Posts tagged: Windows

Windows Holographic to Create “Mixed Reality” Platform

Colin McMahon
 Jun 10, 2016

At the Computex 2016 trade show, recently held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft unveiled ambitious new goals for its Windows Holographic operating system (OS). Windows Holographic will no longer be confined to the Microsoft Hololens. Instead, it will usher in “mixed reality,” which is defined as the combination of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Microsoft will accomplish this by opening Windows Holographic to the emerging VR market, allowing the OS to run on devices like the HTC Vive. This move will also allow a multitude of third-party developers to create apps for Windows Holographic. This announcement translates into a massive expansion for the developing Microsoft platform.

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Google Shutting Down Picasa

Ed Lee
 Feb 16, 2016

Google PhotosOn February 12, Google announced that it would be retiring Picasa, its photo management software program, and
Picasa Web Album, its  online sharing service, to put more focus on Google Photos. From my perspective, this is a bit of sad news. I have been a user and fan of Picasa since before it was officially launched almost 14 years ago. Read more »

Quest Toward Mobile Print Simplification Continues

Christine Dunne Dunne
 May 28, 2015

Recently, an acquaintance had a near-meltdown when she couldn’t figure out how to print from her Windows tablet to her Dell printer. On Facebook, she implored friends to help her figure out what she was doing wrong—indicating she needed printouts for work, pronto.

She isn’t alone. Take a look at the user review section of any mobile print app, and you will encounter plenty of comments around printing issues (e.g., app doesn’t work, formatting is incorrect, printer isn’t supported). Indeed, recent InfoTrends research indicated that the top perceived barriers to mobile printing center around technical and compatibility issues.

Assuming you needed to print something from your smartphone or tablet for personal reasons, which would be the largest barriers to doing so?

Source: Mobile Devices and the Impact on Print: Looking for the Opportunities in the U.S., China, Mexico and Brazil
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Dandelion Distribution and Other Observations from O’Reilly Tools of Change

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 11, 2013

The idea behind dandelion distribution is simple. Imagine thousands of dandelion seeds being spread by the wind. Of these, only a few may ever grow into dandelions, but that’s enough. As it relates to e-books, dandelion distribution happens when reproduction and distribution are so cheap as to be virtually free. This idea is encapsulated in the book Spreadable Media by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green, and it was also discussed at length during one of the keynote sessions at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference (February 12-14 in New York City).

Panelist Cory Doctorow (more on him at Craphound.com) suggested that book publishers consider replacing their traditional “mammalian intuition” (i.e., the idea that each book is precious and must be protected by any means) with “dandelion intuition” (where it is acknowledged that any individual book has a small chance of success and therefore the strategy should be designed around spreading as many ‘seeds’ as possible). This concept goes against traditional publishing logic, but so did a lot of other ideas at the conference.

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Who’s Getting a Tablet for Christmas?

Alan Bullock
 Oct 16, 2012

In April of this year, InfoTrends surveyed more than 1,300 U.S. adult consumers about their use of smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected television. We found that about 31% of them were using a tablet — more than double the percentage from a similar survey just ten months earlier. We expect the growth of tablets to continue for quite some time, fueled in part by the flood of lower-cost devices recently announced (and rumored to be announced) before the holiday season. In fact, nearly 36% of those not already using a tablet indicated that they thought they would purchase one in less than a year. Read more »

Cameras Get Smart – Nikon goes Android

Carrie Sylvester
 Aug 24, 2012

Nikon COOLPIX S800c

Smart, meet camera. Camera, meet…Android, apps, connectivity, Facebook, GPS, Instagram-like in-camera editing…also known as The Future. The new Nikon Coolpix S800c says to the smartphone “Anything your camera can do, mine can do better.”

What is it?

The Coolpix S800c is Nikon’s first “Smart Camera” to combine its camera imaging expertise with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Google’s mobile platform. This is not the first smart camera to be announced this year. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Polaroid announced the SC1630 smart camera, a 16 MP Android-based camera. However, the camera has not launched yet, and it is questionable whether it will ever make it to market.

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