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Published: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:04:38 +0000

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I'm Sorry, Consoles, Destiny 2 Is Now a PC Game

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Destiny 2 is a PC game, and that is the only conclusion anyone will reach after playing it on the PC platform. The first Destiny game was Bungie’s attempt at putting Halo behind and to trying something new or at least newish. It’s still a sci-fi first-person shooter with a unique protagonist that has some special powers, but at least it’s not happening on a ringworld. It didn’t have a proper single player campaign, and it was more or less a multiplayer game with some less than apparent indications to a background story. It was made available only for consoles, and it was quite successful, although not revolutionary. Now, the second Destiny game has arrived, with some substantial improvements and differences. First of all, now it has a somewhat proper single player campaign that’s basically one big PvE match. It’s not amazing or anything, but it does fill some of the missing lore and background. It’s on PC, and it really matters The other importa...

Apple’s New iPhone 8 Is a Greatly Improved Windows Phone

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:34:00 +0000

With no new Windows phone on the radar, other than the Surface Phone we’ve been expecting since forever, the only thing fans of Microsoft’s mobile platform can do right now is look at how other companies, like Apple and Samsung, keep bringing new phones to the market with all kinds of more or less innovative features. And while waiting for a hero phone and looking at what others are doing isn’t quite the most exciting thing to do for a Windows phone, here’s a different perspective on one of the most expected devices of the year: the iPhone 8 is a greatly improved Windows phone, as it comes with features that Microsoft developed and even pushed to mass production a long time ago. The iPhone 8 frenzy is based on three major changes that Apple has been working on, two of which actually launched on the Lumia 950/950 XL in October 2015 (that’s 21...

Valve Is Killing Its Projects by Abandoning Them, Including SteamOS

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +0000

Valve is covering its organizational problems with the success of Steam, and since they get a lot of money from the digital distribution platform, the issues stemming from the company are not showing. It’s difficult to pinpoint a precise problem with Valve, but the lack of new game releases from a company that started its life as a studio is worrying. Even the games that did land in the past decade were not actually from Valve per-say and more from adjacent studios. The company is now pretty much just a shell of its former self that makes money from the work of other people and studios. The company has a number of projects in the works, but there is no clear marketing strategy to promote them. With the exception of the Steam distribution platform, all of the other initiatives are not even mentioned. The only exception might be the various sales throughout the year. "Original" games inspired by previous work As far as we can tell, the last game de...

Goodbye, Ubuntu's Unity, I Will Miss You

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:25:00 +0000

Canonical decided to drop Unity in favor of GNOME, which is probably not the best decision. I think that it's probably a mistake, but it was also an unavoidable move for the company. People have to keep in mind that Ubuntu for desktop was never profitable, and it's easy to see why. There are very few ways to monetize a free operating system. The only way to get some money out of it is to provide specialized support for companies, but that's also not a really profitable avenue. It's very likely that Canonical is making some money from its other products, especially the ones built for the cloud or IoT devices. It's also true that the regular Ubuntu desktop is pushing the brand in other ways, even if not in a financial sense.  In any case, developing a dedicated desktop environment built from scratch, along with a new display server, must have been draining for Canonical. They might have recouped that money if Ubuntu for Phone took off, but that never happened.  Sin...

The Unpredictable Apple

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:45:00 +0000

So, you think you know Apple? You think you can predict what their next move is and how the design is going to change? Think again. The new Apple is taking big steps towards... something else. Even for old Apple die-hards is hard to predict where the company is going. Yes, Apple has always been the company that brought something new, invented a new gadget or switched to a new connector just when you thought you got a new accessory, but this time... things are a bit different. There are two ways in which Apple has changed and became totally unpredictable. The hardware kinda lacks behind and we still see old laptops not getting a refresh or the same design for iPhones for 3 generations in a row. At the same time, the software is going strong. Slowly, but surely, iOS, Mac OS and Apple-branded apps become the industry standard.  "Can't innovate anymore, my ass" Phil Schiller's famous words bac...

