Posts Tagged ‘the-original’

An iPad That’s Mini in Screen Size Only

November 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s largely accepted that miniature versions must compromise on something. Fancy sports cars lack back seats, snack-size candy bars are missing a whole lot of chocolate and the iPad Mini wants for high quality screen resolution and speedy performance. Until now. Apple’s new iPad Mini, which starts at $399 and became available last week, has virtually the same specs as its big brother, the full-size iPad Air. Both offer the same head-turning Retina display with a super sharp screen resolution. Both have the same new chip for faster processing and improved graphics performance. Both have better technology for connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks. And both have improved front-facing cameras that work better in low light. Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina display has a processor that’s four times as fast as the original Mini, which helps with apps like iMovie, second screen from the right. This means you basically just choose what size screen you prefer, the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad Mini with Retina display, without compromising. I’ve been testing the iPad Mini with Retina display for the past week and a half, and this miniature version doesn’t make me feel like I’m compromising on anything. My everyday iPad is the iPad 3 with Retina display, but I found myself reaching more often for the new Mini, tossing it into a bag to use on the go. I also carried it around the house more than I do my full-size iPad. And in my taxing battery test, it lasted 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is longer than Apple’s estimate of 10 hours. This iPad Mini with Retina display is the second iteration of the iPad Mini

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Kids Aren’t Reliable Tech Predictors

November 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I believe the children aren’t our future. Teach them well, but when it comes to determining the next big thing in tech, let’s not fall victim to the ridiculous idea that they lead the way. Yes, I’m talking about Snapchat. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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‘Independence Day 2′ Pushed Back a Year to July 1, 2016

November 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

20th Century Fox is moving its “Independence Day” sequel back a year to from July 3, 2015 to to July 1, 2016 — or almost exactly 20 years after the original hit theaters. Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” hit theaters on July 3, 1996, and went on to gross a still-impressive $817 million worldwide.... Read more

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How Airlines Mine Personal Data In-Flight

November 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One day soon, frequent fliers should expect flight attendants to know their birthdays, how they like their coffee, and what they’re likely to buy on board. After years of dithering, airlines are learning to use the wealth of customer data they collect. Greater stability in an industry long roiled by bankruptcies is enabling carriers to invest in technology to personalize the flying experience and better target promotions. But the airlines sometimes struggle to do all that without making customers uncomfortable. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Realities of Performance Appraisal

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much has been written recently about performance ratings and management at some large and successful companies. Amazon has surfaced as a company implementing OLRs, organization and leadership reviews, which target the least effective 10% of an organization for appropriate action. Yahoo recently implemented QPRs, quarterly performance reviews, which rates people as “misses” or “occasionally misses” among other ratings. And just so we don’t think this is something unique to tech, every year about this time Wall St firms begin the annual bonus process which is filled with any number of legendary dysfunctions given the massive sums of money in play. Even the Air Force has a legendary process for feedback and appraisal. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Fairfax Financial Discloses BlackBerry Investors

November 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Fairfax Financial Holdings disclosed that its partners in a $1 billion investment in struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry include a Qatar-based sovereign-wealth fund and several Canadian investment funds. Fairfax’s regulatory filing Thursday answers some of the questions that have hovered over BlackBerry since it scrapped a monthslong attempt to sell itself on Monday, saying it would continue as a public company with new leadership and the $1 billion investment. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Film Review: ‘The Square’

November 4, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Re-edited and longer by about eight minutes than the original version that premiered at Sundance, Jehane Noujaim's documentary is a commendable yet limited account of post-Revolutionary Cairo.

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Qualcomm in Talks to Join Cerberus and BlackBerry Co-Founders on Possible Bid

November 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Qualcomm Inc. is in talks to join a possible bid for BlackBerry Ltd. that is being spearheaded by two of the beleaguered smartphone maker’s co-founders, according to people familiar with the matter. Qualcomm is contemplating joining private-equity Cerberus Capital Management LP, which is also in talks to join Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, the BlackBerry co-founders who have said they are considering a bid as part of an auction of the company, which is expected to come to a head with a bid deadline Monday. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Sony Struggles to Stay in the Game

November 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In just three months, Sony Corp. went from a company on the mend to one whose recovery is now in serious doubt. Hidekazu Miyahara, an analyst at Marusan Securities, recalls the celebratory mood at Sony’s earnings briefing in Tokyo in late July. The Japanese electronics giant had just reported a net profit for the three months ended June 30 and analysts saw signs of a recovery in Sony’s core electronics operations following restructuring that involved 10,000 layoffs. During the question-and-answer session, another analyst told the executives how excited he was to see the television business finally turn profitable. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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CBS In Talks For ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

October 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“How I Met Your Mother” fans may not have to part ways with their beloved series at the end of this final season just yet. Variety has confirmed that CBS is in discussions with 20th Century Fox TV for a spinoff of the comedy, which will offer a femme spin on the original show. As... Read more

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