Google Nexus 7 starts shipping in the UK!

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It’s the perfect tablet for the Olympics!
It’s portable, powerful and cheap!

 

PC World

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Specs:

– NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core
– 1GB RAM + 16GB Flash
– 7″ IPS Touch + Wifi
– Camera + Bluetooth
– Free £15 Google Play Credit
– Android 4.1

 

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Apple is trying to maximise their profits at all costs (patents abuse, green label removal, deplorable working conditions)

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It’s been a pretty bad quarter for Apple, PR wise, if we don’t look at products launches. I’m sure it won’t turn iSheeps into Androids, but it’s still pretty interesting to follow what they’re doing:

  1. Litigation: Apple is getting more and more aggressive in its use of its ridiculous patents which should never have been awarded in the first place. A good thing for consumers that most of Apple’s attempts in the US have failed.
  2. Environment: Apple’s product are becoming increasingly difficult to service and recycle and thus are less and less “green”. For this reason, Apple has decided to pull off their products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry. This prevents many large corporations and US governmental agencies from ordering Apple products, but may be more lucrative for Apple who might sell more AppleCare subscriptions to consumers.
  3. Working conditions: Despite having found illegal working conditions and endemic abuses in its factories and having pledged to fix the situation and obey the law, it seems nothing has changed at Apple’s factories, according to a report by SumOfUs.org titled “Beyond Foxconn : Deplorable Working Conditions Characterize Apple’s Entire Supply Chain”.

 

 

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by Srinivas Arnepalli

We need innovators, not litigators. It’s time to #boycottapple.

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by Srinivas ArnepalliApple has been losing ground for the past few months in the mobile space, simply because most fans have upgraded to the 4S or are waiting for the next big thing, coming this autumn, and the rest are getting better phones made by HTC, Samsung, Google, etc.

So what does Apple do while users wait for the iPhone 5? It tries to get phones made by Samsung banned from entering the US using silly software patents which are only awarded in the US. The goal is to prevent user from upgrading now and to get them to wait.

Apple feel especially threatened by the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is making a killing throughout the world, so it has asked US courts to ban a few of Samsung latest devices.

This move got a lot of people angry, not only Apple haters and a #boycottapple tag has been created to spread the word.

 

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Apple essaie de combler son retard en matière de sécurité…

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Bonne nouvelle pour ceux qui utilisent des Macs à la maison! La sécurité sur OSX va enfin être à la hauteur de Windows dès la prochaine version qui sortira cet automne.

Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, les Macs c’est la cata au niveau sécurité. Apple a toujours été mauvais élève dans ce domaine, mais avait réussi jusqu’à peu à éviter d’attirer l’attention des créateurs de virus et autres voleur d’identité parce qu’il y a très peu de mac utilisés dans le monde.
Tout cela a changé dernièrement et Apple essaie de rattraper son retard (idem sur iOS).
Notez que même avec la mise à jour, il n’est toujours pas recommandé d’utiliser des parcs de Macs en entreprise. Apple connait mal ce marché.

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New study reveals developers are as lazy as the rest of the human race…

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Yes, developers still prefer to develop for iOS, despite the fact that it’s not the most popular OS out there, because even though Objective-C is terrible, it’s easy enough to learn for beginners and Apple sells you tools which make it a breeze to turn ideas into apps. The entry fee is quite high since you need to buy a Mac, some software and a developer license, but it seems to be worth it for hobbyists.

People who enjoy coding and like a challenge will favour Java (Android / BlackBerry) and HTML5 which isn’t a 2nd class citizen on all platforms.

This post was triggered by yet another useless post on BGR ;)

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