That Moment When You Drop Your Phone and It Lands Face Down

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:33:00 +0000

You watch TV all snuggled up under the super-soft blanket with your phone just next to you on the couch. It’s a commercial break, and you snatch at the glass of wine on the coffee table when, suddenly, you hear a noise. It sounds like something just hit the ground. You don’t look around, but in that half of second, you know it can’t be good. It can be just two things. It’s either the remote or the phone. You start praying it’s the remote. It’s not. It’s the phone, and it’s laying on the ground face down after what seemed to be like a pretty strong hit. You look at it, and you’re worried. They’re the longest 5 seconds of your life. What happens when I pick it up? Will the display be completely shattered? Will it be full of scratches? It’s a terrible feeling, and it simply doesn’t go away as long as you keep looking at the phone. Finally, you lean towards the phone and pick it up. You no longer care about the movie, and you turn on all the lights in the room to star...

With a Soaring iPhone, Who Needs Anything Else?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:36:00 +0000

The first quarter of fiscal 2017 is the best ever for iPhone. Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones in the past few months. The revenue from the iPhone business alone topped $54.4 billion. The best model was, rather unexpectedly, the iPhone 7 Plus. But is that enough to make Apple a winner in the long run? Two very low quarters The market will stagnate for Apple in the next couple of quarters. The first reason is obvious: no Black Friday, no Christmas or any other important holidays will help the iPhone business. Also, keep in mind that every iOS user will quit spending money on an 8-month-old device and wait for the next best thing. The rumors sound good, even though they are only rumors.  I am pretty sure we will see again some low quarters, just for Apple to rise again in the 4th fiscal quarter of 2017.  The White iPhone theory So what could turn the next two quarters over? The first thing that comes to mind is a Jet White (Pian...

What's in Store for Apple in 2017

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:55:00 +0000

2016 was all about the MacBook. The computer that is going to change the future of ports and connectors was born. We have also got a phone with a missing headphone jack. For some users, this is a big downer. Others are happy with their AirPods.  Next year seems to be a good one for the desktop computer. Will the Mac mini survive? Is the Mac Pro still up for a refresh? Siri on macOS Siri jumped from the iPhone to the Mac in 2016. It was a long-awaited move that failed to amaze users. Sure enough, the implementation is simple and elegant, just as Apple would do it, but the functionality lacks. Siri can find documents for you, play music, calculate free space, open FaceTime, find tweets, or add Calendar appointments, but there is no way to use it in third-party apps.  Virtual Assistants are the future of computing. The rise of Alexa from Amazon and Google's Assistant made it difficult for Siri to shine, though. Apple's way of implementing it as a lo...

The Long Road to Adobe Flash Player 24 for Linux

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:38:00 +0000

The top companies in the tech world are getting tired of Adobe’s Flash Player, and after many years of struggling to deal with its security vulnerabilities, key players like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla are finally pushing for the transition to HTML5 in a more aggressive way. Flash Player will be disabled by default in browsers developed by these companies, as HTML5 will be preferred on websites that support it, and users will be given full control over Flash content on websites where it’s absolutely mandatory. And while the trend here is to step away from Flash, Adobe is trying exactly the opposite on Linux with a brand new release that comes 4 years after originally giving up on the platform. Last week, Adobe officially launched Flash Player 24 for Linux in a move that was announced in September and which t...

The Rise and Fall of Chinese Giant LeEco

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:59:00 +0000

LeEco is one of world's largest tech companies, or we should say "was" considering the circumstances. LeEco's businesses cover a wide range of high-tech sectors including smartphones, TVs, media content, electric bicycles and cars, as well as movies. Founded 12 years ago by Jia Yueting, LeEco is a holding company that owns many businesses all over the world. However, the Chinese giant started its climb in the Mainland, as the first streaming company in China to go public. LeEco is also known as China's Netflix since it's the largest company in the country that provides media content and products that are linked to its services. After conquering the Chinese market, Jia decided to launch businesses in other countries, which is why the products of his companies where marketed internationally under the Letv brand. The United States, one of the biggest markets in the world, but also one of the most competitive, couldn't have been overlooked by the Chinese giant. In Ju...

