R.I.P. Browsers was accompanied with the hauntingly matching graphic on the left. What led Tara to declare the death of browsers - particularly as her partner Chris Messina until very recently was helping to make a next-generation browser called Flock?! Is that why he left Flock, because he was building a product for a market that will soon cease to exist? Well I have met both Tara and Chris in person (actually we are both doing consulting work for Broadband Mechanics, which is how we met), so I know they're lovely people. But I don't agree with them on this one, so let me try and tell you why I think browsers are not dead. Tara starts off by making some great points to back up her contention that browsers are (or soon will be?) dead. She says that browsers are constraining for designers (true), browsers drain a lot of virtual memory (given my browser is right at this point in time consuming 178 MB, also true...), browsers crash (actually, my desktop apps seem to crash more...), ... … [Read more...] about R.I.P. Browsers? No way!
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It's now going on two weeks since CES has ended and so far, I've posted two big picture pieces; one on when size stopped mattering and the other on how Hi-Definition's virtuous circle is finally complete. Last week, I was at Mashup Camp 3 at MIT so I held off on publishing any more big picture pieces until this week. That said, there were other big pictures emerging from CES that will mark 2007 as the tipping point in some categories and one of those categories (with a few subcategories) was wireless. First, I must admit to being something of an audiophile. I'm not sure when one becomes an official card carrying member of the Audiophile Club, but perhaps several miles of monster cable running through the walls of my house at a personal expense of thousands of dollars (most of it in labor) qualifies me. See photo below: Three years ago, with a centralized audio/vidoe system that serviced every room in my house in mind, I ran that cable through the walls (including a bunch of Cat 5 for … [Read more...] about CES Big Picture #3: Oh ye cable, R.I.P. Wireless cometh and take ye away
Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click — you want the best new songs to stream right now. But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.Here are our five best new songs to stream this week. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post. Not sure which streaming service is best for you? Check out our post about the best music streaming services, or go in depth and learn the differences between Apple Music and Spotify to better weigh your options.Big K.R.I.T. — Keep The Devil OffMississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. channels … [Read more...] about Best new songs to stream: Big K.R.I.T., MGMT, Curls, and more
It’s strange to think that a movie with a $130 million budget could be considered an underdog at the box office, but that’s exactly the situation R.I.P.D. finds itself in this weekend. The new supernatural action film from Red director Robert Schwentke faces some tough competition from a new animated feature from Dreamworks, as well as the star-filled sequel to the aforementioned Red, and Saw filmmaker James Wan’s latest scare-fest, The Conjuring, which already has lots of positive buzz behind it.It’s a scenario that puts R.I.P.D. in a rough spot when it comes to audiences’ tendencies, and even an impressive cast might not be enough to carve out a place for this entertaining – if somewhat familiar – movie among the weekend’s big releases.R.I.P.D. does manage to be a fun, entertaining film – despite any unfavorable comparisons with other movies.Much like Red, R.I.P.D. is a film that draws inspiration from a relatively obscure comic … [Read more...] about R.I.P.D. review: A familiar take on a new world
A USB controller made of solid gold is surprisingly impractical. Diamond-encrusted 3D glasses could scratch. A platinum iPad stylus could be mistaken for any old piece of aluminum. If you really want people to know that you care about your electronics way more than your bank account, the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 is exactly what you’re looking for.Some of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7’s features, like its built-in wrist rest and programmable buttons, are nothing special. Others, like the dramatic modularity of the unit and swappable keys, are fun but hardly drool-worthy. And the membrane keyboard designed to imitate a mechanical without the noise is very much a wait-and-see for those of us who crave a little finger soreness. But the OLED touchscreen with integrated software is so nifty is almost justifies the $300 that Mad Catz is asking for a keyboard.The touchscreen has some features you’d expect to be on buttons, like media playback and brightness controls. But it also features … [Read more...] about MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard is as gratuitous as they come
LAS VEGAS -- Hewlett-Packard looks to end support for OpenVMS, a system long valued for its reliability and break-through features, in 2020.There's an entire generation of people who were born, graduated college and are well into their IT careers, who may have no idea that this OS, introduced in October 1977 by Digital Equipment Corp., even exists. That alone puts a limit on the operating system's life expectancy.HP says it has about 2,500 unique customers running OpenVMS, but that count only includes customers with whom it has a relationship. There are other users who are either supporting themselves or using third parties to keep the 36-year-old OS in shape. DEC was acquired by Compaq and Compaq by HP.HP said Monday that it will continue support for OpenVMS on its Integrity i2 servers "through at least the end of 2020."The dates are not carved in stone, said Lorraine Bartlett, vice president of marketing strategy and operations for HP's Business Critical Systems unit. "While we do … [Read more...] about OpenVMS, R.I.P.: 1977-2020?
