Nokia, Microsoft Get Early Praise for Smartphone
Nokia has released a new smartphone which uses the Windows operating system. Its technical specifications and design have received positive reviews but is it too little too late?
What's the Latest Development?
Early this morning, Nokia unveiled two models of a new smartphone which runs Microsoft's operating system: The Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. The devices are receiving early compliments on their technical specifications as well as their design. Reviewers say that Microsoft's O.S. functions in a completely different way than the market's prevailing platforms: Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. The phones are aimed at mid-market consumers; while the 710 is substantially cheaper, both phones have a 1.4GHz processor.
What's the Big Idea?
Microsoft is reportedly showering Nokia with billions of dollars to use its operating system as both companies make what many consider a last attempt to enter the smartphone market. The Lumia's release comes three years after Apple's smartphone first debuted and while the devices can be pre-ordered in Europe, they will not arrive to the U.S. until next year. Nokia's choice of Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft executive, as its newest C.E.O. was controversial within the Finnish company.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
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