Look at the MacBook Pro as The Original iPhone

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:51:00 +0000

Back in 2007, Steve Jobs re-surfaced an old Wayne Gretzky quote saying that "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will." Maybe he referred to the iPhone, but you can apply that to most of the products they have released in the past decade and a half. I believe the new MacBook Pro makes no exception and it is just the beginning of a new line of products in Apple's history.  The shape of the new MacBook Pro Apple's motto for the MacBook is "Light. Years ahead." A play on words that defines their theory of a laptop computer. It needs to be light and be ahead of their competition. Yes, I know the MacPro, Mac mini and other desktop computers have not been updated in years and there is no hope for a new Apple Cinema Display or an AirPort Express Wifi Router. Additionally, Apple is making their line-up slimmer when it comes to computers. ...

Apple and the New Kid in Town. How Google Pixel Will Change the iPhone

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:32:00 +0000

Slow update cycles, malware, OS not optimized to the hardware and bloatware. These are the main complaints when it comes to Android smartphones. You can blame Google, the carriers or the hardware manufacturers, but you can never find a solution for all of the problems.  Until now. Google Pixel is the iPhone equivalent of the Android ecosystem: one phone to rule them all, made by Google and running the latest and greatest Android version. There are quite a few ways the Google Pixel will push Apple and the iPhone forward, and we are here to discuss all of them.  Hardware copycats Hardware-wise there is nothing much to say, besides the fact that Google copied the iPhone in great details. We've got two phones with the same screen sizes as the iPhone, the same antenna lines on the back, and a TouchID button awkwardly moved to the back of the device.  Even the chin of the Google Pixel looks like they were left with some space below the software buttons...

Apple, Microsoft, and the Coolest Kid in Tech

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:01:00 +0000

Apple is no longer cool. I know, this is certainly one very risky way of starting an editorial and there are many Apple fanboys out there who’d want to discuss the matter in private with my relatives, but this is exactly why I and so many other tech watchers out there seem to believe after this super-busy week. Let’s rewind a bit first. On October 26, Microsoft held its Windows 10 event where it discussed things like the future of its operating system and introduced new hardware, such as the Surface Book Performance Base and the all-new Surface Studio PC. Redmond’s press conference was full of announcements, although some of them were of less interest for consumers (but this the direction where the company is heading) and several high-profile executives took the stage to discuss and detail what’s to come for Microsoft products (by the way, has anyone noticed that there were more female executives on stage than male? Quite a neat way to tackle gender discrimination...

XMPP, Tor, and Other Initiatives to Secure the Internet of Things

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:20:00 +0000

Ahh... the Internet of Things. A term that in the span of two years has gone from symbolizing "a bright future where technology will make our lives better" to "what the hell have we done!" And responsible for IoT's sharp reputational decline can be attributed to one thing and one thing only: *security*. IoT's fast start has caught everyone off guard, and especially regulators and standards administrators. Even before we could realize the impact of all those shiny new "smart" devices being churned out on a daily basis, we were all already doomed. With billions of IoT devices spread around the world, these devices are the Achille's heel of any modern network. They're entry points for any smarty-pants hacker that wants to compromise your company or your house. After a series of IoT-driven DDoS attacks that took place this...

New Open Source Linux Ransomware Shows Infosec Community Divide

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:10:00 +0000

UPDATE: Following our investigation into this matter, and seeing the vitriol-filled reaction from some people in the infosec community, Zaitsev has told Softpedia that he decided to remove the project from GitHub, shortly after this article's publication. The original, unedited article is below. CryptoTrooper, an open source kit for building Linux ransomware, has divided the infosec community right down the middle. The hot potato at the heart of the debate is the same issue that surrounded Utku Sen's EDA2 and Hidden Tear ransomware building kits for Windows. Should security researchers create "ransomware for educational purposes" and should they release them on GitHub? While you may think the clear-cut answer is "Hell NO!!!," surprisingly, the reality is quite different. A recent Twitter poll has asked users "Is open source ransomware helping improve ransomware detection/prevention, or making it worse?" ...

