It’s time to give Firefox another chance If you’re like me, you switched your default browser over to Chrome years ago and never looked back. Chances are, before you made the switch, you used Firefox or — God forbid — Internet Explorer. What made Chrome stand out back then was its speed and simplicity, especially at a time when Firefox felt like it was getting slower and heavier with every update. But times have changed. It’s now time to give Firefox another chance. TechCrunch In context: Mozilla looks to challenge Chrome with Firefox QuantumDownload: Firefox 56, Firefox 57 Beta 4 A “right to repair” movement tools up As devices go, smartphones and tractors are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. And an owner of a chain of mobile-device repair shops and a farmer of corn and soyabeans do not usually have much in common. But Jason DeWater and Guy Mills are upset for the same reason. “Even we can no longer fix the home button of an … [Read more...] about Weekend tech reading: Is it time to give Firefox another chance?
The adversarial relationship of the DRAM user and producer continues Over the full market cycle, each side presses its advantage as much as possible. Historically, the DRAM market has been the most volatile of the major IC product segments. Figure 1 reinforces that statement by showing that the average selling price (ASP) for DRAM has more than doubled in just one year. In fact, the September Update to The McClean Report will discuss IC Insights’ forecast that the 2017 price per bit of DRAM will register a greater than 40% jump, its largest annual increase ever! IC Insights (PDF report) The components are inside the circuit board Through-hole assembly means bending leads on components and putting the leads through holes in the circuit board, then soldering them in place, and trimming the wires. That took up too much space and assembly time and labor, so the next step was surface mount, in which components are placed on top of the circuit board and then solder paste melts and … [Read more...] about Weekend tech reading: DRAM prices up 111% from 2016, how to live without Google, 99 PC games still due this year
Today's weather apps are pretty darn good, aren't they? And the information they provide is so precise that you know at what time that pesky afternoon drizzle is going to start. However, not all of the applications available can do so with the accuracy promised by SkyMotion.While many alternatives can give you an hourly forecast, SkyMotion takes things up to the next level. Its makers claim that their app can predict weather changes down to the exact minute – it knows when it will start raining and at what time it will stop. Providing such precise forecast is done with the help of GPS positioning, so that the software knows exactly where the user is. Furthermore, you'll know specifically what's going to ruin that weekend football game you've been planning: rain, freezing rain, snow, or hail.Sounds like a pretty useful app, doesn't it? Well, before you download, keep in mind that SkyMotion works only across the United States and Canada, and some areas such as Hawaii (according to … [Read more...] about This app can give you a precise, minute-by-minute weather forecast
A stock market analyst, Mark McKechnie, estimated that Verizon stores had 200,000 units of the Motorola DROID on hand to sale at launch. He figures that the stores were able to sell half of its' stock which would indicate that Big Red sold 100,000 phones during the opening weekend. Motorola expects 1 million DROID's to be sold over the balance of the year with 10 million crossing the cash register in 2010. "I see the first few days as encouraging," McKechnie said. "There seems to be pretty good demand -- they've taken the right steps and picked a good partner with Google on the Android side." Another analyst, Jim Suva of Citigroup, expects 1.3 million handsets to be sold in the fourth quarter with 9.2 million moving in 2010. While we hate to bring up the "i" word, these figures compare with Apple's forecast of 8 million iPhones that will be sold in the current quarter with 28.5 million getting sold in 2010. The Motorola DROID should be a boon to the Schaumberg based manufacturer whose … [Read more...] about Verizon sells 100,000 Motorola DROID units in first weekend
It wasn't long after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went up for sale that analysts started spelling a decline in year-over-year sales and overall growth for Apple. Well-known KGI Securities' analyst Ming Chi-Kuo was generous enough to raise his forecast from 65 million shipments to 75 million shipments in 2016, assuming that the exploding Galaxy Note 7 ordeal would steer more customers towards Apple's flagship. And market research firm GfK came to the conclusion that the new iPhones' sales were down 25% on the opening weekend (when compared to last year's 6s and 6s Plus).Of course, Apple doesn't release official figures for the opening weekend — it just does its quarterly sales reports. However, chairman of Pegatron — one of the manufacturers responsible for iPhone assemblies — Tzu-hsien Tung has recently spoken to business media Nikkei and said that the iPhone 7 is doing pretty well – better than Apple expected, in fact.While he didn't give away any official … [Read more...] about Analyze that: iPhone 7 assembler says demand is actually beating forecasts