01 April 2013

Oracle in Decline? (video)


If there was one constant in Silicon Valley over the last decade, it was the near steady, profitable growth of Oracle Corp. No longer. Oracle remains a dominant force in technology with $32.7 billion in revenue and database and applications software used by corporations to manage their finances and procurement. Today, its business is being eroded at the edges by smaller, more focused companies offering newer technology. source: Wall Street Journal

Google All but Officially Admits It Wants to Be Amazon
Wired
Google's efforts to chip away at that dominance despite Amazon's huge head start will be one of the most popcorn-worthy corporate contests of the next few years. Because if the shareholders who have pushed the company's stock price above $800 are to be ...

Wired

Amazon to buy social site Goodreads
USA TODAY
"Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world," said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content forAmazon. "In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have ...

Apple's controversial cash cow: Free apps that sell extras
Fortune
That's when Apple (AAPL) sent a letter to iPhone developers telling them they could adopt a new business model: Give away their apps and make their money selling extras -- new characters, faster cars, better weapons, stronger magic, more gold, etc.

Chinese regulator calls for tighter oversight of Apple
CNET
A Chinese marketplace watchdog is calling for tighter supervision of Apple's consumer-rights practices as the state-controlled media continued its assault on the iPhone maker's after-sale policies. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce ...

That Apple Flexible Display For a Future iPhone, Cool And Cute
Forbes
Apple's claim is for the method of folding and unfolding the display and for being able to display information on its various surfaces, along with a sensor system that detects the user's field of vision and activates the screen accordingly. It will be ...

Q&A With Paul McDonald: Co-Creator Of Google Consumer Surveys
Forbes
Paul McDonald has been with Google for 10 years, most recently as a product manager for Gmail. Prior to working on the e-mail service, the 33-year-old has worked on Google's commerce, advertising, and cloud computing efforts; launching Google Checkout ...

New York Court Upholds Sales Tax for Online Retailers
New York Times
Amazon.com, the biggest online store, and its much smaller competitor Overstock.com had separately sued to challenge a 2008 state law that required online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by New York residents. That served effectively ...

Book News: Amazon Recommends, Cat-Like Tread
New Yorker (blog)
Book News: Amazon Recommends, Cat-Like Tread. Amazon has bought the book-recommendation site Goodreads. An interview with Renata Adler ...

New Yorker (blog)

Top China college in focus with ties to army's cyber-spying unit ...
The issue of cyber-security is testing ties between the world's two biggest economies, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to raise concerns over computer ...
www.reuters.com/.../net-us-china-cybersecurity-university-idU...

BlackBerry's Android Bet Is Paying Off
TechCrunch
BlackBerry's App World now touts 100,000 BB10 applications. An impressive number for a platform just months old. But out of those 100,000 applications, roughly 20% areAndroid apps, simply ported over rather than being coded specifically for BlackBerry...

TechCrunch

Is Windows Phone Ready to Replace My iPhone or Android?
Lifehacker
Windows Phone is very different than Android and iOS. Their users don't like to admit it, butAndroid and iOS are quite similar to each other. They've both taken ideas from each other to improve their OS and have grown more together than they have apart.

HP Slate 7 Android Tablet Appears At The FCC
Geeky gadgets
HP ann0unced their new HP Slate 7 Android tablet back in February, the device is scheduled to launch in the US next month and will retail for $169.99, the device has just turned up at the FCC ahead of its release. The HP Slate 7 comes with 7 inch ...

Geeky gadgets

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs BlackBerry Z10 smartphone comparison review
PC Advisor
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones ever. It is likely to be the most popular high-end Android phone on the market when it launches in the UK. But how does the Galaxy S4 shape up when compared to the best BlackBerry ...

BlackBerry exec claims just 20 percent of apps are Android-based
The Verge
Following the news that its app marketplace had surpassed more than 100,000 apps, BlackBerryhas revealed that signed Android apps account for around 20 percent of its total BlackBerry 10 app count. In an interview with BlackBerry VP Martyn Mallick, ...

How to Update Nexus 4 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with RootBox v3.9.1 [GUIDE]
IBTimes.co.uk
One such build is available for Google's fourth generation Nexus branded smartphone.Nexus 4 users, who wish to install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and experience customised features using the RootBox ROM v3.9.1, may follow our step-by-step guide below.

IBTimes.co.uk

Sony Xperia Tablet Z UK availability pegged for May 20
Android Community
We had known that Sony was going to be launching the Xperia Tablet Z in Japan on March 22 and we recently saw the device make an appearance with the FCC ahead of a US release. As of today though, we have some details for those hoping to pick up the...

Android Community

T-Mobile Prices HTC One Smartphone at $99 with No Contract – Sort Of
Mobile Magazine
Now that T-Mobile is billing itself as the uncarrier, doing away with standard service contracts, we're left wondering how much it's going to cost to get our hands on the hottest new devices. The HTC One is one of the most highly anticipated ...

Mobile Magazine

iOS 6.1.3 Issues Plaguing iPhone, iPad Users
Gotta Be Mobile
Earlier this month, Apple rolled out its iOS 6.1.3 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in order to fix a security issue that was lingering from iOS 6.1. And while our experience with iOS 6.1.3 has been good on the iPhone 5, iPad and iPad mini ...

Gotta Be Mobile

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