to click on a CNet story about it: Perfect Fit: Why the Samsung Gear Fit might be a hint of wristbands to come
I was immediately seduced by the lead photo with the clock and that colorful wallpaper.
That’s what PadHz is claiming, based on a report from the “Taiwan Economic Times” — the original source of which I cannot find [Google Translate].
Apparently this is Google’s reaction to Microsoft dropping its Windows 8.1 device licensing fee to US$15.
I don’t know that this will break many hearts. It’s interesting to see Google push around a partner like Asus, though.
What’s next? Google somehow forbidding the emulation of Android on Windows desktops and devices?
Microsoft Said to Cut Windows Price 70% to Counter Rivals
Manufacturers will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead of the usual fee of $50, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public. The discount will apply to any products that meet the price limit, with no restrictions on the size or type of device, the people said.
When Shenzen manufacturers can kick out low-end Android tablets for just US$50 final retail price, US$15 for an OS license is still too damn much.
I don’t think Microsoft understands just how much tablets have changed the market. Or how inexpensively Shenzen can churn out tablets.
Intel seems to understand — having partnered with several Chinese tablet makers (and no doubt giving them lots of technical assistance as well as cash). Intel, if it can get its chips cheap enough, might be able to actually compete against Rockchip, MediaTek, Allwinner, and others.
But Microsoft has to compete against Android. And I don’t think Google-certified Android (the one with all the Google apps that make it worth having) is priced at $15 per tablet.
“But it’s Windows!” Microsoft will crow.
Yeah, that’s also the main problem with it too.
So if this report — Samsung’s updated smartwatch to shun Android — is to be believed, Tizen isn’t dead.
Believing a new class of hardware can make headway in breaking Google’s lock on portable devices, Samsung will use Tizen instead of Android.
That is going to make for some wild confusion.
Will there be two stores? One for Galaxy Gear Tizen apps — and one for the Android phone or tablet host app?!
How exactly is that going to work? And what if Google prevents Android apps that control Tizen devices from being in the Play Store?
There is one company that could give Tizen a huge boost and make it a legit competitor to Android.
Can you guess which company?
Installing VLC Media Player voids your speaker warranty!
VLC has a feature that can make the audio seem louder than other players. VLC achieves this by using a process that creates hard clipping (see below in this thread for explanation) which can damage small speakers. Dell has tested VLC and verified that the speakers can be damaged after several hours of using VLC. I believe that HP (Hewlett Packard) also says that VLC damage is not covered under its warranty.
If you choose to use the VLC player, it is suggested that you do not set the volume higher than 100% in order to avoid potential damage to the speakers. If you contact Tech Support about a speaker problem, it is suggested that you do not have the player installed.
From a year ago, but I’ve heard of this only today.
I’ve had to use vlc’s volume increase on a borrowed notebook. Now I know the best thing to do is to use earbuds or external speakers that can produce louder sound.
Checking things out today, I came across a bunch of price comparisons that made my head spin and which altered my entire tablet thinking.
See more photos [Google Translate].
That’s just Cat Bait.
How long before there’s one with the mug of Mickey Mouse? Stop now.