Who would have thought that the time would come wherein so many things done with difficulty would be done so easily? Now, a two-year old child could be left to manage on his own certain tasks only five to seven year olds could do some years back. Current technology news never fails to catch our attention every now and then.
Recently, one of the most prestigious hotel groups who aims for modernization, the InterContinental hotels, switched from using hard copies of bibles with electronic versions which can be saved on Kindle e-readers. This could seem pretty exciting to those who keep watch on what’s new in the field of technology and robotics. For some, this could simply mean another milestone for those who are running the race to get to the top with their new inventions, making life easier. Others may even just easily shrug it off and say, “It doesn’t make much of a difference since we are not interested in the Bible anyway…” But for those who take their faith seriously, as in the case of those who are trying their best to reach as many people as possible to get to know God through His words in the Bible, surely, this is current technology news will be appealing. Perhaps for those who are constantly travelling, they might even be grateful for the convenience this Kindle e-readers could bring in the practice of their faith whenever they are on travel and stays at these hotels. Indeed, one doesn’t have to take so much effort any longer to get him into reading his Bible verses the traditional and conventional way. Compared to the printed copies of the Bible, there is no arguing that it is much easier and simpler to go through the verses with just a one-touch gadget.
However, would our different churches take on this current technology news positively? Is this a pleasant surprise for our different church leaders and their followers from different denominations? Some, if not most churches, regard the Bible as holy and sacred. Thus, the practice of reading and studying it is just as holy and sacred. With the advent of this current technology news, replacing the paper tomes with electronic versions, there could be some degree of contention as to the loss of the value of respect towards the Word of God. But since every believer has the freedom to exercise his faith according to his belief, this change most probably would be embraced more positively, especially if proven to be more effective and more beneficial in the long run.
As we entered the second quarter of 2012, the market was presented with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. After the success of windows 7, the new operating system posts a whole new line of great features and functionality that has been the trademark of Microsoft for years.
However, the existence of ARM devices such as tablets enabled the computer giant to create another version of the new operating system: the one that won’t run on usual Intel chips. Dubbed as windows RT, this version of windows isn’t powered by Intel chips. Current technology news has revealed that windows RT will be run by chipmakers Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. For a company that produced operating systems powered by Intel for many years, this is a huge technological revolution.
However, being the first mainstream, desktop-class Windows operating system to run on ARM chips, Windows RT faces skepticism among majority. Microsoft which will only sell Windows 8′s new facet to device manufacturers seem to face some obstacles to find receptive buyers who will adapt it on their devices. It was initially made clear by Microsoft that only a handful of RT devices will be released initially. But it seems like the expected limited first wave of devices will be “too limited.”
Current technology news has circulated in the web just recently that HP won’t be offering any ARM-based Windows 8 tablet this year. The decision of Hewlett-Packard to favor Intel-based tablets heightened the suspicion of many that the Windows8 on ARM won’t be a huge success. Most analysts say that HP’s surprising move might be an omen of what will be the future of Win8-ARM format — most especially that it was made public right after the unveiling of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. This was denied by HP, saying that they have made the decision before Surface was publicized. The big Silicon Valley computer-maker stresses out that they are not completely shunning the Windows RT. HP is not just ready to produce tablets which will run the said Windows facet. Whether this reluctance of HP is permanent or not, this has created a big impact on the market’s perception towards Windows RT and Windows 8 in general.
Moreover, current technology news has revealed that windows RT version of win8 running on ARM chips would not be backward compatible with Intel-based Windows 8. This is a huge snag for RT since most consumers have trusted Intel for how many years already. The reason behind this issue is still unclear as of the moment. Whether it is because of Microsoft, the chipmakers or of the RT itself, one thing is certain: this will lead to a staggered release of RT tablets, laptops, and hybrids.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is cautious on these snags about Windows RT. The computer giant is working on with the three chipmakers mentioned above to make the release of RT tablets nothing but perfect. It is said that Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments are restricted to developing their chips into two devices apiece, meaning six total designs. Nvidia, in particular, is working with a number of device makers to produce Windows RT devices which are expected to be released next year together with some Intel-based Windows 8 products.
Over the years, Apple Inc. has been consistently top in its field. Needless to say, market appeal of Apple products are incomparable than others. But not recently when smartphones and android tablets from other reputable brands have dominated the market. However, there is one product that somehow stays on top despite the tough completion: the iPad.
iPad, being one of Apple’s gem, which is now on its third upgrade, has faced numerous rivals. Many androids which serve as platform for audio-visual media have been in the market for quite sometime but somehow nothing proves to outshine Apple’s tablet computer.
However, many are saying that 2012 is the year that iPad’s reign will end as Microsoft is said to be launching its latest touch screen slate which runs in Windows RT, a feature of the anticipated Windows 8. Rumors have been circulating that the Redmond-giant is cooking up something that would put the company directly in competition with Apple’s iPad.
Well, this is something huge as we know that iPad3 (third generation) has been unveiled just recently. With the powerful features that the new iPad have such as its dual core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, can we expect something more powerful from Microsoft? The features of iPad3 seem hard to top. Not to mention that we have seen other Microsoft products before which failed to outshine and keep up with iPad’s popularity.
Notably, Microsoft had launched devices which directly challenged iPad before. If you could still remember the laptop hybrid with stylus and the Courier – a foldable dual-touch screen tablet were launched. Both have great hardware and software features. However, both were also failure in its attempt to end iPad’s rule.
The rumor that Microsoft will manufacture this touch screen tablet accordingly came from a person who has knowledge about the company. The Wrap reports that the particular person said that Microsoft is in the process of “making a foray into a new hardware category that would put the company in direct competition with rival Apple.”
Features and components of the software giant’s “new product” weren’t revealed in details. All we know is that it will be powered and anchored with Windows 8. Although we have taken a glimpse of how awesome Windows 8 is, many are uncertain that this facet is enough to draw the public from choosing the new tablet over iPad3. Windows 8 could offer a variety of applications for the platform ready to be integrated on PC, phone and tablet. But are the high-end facets of the new flavors of Windows software enough to end the reign of iPad?
Well that is hard to answer for now. With the presence of other powerful and affordable tablets and androids in the market today, introducing another product that directly challenges existing ones is indeed a risk. What we can do as of the moment is to wait and see what Microsoft can offer us. After all, this is a business. We’ll go for the ones that could offer us the best value for our money.