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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:50
MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case. Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. As such, you can easily figure out which devices sacrifice battery-life for performance and which ones have a good blend of both. The HTC One M8 really stands out, thanks to its nearly balanced performance/battery-life ratio. A result like that might make you think that neither value could be that great, but that's not the case at all. In fact, the battery-life rating on that phone places far beyond some of the other models, only falling short to the OnePlus One. And speaking of that phone, it becomes obvious with PCMark why it's so hyped-up of late; it not only delivers solid performance, it boasts great battery-life as well.

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:50
MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case. Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. As such, you can easily figure out which devices sacrifice battery-life for performance and which ones have a good blend of both. The HTC One M8 really stands out, thanks to its nearly balanced performance/battery-life ratio. A result like that might make you think that neither value could be that great, but that's not the case at all. In fact, the battery-life rating on that phone places far beyond some of the other models, only falling short to the OnePlus One. And speaking of that phone, it becomes obvious with PCMark why it's so hyped-up of late; it not only delivers solid performance, it boasts great battery-life as well.

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Smartsheet, the project management tool cloaked as a spreadseet, adds visualization

PC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:45

Smartsheet, whose namesake online project management app uses a spreadsheet interface, has developed a visualization tool to let its customers graph and map workgroups in their organizations for better planning and supervision.

The new Account Map tool does an enterprise-wide analysis of data collected in a company’s Smartsheet domain and generates a visual representation of the people working on the different projects, including employees, partners, contractors, vendors and customers.

“It gives you a quick, visual way of seeing the landscape of who is doing what across the enterprise,” said Brent Frei [cq], chairman and co-founder of Smartsheet.

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What's on your HDTV: World Series, 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wyatt Cenac

EnGadget - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:32
This week baseball fans tune into their championship series as two once-unlikely contenders do battle for the crown. If you prefer your drama on stage and screen however, you'll probably be saying goodbye to HBO's Boardwalk Empire this weekend as it...

​The DualShock 4 Has Become A Pretty Great PC Controller

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:30

If you're using a controller to play a PC game—I know, I know, shhh, it's okay—chances are the on-screen prompts you see will match up with an Xbox controller. But you don't have to use Microsoft's controller with your PC; you've actually got a lot of options, including the PS4's DualShock 4.

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Apple's role reversal: 'Mature' Mac outpaces iPad in revenue

CNET News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:26
The Mac laptop and desktop business takes over as Apple's second-biggest revenue generator, as iPad sales struggle.






China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:08
New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and an original report from the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to look like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate).

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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:08
New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and an original report from the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to look like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate).

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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:08
New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and an original report from the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to look like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate).

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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:08
New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and original report the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate).

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Guy says his iPhone 6 bent -- and caught on fire

CNET News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:07
What happens when an iPhone bends too much? One man says his bent so much it punctured the battery and caught fire, causing second-degree burns to his leg.






Sleater-Kinney: Bury Our Friends

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:00

Holy shit new Sleater-Kinney music for the first time in a decade. Today, Sleater-Kinney released "Bury Our Friends" and announced a new record, No Cities to Love, to be released in January. Oh and a tour. I'm so excited that I'm actually considering going to see their show at Terminal 5, New York's most loathsome club, just to get my ears exploded again.

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Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:00

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organization has never been published, until today.

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Holy crap, this amazing Universe simulator makes me want to buy a new PC

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:50

It's been a long time since I craved a computer program, but now I want Space Engine so much that I'm ready to buy a PC just to be able to immerse myself in it. Developed by Vladimir Romanyuk, Space Engine is a complete sandbox simulation of the Universe with mind-blowing graphics. Check this out:

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Report: Simon & Schuster and Amazon Just Made Nice

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:32

Amazon and publishing house Simon & Schuster have reached a multi-year deal, sources told Business Insider. This means the tides could be turning in favor of Amazon in its battle against publishers. And that means you'll likely see cheaper Simon & Schuster books on Amazon soon, though whether or not that'll be good for the publishing industry is still up for debate.

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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

SlashDot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:26
New submitter Shade writes Well over one and a half years in the works, the latest and greatest release of GNU Emacs was made officially available today. Highlights of this release include a built-in web browser, improved multi-monitor and fullscreen support, "electric" indentation enabled by default, support for saving and restoring the state of frames and windows, pixel-based resizing for frames and windows, support for digitally signed ELisp packages, support for menus in text terminals, and much more. Read the official announcement and the full list of changes for more information.

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Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February

EnGadget - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:25
Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must...

Readers' reactions: Why are cell phone batteries so behind the times?

CNET News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:15
CNET members respond with why they think cell phone batteries are still lacking.

That DNA Evidence Identifying Jack the Ripper Was Wrong After All

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:15

Last month, the notoriously dubious Daily Mail announced it had finally unmasked Jack the Ripper with DNA evidence. Now, in what's not that much of a surprise, it seems this all may have been a mistake. The scientist in the investigation made multiple errors, according to the Independent, the most damning of which is he counted wrong.

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Mel Brooks' Spaceballs made into Chris Nolan's Interstellar

Gizmodo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:13

Everyone seems to be making fun of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar as we all eagerly await for it. After the Wall-E parody, here comes a classic: Spaceballs. A hard one to pull, but the Schwartz is strong in this one.

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