Windows 8: Trying to Sit on Two Chairs Could Hurt

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Windows 8 Desktop

My initial impression of the Microsoft Surface tablet had me pretty upbeat about what Microsoft is doing with it and Windows 8, but after watching a few videos such as the one below, showing common users trying to find their way around Windows 8 on a standard desktop computer, I’m seriously beginning to doubt Microsoft’s approach. In fact, that’s an understatement. Seeing people literally unable to do something even so basic as getting back to a start screen to launch a new application has me thinking that Windows 8 in Read More

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Could Your Next PC Be a (Surface) Tablet?

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Microsoft Surface tablet

The idea of replacing a PC with a tablet is making more and more sense. The two main driving factors of this is the continued relentless increase of available processing power in mobile devices, and the availability of ports, accessories or peripherals which give these devices the input and output options typically associated with full blown PCs. It is even easier to imagine this when we look at what smartphones are becoming capable of. Modern smartphones are as powerful as average PCs were not so long ago, and there are Read More

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The Counter Terrorism All Star – U.S. Drones

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The United States drone program has seen rapid growth since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Although the predominant missions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), is intelligence and surveillance, armed employment of the drones has steadily risen since the first documented use in Afghanistan in 2002. Although armed drone employment is disparaged by many friends, foes, and those in-between of the United States, the program’s employment has proven highly successful in degrading the leadership and combat capability of the al Qaeda and associated Read More

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The Future by Apple: Computers as Appliances?

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MacBook Pro Retina

Apple just came out with what they call the best computer they’ve ever created; the MacBook Pro with a Retina display. It’s certainly quite a high end computer; in design, capability, and price. It’s hard not to be impressed. We are offered a super powerful computer, with generous IO options, super fast all-flash architecture, and the screen with the greatest pixel density in the industry, all in a design that’s almost as thin as the MacBook Air, and as stylish as anything we’ve come to expect from Apple. Unfortunately, it Read More

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Pentagon Goes Mobile Without Apple

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Army Android Phone Apps

Research in Motion has long-held a stranglehold on all things mobile with the U.S. DoD. Time goes on, and things change. After being turned down by Apple to have access to the iOS codebase, both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), have announced the release of separately developed hardened versions of the Android operating system (OS) in the past year. More notable was the related DARPA pilot program that deployed smart phones running the hardened version of Android to be tested in Read More

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