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Windows 10X image and new emulator available today

Windows 10X promises to be the next great tablet OS for dual screen devices and eventually tablets. Today Microsoft made a new Emulator App available at the Microsoft Store here. The Windows 10X image is available here. We had a chance to play with the Windows 10X emulator today and wanted to share some screenshots […]

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Android Launchers & the App Layer. Part 1

Android Launchers are a great way to customize your Android device and gives users more control over their experience. Custom icons, wallpapers and the ability to customize the UI is table stakes for most launchers. But the best launchers give you something far more valuable – Platform Choice! Suddenly your experience is portable. Lose your […]

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The Illusion of platform choice. Part 3

In part one we examined Mobile Platforms & Desktop Platforms. In part two we examined Web Browsers. Today we will examine the ‘Universal Platform’, what it is, how it works and how we can get it. The ‘Universal Platform’ can be achieved two ways, through the operating system layer, or the apps layer. What is […]

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‘Go Cloudless’

Going Cloudless, it to remove all of your data from the cloud and keep it stored locally. Why would someone do that? Using cloud services are a great convenience and we don’t have to think about managing my files anymore. While that is true, with convenience comes trade-offs like personal data vulnerability and cost. Let’s […]

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The Illusion of platform choice. Part 2

Last week we discussed operating system platforms and left off on Browsers. Here on Platform De.Central we care about Market Choice, Data Privacy & Platform Choice. In Part 2 of our 3 part series ‘The Illusion of platform choice’ we will be reviewing browsers based on those three criteria.  Google Chrome Google has changed web […]

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The Illusion of platform choice. Part 1

Today we ask things like, do I want an iPhone or an Android Phone, Mac, Chromebook or PC, iPad or Surface, Homekit, Alexa or Google, Facebook or nothing? Do we actually have a market where there is platform choice or the illusion of platform choice? How did we get here, why is it that there […]