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Apple's crazy iPhone sales prove that hardware still matters

OSNews - 1 hour 38 min ago
As vast and sophisticated as the mobile tech industry may have become, in the end it still relies on some very basic ways for making money. You can either sell hardware, like Apple's doing, or sell ads, which account for roughly the same proportion of Google's regular income. Netflix and Amazon's Kindle store have found success as cross-platform services, but spending on mobile software is unlikely to ever match that of the old days when we paid for Windows, Office, and Photoshop on the desktop. It's easier to sell things that a person can touch and interact with physically. This is why HTC is diversifying into selling weird cameras, why LG and Samsung keep churning out new smartwatches in search of a perfect formula, and why everyone at CES earlier this month had a wearable of some kind to show off. And in spite of their lamentations about tough competition, HTC, LG, and Lenovo are all generating profits from their smartphone operations, and Samsung's recent sales decline hasn't been enough to put the Korean company on the wrong side of the ledger. None of these manufacturers have a profit driver of the caliber of the iPhone, but they're running sustainable businesses even while relying almost wholly on Google's Android software. Just to illustrate: Apple has sold one billion iOS devices to date, and last year alone, one billion Android smartphones have been shipped (so this excludes tablets). These numbers - Apple's profits, Android devices shipped in just a year - are insane.

Reddit: Does this method of output have a name?

Linuxinsight - 2 hours 1 min ago

Ive been using this for some time now, and its so damn handy. Basically when churning through a list of files or records or what have you, outputting the result of such an operation as a single char in a long line of results. eg.

user@host:/path$ ./dosomething

uploading 856 images

-------------+-----+----+--+--+---+++-----+----------+------+---++----+---+--+--+-+-++-----+------++----+--- ------+------+----------+--++---+-------------+-----------+-+---+++-+--+--------------+--+-----------+----------- ---+-+------------------+------+-++-----------------+---------+--+------++---+------+---+-----+------++---------- ------+--+--+-----++---+-----+-------------+---+----+--------------------------+---++------+----+-++--++--+-- -+---+-----+----++-------+----------------+---+---+++--+--------+-------------------------+-----------------++---- --+---+-+----------++----+---------+++-----+-+---+-----+-+-+-+++++++++++----++----+-------+----------- ---+++--------------+++------+++--------++------++--------------------+--- done

In this case, I used '-' to indicate a skip, '+' to indicate success, 'U' to indicate an unreadable file, and 'E' to indicate any other non fatal error.

Does this have a name?

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Reddit: Looking for a good Open E-ink reader/tablet

Linuxinsight - 2 hours 26 min ago

Hey guys,

I am asking here as you of all people would probably be most interested in an open reader/reader. Most of my work is done on my android phone and linux laptop (i mentions these for compatibility when picking the reader).

The only use I have for a tablet shaped device is for reading. Since e-ink is less likely to stress your eyes that is what I am going for. I want an open ebook reader, something that I know will work with my laptop and I can put what I want on it, I do not want something tied to any store etc.

So basically what I need is an open ebook reader.

I would like to have one that can handle color (in case i want to read a comic) but grayscale is very acceptable.

The best one I found so far was this one

http://www.cnet.com/products/kobo-glo/

My only beef being that it does have a store, and that it does not have physical buttons, otherwise it's perfect, even with a sim card to easily change between libraries.

Thanks for any advice guys.

Bonus: would be if it runs some form of linux I can mess with.

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11 Useful Linux Terminal Commands, Tip and Tricks For Beginners

Linux Today - 2 hours 32 min ago

 EveryDayLinux: This guide has a list of 11 Linux Terminal Commands that as a beginner I wish someone had shown me, including keyboard shortcuts, sudo !! and htop.

TuxMachines: Papyros Is a Linux OS That Follows Google's Material Design and It Looks Stunning

Linuxinsight - 3 hours 15 min ago

Papyros is a new Linux distribution in the making that will use the Material Design style from Google. There is nothing to test so far, but the progress made by the developers is impressive and it's very likely that this will become one of the most interesting distros available.

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TuxMachines: Variety Review – A Wallpaper Manager You Didn't Know You Wanted

Linuxinsight - 3 hours 19 min ago

Variety is an application that manages your wallpapers and is open source. You might ask, what's so special about that? Well, the truth is that you don't know you want one until you've actually tried it.

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