Apple's Real Courage

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:43:00 +0000

Apple's real courage is not about removing stuff from their devices, but rather making it in such a way that, looking back, we will always say, "It was the right thing to do and the only way to help things go forward." Remember Flash? Back in 2010, Steve Jobs wrote it out of their devices. In 2016, Chrome is taking it out and redirecting all video traffic to HTML5 versions.  What would have happened to 2016 devices if Flash were still around? They would have been thicker to accommodate more battery, just to play the power-hungry Flash videos and animations.  What would have happened if the 30-pin connector were still around? Or how about the CD or the floppy drive?  Sure, we may not see it for the first few years. 5 years may come to pass, and users could still long for a headphone jack, just because this is how they used to listen to their music, videos, and podcasts.  But how will this push us forward?  Running a cable from our devices to our...

Explain That, Apple!

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:14:00 +0000

Apple has to convince users that it is innovating. When the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7Plus come out in about two weeks, they will probably look exactly the same as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This would not have been such a big issue if the same design wasn't used in 2015's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Apple is not at their first attempt to deliver a similar-looking device for the third time in a row. After all, the Macs and iPads are doing that since their inception. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 design was sold as iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, and nobody had anything to complain about.  Are the internals good enough? Apple is going to play it big on internals and software in 2016. The new iPhone 7 (or maybe they will call it iPhone 6 SE in the end) will have a redesigned camera. There are rumors about the iPhone 7 Plus having a dual-camera system combined with lens that will make a DSLR jealous.  The iPhone camera is already the most popular ...

"Back to the Mac" for Real

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:03:00 +0000

The Retina MacBook Pro has been the same since May 2015. The same design, the same hardware, and it only got some incremental software updates with OS X every year.  The iMac has not received anything new since October of 2015. I don't even want to mention the MacBook Air, the Mac Mini or the Mac Pro. To have the same hardware and design for more than 3 years in a row feels un-Apple-like. In the meantime, the iPhone was changed every year, and the iPad has a bigger brother. The guys over at Cupertino have a few excuses, but do they really hold water? Software doesn't make it new, especially with macOS Apple will soon drop the OS X for macOS. The new name doesn't bring spectacular changes to old hardware. Sure enough, we will get Siri and some implementations that will take more of our stuff to the cloud. However, Apple seems to be trying to teach an old dog new tricks.  Siri had been on iOS long before it came to the Mac. What took them so long?...

Is Apple Too Early for the Future?

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:20:00 +0000

Remember the floppy drive? The 1.44MB storage device was too small in capacity and too big in size for a modern computer. Apple decided to remove it, and the world went on fire. The CD and DVD were the future. Remember Flash? Steve Jobs didn't even want to consider it for his mobile devices, and everyone called him an arrogant old man. Apple has always followed in the footsteps of ice skater Wayne Gretzky: "Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." And they were (most of the times) right. Quality versus convenience The most recent debate in the Apple world is all about removing the headphone jack and replacing it with a digital connector, such as the lightning port or a USB Type-C one. It all started with some rumors confirmed by the Wall Street Journal. The gist of it is that the lightning port would serve as a double connector - charging the phone and serving as an EarPods plug. This may help Apple get to a thinner device a...

Siri vs. Google Assistant - The Virtual Assistants Battle Is All About Privacy

Tue, 31 May 2016 20:24:00 +0000

Everybody admits it: the next battle will be all about virtual assistants and virtual reality. The other one is pretty simple: good graphics, lighter headsets, and better integration with the mobile ecosystem. The first one, however, is the one giving headaches to the user and even more problems to the developers.  Every virtual assistant on the market (and I am thinking of Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Echo, and other small ones) has a server side in order to process the information it gives to the user, a voice recognition side, and an interface to present the data (voice or screen). The way they use that info and decode it is what differentiates one from the other. The way virtual assistants work Google, for example, knows more about you if you give it access to your email account, calendar appointments, contacts, and other apps. Their virtual assistant crawls all that information and knows when you are going on vacation, the flight number and...

