The Competition ...
Google changing Chrome's Metro appearance in Windows 8 to mimic its operating system ( NeoWin 2013-10-06 )
Next version of Chrome essentially runs Chrome OS inside Windows 8 ( TechSpot 2013-10-07 )
Oh man! The commenters are crazy over this even though it's not quite what they fear, well, yet anyway ...
The developer version of Google's Chrome browser now allows users to run the application in Windows 8's Metro environment with an interface similar to the company's Internet-enhanced Chrome operating system. The similarities largely end in appearance, however, as the only major feature of the operating system available with the browser's Metro environment is an application bar that is essentially nothing more than a glorified bookmark bar, opening websites.
At some point though Google will figure out a way to get their apps to execute in there. That would be awesome for fanboy entertainment value. Of course they are already freaking out, and displaying massive ignorance of reality in the process ...
Microsoft needs to block this because it a complete abuse of APIs. This works because Microsoft opened up new APIs that allows desktop browsers to run in full screen mode and interact with the modern side of the OS that other desktop apps don't have access to . By making this, Google is essentially using APIs that is reserved for only browsers to virtualise their desktop OS which is a complete abuse of the OS.
microsoft should make rules about application appearance standards.. then block chrome for not meeting them.
Microsoft should Block them just like google loves to do to Microsoft.
Such arrogance. That should help to illustrate their true core values and why they are called MetroTards and MicroZealots in the first place. To these fanboys Microsoft is truly their God and Metro is his one true son. How dare any infidel create a false image of their prophet. ;-)
The real problem though is that they actually believe these are Microsoft's computers. Yes, that computer you are reading this very thread on is owned by Microsoft and they should control what programs you can run, and what those programs are allowed to do. Other commenters try to reason with these fanboys, reminding them that blocking Google or anyone else for that matter will bring down the wrath of regulation, therefore they will not do this ( but we can certainly hope they listen to the fanboys and try ).
But even that misses my own long argued point here that Microsoft is now blurring the lines between what they actually are - sometimes a 1st party, but most times a 3rd party. That latter case is the x86 world in a nutshell, where Microsoft supplies some software that merely makes the system sold by the 1st party manufacturer operate. They call this software an operating system. If the OS does not work, the system does not work, and we are approaching the concept of sabotage ( if by design, else we can say incompetence which covers most Microsoft use cases ).
I think Google has a great idea here! If they or anyone can make some Metro app that kicks open the doors on the walled-garden it will really tick off the mothership and possibly bait them into legal territory. Make it so!
Apple said to be cutting iPhone 5c production in half ( TechSpot 2013-10-10 )
Apple is reportedly cutting iPhone 5c production output in half after weak sales ( NeoWin 2013-10-10 )
As you might imagine there are commenters celebrating this factoid, even though they are missing the 800 pound gorilla ...
( Originals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 )
Looks to me like the common denominator is the cheap and childish appearance. Perhaps the Baskin Robbins selection ( and by extension the Microsoft Tiles ) really looks like Playskool to the masses and sells accordingly? Actually, there is a very logical reason for the iPhone 5c problems, it simply wasn't priced low enough, which reinforces that graphic even further since all of them are overpriced to begin with.
Oh, and isn't just ironic that because of the Surface trendy colors and Microsoft Tiles Playskool GUI that they have actually managed to make the iPad look like the professional business device and their Surface looks like, well, you know, a toy. The proof as they say, is in the pudding as 2013 Q2 saw 300,00 Surface sales and 14.6 million iPad sales, in the same timeframe.
Firefox OS Updated, Getting Wider Distribution ( Tom's Hardware 2013-10-10 )
Chris Lee, Director of Product for Firefox OS, updated the Mozilla blog with news that the company's mobile operating system has been updated to v1.1. The release arrives after the first Firefox OS phones hit the market this summer, and now provides new features, significant performance improvements and support for more than 15 new languages.
That said, Mozilla announced in a separate blog that Firefox OS is expanding into new territories. Telefonica has already released the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fire and ZTE Open devices in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, and now plans to launch Firefox OS in Brazil and three other Latin America markets in 4Q 2014.
Who'd'a thunk it. Choices all over the place.
Lenovo IdeaPad A10 is an Entry Level Android Laptop. Secret laptop confirmed. ( Maximum PC 2013-10-11 )
( original photo from Maximum PC )
Looks okay for a tiny 10 inch laptop tab-pad-thingie, I guess. And since it's from the MetroTards favorite company it's really gonna leave a mark when the story gets picked up at NeoWin.
The real point though is that thanks to Microsoft Tiles we just might get to see that year of Linux yet. Good job boys!
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 13 October 2013 - 04:22 AM.