Struggling for Relevance: Is Mozilla Really Killing Off Firefox?

Mozilla has announced that it is abandoning its efforts to develop a new operating system for smartphones and other connected devices. The decision to shut down the connected devices division will affect about 50 Firefox employees, including Ari Jaaksi, the senior vice president who had headed the initiative.

The nonprofit organization described the decision as a “shift” in its approach toward the Internet of Things space. Rather than launching and scaling commercial projects, the group will instead focus its efforts on research and development.

End of an Era

While the announcement only affects the group’s connected devices division and not its larger browser division, the news nevertheless comes as Mozilla is struggling to maintain its relevance in a tech environment that has evolved from desktop browsing toward browsing on smartphones and tablets.

The Firefox browser, which is built on open source code, was one of the most successful alternatives to compete with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer at a time when the latter had a near monopoly on the browser market.

But Firefox has seen its influence and relevance wane in recent years for a number of reasons. The arrival of Google’s Chrome browser represented a turning point in the browser wars. Chrome managed to drive Explorer out of the game, and also provided a serious challenge to Firefox.

Although the open source browser was a major player when it came to desktops and laptops, it never managed to gain the same traction on mobile devices as did Chrome and Apple’s Safari browser.

Focusing More on Emerging Tech

The inability of Firefox to expand beyond its traditional market has become increasingly problematic as more Internet users have shifted their browsing activities away from traditional computers toward smartphones and tablets. It still maintains a respectable 14.9 percent share of personal computers, but it’s only…
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AirPods Review: Best Wireless Earbuds for Apple Devices?

When Apple removed the traditional headphone socket from its latest iPhone, part of the rationale was that wireless headphones were now coming into the mainstream. And Apple had its own player in this field, its AirPods.

But then there was an unexpected delay in their launch, raising fears over technical issues. Now they?EU?re finally here, are they worth the price tag?

The AirPods are not the first wireless earbuds on the market, but until the start of 2016 they all had a cable joining the right and left earbud.

Now there?EU?s a new breed of entirely wireless earbuds, but most of them don?EU?t really work. In my testing, only Bragi?EU?s the Headphone and Jabra?EU?s Elite Sport wireless earbuds can keep a connection between themselves.

Apple reckons it?EU?s got that particular problem licked with a new processing chip called the W1, which regulates the connection between the earbuds and to the smartphone, tablet or computer.

EarPods or AirPods?

If you?EU?ve ever seen a set of Apple?EU?s iPhone earphones, the EarPods, you know what the AirPods look and feel like. If you took the EarPods, cut the cables off, made the stalks a little thicker and ever so slightly changed that odd bud shape, you?EU?d have the AirPods.

It?EU?s a conscious design decision that you?EU?re either going to like or hate. They perch in your ear, unlike isolating so-called canal buds that wedge themselves in your ear canal, with the stalks going down past your earlobes.

The fit is closer to an open, traditional earphone from the early 2000s than the modern canal-fitting earphone. As such, they don?EU?t isolate you from the world around you at all. You can hear everything, even if you push them hard into your ear.

As a consequence you have to have the music really quite loud to be able to hear it if you?EU?re…
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Huawei's Honor 6X: A Lot of Phone for the Money

Huawei?EU?s Honor line has been making a name for itself by selling good yet reasonably priced smartphones. The Honor 6X is no exception, even if it isn?EU?t perfect.

Last year?EU?s Honor 5X offered a lot of smartphone for the money at a time when the stalwart of the good-but-cheap smartphone market, the Moto G series, was faltering. Now the Honor 6X has a lot to live up to.

Smoother Design

The Honor 6X looks like a slightly smaller version of the Huawei Mate 9. It?EU?s got a metal back, plastic top and bottom edges, a dual camera in vertical orientation and a fingerprint sensor on the back. The front is plain and all glass. It?EU?s a simple, attractive design that?EU?s more rounded and smoother than its predecessor, the 5X.

It?EU?s well made, with very little flex in the body. At 8.2mm thick the 6X is the same thickness as the 5X, but thinner by 1.6mm than the Moto G4 Plus. The 6X is also shorter by 4mm than the 5X, but whether you could tell that by looking at them is debatable.

It weighs 162g, which is actually heavier than the 158g 5X and the 155g Moto G4 Plus, but the curved back and rounded edges make it feel a lot nicer in the hand. It feels reassuringly heavy with good balance rather than being a lump.

The 5.5in 1080p LCD screen is very good for a smartphone costing under £250, and is improved over the 5X, although it doesn?EU?t quite match up to the likes of Apple?EU?s iPhone or Samsung?EU?s AMOLED displays in its S range. It looks relatively crisp, clear and colorful, with wide viewing angles. The included screen protector is useful, but sort of ruins the smooth glass curve down to the smartphone?EU?s edges.

