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The Weekly Digest – Week 44/15

Posted on 2 Nov 2015

In our weekly digest, we’ll look to summarize some of stories from the past week you may have missed.

Apple TV Released

Has Apple changed the future of TV? Last week Apple released their new Apple TV, which means we’ll soon find out.

I’m not as excited about the gaming element as the big tech titles seem to be. Limiting the Apps to 200MB makes sense for storage and coding efficiency, but on the flip side, it means the more established titles may take a while to port their games across, even if the code base is extremely similar.

Instead, I’m excited about the opportunity for enterprise-focused applications. Imagine business dashboards, lots of charts flying around, and suddenly you’ve got a powerful data visualisation tool for under $200. Ours arrived this morning, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before there’s one in a meeting room near you!

- Matt

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Google folds Chrome OS into Android

Chrome OS has been relatively successful. Chrome Books are eating into Windows’ market and mindshare in education and some enterprise outfits, but last week Google announced that they would be combining their two lightweight OSs.

For many, Continuum is the most interesting feature of Windows 10. True mobile convergence is achievable in a few different ways, but whereas Apple seem to be comfortable separating mobile from full fat computing, Android and Windows are battling it out over turning mobiles in to desktop devices.

Chrome OS is a functional, solid desktop environment. It’s limitations are a benefit in some respects, but it cannot compete with fully-functional Windows installations for application support. Windows, and Office in particular, are still the biggest hooks for businesses.

On paper this is a battle that Windows should easily win. There are many Android devices out in the wild, but few that are powerful enough to function as desktop computers.

While convergence is cool and futuristic, it still remains the case that mobile OSs suit mobile devices. Convergence inherently brings compromise, and compromise is never good for a consistent user experience.

- Michael

Who are you going to trust?

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in community driven open-source software over recent years, not to mention the many services that offer free price plans for basic users. However, highlighted by the recent challenges to the Safe Harbor ruling, there are now questions being asked about in whom we place our trust. On a personal level, many of us are happy to trade our data for free services and, whether we’re aware of that trade of or not, it’s often the lure of the features on offer that is enough to sway us.

At a corporate level, there can often be much more at stake and trust is more difficult to earn. The onus is on the supplier to prove they are worthy of that trust and demonstrate a proven track record. Reputations are on the line, who will you trust?

- Stu

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