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Friday, 24 April 2015

24 April 2015. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This! Android Pisses on Apple! NO LIE! :-D

00 Android pisses on Apple 01. 24.04.15


00 Android pisses on Apple 02. 24.04.15


Read this. Need I say more? Pass the jug and smile!



Sunday, 5 January 2014

5 January 2014. The Desktop is Dead… Long Live the Desktop

00 happy computer family. 11.09.13


Let’s start with a little something:

There’s little reason to buy a desktop or laptop computer any more. Tablets do the same functions… playing music, sharing photos, web surfing… that most consumers use PCs for, and they’re made to use on the go. They can also be much cheaper. For instance, Apple’s iMac’s start at 1,300 USD (43,150 Roubles. 1,384 CAD. 1,452 AUD. 957 Euros. 792 UK Pounds) and MacBook laptops start at 1,000 USD (33,200 Roubles. 1,065 CAD. 1,117 AUD. 736 Euros. 610 UK Pounds), but iPads start at 300 USD (9,960 Roubles. 320 CAD. 335 AUD. 220 Euros. 183 UK Pounds). Of course, ditching desktop PCs isn’t for everyone… graphic designers and traders, for instance, who need large screens would find it hard to part with traditional computers. However, data shows that PCs are starting to fall out of favour. According to the latest data from IDC, an information-technology research firm, worldwide shipments fell 4 percent in 2012 from a year earlier… to the lowest level since 2009.



Of course, for most people, tablets are the way to go… let’s face it, most people are only cyber-consumers! However, if you’re a cyber-creator, a merchant, or a business, you still need a desktop. Firstly, most desktops simply have more power than tablets will ever have. There’s simply more room to put things. Secondly, if you’re using a machine for an appreciable amount of time, a larger keyboard is more comfortable and faster. Thirdly, if you do large amounts of fine image work, you need a large screen, and that’s that. Fourthly, I find the “death” of the desktop overstated (like so many things “out there”). It’s simply that Joe Schmo & Co aren’t going to have them… they don’t need them… why take up space? They need it for the large-screen TV for the sports broadcasts!

In short, people like me NEED desktops… maybe, you don’t. It all depends on how much you create. Shall this mean that the web will become more “passive?” God only knows…


Monday, 9 December 2013

Russia to Consider iPhone Ban for Government Officials

00 Yota Phone. RUSSIA. 09.12.13


On Monday, Izvestia reported that Russian lawmakers would consider requiring Russian government officials to ditch foreign-made smartphones like the iPhone and use the Russian-made Yotaphone instead, due to concerns about the lack of security of foreign-made communication gadgets. Izvestia stated that a Federation Council commission would analyse how vulnerable some contemporary communication devices are, which may lead to proposals that officials get rid of mobiles manufactured abroad as they’re anxious over potential government security breaches from the use of smartphones. Lawmakers interviewed by Izvestia raised questions about foreign-made telephones’ security, implying that outsiders could more easily hack them or spy on them than they could a Russian-made device. RF Gosduma Deputy Vadim Dengin told Izvestia, “There’d always be distrust towards smartphone manufacturers. Whoever makes the technology can also eavesdrop on it. I’d easily give up [my] smartphone in favour of a domestic smartphone designed specifically for us and by us. In this regard, I have high hopes for Yotaphone”.

Last week, the mobile broadband services provider  Yota launched the twin-screened Yotaphone, which features a full-colour LCD screen on one side and a black-and-white electronic paper display on the other. Already, Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, a well-known Apple fan, has begun using the Yotaphone, the country’s first domestically-produced smartphone. Last week, he told reporters that he hoped it’d have better protection from spying than the iPhone. Recently, technology security came to the forefront of global government attention amidst media revelations that American security agencies monitored the telephone conversations of dozens of world leaders, leading to distrust by some Russian officials of American technology. Besides that, US President Barack Obama said that he couldn’t use an iPhone for security reasons. In September, Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly, warned Russian officials against using Apple’s new iPhone 5, saying that the device’s fingerprint-recognition security measure could store the prints in American intelligence agency databases.

 9 December 2013



Sunday, 16 June 2013

16 June 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Then, Apple Changed the Whole World

00 Sergei Yolkin. Then, Apple Changed the Whole World. 2013

Then, Apple Changed the Whole World

Sergei Yolkin



Sergei Yolkin takes a puckish look at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that it’s preparing to release innovative products that can potentially change the market.

29 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin



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