Chrome users have laid into Google after the search giant scrubbed an option that let them restore an earlier user interface (UI), saying that the new look was "untenable" and "ugly," and "would burn the eyes."The brouhaha, which has packed complaints into venues like Chrome's official support forum, Twitter and Reddit, grew in volume and vitriol throughout December, after Google upgraded the browser to version 71.Although Google revamped Chrome's UI with version 69 - released in September to mark the browser's 10th anniversary - users were able to punt that look-and-feel for the prior by setting an option in the panel that showed after typing chrome://flags into the address bar. The option was labeled "UI Layout for the browser's top chrome;" switching from "Default" to "Normal" and restarting the browser restored the older UI.But with Chrome 71, which Google started distributing Dec. 4, the "Normal" setting vanished.That set off some users, who had been so unhappy with the even more … [Read more...] about Google yanks option to restore Chrome’s older UI; users decry ‘ugly’ new look
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Until recently, the concept of a “desktop PC phone” would have been laughable. Even now, in the era of phone-PC crossovers like Samsung Dex and Huawei’s PC mode (Easy Projection), the idea still seems slightly unbelievable. It’s sobering — at least for we (*ahem*) older watchers tech industry enthusiasts — that modern smartphones or tablets pack about as much computing power as was found not too long ago in a pretty high-end PC. A Snapdragon 660 SoC — a fairly typical midrange chip in 2018 — is an octa-core, up-to-2.2-GHz-clock-rate number cruncher. It often comes with 2GB of RAM and upwards of 64GB of flash storage these days. A little bit of work with your favorite search engine will show these numbers are pretty comparable to what you would’ve had sitting on your desktop just a decade agoThe modern smartphone or tablet packs about as much computing power as was found not too long ago in a pretty high-end PC. It’s always a … [Read more...] about Phones as desktop PCs: Is this just a user interface problem?
Final Fantasy is one of my favorite game series, and its 16-bit era might be its best. You have the groundbreaking Final Fantasy IV, the systems-based Final Fantasy V, and the epic Final Fantasy VI. But if you want to play these games today, you have to make compromises. Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI came out for the Super Nintendo in the U.S. as Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III, respectively (at this point, I’m going to assume you know about the weird naming problems this series has had). Their original localizations are problematic, trimming the original script. They also have a fair share of translation errors and awkward sentences. Square ported these to the original PlayStation along with Final Fantasy V. Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI would get improved translations, and we also had Final Fantasy V in English for the first time. But these versions are far from ideal. Since these are now early CD games, you have to suffer through long load times. It … [Read more...] about The RetroBeat: Final Fantasy’s 16-bit classics need definitive editions
Editorial By Daniel Eran Dilger Monday, July 02, 2018, 06:21 am PT (09:21 am ET) Many industry pundits have fixated on how Macs are going to somehow merge with iOS, or seem to be confused about whether Apple wants PC buyers to upgrade to a Mac or an iPad. Some suggest the answer is a cheap Mac or macOS netbook. But as Apple's new macOS Mojave makes clear: they're wrong, here's why.In 2002, Apple was highlighting the PC horror stories of regular people (like Ellen Feiss) in Switchers Just over fifteen years ago in 2002, Apple shifted from "Think Different" ads associating its products with respected thinkers to "Switchers," a new campaign that played up how terrible PCs were in the words of regular people. Steve Jobs sought to sell Windows PC users a "BYOKDM" drop in replacement: the Mac mini (and Xserve). A few years later, Apple's "I'm a Mac" campaign similarly invited PC users to switch and enjoy working where things were so much easier. However, Apple hasn't been actively … [Read more...] about Apple’s new macOS Mojave optimizes the Mac for iOS users, not PC switchers
Creating applications on Linux can be done using different ways, but there are a limited ways of doing, so using the simplest and the most functional programming languages and libraries, that’s why we’re going to have a quick look about creating applications under the Linux desktop using the GTK+ library with Python programming language which is called “PyGObject”. PyGObject uses the GObject Introspection to create binding for programming languages like Python, PyGObject is the next generation from PyGTK, you can say that PyGObject = Python + GTK3. Create GUI Applications in Linux – Part 1 Today, we’re going to start a series about creating GUI (Graphical User Interface) applications under the Linux desktop using GTK+ library and PyGobject language, the series will cover the following topics: Part 1: How to Create GUI Applications Under Linux Desktop Using PyGObject Part 2: Creating More Advance PyGobject Applications on Linux Part 3: Create Your Own … [Read more...] about How to Create GUI Applications Under Linux Desktop Using PyGObject – Part 1