That black bar across the bottom bothers me a lot. It makes it look as if the screen is defective.

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Cleaner, more consistency, more fluid, and more iOS-like.

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Matt Honan of Wired has a great round up of everything announced at the very long Google I/O keynote today.

Having one device to rule them all sounds good in theory, but the Surface brings too many compromises. I tried to use the Surface 2 as my main device for over two months and found that it doesn’t provide any more connivence than carrying my Macbook Air and my iPad. I had to carry both in my backpack when traveling and the extra weight of having two devices was very marginal. The Surface 3 might be a lot better than the 2, but I still see it as an inelegant compromising device for most. It might be the perfect device for some, one who can make do with a single USB Port and cables hanging off the top.

iPhone 5c + iPad mini = Mi Pad

The Moto X is one of the better designed Android smartphones and the G and E share the same designed language. It’s definitely not the best smartphone available but for what it cost it’s probably is the best value.

Patrick Seitz of Investor’s Business Daily

Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry’s total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry’s earnings.

That’s a 10% gain for Apple year over year and a slight decline for Samsung.

Sony was the “Apple” of PC manufactures. They charged a premium for their highly designed computers. Some were willing to pay for it, most where not. It was a very hard sell next to many PCs that sold at a fraction of the price. I remember I really wanted a Sony VAIO PCV-90 as a child, but we could never afford one. We got an Acer instead. By the time I was able to buy one on my own, Apple computers and OS X was more appealing.

He seems very enterprise focused. I wonder if Microsoft will skew even less consumer focus under his watch.

Facebook is launching a Flipboard competitor, Facebook Paper. Available February 3, 2014.

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Google doesn’t like what Samsung is doing with Android and is putting them on notice. So much for no being evil.

Android handset partners rejoice, Google is no longer a handset manufacture. This was their plan from day one, they never wanted to compete with their partners. They effectively paid $4.265 Billion for Moto’s patents, which Google values at $5.5 Billion.

It was just a matter of time before it got yanked because it violated Google’s terms. The good news is you can still side-load the app if you really want it.