The Honor 6X has Huawei?EU?s own processor, the…
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dodocool 4-Port USB Charger with international socket output – Review

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

Yes, that it is a long title for a review, but it sums up exactly what this does. Put simply, it’ll plug into your UK wall socket and output 4 USB ports for charging your gadgets. Not only that, but it’ll pass through that mains outlet so that you can plug an electrical appliance into it.

The electrical socket that it presents is an international-style one which will accept plugs from all over the world, so if you’re heading to the UK any time soon this one device will act as your travel adapter too. Good idea that.

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

Indeed, it all starts off rather well. It’s solidly build and there’s 4 powerful-but-clever USB outputs for safely charging your device. They come with over-heating and short-circuit protection, kicking out 2.4A per port. Each one will basically charge your device as quickly as possible. All this while you’ve got something else (like your laptop, an iron or.. a microwave plugged in).

It’s fairly compact, protruding from the socket by about 2.5cm and it makes a nice travel adapter.

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

In fact, it was all going well until I plugged it in. Sure, this only costs £10.99 from Amazon UK and, if you’re travelling you’re perhaps not going to care too much, but the thing is totally upside down. Here, for reference, is a standard UK socket.

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

There’s three hole in each socket – the one at the top is the earth, then there’s the live and neutral down the bottom. However, dodocool have mounted the plug on the back upside down, so when you plug it in you’ll find that the USB ports are presented on the top and the actual electrical socket it presents (and the logo etc) is completely the wrong way up.

Like I said, not a massive problem if you’re using an extension lead or a horizontally-mounted socket on a desk in a hotel room, but if you’re using a wall socket (i.e. most people), it’s just going to look a little .. weird.

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

Other than that, it does the job well and – unlike a lot of other chargers – means that your electrical socket is still available for your kettle, TV, toaster etc. Get it from Amazon for £10.99.

dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review
dodocool 4 Port USB Charger with international socket output   Review

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  • A Commuter's Dream: Entrepreneurs Race To Develop Flying Car

    Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.

    Nearly a dozen companies around the globe, including some with deep pockets such as European aircraft maker Airbus, are competing to be the first to develop a new kind of aircraft that will enable commuters to glide above crowded roadways. A few of the aircraft under development are cars with wings that unfold for flight, but most aren’t cars at all. Typically they take off and land vertically like helicopters. Rather than a single, large main rotor, they have multiple small rotors. Each rotor is operated by a battery-powered electric motor instead of a conventional aircraft piston engine.

    It’s no sure bet that flying-car dreams will turn into reality. There are many obstacles, including convincing regulators that the aircraft are safe, figuring out how to handle thousands of new low-flying aircraft over cities without collisions and developing batteries that will keep them aloft long enough to be useful.

    But entrepreneurs are moving forward. They see a vast potential market for “air taxis” and personally owned small aircraft to transport people from the fringes of metropolitan areas to city centers as urban areas grow more congested and people spend more time stuck in traffic. They envision tens of thousands of one or two-person flying taxis delivering passengers to the rooftops of office buildings in city centers and other landing pads during rush hours.

    “In as little as 10 years, products could be on the market that revolutionize urban travel for millions of people,” said Zach Lovering, the leader of Airbus’ project to develop an autonomous flying taxi called the Vahana. The name means the mount or vehicle of…
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    Super Bowl Online: Tech Tips for Game Day

    Wondering what time does the 2017 Super Bowl start? Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, 3:30 p.m. Pacific time. FOX will broadcast Super Bowl LI, and also livestream the game on the Fox Sports Go app and FoxSportsGo.com.

    You can watch the Super Bowl online for free, but there are a few catches. For starters, you’re out of luck on phones unless you’re a Verizon customer. And if you’re interested in the ads, you may have a surprise in store.

    Here’s your online guide to the matchup in Houston between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

    Watching the Game

    It’s true: Some people will be watching the Super Bowl for the actual game on an actual TV.

    You can join them even if you don’t have a cable subscription or a good signal with an antenna. Just fire up the Fox Sports Go app on many streaming TV devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. Fox is suspending its usual requirement that you log on with a cable or satellite account, meaning it’s free.

    If you can’t get to a TV, try the Fox Sports Go app on a tablet or FoxSportsGo.com on a laptop or desktop. Verizon has exclusive rights on phones. If you’re a Verizon customer, you can watch through the NFL Mobile app. Otherwise, find another device.

    Watching the Ads

    The Super Bowl is the rare event where viewers do pay attention to ads. A 30-second spot goes for about $5 million.

