For a while in recent times, Microsoft’s devices weren’t something that mattered. Windows 8 wasn’t a horrible operating system, but tiles on devices that weren’t touch screens or tablets takes away from a user’s experience. I owned a touch screen laptop with Windows 8.1 and found myself rarely using the function. It was easier to continue using the trackpad or a wireless mouse. Laptops never were tablets and tablets were never laptops, but there was a feeling there had to be a way to combine the two.
The convergence of single operating systems on many devices is something Apple worked out early, and other companies took a while to see the potential of, like Microsoft and Google. All three of these companies started out as something different from one another and became competitors through their paths intertwining and converging. Google’s start is far removed from Apple or Microsoft’s, with the company starting out as a search engine before branching out into more and more areas.
The next generation of computing is arriving now. Laptops have been great due to their portability and functions. Tablets showed potential but never really gained the functions of a laptop. If you were someone who owned both, maybe you felt like me and wondered why you owned both. Tablets seemed like toys more than anything else. Microsoft has released their first laptop that combines what’s good about laptops and tablets into the one device.The Surface Book laptop has a smart design and some interesting ideas built into the device.
Verizon has started field testing its new 5G technology. 5G is the next generation for mobile device connectivity and will replace 4G networks over time. 5G was the original due date of 5G networks, according to the industry. Verizon has other plans and wants to see its 5G network being available for users beginning in 2017. The Verizon network will be the world’s first 5G network and has speeds capable of moving data around faster.
Roger Gurnani is the chief information and technology architect for Verizon. Gurnani believes the future is beyond his description in terms of possibilities. He calls the 5G network one of those disruptive products and services where the potential is beyond imagination. The speed tests done so far have shown that Verizon’s 5G network is 30 to 50 times faster than the current 4G network. It is also faster than Google Fibre, which is connected by cables to the home.
Apple TV has been out for a while, and it hasn’t done much for users. It’s never been the best device and when compared to the usual Apple fare it feels cheap and underdone. Following the Apple announcement of its new range, Apple TV looks set to have a new life. The vision of Apple is that apps are the future of television, and the Apple TV is set to bring its range of apps on to in home screens. The remote is also updated and features Siri for voice searching across your various content providers.
The chip inside Apple TV is the A8, and this runs the new tvOS. The tvOS is based on Apple’s iOS, and developers will be able to create apps for this device that will enhance the viewing experience televisions are capable of. New games and apps will come through the Apple TV App Store on the television for users to browse and download. For developers, Apple is releasing a tvOS SDK with tools and APIs to give them the ability to create new ways to watch programs and be entertained by television.
Google have restructured their company, and the name Alphabet has popped up. Google have always been a company that moves between industries and doesn’t have one focus. Google has been a company involved in as much as it can, being a search engine, an email service, online office apps, mobile OS, self-driving cars, mapping Earth and Mars, Google Glasses, a range of other things and quite likely a bunch of stuff the public doesn’t know about yet.
The Remix team has design the first Android-based PC, called Remix Mini. This device is an Android-based tablet that functions like a PC with taskbar and menu with an aim to make tablets less of a toy and more of a productivity device.
PCs are normally bought for their specifications, and normally a selling point of a PC is how many power is in the tower. For many users, though, all the strength of a PC is used to surf the web, stream media, study or to do business. Not the type of work that requires a powerful processor with a large amount of RAM. The Remix team saw this and has created an Android OS based PC that sacrifices powerful specs for simplicity and function.