Jim’s WebLetter for 1/24/15

Hi-ya JWL Readers!

This week, Microsoft unveiled its new processing system, Windows 10 and a number of new features.  In particular, their venture into holographic computing.  Creating a new processor just for the HoloLens holographic computer, a goggle-like system with a transparent lens that augments reality with holographic images visible to the wearer.  It’s a bit like Google Glass and a bit like Oculus VR headgear and also something different.   Microsoft’s Holo Studio is a service for creating and sharing holographs and is the system for the HoloLens headgear.

After seeing the video promoting it’s use and the live demonstration during the keynote, I am convinced this is, as they pointed out, the new PC.  No need for a flat screen monitor.  No need for a computer box, laptop, phone or a number of other communication devices.  It’s all inside the HoloLens.  Keeping in mind the first generation of the HoloLens is large and will probably have some issues like battery life and processing speed, it still demonstrates the fact that technology is allowing computing to move forward and provide us new fields not realized before.  Check out the promotion video on the HoloLens … http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/microsoft-holographic-and-microsoft-hololens-news/

Read more about HoloLens and Windows 10 in this week’s issue of WebLetter … http://web.jimonline.com

Getting to the Windows 10 operating system, there are a number of improvements which will help PC users to get over the hazards and hassles that Windows 8 produced.  This article from the Wall Street Journal breaks down the improvements for our laptop and tablet computers the new operating system provides including the return of the Start button, a new menu system that makes more sense and how Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant has improved.  http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2015/01/22/windows-10-how-it-works-on-laptops-and-tablets/?mod=WSJ_TechWSJD_productReviews

Also this week, coincidently, Google pulled the plug on Google Glass.  Not because Microsoft is bringing on the HoloLens, but because Google is preparing to roll out something new.  Just what, they didn’t say, but Google Labs is always working to bring something new to the technology table.  http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/19/today-is-the-last-day-to-buy-google-glass/

Changing the subject, I don’t know about you but for me, shopping for clothes is never fun particularly because I’m tall and my size is hard to match.  Pair that with the fact that jean and shirt sizes differ depending on the brand.  Now Toshiba is marketing in Japan a new way to try on clothes using the Kinect system.  You visit a Toshiba site in a mall, for instance and the system will scan a 3-D image of you and allow you to try on clothes using your image.  I’m not sure if it’s a good “fit”, but it should make it easier to try on clothes without physically trying on clothes.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30919513

Something else new this week, the online travel industry learned that Expedia just sealed the deal and purchased Travelocity for a reported $280 million.  The acquisition will furnish Expedia with another well-known name in the travel industry. Expedia already operates Hotels.com, Hotwire and CarRentals.com. Travelocity claims to service some 20 million travelers each month.  http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/expedia-buys-travelocity-for-280-million-in-cash/?ref=technology&_r=0

Tablet owners, read the new stories affecting you in this week’s issue of iTab at http://itab.jimonline.com

Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before our involvement in the Afghan conflict.    She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.     She recently returned to Kabul, and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are happy to, maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, “Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?”     The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, “Land Mines.”
No matter what language you speak or where you go,
Moral of this story is:
(Thanks, dad)
On my birthday, I got a really funny card. It joked about how our bodies might be getting older, but our minds were still “tarp as shacks”.
I wanted to thank the friend who sent the card, but I couldn’t. They forgot to sign it.
(Thanks, Ken)
And that’s this week’s look through the flat screen this week, friends.  Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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