    Fox’s online stream will get you most of the same ads shown on television. This includes local ads, thanks to a technology Fox is employing to customize the stream to your local station.

    The catch is that a handful of stations aren’t…
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    Super Bowl Online: See the Game, Learn Some New Taunts

    You can watch the Super Bowl online for free, but there are a few catches. For starters, you’re out of luck on phones unless you’re a Verizon customer. And if you’re interested in the ads, you may have a surprise in store.

    Here’s your online guide to the matchup in Houston between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

    Watching the Game

    It’s true: Some people will be watching the Super Bowl for the actual game on an actual TV.

    You can join them even if you don’t have a cable subscription or a good signal with an antenna. Just fire up the Fox Sports Go app on many streaming TV devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. Fox is suspending its usual requirement that you log on with a cable or satellite account, meaning it’s free.

    If you can’t get to a TV, try the Fox Sports Go app on a tablet or FoxSportsGo.com on a laptop or desktop. Verizon has exclusive rights on phones. If you’re a Verizon customer, you can watch through the NFL Mobile app. Otherwise, find another device.

    Watching the Ads

    The Super Bowl is the rare event where viewers do pay attention to ads . A 30-second spot goes for about $5 million.

    Fox’s online stream will get you most of the same ads shown on television. This includes local ads, thanks to a technology Fox is employing to customize the stream to your local station.

    The catch is that a handful of stations aren’t participating, so you may see a static screen denoting a commercial break. There may also be a few cases in which a national or local advertiser has bought the spot for television only; a substitute ad may appear online in its place.

    You can also watch many of the ads on the web….
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    Artificial Intelligence is becoming cleverer than you

    With intelligent digital assistants invading the home, it’s becoming fairly normal to have a conversation with an Amazon Echo, Siri or Google Now. Believe it or not, they’re becoming more intelligent too.

    You might not think it, especially when you’re in the middle of an argument with your supposedly clever digital friend, but artificial intelligence is starting to outpace us in certain areas. It might not quite have the hang of a human conversation or understand the subtle nuances in our language and meanings, but it is getting better and better at making computations and calculations.

    With “automation” being a big buzz word in IT, there’s a huge push to make complex and human-centric tasks more streamlined and intelligent with the help of decision-making scripts, computers and artificial intelligence. It’s becoming possible to perform a complicated and traditionally long-winded task with a simple click, but there’s always the worry that these “intelligent” processes may have a little too much control if checks aren’t built in.

    Artificial Intelligence is becoming cleverer than you

    With your smartphone it’s already beginning. Perhaps without knowing it, your smartphone has figured out where you live. It knows what time you usually go to work or school and it knows what type of transport you take to get there. If you’re using the train, it’ll tell you about delays. If you’re in the car it can inform you of possible snarl-ups. Just the other day my Android phone popped up to tell me about an accident on the motorway, suggesting that I should perhaps leave earlier. It then told me about some bad weather at my destination and, without realising, I’d almost become a slave to it – not having to bother checking that information myself.

    Artificial Intelligence is becoming cleverer than you

    I always compare it to car headlights. On my car they come on automatically when it gets dark, so I never bother checking them. When I get in another car I no longer think to check the lights or turn them on – I’ve had that thought, that intelligence, that common sense removed.

    Add the self-driving which is to come and your smartphone could be controlling your every move. Connecting to your car, it’ll know when to leave, which route is least congested and what clothes you should be wearing based on the weather.

    Artificial Intelligence is becoming cleverer than you

    The interesting / scary bit? It’s going to continue. Just recently the University of Alberta, in partnership with two Czech universities, set their AI DeepStack system against 33 of the world’s top pros in the game of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker. DeepStack, during 44,852 hands, beat human opponents by a wide margin. The DeepStack team stated that..

    Over all games played, DeepStack won 492 mbb/g. This is over 4 standard deviations away from zero, and so highly significant. Note that professional poker players consider 50 mbb/g a sizable margin.

    Part of me wants to grab the knowledge of systems like this so that I can beat games like the Euro Palace mobile casino app, or perhaps head to a real casino with the DeepStack suggestions piped into my ear. Then AI would REALLY be interesting, and hopefully quite
    profitable 🙂

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  • AT&T Kicks Off VoLTE Roaming in Japan

    AT&T today said customers can access VoLTE services when traveling to Japan. Specifically, the carrier has struck a VoLTE roaming agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest carrier. AT&T customers who travel to Japan will be able to use VoLTE-based services, including HD voice and simultaneous talking and surfing via LTE. AT&T claims it is the first U.S. carrier to strike such a roaming agreement.

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