Privacy is still a major topic of debate all over the world and in many subject areas. My view has always been that I only put things up on the web that I want people to see. I have the same attitude with CCTV; I don't break the law so I don't care how many of them there are. This leads me to automatically wonder about people who complain about such things, because if they are not doing anything wrong, then what is the issue? I have read some of the counter-arguments but it always comes back to that question for me. Yes, the privacy issue is a little more complex and we will be debating it for some time to come, but apart from conspiracy theories and rogue government agencies, it does make you wonder what all the fuss is about.
Windows 8 is due for an upgrade and one of the things they are planning to do is bring back the Start button and allow users to boot straight to desktop mode, bypassing the Metro panel. Code-named "Windows Blue", the update is going to be largely based on the feedback, a lot of it negative, that Microsoft has been receiving on its latest, tablet-focused version. The biggest problem has been the steep learning curve to switch from the familiar old desktop to the Metro touch-style of user interface (UI). With PC makers not really providing hardware that takes advantage of the new UI, there was a gap between Microsoft's expectations and what the hardware providers decided to give. Or put another way, if the screen was not touch-enabled, then the Metro interface is largely a waste of time on a PC. As far as MS is concerned, it is the hardware manufacturers' fault for not making everything with a touchscreen. Not a very strong argument.
Amazon has beaten Google to the punch by being the first to open an Android app store in China. Google does have an Android Play presence, but China has blocked it from time to time and there have been no paid apps. I wonder if China's firewall is a Great Wall. The Amazon-delivered Android apps are in addition to the Kindle apps already being sold by the giant online retailer. Hopefully this also means that Amazon will be unblocking their Kindles from loading Android apps. I don't expect that Google will be locked out for much longer now that Amazon has entered the marketplace there.
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