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  • The Macalope Weekly: Unreasonable expectations-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    might not outsell the MacBook Air but that s okay Presumably because you know those Apple fanbois will buy anything Tell us more about this powerhouse platform Matt It s fully capable of running any desktop application and most high end games Try that on a MacBook Air Dump RAW photos into Lightroom through USB 3 0 You can only dream MacBook Air owners Convert MKV videos with Handbreak sic Unheard of in Air land Dock the system and play Far Cry 3 Ha Can t do that on a MacBook Air because there s no Far Cry 3 port for the Mac Sure Surface Pro owners will have to put all the settings to their bare minimum and still be willing to accept lousy frame rates but advantage Surface For 1 019 the Surface Pro offers a Core i5 CPU with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU There s 64GB of storage 4GB of RAM USB 3 0 Mini DisplayPort and a digitizer pen Competition shattering right The 999 11 inch MacBook Air is Apple s low end device Like the Surface RT it offers just enough power to get by and nothing more Really I wouldn t recommend the base Air model for anyone that wants to venture outside of iPhoto or the web browser It s not a work machine the 999 MacBook Air is a Facebook machine Huh What s funny is that the Macalope has a MacBook Air it s his primary machine and he seems to remember being able to do almost everything with it that Burns implies you can t do For some reason Burns neglects to list the base Air s specifications Possibly because yes it also has a Core i5 CPU with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU 64GB of storage 4GB of RAM USB 3 0 and Mini DisplayPort In other words the exact same specifications as the Surface Pro just without a stylus Perhaps Burns is confusing the Air with the iPad which costs 500 less and is more comparable to the Surface RT Or perhaps he is as high as a kite Difficult to say Microsoft built the Surface Pro for a different market It s not a base model This is a serious machine aimed at the prosumer or enthusiast This is the model that you buy if you want to get work done Unlike the MacBook Air Which has virtually the same specs And costs less when you include a keyboard with the Surface Pro That s a base model But not the Surface Pro Look it says Pro in the name How could it be a base model In fact even before a single Surface Pro has been sold Microsoft probably already considers its venture into the hardware business a success Because they re delusional people sure that s what delusional people do As Fast Company previously explained your brand should piss someone off and I ve never seen a PC that pisses people off

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  • Twitter ordered to identify racist tweeters in Fra-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    website The case decided Thursday in the 17th Chamber of the Paris Criminal Court stems from a complaint filed in October by the Union of French Jewish Students The group acted after an uptick in anti Semitic remarks were posted to Twitter under the hashtag agoodjew The student group wanted Twitter to remove the tweets and to adopt a new system for responding to hateful messages We ask Twitter to take responsibility UEJF president Jonathan Hayoun said prior to the ruling But the court s decision went further requiring Twitter to turn over any data that could identify those who posted the tweets Twitter s French site must also provide an easy way for users to flag tweets deemed illegal under French law including racist and hateful messages Most of the agoodjew tweets have since been removed by Twitter Hayoun called the court s order an historic decision It reminds the victims of racism and anti Semitism that they re not alone and that the French law that defends them must apply everywhere there should be no exception for Twitter he said in a statement in French But John Simpson a consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog said Twitter should resist turning over the data to the extent that it can I fear however that under French law Twitter ultimately will have to release the information he said Twitter can avail itself of appeals processes but ultimately Twitter must obey the rule of law of sovereign nations if they want to continue to operate in that country echoed analyst Scott Cleland president at Precursor a consultancy in McLean Virginia Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment It isn t the first time Twitter has had to walk a line between freedom of speech and laws that restrict hate

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  • A lesson in cyberbullying-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    at the visitors scattered around their classroom Local politicians the superintendent of schools and media visited the classroom of 25 kids last Friday to watch a special lesson designed to teach children how to protect themselves online All 55 000 elementary to high school students in San Francisco got the lesson on the same day part of fulfilling a new requirement to a U S law called the Children s Internet Protection Act CIPA To get federal funding public schools have to instruct students how to protect their privacy avoid cyberbullying and practice ethical behavior online You can watch an IDG News Service video of the classroom here The U S is the only nation that requires online safety instruction at public schools but other countries may soon join it The European Commission is mulling over a law that would mandate educating kids about online safety and in the UK newly appointed adviser on childhood Claire Perry is talking about the need to make online safety part of the public school curriculum But much of what is taught about online safety is not rooted in evidence according to Stephen Balkam CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute a global organization

