Imagining Windows 95 Running on a Smartphone — Laughing Squid

 

Microsoft released their Windows 95 operating system to the world in 1995. 4096 created an amusing video that imagines a mobile edition of Windows 95 running on a Microsoft-branded smartphone. Move over Cortana, Clippy is making a come back.

via Imagining Windows 95 Running on a Smartphone — Laughing Squid

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Firefox For Fire TV Gets Favourites

Latest Firefox for Amazon Fire TV Available this Week
With this latest release, we’ve included a fresh new look to help you easily navigate the web on your Fire TV. No more typing in long URLs that you like to visit frequently. Users can now save their preferred websites by pinning them to the Firefox home screen. By using the menu button, you can easily remove any pinned websites at any time.

via Latest Firefox available to users where they browse the web – laptop, Fire TV and the office. The Mozilla Blog

Excellent. One of my negatives from my Firefox on Fire TV review has been solved. Its a small thing but makes it so much more useable, even for the most casual use.

How Apple Should Fix Apple TV

Three devices: A connected television device to stream and watch all your favorite content with a new touch-sensitive remote control. A living room gaming device with instant access to thousands of games made by developers all around the world, and a great new controller. An always-on home assistant and hub with access to thousands of apps and services.
A connected television device.
A living room gaming device.
An always-on home assistant.
Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices.⁵ This is one device. And we are calling it Apple TV.

All I (and many others) are getting is how Apple is not getting the potential of Apple TV.

via How Apple Should Fix Apple TV – 500ish Words

At the unveiling of Apple’s new flagship smartphone yesterday, the iPhone X, CEO Tim Cook said it was something the company’s staff had been working on for a decade.

The new premium handset with its edge-to-edge display (minus one unfortunate top notch) does away with the physical home button entirely and makes greater use of gestures for controlling the UI.

The new interface for multitasking looks fluid and intuitive. But it also — if you’ve been smartphone watching for long enough — engenders a distinct feeling of déjà vu…

Specifically it looks rather like webOS running on the Palm Pre — a handset that was announced in 2009, after Jon Rubinstein, former SVP of Apple’s iPod division, had been lured out of retirement in Mexico by Palm

I had the same thought during the keynote (the dock and the swipe up bar, to rounded app cards, look very WebOS). The iOS interface has evolved and converged to look similar to WebOS (which was beautiful). I don’t believe Apple had this UI done a decade ago and in the can, it’s evolved since Jonny Ive took the reins.

But Apple going hard in the past after any competitor that emulates them won’t win them much sympathy.

via The iPhone X reveals why Tim Cook was so mad about Palm | TechCrunch