05 April 2013

Microsoft dims as smartphones and tablets rise

Microsoft's platform dominance is dying--

Microsoft threatened as smartphones and tablets rise, Gartner warns
The Guardian
Latest figures suggest that Windows Phone, its smartphone OS, shipped on about 3% of devices in fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 20% for Apple's iPhone and over 70% for Android - of which 50% connected to Google's servers and 20% were "white box"...

The Guardian

Google Moves Beyond WebKit With Blink
InformationWeek
As a browser rendering engine, WebKit has been used for years in Apple Safari and GoogleChrome to generate the layout of Web pages from HTML, CSS and JavaScript code. Recently, Opera committed to adopting WebKit. But Microsoft and Mozilla each ...

Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance
CNET
Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations, an internal government document reveals. An internal Drug Enforcement Administration document seen by ...

What Google's next Nexus 7 needs
Computerworld (blog)
Google may have a second-generation Nexus 7 on the way this summer -- and for the first time, we're hearing some specifics about what the tablet might include. According to unnamed sources who spoke with Reuters, the next Nexus 7 will sport a higher ...

Computerworld (blog)

Google's Quickoffice upgrade: A dagger aimed at Office for iOS and Android
Computerworld (blog)
He arrives at that number for calculating that Microsoft would get $50 per copy of Office, and that 25% of all Android and iOS tablet users would buy a copy. Users would actually pay around $70 for Office, because Apple and Google Play take 30% cuts.

Google Glass gets competition from China's Baidu
Computerworld
The description of Baidu Eye sounds a lot like Google's Glass, which has a transparent screen over the right lens, showing a list of options that include taking photos and videos, sending and receiving email, and sharing images with social networks.

Google Versus the EU
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Six European data agencies launched investigations into Google this week in an action coordinated through a Working Party established by the Commission. The action pivots on the data that Google collects from users of its services, data such as...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

60-inch Apple TV to come out later this year
Christian Science Monitor
In a research note Wednesday, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the "iTV" will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions.Apple will also release a small "iRing" that fits on the viewer's finger, allowing ...

Christian Science Monitor

Amazon Cloud Drive app available for OS X
CNET (blog)
Amazon's Cloud Drive is one of many online storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, andMicrosoft's SkyDrive where you can save pictures and documents for access on another system with Internet access. While the Cloud Drive service has been ...

Google changes how Android stats are collected
ZDNet
Search giant Google has changed the way that it collects statistics on Android device usage in an attempt to give developers a better picture of the version landscape.Google used to collect information on the versions of Android in use by keeping a ...

ZDNet

Chromium Blog: Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project
By Google Chrome Blog
I think it is good for Google to move fast on their own phase. Google started working with Firefox and found that they need their own to move web as fast as they can and Chrome born. i guess blink will enable them to bring programable css like ...
Chromium Blog

Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink, A New Rendering ...
By Frederic Lardinois
In an unusual move – and after a lot of back and forth between the KHTML team and Apple – Appleannounced in 2005 that it would open source WebKit, and Google then adapted it for its Chrome browser. Interestingly, Google actually used a ...
TechCrunch

Google Forking WebKit to Create New Web Rendering Engine for ...
By Jordan Golson
Google announced today that the company is forking the WebKit rendering engine to create its own web rendering engine called 'Blink'. Google had been the using Apple-initiated WebKit project to power its Chrome web browser.
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Arthur Frommer takes brand back from Google, will keep ... - Engadget
By Richard Lawler
The tale of Google and Frommer's famed travel guides has taken another twist this evening. Associated Press writer Beth Harpaz reports Arthur Frommer confirmed over the phone that he has retaken control of the brand from Google, and ...
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Opera Confirms It Will Follow Google, Ditch WebKit for Blink
By Emil Protalinski
Google on Wednesday made a huge announcement to fork WebKit and build a new rendering called Blink. Opera, which only recently decided to replace its own Presto rendering engine for WebKit, has confirmed with TNW that it will be ...
The Next Web

In Sign of Global Warming, 1600 Years of Ice in Peru's Andes Melted in 25 Years
New York Times
Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.

Samsung to open mini-stores in Best Buys
Christian Science Monitor
Samsung is expected to open 1,400 mini-stores in Best Buy. Reuters. Enlarge. In what looks like a direct challenge to Apple, Samsung has teamed up with Best Buy to bring Samsung boutiques into Best Buys nation-wide. Skip to next paragraph. Recent posts ...

Christian Science Monitor

Apple's iMessage Encryption Too Tough for FBI
The Mac Observer
Encryption It services 2 billion messages a day—or more, that was in the fall—and all those messages have one thing in common: U.S. law enforcement can't intercept them. CNet reported that the the FBI alerted law enforcement agencies around the country ...

The Mac Observer

Scientists use 3D printer to make tissue-like material
Sydney Morning Herald
British scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make living tissue-like material that could one day serve medical purposes, according to findings released on Thursday. The material is made up of thousands of connected water droplets, encapsulated ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Google to Return Frommer Brand After Buying Travel Guide in 2012
Bloomberg
Google Inc. (GOOG) is returning the Frommer's travel-guide brand to its founder, while keeping the other content it acquired from publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. (JW/A) in August. Google, the world's largest Internet-search engine, acquired Frommer's last ...

Farthest Star Explosion Yet Revealed by Hubble
Space.com
Astronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a supernova that could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists recently caught sight of Supernova UDS10Wil ...

Space.com

Finally! Apple Reveals their Hybrid Notebook Tablet Details
Patently Apple
Patently Apple has been the only one that has been pounding the table for a notebook tablet hybrid going all the way back to 2008 and prior to any talk of this from the Intel camp who is now preparing their Ultrabook Convertible for release this summer.

Mars rover takes some downtime
BBC News
The US space agency's Curiosity Mars rover is about to enter several weeks of low activity as the Red Planet moves behind the Sun as viewed from Earth. The alignment interferes with normal communications. Curiosity will remain stationary throughout the ...

BBM Music is shutting down on June 2nd, won't be coming to BB10
ZDNet
Summary: I enjoyed BBM Music and found it encouraged me to use BBM while helping me discover new friends. I was hoping to see it on BB10, but now we hear it will be shutting down soon. Matthew Miller. By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell ...

ZDNet
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