CFAA Amendment Would Make the Life of a Security Researcher Even Tougher

Mon, 30 May 2016 23:55:00 +0000

Two US senators have proposed an amendment to the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) that would criminalize the work of security researchers and grant new surveillance powers to local US authorities, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) have submitted an amendment to the CFAA law, which the EFF is saying they may try to sneak past voters as part of the Email Privacy Act that's up for voting in the coming weeks. The two used the same tactic last year, when they tried to slip the same amendment as part of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015, only to be pulled out at the last minute, as their amendment was one that most of the public opinion had a problem with. Called the Botnet Prevention Act of 2016, their proposed bill ...

Throw a Stone at Apple

Tue, 10 May 2016 07:03:00 +0000

I'm an Apple fan, but not a fanboy. I like and own many of their products, I understand their strategies, and I admire them for many things, but in the last couple of years, I've started to get annoyed by their vanity and lack of action. They seem to be stuck with the same direction of development imposed by the stock market goals and multi-year product development. Meanwhile, the actual devices market changes pretty quickly and they seem to be afraid to make any bold moves.  Now the stock market has finally made the move and everyone in the media rejoices at every chance they get to throw a stone at Apple.  The tipping point was the low iPhone sales figures, but it was about to happen someday. This is just as far as you can go with an old horse anyway. Buyers are getting tired by the same harassment and artificial policies. It’s like payback time for all the little crap Apple puts on the market in order to squeeze cents or dollars from us. The iPhone

A Much-Needed Revamp of the AppStore

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:47:00 +0000

Go ahead and look for an app in AppStore. You'll be amazed to notice that, even if you type its exact name, you will get dozens of similar-looking or similarly dubbed apps. That is not helpful in any way, and if you combine that with the fact that iTunes on the Mac is a bloated everything store, you come to realize that something needs to change right away. The good old iPod times Apple is working on the AppStore on a trial and error basis. Services like Ping (the Apple social network) and other stuff that was part of the iTunes app and the AppStore are long gone. However, Apple has never really managed to have a clear vision for the way they distribute music, videos, apps and podcasts. Back when the iPhone was not around, having a store just for music was simple, and everything was working just fine. iPod users were purchasing their music using a computer and then transferring it to the iPod. The iTunes app is still there on your computer, but...

Apple Needs a New Naming Convention for Their Products

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:16:00 +0000

A few years ago, it was easy: you could have gotten the new iPhone, iPad or MacBook Pro and run with it. It was the best, the most current, with the latest iOS or OS X and all the bells and whistles.  Fast forward to 2016 and you have five different models of iPhone in two or four different colors, with two or three different capacities, and running on two chips.  The newest iPhone (iPhone SE) is not the best out there, it doesn't have the best screen, the best camera or the highest battery. It doesn't even support 3D Touch and lacks a sensor and some other internals.  Yes, I am talking about the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone SE. A few years ago, if someone was asking me what iPhone they should get and when the new one would come out, I would have an answer right away. Now it all seems blurry. The starting price is not the same, the differences between models barely count when it comes to performance, so it is very difficult to reco...

Samsung and LG Do Not Compete, It’s South Korea vs. the Rest of the World

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:04:00 +0000

The smartphone business is an ever-changing industry that recorded some of the biggest fails (Nokia, BlackBerry), but also some of the most impressive rises for companies that not many had heard before (Xiaomi, Meizu). Since Nokia’s dominance in the mobile phone market crumbled to dust, many companies have tried to take its position as number one, world’s largest mobile phone vendor. After a fierce struggle with Apple and other major handset makers, that position has been taken away by Samsung, as the South Korean company has shipped the highest amount of mobile phones in the last couple of years. Another major player in the smartphone business, LG, has been flirting with world’s top five largest handset makers for quite some time but never got too close to Samsung. It all starte...

