Monthly Archives: August 2013

Microsoft Needs An Update

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by Patrick Appel

Microsoft Intel Market Share

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on Friday that he’s retiring. Derek Thompson explains the decision with the chart above:

Windows, along with Intel, got its clock cleaned by Apple and Google in the last decade. Their global market share of operating systems fell from 96 percent around 2000 to 35 percent in 2012. Apple and Google wedged their way into our laptops, phones, and tablets, while Microsoft saw its sliver of the mobile market decline between 2005 and 2012.

Timothy Lee doesn’t blame Ballmer for Microsoft’s woes:

Ballmer’s larger problem is that throughout his 13-year tenure, he was swimming against some very powerful economic currents. His company’s fate was inextricably tied to the success of the PC, and the PC’s fortune peaked with the Nasdaq around 2000. The emergence of interactive Web applications around 2004 began to turn PCs into interchangeable commodities. Then Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007…

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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

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The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and that our languages cannot identify. Visit Maptia for more interesting posts.

The idea that words cannot always say everything has been written about extensively – as Friedrich Nietzsche said:

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.

No doubt the best book we’ve read that covers the subject is ‘Through The Language Glass‘ by Guy Deutscher, which goes a long way to explaining and understanding these loopholes – the gaps which mean there are leftover words without translations, and concepts that cannot be properly explained across cultures.

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51 Genius Quotes That Prove George Carlin Was A Modern Philosopher

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In many ways, the comedian has the ability to be the philosopher of our era, a social critic and theorist whose words have the ability to shape public thought. As we saw from my piece on Louis C.K. a few weeks ago, comedy — at its best — pushes our buttons and challenges our ways of thinking. To me, no person is a better example of that than George Carlin, a savage satirist and brilliant thinker who was just as much of a writer and a philosopher as he was a comedian. His medium was stand-up, but he touched on issues of race, class, politics and American life — saying the kinds of things no one else dared.

Carlin got famous for his bit about the “words you can’t say on television,” but his legacy speaks of so much more, wisdom and wit that deserve to live on through the…

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Google’s Stealthy Helpouts Live Video Commerce Service Makes Its First Public Appearance, Landing Page Now Live


Last month, our own Rip Empson broke the news that Google was working on Helpouts, a Hangouts-based marketplace “that enables individuals and small and large businesses to buy and sell services via live video.” Today, Helpouts made its first public appearance. The service’s homepage is now live, and while it remains invite-only, its help pages are public and give us a closer look at what Helpouts will look like once it launches.

Google describes Helpouts as a way to allow professionals and experts to “share [their] knowledge with people who want to learn from [them] by giving a Helpout.”

The service obviously isn’t available yet, but Google says it is “currently inviting people with expertise across a number of topics to be able to offer Helpouts when we go live — and to make money sharing their skills and knowledge with the world.” Interested experts can already leave…

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The 35 Best Times Someone On Facebook Thought ‘The Onion’ Was Real

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1. “I give up”




3. “It is disgraceful”


4. “How sad”




6. “The Onion who often plays games”



7. “My heart and soul weeps for these deceived people”


8. “Poor people don’t have what it takes”


9. “Okay well that is your opinion”


10. “Really a free parrot really”


11. “Actually, more evidence is coming out”


12. “He’s a communist”



13. “Really, wow I had no idea”


14. “STOP”


15. “This is what we pay these people to do”


16. “How exactly did you get elected”


17. “I am trolling”


18. “This is true



19. “I don’t know what to think”


20. “This is no joke”


21. “What makes it fake”


22. “I can’t even read this”


23. “There’s no such thing”


24. “IS THIS…

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Guy Tricks Women Into Kissing Him Through “Notebook” Prank

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I just love when girls wrap their legs around you when you’re kissing them…


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Zynga To Shut Down OMGPOP’s Online Gaming Portal,


Long before OMGPOP found its sudden (and rather fleeting) success as a mobile game developer with Draw Something, it began its life as an online game network at

After Zynga acquired OMGPOP for around $200M only to lay off much of the team a year later, it was unclear what would happen to this last lingering monument to the company. On September 30th, it’ll be shut down for good. It’s the final period in OMGPOP’s story, a Zynga-branded version of Draw Something left as its only legacy.

Zynga is quick to point out that players will still be able to play Draw Something (both the original and the sequel) and Draw My Thing (the game that inspired Draw Something. I mean, besides Pictionary.) after the main portal goes dark.

Some games (Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ, and Snoops) are gettin’ the axe a bit earlier than the…

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