New Tablet Aims to Replace Desktops
In an effort to woo business users, Cisco has redesigned the Android operating system to make a tablet that also works as a desktop computer, along with sophisticated voice software.
What's the Latest Development?
While the newest tablet computer to enter the market, made by Cisco's Cius, is bulkier than the iPad, it is designed to replace a desktop computer when docked with the company's deskphone, which connects to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. The Cius runs Google's open source Android operating system and while most companies that have built gadgets running Android have so far tinkered with it little. The Cius, in contrast, features a radical reworking of Android. "A WiFi only version of the tablet will be available worldwide from July 31 at an estimated price of $750."
What's the Big Idea?
In the increasingly crowded tablet computer market, Cius' major departure from Android's standard operating system may make the tablet more business-friendly. I.T. departments will have greater control over its use: "I.T. managers can shut down access to the Android app market to protect a company from malicious apps. Cisco has also created its own app store, AppHQ, that contains only apps deemed stable and secure by Cisco. Companies can even create their own app store within AppHQ and limit employees to certain applications, or apps built in house."
It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back
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- Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
- The cost of returning mined materials from Space to the Earth will probably be too high to create a self-sustaining industry, but the resources may have other uses at their origin points
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
A study started out trying to see the effect of sexist attacks on women authors, but it found something deeper.
- It's well known that abusive comments online happen to women more than men
- Such comments caused a "significant effect for the abusive comment on author credibility and intention to seek news from the author and outlet in the future"
- Some news organizations already heavily moderate or even ban comments entirely; this should underscore that effort
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