08 September 2013

Amazon Smartphone for Free?

Jeff Bezos may be onto something here --

Exclusive: Amazon Wants To Offer Its Smartphone for Free. Who Will Follow? – jessica lessin: "Which technology giant will be the first to offer a free smartphone? Amazon.com Inc. is making a play. In a previously unreported move, the online retailer and Kindle maker is considering introducing its long-planned smartphone for free to consumers, according to people familiar with Amazon’s effort. . . . ."

How to pronounce Huawei - YouTube - Huawei (pronounced wah-way) 

"Today Huawei Technologies Co. is one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, but not so long ago the Chinese giant was worried that its hard-to-pronounce name could hold back its consumer business. Huawei board director Chen Lifang told reporters in London that the company considered changing its name around two years ago because foreigners find it so difficult to pronounce. . . . " (source: Wall Street Journal)

Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying
Washington Post
Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the NSA and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday. The move by Google is ...

Microsoft's Next Surface Pro: Comeback Kid?
InformationWeek
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously dismissed the viability of smaller tablets, for example, but the company still released the iPad Mini, and is much richer for it. So far,Microsoft's Surface Pro has exemplified failed tactics. What features will ...

Apple Said to Be Close to Clinching Carrier Holdouts Across Asia
Businessweek
Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) is on the verge of clinching agreements with two of the biggest holdouts to selling its iPhone, China Mobile Ltd. (941) and NTT DoCoMo Inc. (9437), opening a route to hundreds of millions of new customers. On the eve of an event on ...

Apple injunction: Will judge's ruling lower e-book prices?
Christian Science Monitor
At trial, Apple insisted that its entry into the e-books market widened the number of customers and was a boost for publishers and authors alike, increasing the number of books available and eliminating a monopoly of the market by Amazon.com.

Microsoft works to save face after Xbox backlash
Boston.com
FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, photographers crowd around Microsoft Corp The Associated Press FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, photographers crowd aroundMicrosoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console ...

Microsoft Wins Patent Case Against Motorola
CIO Today
Before the trial, Motorola, owned by Google, had sought rates that Microsoft estimated would have cost it $4 billion a year. "This is a landmark win for all who ... "The jury's verdict is the latest in a growing list of decisions by regulators and ...

Microsoft-Nokia: A good deal that came too late
Chicago Daily Herald
Nokia is the world's largest manufacturer of phones that run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system (which is a bit like pointing out that, at 5-foot-6, I'm the tallest member of my immediate family). Microsoft is buying ... In the mobile world, as ...

Google Fights Forced Censorship
InformationWeek
The plaintiff, former Formula One chief Max Mosley, seeks to have published images of a sex party, already deemed to be a privacy violation, removed from Google's search index. Not only does he want the pictures removed, he wants Google to prevent them ...

Apple needs China mobile deal to regain smartphone mojo
USA TODAY
Next week Apple is expected to introduce two new phones. Apple will hold a launch event in Beijing several hours after the end of the one in the United States, in what looks to be the first time the company has simultaneously introduced a new phone in ...


11 Things We Want From the iPhone 5S and 5C
PC Magazine
Two new iPhones are probably coming Tuesday. Here's our wish list for new features--let's see how many of them Apple delivers...

Interstellar wind changes shed new light on complexities of solar system
natmonitor.com
The various sets of data depend on three different techniques to measure the incoming interstellar wind. National Monitor, Lance Tillson | September 07, 2013. Tweet. Astrophysicists at the University of New Hampshire, as well as other scientists contributing ...


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