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A Video Introduction of Siri on iPhone 4S

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The iPhone Always has a 3.5″ Screen. Why?

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iPhone 4S
16GB/32GB/
64GB
iPhone 4
16GB/32GB
iPhone 3GS
16GB/32GB
iPhone 3G
8GB/16GB
iPhone
4GB/8GB
Screen Size** 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
Resolution 960×480 960×480 480×320 480×320 480×320

 

Have you ever wondered why during the evolution of iPhones, right from the first model to the recently announced 5th generation iPhone 4S, the screen has retained the same dimension?

Although many of the contemporary phones sport a much larger screen of more than 4″, why has Apple stuck to the 3.5″ screen for iPhone?

Dustin Curtis has probably found the answer – simple human ergonomics:

Touching the upper right corner of the screen on the Galaxy S II using one hand, with its 4.27-inch screen, while you’re walking down the street looking at Google Maps, is extremely difficult and frustrating.

I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen.

This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

 

Chrome Can Now Control Another Desktop Remotely With New Extension

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The Chrome remote desktop extension lets a person remotely control another computer over the network, in this case using Chrome on a Mac to control a Windows machine also running Chrome. (Credit: Google)

“Months of work on “chromoting” have reached fruition with Google’s release on Friday of a new Chrome extension to let a person on one computer remotely control another across the network.

The Chrome Remote Desktop beta version, which arrived Friday, is a browser-based equivalent of remote desktop software for conventional operating systems.

Such software is handy for IT administrators managing employees’ machines, people taking care of their relatives’ computers, or individuals getting access to their own machines from afar.”

Oracle has Ambitious Plans for Client-Side Java with JavaFX 2.0

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“Java has long been a hit with enterprise developers, with Java EE powering the back ends of enterprise applications in data centers around the world, while Java application servers and servlet containers enable countless Web applications.

For client-side development, however, Java hasn’t fared nearly as well…

So it’s been tempting to assume that Oracle, with its strong enterprise focus, would ignore the client in favor of data center technologies such as Java EE.

This week, we learned that’s not the case. In fact, the real news from this year’s JavaOne conference in San Francisco may not be Oracle’s plans for Java 8 and 9, but the revelation that Oracle is gearing up for a new, sustained push behind Java for the desktop, the Web, and mobile devices. If it can succeed in its ambitious plans, the age of client-side Java could be just beginning.”