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Windows 10 Release: Words Of Caution From IDC And A PC Maker – Forbes

“We’re not forecasting an overall increase in units – but the growth trend will become less negative,”

Source: Windows 10 Release: Words Of Caution From IDC And A PC Maker – Forbes

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The Web OS is Already Here…

In order to understand why the integration of the Web browser within the World’s most popular native applications is evidence a Web OS is already here, we have to invert our understanding of an operating system.

Instead of thinking about the OS as a shell or container within which applications live and run, we need to think of it as the internal connective tissue that all apps share -working inside out of every app instead of outside in.

Let me restate that simply. The Web (browser) is inside of every application instead of every application being inside the Web (browser).

The later is the Chrome OS model. The former is what’s happening right now. This creates enormous opportunities for Web content and interactions (HTML, CSS, Javascript) to be accessible not only in Web browsers (which as we saw are available on nearly all platforms and used a lot) but within every native application as well.

Source: LukeW | The Web OS is Already Here…

Just Smart Enough — Shawn Blanc

Agreed. It’s the complications and the basic notifications that make Apple Watch just smart enough. Taking a little bit of time to set up what I do and don’t want on my watch has already paid dividends.There is still much to be improved about the Watch’s core functionality (such as improvements with Siri dictation (editing, anyone?), and 3rd-party apps that don’t have to round trip to the iPhone). However, my first impression of the Apple Watch has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s attractive, useful, and, most of all, fun.

Source: Just Smart Enough — Shawn Blanc

The Apple Watch: User-Experience Appraisal

History repeats itself:The lesson of the 1990s was that a website was not a glossy brochure, nor a TV show.The lesson of the 2010s was that a mobile phone is not just a smaller computer.Maybe the third time will be the charm — say it out loud: a watch is not a smaller phone

Source: The Apple Watch: User-Experience Appraisal

Mistake One – Marco.org

The MacBook just looks and feels like the obvious, no-brainer choice for a small Mac. That’s why people buy it. That’s why I bought it. I loved it before I bought it. I love looking at it and picking it up.I just hate using it.I hate typing on it, I hate the trackpad, it’s slower than I expected, the screen is noticeably blurry from non-native scaling to get reasonable screen space, and I don’t even find it very comfortable to use in my lap because it’s too small.I hate returning things, but I’m returning this.

Source: Mistake One – Marco.org

Something doesn’t smell right about the rush to “deprecate” HTTP

This is why we need to overthrow the tech industry as a governing body. It’s run by people who shoot first and ask questions later. This is an awful way to be having this discussion, after the decision is made, without any recourse? This is the best argument for taking this power away from the plutocrats in tech.#

Source: Something doesn’t smell right about the rush to “deprecate” HTTP

40% of US iPhone Owners Have Upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus [Chart]

Lowitz does note that Apple could face some challenges in the coming quarters with iPhone sales in the US. “There are still 8 million iPhone 4S phones, dating back to 2011, in use,” continued Lowitz. “While they are ripe for upgrade, many of these consumers have owned their iPhone 4S for only a fraction of its three and a half years on the market. The size of this upgrade cohort, relative to the number of new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units sold, suggests that the coming quarters may prove challenging for Apple in the US.”CIRP estimated the number and model of iPhones in each quarter by analyzing data on iPhone buyers, their model selection, and their prior phones.

Source: iClarified – Apple News – 40% of US iPhone Owners Have Upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus [Chart]

What JavaScript MVC framework should I be using for every application, big or large?

A framework is like a Leatherman. It’s a prescribed approach that will work sort-of-ok for a wide array of problems. This is very useful in some situations, such as when you’re not sure what you are building (very early prototyping), when you are a junior developer just starting out, or if you are leading a team of junior developers that needs structure to work in an aligned manner. If you’re in this situation, it really does not matter much what framework you use. Just pick the one that you (or your team) is most familiar with, because that is the one that will lead to the least bugs and highest speed.

To be clear here, I’m separating the concepts of frameworks and libraries here. I’m not advocating building your tooling from scratch, I’m talking about picking and choosing multiple, specialzed tools for the job, instead of trying to solve everything with a big, general one.  In the carpenter analogy, a framework is a Leatherman and a specialized library is an electric screwdriver.

Source: Mattias Petter Johansson’s answer to What (lightweight) JavaScript MVC framework should I be using for every application, big or large? – Quora

Facebook’s Instant Articles

  • A few items related to Facebook’s Instant Articles announcement that came in the middle of the night.
  • I was briefed on this project last summer.#It got me interested in the Facebook API.
  • People who use Facebook want this. How do I know? When I post full text of stories on FB they read it and comment. When I post a link to my blog post, they still comment, but very often without having read the piece. As a writer I can only take so much of this!
  • The place to put this functionality is in the CMS or blogging tools. If I were FB, I would have gone to the toolmakers first. Made sure there was broad support. Why do they care so much about the big brands? Maybe there’s something strategic about this. Do the big brands really move first, fast, with confidence and innovation? Or are they driven by fear of missing out? Which motivation creates better user experience? (In my experience love is where creativity comes from, not fear.)
  • I was told last summer that they were building on RSS. Of course that’s a good thing, if true. It means that the content could flow not just to Facebook, but anywhere that’s prepared to receive it. This creates many interesting options. In this, Facebook is being a good corporate citizen and Friend to the Open Web (with the qualification that I don’t know for sure if it is true).
  • I have asked for access to the tech now that it’s out, but got rejected!
  • I hope they change their mind.

Source: Facebook’s Instant Articles