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AllThingsD. Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don’t Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough” Peter Thiel is a grump, but a special kind of grump.

Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don’t Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough”

He is a dystopian utopian (if such a person can exist). The investor who wrote the first check for Facebook both believes in the power of technology to transform our lives, and is perennially disappointed by it. A lengthy profile in the November 28, 2011 edition of the New Yorker (summary here) states: “his main lament is that America—the country that invented the modern assembly line, the skyscraper, the airplane, and the personal computer—has lost its belief in the future.” It is an argument he’s made before. Last September, at Disrupt SF he made the case that innovation is dead across most of the economy (you can watch the video of the session below).

But what about something like the iPhone? From the article, here is his assessment on the impact of the Internet, Apple, and Twitter: “The Internet—I think it’s a net plus, but not a big one,” he said. But will these technologies improve living standards? Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts. To use a keyboard shortcut you press a modifier key with a character key.

For example, pressing the Command key (it has a symbol) and then the "c" key copies whatever is currently selected (text, graphics, and so forth) into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C keyboard shortcut. A modifier key is a part of many keyboard shortcuts. A modifier key alters the way other keystrokes or mouse/trackpad clicks are interpreted by OS X. Here are the modifier key symbols you may see in OS X menus: Startup shortcuts Press the key or key combination until the expected function occurs/appears (for example, hold Option during startup until Startup Manager appears). Sleep and shut down shortcuts Finder keyboard shortcuts Application and other OS X shortcuts Note: Some applications may not support all of the following application key combinations. *Note: If no text is selected, the extension begins at the insertion point.

Universal Access - VoiceOver keyboard commands Full keyboard access. Five trends that will dominate the “cloud” in 2012. 2011 has been an exciting year for the cloud.

Five trends that will dominate the “cloud” in 2012

Companies are starting to accept the idea of using internet-based services instead of servers they control themselves. That in turn has driven a push to make the technologies more mature — and the tech companies making those technologies are growing up too. 2012 will be a banner year for cloud technologies, from real business models that don’t just push free products to developing the way companies use the cloud to enable better and smarter ways to work. It’s with that backdrop that I envision the following five trends coming to prominence over the next year. From VentureBeat 1. The amorphous “cloud” has certainly laid its claim to many hearts and minds, but enterprises aren’t going to just jump ship overnight. Time has already shown us that big enterprises are not the most adaptable of environments. 2.

Cloud technologies are key to making tablets into useful business tools.

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