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  • Obama takes forceful stand on climate and tech-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    betray our children and future generations he said Obama drew a clear link between climate change and recent powerful storms droughts and Western fires in the U S The Obama administration is of course being urged by a lot of people to take stronger action on climate change But it is an area of especially strong interest in Silicon Valley and people such as John Doerr a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Microsoft s Bill Gates have warned that the U S is putting itself at economic risk if it cedes the renewable energy sector to China There is a very strong affinity as well as growing investment by technology companies in energy related activities Some companies such as Google are making direct investments in alternative energy Many others are investing in and building technologies used in the renewable sector A major part of IBM s Smarter Planet initiative for instance focuses on energy and environment resource management The U N in a report on global renewable energy investment said that China continues to lead the U S in investments in this area Obama in a speech that made a number of references to technology and science also spoke directly to a need to retain bright young students and engineers to ensure they are are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country Obama has argued previously for making it easier for foreign students particularly those who earn an advanced degree from a U S university to remain here after graduation There have been bipartisan bills introduced in the U S House and Senate to accomplish that but all these efforts have been put aside pending action on a comprehensive immigration bill These efforts typically call for near automatic awarding of permanent residency for science technology

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  • Microsoft to raise Windows 8 upgrade prices by 5X-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    Windows 7 will move into place Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc confirmed Friday An upgrade from XP Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost 199 99 starting Feb 1 LeBlanc said a five fold increase The Windows 8 Pro Pack which upgrades a copy of Windows 8 the edition installed on most consumer PCs to the more capable Windows 8 Pro will run 99 99 a 43 jump from the promotional price of 69 99 Microsoft will also add a new SKU to the mix that upgrades XP Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 not the Pro edition The price 119 99 The Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrade prices are identical to the suggested list prices for Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional upgrades but the Pro Pack s 99 99 is 11 higher than what Microsoft charged for the Anytime Upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional The prices were not surprising as numerous retailers had long cited the after discount costs for Windows 8 Pro and Pro Pack The only real news was the availability of a Windows 8 upgrade something that Microsoft had previously declined to confirm LeBlanc also noted that download and boxed copy prices were the same a pricing practice Microsoft has used before Although Microsoft was applauded last summer when it unveiled the 39 99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade Friday s final price tag revelations show that Microsoft has little interest in mimicking Apple Last year Apple sold OS X 10 8 aka Mountain Lion for 19 99 In 2011 Apple charged 29 99 for Lion Last summer when Microsoft revealed the Windows 8 Pro discount Stephen Baker an analyst with the NPD Group pointed out that it wasn t in the Redmond Wash

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  • Google sees one password ring to rule them all-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    in the form of a piece of jewelry such as a ring In a research paper two of its engineers write that current strategies to prevent the hijacking of online accounts including the two step identity verification system are insufficient partly due to the constant threat of attacks that exploit new bugs Google highlights phishing in which hackers dupe account holders into revealing sensitive information by making them sign into a fake account login page as one of the biggest security threats of today It s time to give up on elaborate password rules and look for something better the authors say The research paper by Google s Eric Grosse and Mayank Upadhyay is to be published Jan 28 in the publication IEEE Security Privacy It was first reported on by Wired earlier Friday At the core of Google s proposal is an idea it says has been used by businesses but has found little success among consumers an encrypted USB like device that people would use to log into password protected websites and online accounts Google says it is working on an internal pilot with an experimental USB device that users first register with multiple websites where they have accounts A compliant browser would make two new APIs application programming interfaces available to the website to be passed down to the attached device One of these APIs is called during the registration step causing the hardware to generate a new public private key pair and send the public key back to the website the paper explains The website calls the second API during authentication to deliver a challenge to the hardware and return the signed response The method wouldn t require any software to be installed though users would need to be using a Web browser that s compliant

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  • Lenovo gives Chrome OS a try with Chromebook for S-Singapore Optics Shop-http://www.optics.sg
    a rugged model for K 12 schools Before now only Acer and Samsung have offered computers based on Google s Web based operating system Their first Chromebooks launched in 2011 and both companies released new models late last year including a 200 laptop from Acer and a 250 laptop from Samsung Lenovo s newly unveiled ThinkPad X131e Chromebook runs on an Intel processor no word on which one and has an 11 6 inch 1366 by 768 resolution LED display It also has three USB ports HDMI output and VGA output A blog post from Google says the X131e lasts 6 5 hours on a charge and it weighs about four pounds A bumper for the top cover stronger corners and reinforced hinges account for the laptop s rugged design Lenovo only plans to sell its Chromebook to schools at volume bid pricing of 429 and up starting February 26 The company hasn t said whether it ll release any Chromebooks for consumers It s nearly impossible to write about Chromebooks without discussing why they should exist The common argument against these machines is that similar Windows laptops can be had for roughly the same price without restricting you to a computer that only runs Google s Chrome browser and can t install any other software My feeling has been that Chromebooks or the really good ones at least provide an Apple like experience at a fraction of the cost No you can t find all the applications you might want in a Web browser just like you can t get Microsoft Office on an iPad or play all your favorite computer games on a MacBook But the Chromebook performs its core function of Web browsing very well and a lot of the little things weight thickness boot times and

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