We got our first look at a bunch of features in Windows 10, which comes out next week for people who signed up for the pre-release. As expected, Microsoft made a strong push toward connecting its devices more seamlessly, part of its universal apps program.
Office, Outlook, and other apps all work quite similarly across devices, and Cortana is everywhere, working as a natural-language interface and personal assistant.
The big surprise, however, was Microsoft’s foray into virtual reality, with its HoloLens glasses, an ambitious bid to create a system for overlaying holographic images over the real world.
When Steve Jobs famously made that comment— the “if you see a stylus, they blew it” one—it’s pretty clear that he was talking about the general use cases involving touch screens and human interaction.
Latching on to the core of an single statement in its most literal sense prevents us from growing bigger and better ideas. To come back to the comment specifically, even if Apple decided “hey, you know what… maybe we were wrong about the stylus thing” it would likely be because it took the idea, observed how the world applied it and made a judgment call.
Making the use of a stylus required in order to use a device would be wrong. That was what Jobs meant.
But using a stylus for specific uses but not be required for that use is not a bad idea. It’s simply offering additional flexibility.
I love my Fifty Three Pencil stylus which I use almost daily with the Paper app. But I wouldn’t want to use the stylus for everything.
While the amount of stuff you need to protect has shrunk enormously in the last few years, with Facebook and Twitter encrypting by default, and Google and others upping their game, a VPN still buys you peace of mind.
Nicely written post by Fleishman. Do you use VPN on a regular basis?
Less than a month ago, I purchased Google Glass. What I didn’t realize was that as a “Glass Explorer,” my journey of discovery would be a relatively short one. Google has announced it’s to stop selling Glass to the general public — which presumably foreshadows an end in support — and will concentrate on a new, as yet unseen version of Glass.
I didn’t actually expect App Store revenue to obey the 80-20 rule. In fact, I expected it to be a much sharper curve, representing even greater disparity in the distribution of revenue than the 80-20 rule would suggest – maybe a 90-10 split, or even a 95-5 split. As it turns out, the revenue distribution curve of the App Store is even sharper than I imagined. …
Luckily, there’s a lot of money to be made in that long tail.
Developer training for building or augmenting contact centers with Twilio is now available on Twilio < Skills >. Twilio < Skills > provides introductory developer training on Twilio products as well as deeper dives into Twilio use cases.
The new Contact Center Innovator badge is the first use case deep-dive to be made available. It explores how to use Twilio to build contact center applications that provide greater context and relevance to customer interactions
I spent a good chunk of last year writing content for the Twilio < Skills > platform, it’s a platform I’m proud to have been involved in.
As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.
As part of this transition, we’re closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what’s coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In the meantime, we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready. (For now, no peeking.)
I suspect this new MacBook will be the last laptop I end up buying. Again, that doesn’t mean the MacBook is dying anytime soon, but I believe this will be the pinnacle of the product. We’ll get spec bumps for years to come. But it will be the long, slow fade we just witnessed with the iPod.
I use my MacBook for my dev work, but I can do a lot of my work on my iPad now thanks to the use of apps, so I can see where Siegler is going with this.
Will there be new laptops, tablets, phones, wearables, and even exotic new categories of machines in the future? Of course. Will I buy them? Some, at least – unquestionably. New is novel, and nothing lasts forever. I have no idea what’s to come. I do know that I’ll no longer need a new laptop.
Matt hits another one out of the park. Wonderful as always.
Ashley Nelson-Hornstein (currently an iOS engineer at Dropbox, formerly at Apple):
I forgave iOS 7 because I understood the incredible amount of work accomplished to pivot the platform in just six months. So for me, iOS 8 is my first real opportunity to be concerned about the state of the platform, and not evidence of a pattern of issues. I’ll be justifiably concerned and worried if the same software quality issues are being discussed in 10.11 and iOS 9. Until then, I’m willing to give Apple the time necessary to let their plans propagate.
I picked up an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 a couple months ago and have been using it as my main Kindle device since then.
The Fire HD 6 is the size of a standard paperback book. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.
The kids mode is interesting, the Fire practically becomes a different tablet when you set up your family profiles so you can pass it to your son or daughter to use.
Overall, I’m liking the Kindle Fire, it’s lead to my Kindle Paperwhite becoming my daughter’s Kindle for her books, while the Fire became my goto ereader.
The other apps work nice, Amazon Instant Video has a decent selection of videos to watch, but I mostly use it for reading. Going between the Kindle books, Instapaper, feedly and other reading apps.