Microsoft does Linux (sort of)

Microsoft-logo-m-box-880x660Historically very anti-Linux (to the point of litigation), Microsoft has begun to embrace the open source OS, in its own way, out of pure necessity – the cloud computing boom has completely altered the requirements for back-end servers and software, requirements that typical MS Windows products aren’t built to support.

Personally, though I realize this is a “necessity move” on their part, I can’t help but to think that this sort of thing would never have been permitted in a Steve Ballmer-era MS – I see current CEO Sadya Nadella‘s open-minded influence in the background here…

From Wired Magazine: Microsoft Built Its Own Linux Because Everyone Else Did

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Tonight’s augmented & virtual reality tech demo

7hyl4yg9_400x400One of Boston’s many great, local interest groups – Boston Virtual Reality – held a tech demo meetup this evening featuring two hardware developers in the burgeoning fields of augmented & virtual reality – Meta and Leap Motion.

Before I tell you more, a quick sidenote to define these fields: virtual reality (VR) has, of course, been around in various incarnations for years – the latest variation centers around the invention of the Oculus Rift, an immersive headset that has stereoscopic screens for you to see content which pans and moves with your physical head movement.

Slightly different in concept, augmented reality (AR) also uses a headset but, rather than rely on an immersive experience created using screens, AR headsets (like Microsoft’s Hololens, which I wrote about not too long ago) superimpose digital images on top of your view of the real world – images you can interact with using your hands.

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My first 24 hours with the Moto 360 and Android Wear for iOS

og unnamedFollowing up on my recent post, Wearable tech, Google finally released an iOS-native version of its Android Wear app on Monday, enabling iPhone users to use smartwatches like the Moto 360. Of course, I grabbed the app the instant it became available and my first impressions are basically, “Wow. This is great – I’ve got a functional, stylish smartwatch for less than half the price of the Apple Watch.”

Here are some of my initial thoughts so far…

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