As of May 31, 2011, iFlow Reader and BeamItDown Software will cease to exist. The untimely demise of this small company is a tale of a company that played by the rules and achieved success--until Apple changed the rules and killed it.An open letter on the iFlowReader.com Website explains, "We absolutely do not want to do this, but Apple has made it completely impossible for anyone but Apple to make a profit selling contemporary ebooks on any iOS device. We cannot survive selling books at a loss and so we are forced to go out of business. We bet everything on Apple and iOS and then Apple killed us by changing the rules in the middle of the game." E-Reader Roundup: 8 Devices Compete for the Crown What is iFlowReader? iFlowReader is an innovative app for reading electronic books in the industry-standard ePub format. The iFlowReader app is...or was available through the Apple App Store for use on iOS devices--iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.The iFlowReader app and book business are a drop … [Read more...] about R.I.P. IFlowReader: How Apple Policy Crushed a Company
Microsoft on Tuesday officially retired Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company's most significant service pack, several security experts said. Death of Windows XP SP2 Support a Security Risk "Windows XP SP2 was a game changer," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of Qualys, a California-based security risk and compliance management provider."SP2 was a major, major course correction by Microsoft," added John Pescatore, an analyst who covers security for Gartner Research. "It was the first time that Microsoft could tout Windows as being secure."Microsoft set Tuesday as the end of support for Windows XP SP2 , and used the day to deliver its final security patch . To receive any further fixes, security or otherwise, users must run XP SP3 or upgrade to a newer operating system, such as Vista or Windows 7 ."Customers who have not migrated from [SP2] are encouraged to upgrade immediately, either to Service Pack 3 or to Windows 7," said Jerry Bryant, a general manager … [Read more...] about R.I.P. Windows XP SP2
Death throes. That’s how I’d describe the latest barrage of white papers from Microsoft. The company’s flagship, Windows Vista, is thrashing around in the shallows like a wounded animal, fighting in vain to escape the inevitable. As with any good life and death struggle, there’s a great deal of screeching and wailing – “Vista’s not a failure, we’ve sold over a 100 million licenses!” Then, in a final flurry of “hooves and teeth,” it succumbs – another victim in the vicious OS circle of life.A bit too melodramatic? Perhaps. But when you analyze the tone of the company’s recent spin efforts you can’t help but detect a hint of desperation. After all, Microsoft’s marketing teams have tried almost everything to get customers to switch to Vista, fromextolling the product’s virtues to trashing its predecessor, Windows XP. Yet the product remains radioactive – almost nobody wants it, and those … [Read more...] about Windows 7: R.I.P.
Flappy Bird is no more, or at least is on its way to becoming just a little bit less ubiquitous. Dong Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer of the simplistic, but irritatingly difficult and addictive mobile time-killer looks to be making good on his promise to remove the game from the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More On Saturday, as Paul Tassi covered for Forbes, Nguyen tweeted that he would be taking the game down as of noon eastern time on Sunday, citing the apparent stresses and pressures of dealing with the response to his overnight gaming sensation that shot to the top of the free app charts last month.Nguyen said he had no interest in selling the game, which has reportedly been making the one-man shop $50,000 a day in ad revenue, and that the decision had nothing to do with legal issues (Forbes contributor Erik Kain is among those that have speculated that the game’s resemblance to some of the art from … [Read more...] about R.I.P. Flappy Bird