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This project was really interesting because it isn’t promoting Microsoft by writing pre-set promo messages in cartoon form. The idea was about seeing the company, from an artist/outsider’s perspective, and trying to get an understanding of its essence and how it has changed.
And I see it, of course, in terms of Culture. I see it in terms of the personal motivations that drive the company.
Sure, Microsoft sells software. Sure, Microsoft is big. Sure, Microsoft is good at some things, less good at other things. We all know all this.
That’s not what interests me the most. Why not? Because all big companies like Microsoft make software and are good at some things and less good at others.
What’s more interesting to me are all the “Freaks” who work there. The world-class scientists, engineers, futurists, and yes, marketers who don’t think about what they can sell today, but what can be theoretically possible in 10, 20, 30 years. And then aim for that.
Trust me, it’s freaky stuff. I’ve seen some of it, up close. But it does create the eventual future, and the rest of us lesser mortals fall in line eventually.
I embodied this idea in my favorite cartoons in the series: “The freakier we get, the better we get.”
I see this “Freak Culture” as what makes Microsoft such an interesting and powerful company. The products are just an extension of that, not the other way around.
More than 60 million people watch the BBC iPlayer for free outside of the UK by masking their location, according to a new report.
Unless you’re talking about that part of me that I hate.
ZTE isn’t just backing championship NBA teams in the US, it’s also backing a high-end phone dubbed the Axon.
This Android 5.0 Lollipop handset, teased for a month with mysterious marketing campaign, is part of the Chinese manufacturer’s “plan to define an affordable premium handset.”
“Affordable” and “premium” are typically polar opposites in the world of smartphones, but ZTE is striving to make an inexpensive metal phablet that has a 5.5-inch display.
It costs less than many of today’s Android flagships, and we got a chance to test out its specs and design before it’s delivered to its unlocked customers later this month.
ZTE did a solid job at ensure the Axon Pro didn’t leak ahead of today’s announcement. That doesn’t mean the phone is conceptual or far off, however.
The official Axon Pro release date is late July, while pre-orders begin today on site like Amazon, eBay and Newegg.
Don’t expect this ZTE handset to show up in carrier stores like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. It’s an unlocked 4G LTE phone.
ZTE Axon Pro costs $449.98, which is unsurprisingly lower than most high-end flagship phones that the company is trying to live up to.
Compare that to the $600 LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6, or the even pricier $650 iPhone 6 when they’re bought unlocked, and it seems like a good deal.
ZTE Axon Pro’s price is sandwiched in between these high-end rivals that are often deceivingly and low-end unlocked plastic handsets like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, Asus Zenfone 2 and OnePlus One.
Specs and performance
The ZTE Axon specs seems to back up the company’s intentions of delivering a premium device at an affordable price, though I’ll wait for proper benchmarking in a final review.
It boast a 5.5-inch LCD display with a quad HD resolution of 2560 x1440 and 534 pixels per inch. That’s the same size and resolution as the LG G4, though the LCD tech behind it is slightly different.
Behind the Gorilla Glass 3-protected display is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz Octa-Core. That’s the same chip that’s on the LG G Flex 2 and HTC One M9.
Axon’s performance is unlikely to be hindered by its memory thanks to a high ceiling 4 GB RAM. It also has 32GB of RAM, but no micro SD card slot.
This isn’t the world’s thinnest smartphone, with the official ZTE Axon dimensions at 6.06″ x 2.9″ x 0.37″ (154 x 75 x 9.3mm).
It feels solid in the hand with a weight of 6.10 oz (175 g). Some people prefer a weighter phone (read: HTC owners), and that’s exactly what you get thanks to the aluminum design.
The phone, with a non-removable back, comes in three colors: Chromium Silver, Ion Gold and Phthalo Blue. Even the blue has a bit of gold on the buttons and around the camera.
All phone manufacturers should focus on developing the best camera within their budget, and that’s something the ZTE Axon promises.
It features a dual lens 13-megapixel camera in back of the phone, sort of like the HTC One M8. It lets you quick auto focus and the ability to refocus later on. Shooting 4K video is also possible.
The front-facing “selfie” camera is 2 megapixels and shoots 1080p video.
AT&T, T-Mobile compatible
It’s a GSM smartphone with 4G LTE bands, isn’t compatible with Verizon and Sprint’s CDMA networks. Luckily, one of T-Mobile’s latest deals will pat your early termination fee from another carrier if you switch.
Bonus: if you order the phone right now, ZTE is throwing in JBL E13 headphones for free.
A signal received from the New Horizons spacecraft shows that it survived its historic encounter with Pluto.
The government has postponed a vote on letting people tear apart small animals for sport.
@VictoriaLIVE who cares about vermin foxes. They are only bloody animals and vicious ones to boot. Ask our dearly departed pet rabbit!
— eamon mcmahon (@pokeymarley) July 14, 2015
Only a tiny minority of incredibly angry people supported the bloody pastime.
Yes, town dwellers, foxes are VERMIN. Not cute, not sweet, not to be fed and protected! https://t.co/fADmuAiMIA
— Ngaire Wadman (@NgaireWadman) July 14, 2015
— YouGov (@YouGov) July 14, 2015
But this did not deter the tiny minority.
Too many people bought up on basil brush / foxy woxy thinking foxes are cute, they are not, they cruel sadistic vermin, lift fox hunting ban
— Chris Thompson (@F1_CWT) July 14, 2015
Foxes are a major problem, hunting is vermin control. I’ve had chickens decimates several times by foxes @VictoriaLIVE
— Frederick St.Gregory (@fredgregory1) July 14, 2015
@Communitaria71 I continue to support drag hunting as a sport and that foxes are shot as part of farmers’ vermin management controls.
— Anne-Marie Trevelyan (@annietrev) July 14, 2015
Scottish people also pointed out that nobody really liked the idea of murdering small animals for fun.
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) July 14, 2015
Some people did suggest an alternative.
I want to hunt some truly vile vermin, on horseback. Can I hunt my local Tories? Don’t want things to get pestilential, do I? #foxhunting
— Mum About Town (@SE24mummy) July 11, 2015
I can think of one change to existing laws on hunting that most people would support.. pic.twitter.com/bvGrc5YqcG
— Jason Spacey (@Jason_Spacey) July 8, 2015
foison: abundance; plenty.