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Response to desktop OS poll

About two weeks ago, we had a post in the newspaper that told of an upcoming poll on the website. This poll asked for a person’s favorite desktop operating system (OS). The choices were Windows, Macintosh, Linux, FreeBSD, and other. Other includes Sun Microsystem’s Solaris and Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS essentially is Linux, but some people would argue that it is distinct enough to not be included in that category. Before I start, I acknowledge that my categorization is a weakness ...

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Conversation starter: pick your OS

Hello, everyone, and welcome to all of the first-years! I’m Jalen, and this is the Technocracy blog. I hope you all are having a great semester so far. I've been writing about the latest in technology news for over a year now, and I want to start this semester off with a discussion. This means that I'll need to hear from you.The poll below asks you to give your preferred operating system. After a week of gathering votes, I will make a post in response to the ...

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European Commission investigates Google's Android

On April 15, the European Commission unveiled a press release stating formal proceedings against Google in relation to Android’s potential violation of the EU’s antitrust rules.The Commission’s investigation will look to see if Google entered into anticompetitive agreements and/or "abused a dominant position," and as result, illegally denied competition with other mobile operating systems (like Apple iOS and Windows Phone), mobile apps and services in the European Economic Area (EEA).Android ...

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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge are here

Samsung’s yearly flagship is here—rather, I should say flagships. The company released the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge last Friday, April 10. Last generation’s S5 gave us Sport and Active versions, which had dust and water resistance. Neither of these new Galaxies offer these, and that’s all the more reason to buy a case that could offer such protection. That and the lack of non-removable battery, a first for Samsung’s flagship phones at least, are the downsides when you compare ...

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You can now use Android apps in Google Chrome

As a follow-up to the release of Evernote, Vine and other Android apps for Chromebooks, Google is now giving users the option to run Android apps on OS X, Linux and Windows with Chrome.Although this is still in beta, you only need to download the ARC Welder app in order to get the needed app APKs from Google Play. Apps can be run in landscape or portrait mode and phone- or tablet-style. In addition, they can only be loaded one at a time, unless you choose the download ZIP option in ARC Welder, ...

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HTC's One M9 now available

Dressed up in an aluminum uni-body casing, the HTC One M8’s successor, the One M9, is now available, as of last week on the major carriers, excluding Verizon Wireless, in the United States.Aesthetically, the One M9 looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the only differences being the large square glass lens on the back and the power button’s placement to the side.The internals are packing Qualcomm’s best chipset and a one-GB increase in memory over last year’s model. In addition, ...

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Don't buy the Apple Watch

Out of Apple’s keynote event from the other week, the most noteworthy news was the company’s unveiling of the widely rumored Apple Watch.What I want to talk about is not why Apple believes it is the innovator of the smartwatch category or how Apple’s product is actually a latecomer to said category, but why the highest end Watch Edition is not desirable to either watch/jewelry owners or tech enthusiasts.I am not discounting the regular or sport editions of the Apple Watch. ...

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Mobile World Congress unveils new tech for smartphone community

Mobile World Congress started Monday, but some companies took the time to announce their products on the day before.Like the Consumer Electronics Show, MWC is an exhibition of consumer technology (mainly mobile devices in this case) by vendors, manufacturers, etc. from around the world.Below are highlights from the event so far:HTC lifted the curtain off its One M9. It contains a five-inch, 1080p display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, a ...

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HTC hints at release of "something huge"

Mobile World Congress is just over a week away, as of the time of this post, meaning something big from any number of companies is sure to leak.HTC has decided to take its own initiative in fueling those rumors by teasing the arrival of “something huge.”The news comes courtesy of AndroidGuys who have reported that HTC US’s Twitter account is responsible for the teaser. This follows HTC UK’s confirmation of a successor of the HTC One M8. It is expected that this device will be called ...

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Xiaomi plans to enter the United States

It’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of Xiaomi—yet.Despite having no market share here in the United States, Xiaomi is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, with sales rivaling that of Apple and Samsung. To put the company’s success in perspective, it doubled its revenue to $12 billion last year.Xiaomi still is not quite ready to sell phones here. However, international VP Hugo Barra, a former VP of Google, announced at the company’s first major press event ...

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