CVE System Sees Huge Backlog, Researchers Propose Alternative

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:45:00 +0000

The MITRE Corporation, a non-profit US organization that manages the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database is seeing "an unprecedented demand for vulnerability IDs," and is looking into solutions for speeding up the CVE number assignment process. The CVE system is the central point around which most of the information security community is revolving around. Whenever a security researcher finds a security vulnerability, he sends MITRE a request for a CVE identifier. This CVE ID is more than just a number added to a database. In the infosec world, it's also a sign that the researcher did a good job, and that he discovered, and sometimes helped patch, a dangerous software flaw. It wouldn't be far-fetched to consider CVE numbers as "brag tags," with many security researchers keeping score and comparing themselves to other researchers. MITRE's CVE backlog is annoying the infosec community In recent months, there have been more and more ...

FBiOS Between Marketing Strategies and Standing Tall

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:59:00 +0000

Apple is giving anyone a lesson in being true to your mission. It's been almost a month since the Cupertino team has resisted the FBI request to create a new, flawed iOS in order for the Government agents to break into an iPhone that may or may not contain information good for an important case.  If you are a close Apple follower, you may already know what this is about. Three months ago there was a mass shooting event in San Bernardino, California. 14 people were gunned down and 22 others were injured. The gunmen were found and killed by the police. Now this may be seen as a tragic but common event in the United States. Mass shootings are happening every other week. The issue with these attackers is that they were linked to terrorist groups and police found an impressive gun arsenal in their home.  All in an iPhone FBI has about 200 iPhones coming from different tragedies that they are waiting to unlock. Unfortunately for them, Apple had implemen...

What If the San Bernardino Shooter Had Used an Android Instead?

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:03:00 +0000

As it stands today, the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone is about to become one of the most infamous devices in the history of tech, and certainly the most controversial. By today, almost all of you are familiar with the fact that Apple has decided to fight a US court order that demanded that it help authorities decrypt the shooter's iPhone. The court order was issued after authorities screwed up and reset the shooter's Apple ID account password, which would have allowed them to retrieve the phone's password without Apple's help, by extracting it from an iCloud backup. Many people have come out and said that Apple would have broken the shooter's passcode if authorities had provided a simple warrant, since Apple did it before. But haven't you wondered how Google would have reacted if the shooter was using Android? Let's explore a few scenarios. Actually, let's explore a few US legal procedures, as extracted from a report published by the Manhattan District Attorney...

Why You Can’t Use Windows 10 Mobile on Your Main Phone Just Yet

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:56:00 +0000

Windows 10 Mobile is very close to getting the go-ahead and hit the market as an upgrade version for Windows Phone devices, after staying in preview form for approximately one year and debuting in stable form (more or less) on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. But undoubtedly, many Windows Phone fans are already using Windows 10 Mobile on their devices as their everyday driver, despite the fact that Microsoft has clearly mentioned that, since it’s just a preview and bugs are very likely, the OS should only be installed on backup phones. Windows Phone users, however, have always been part of a very tech-savvy group of mobile customers, so it’s no surprise that they are ready to run preview builds on their phones without any concern over critical bugs. Because even if there are bugs, they do know how to attempt to fix or report them to Microsoft for a patch in the next build. And yet, leaving all these aside, Windows 10 Mobile is still not ready for prime time, and I can re...

Canonical Is Blurring the Line Between PCs and Mobile Devices with Ubuntu Tablet

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:36:00 +0000

Canonical announced yesterday the first tablet that runs Ubuntu, which also happens to be a convergence device. The company is now starting to blur the lines between PCs and mobile devices, and Ubuntu is a key part of this process. We are used to thinking about PCs and mobile devices as separate entities. Sure, they can talk to each other, but they are used for separate things. The tablets fall somewhere in the middle. They have bigger screens, but the same basic functionality of the mobile devices is retained. Tablets are an interesting concept for which we still try to find a place in our lives. On the other hand, phones and tablets have been evolving for the past few years, and there are obvious signs that we are working to find new uses for them. Some of the other companies figured out this con...