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Nice roundup of which phone is best for whom. Which I always appreciate; I've always asserted that no one device -- whether we're talking a laptop, tablet or phone -- suits all people for all things.
 
Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which should you get?

Two of the most eye-catching Android phones of the year are begging for our attention right now -- and all the hype can make it hard to know which one's right for you.

So let's make this simple, shall we? After living with both devices, I've put together the following guide to help you figure it out:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/23800/galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8
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Dont think I would go for either just yet. Both have great features, but for the price, its a loss no matter which route you choose 
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+JR Raphael has spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 to see what it's like living with it. His verdict? It's a good phone -- but not nearly as good as all the hype about it suggests.
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This article is called Five tools for finding, taming, and eliminating rogue apps and files, but it's actually about checking your Android device for those apps that you may have installed and no longer use, or only used once and then forgot about. Which, for those of us who like trying out apps, could be very handy. 
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+Preston Gralla tried out the update to Windows 8.1 and he's pretty gratified by several of the changes (although he is still waiting for the Start menu...). If Microsoft keeps this up, I may actually consider not pushing for Windows 7 the next time I buy a laptop...
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+Gregg Keizer offers the ABCs of what to do if you -- or a relative or friend -- is still using a Windows XP system. Highly useful with lots of sensible advice.
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In college, I took a course on Chaucer and had to commit the opening lines to memory. I must have sounded awfully weird, trying to pronounce Chaucer's original lines with my Brooklyn accent, but the rhythm and the sense of the verse is lovely. I could never make it through the entire Tales in the original these days; I need to read it in "translation." Still...
 
#onthisday   in 1397, Geoffrey Chaucer told his Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II at Westminster Great Hall.

“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, / And bathed every veyne in swych licour / Of which vertu engendred is the flour; / Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth / Inspired hath in every holt and heath / The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne / Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne, / And smale foweles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open ye / (So priketh hem nature in hir corages); /Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages. (Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Canterbury Tales”)

It was a very subtle revolution when Geoffrey Chaucer, a staunch supporter of "Old John of Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster" and recently back in royal favour, read for the first time parts of his Canterbury Tales at the Plantagenet's court. Not in Norman French or scholarly Latin but in English. Three years later, Richard would tell a different tale, of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poisoned by their wives: some sleeping killed; All murdered, as he himself would be when his nephew and John of Gaunt’s son Henry of Bolingbroke took the throne as Henry IV. But on this day, the tales turned on a travelling party on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St Thomas á Becket in Canterbury, telling a story or two for a free meal at Tabard Inn in Southwark.

Byron once found Chaucer to be obscene and contemptible, owing his fame only to his venerable age, but, even if he was only part of a trend of writing in vernacular English that started with Wycliffe’s Bible translation some ten years before, he gave voice to others characters than the nobility and the clergy, a process of democratisation in the choice of fictional characters, along the lines of Boccaccio’s “Il Decamerone”, with the same fair amount of church criticism on the eve of the Reformation. The 29 characters of the tales and the narrator tell stories of utmost cultural relevancy in the days, when the Middle Ages ended in Europe, besides nagging questions about religion they tell of love, betrayal and greed and most haven’t lost their actuality in more than 600 years.

Depicted below is an imagination of the pilgrims’ progress through the English countryside by the illustrator Paul Hardy (1862 – 1942), a regular contributor to the “Strand Magazine”, from 1903. Canterbury City Council Museums and Galleries.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canterbury_Tales

#history #literature #europeanhistory #europeanliterature #medievalhistory  
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Not any kind of fix, of course, but it seems to me like a practical step vis-a-vis Heartbleed. Or is it like throwing a glass of water on a raging fire?
 
A Simple Way to Stop Heartbleed in Chrome

h/t to +Leo Laporte who suggested  on his TWiG podcast a simple precaution that Chrome/Chrome OS users can take to guard against "Heartbleed" data theft. Go into your Settings, and under "HTTTS/SSL" click on the "Check for server certificate revocation" box. This will kick out a warning to you if you're accessing a Web server whose SSL certificate is no longer valid - meaning that it may have been compromised by the Heartbleed exploit. Takes but a moment, well worth it.
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Uh, huh. Writers know all about this, but programmers and other tech pros aren't unfamiliar with the syndrome as well. 
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So very true.
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+JR Raphael takes a first look at the new heavily-hyped Samsung Galaxy S5 (his play-with-it-for-a-week hands-on will be next week). There are some things he likes. There are several things he doesn't.
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Interesting that Samsung's new entry-level product is (according to Android Authority) still being priced higher than, say, a Moto G. Sometimes, it feels as though companies that are used to being seen as offering premium products (not necessarily a bad thing) find it hard to figure out how to also product lower-cost products.
 
Samsung announces new entry-level Galaxy Ace Style

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Samsung has now officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy Ace Style, an entry-level dual-core device with the power of KitKat right out of the box.
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I'm sure Samsung knows how to produce a lower priced product.  The question it will ask is why it should.

Apple concentrated in the high end of the market and generated enormous revenues and profits, and a stock price in the ionosphere.  It established a brand that customers would pay a lot more for.  Sooner or later, that niche gets saturated, and Apple's stock price has taken a beating because it isn't showing the growth beloved of the financial markets, but it's still making a lot of money.

Samsung seems to feel that it has established itself as a premium brand, and that customers will pay more for a Samsung phone because it is a Samsung phone.  They don't feel a need to match the Moto G on price.  You can make an argument they're correct.

Phones are as much a fashion accessory as a tool, and having a phone equal to or better than your peers have is a major factor in the purchase decision for an awful lot of customers.  How much it costs may be far less important, especially when you will likely get your phone from a carrier who will offer a substantial subsidy on the price in return for a multi-year contract.

We'll see how well Samsung does with this, but I don't see them competing on price unless they feel they have no other choice.
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Barbara Krasnoff divides her time between writing short speculative fiction and acting as Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld.  In the latter position, she assigns, edits and produces online product reviews; she also blogs and occasionally writes a review herself.

Barbara is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Space & Time Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Sybil's GarageBehind the WainscotEscape VelocityWeird TalesDescantLady Churchill's Rosebud WristletAmazing Stories, and the anthologies Crossed Genres Year Two, Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I , Clockwork Phoenix 2Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction 

Recent stories include "In the Household of the Brelsh" in Crossed Genres 29, "Button Up Your Overcoat," in Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s, and "Red Dybbuk," in the upcoming Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. Barbara is also the author of a non-fiction book for young adults, Robots: Reel to Real (Arco Publishing, 1982). 

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