Could it be that Windows 8 is turning people away from PCs to tablets? If you ahve the same look and feel on a PC as you get on a tablet, why get a PC? I'm now at a point where I need to think about what to do with my two XP laptops and desktop. To tell the truth, I'm leaning towards a used $300 laptop just to get Windows 7. The thought of learning to use Widows 8, then teachin others in my family, seems like a huge waste of time when we already know how to use the XP/7 user interface.
I would agree and have specualted that Apple will offer an A7-based platform. Although Apple is still on the high-end of traditional PC pricing, the company is offering more competitive pricing on the MacBook Air and the iPad this holiday season.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.