30 April 2014

Apple-Samsung Trial (video); Android Smartphones 71% Top EU Marketshare

Apple-Samsung Trial Is All About Messages: Feldman: Video - Bloomberg:
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UC Hastings' Robin Feldman, author of "Rethinking Patent Law," discusses Apple and Samsung's $2 billion trial with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg April 25)

Apple makes final pitch to US jury in Samsung trial
Fox Business
SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Samsung transformed the smartphone market only by copying iPhone technology, an Apple attorney said on ...


Kantar: Windows Phone ‘Stutters’ Amid Android Price Competition, iPhone 5S Is Apple’s Buffer | TechCrunch: "According to the latest 12-week figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech — a market research division of WPP — Windows Phone accounted for 8.1% of smartphone sales in the 12 weeks to the end of March across the top five markets in Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany), with Android taking 70.7% of sales and iOS 19.2%."

Viral Twitter protest targets Mexico Internet lawActivists are worried that the law, proposed by President Pena Nieto, would allow the government to restrict access to the Internet and increase surveillance. There are also concerns that the government could block communication signals at protests, reportedly for security reasons, potentially stopping activists and journalists from tweeting and live-streaming.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Talk Net Neutrality With Congress On May 20 | TechCrunch: "Mark your calendars: May 20 should provide fireworks. On that date, Tom Wheeler, current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission FCC will sit down in front of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and testify."

Apple rolls out new, cheaper MacBook Airs
CNN
(CNN) -- Apple has refreshed its line of MacBook Air notebooks, dropping in more powerful processors and knocking $100 off the price. The 11-inch ...

Microsoft Office For iPad Gains Printing
InformationWeek
Users can wirelessly print Office documents using Apple's AirPrint feature. In Word ...Microsoft also promised bug fixes and stability improvements.

Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets
Washington Post
LOS ANGELES — Google says that cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges ...

Google: Weapon of Choice in the Cloud
Wall Street Journal
Google: Weapon of Choice in the Cloud .... Valuations at companies such as Google,Facebook, and Amazon are, in large part, bets on the ability of ...

Microsoft boosts OneDrive for Business storage
PCWorld
Microsoft is currently offering the first year's subscription at half the price. ... As part of its free Google account for individual consumers, Google offers ...

Apple Plans $12 Billion Bond Sale to Keep Cash Overseas
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. (AAPL) is marketing $12 billion of bonds in the U.S. as the iPhone maker seeks a cheaper alternative to reward shareholders than overseas ...

Google acquires a taste for Power -- IBM's processors, that is
CNET
An effort to license IBM processor designs bears fruit as one of the most powerful computing companies on the Net shows its own server using Big ...

Facebook Launches Business Manager Tool
InformationWeek
Business Manager streamlines workflows for large advertisers and provides one dashboard to manage accounts, pages, permissions, and more.


AOL probing security breach
Washington Post
CYBERSECURITY. AOL probing security breach. Those passwords you just changed? It's time to change at least one of them again — that is, if you use AOL. The company said Monday that it is “investigating a security incident” after being notified that ...


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29 April 2014

Mobile Keeping Tech Alive? (video); the iPad Fad

Is Mobile Keeping Tech Alive?: Video -
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Telsey Advisory Group Analyst Tom Forte discusses tech companies becoming phone companies with Trish Regan and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg April 25)

The Astonishing, Disappointing iPad — Five Hundred Words — Medium"If the iPad is a fad, it’s the greatest fad in the history of American business. And so I repeat: the iPad got too successful, too quickly. And everyone (including Apple) got spoiled by those insane numbers."

Former Comcast and Verizon Attorneys Now Manage the FCC and Are About to Kill the Internet | VICE United States: "The open Internet may soon become a thing of the past. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal dropped something of a bombshell with leaked news that the Federal Communications Commission is planning to abandon so-called “net neutrality” regulations—rules to ensure that Internet providers are prevented from discriminating based on content. Under the new proposed system, companies such as Comcast or Verizon will be able to create a tiered Internet, in which websites will have to pay more money for faster speeds, a change that observers predict will curb free speech, stifle innovation and increase costs for consumers...."

Why the government should provide internet access - Vox: "...Ezra: What is constraining cities now from building public internet options? Is the problem money? Regulation? Susan: It's almost funny. Twenty states have passed laws saying, "Cities don't have the choice to do this." These laws have been rammed through by incumbents happy with the way things are. One thing that needs to happen is we need to block these state laws so that cities can make these decision for themselves. FCC Chairman Wheeler has announced that this would be a good direction to investigate....."

Congress screwed up net neutrality, not the FCC - Vox: "...A better way to resolve the controversy over the FCC's authority would be for Congress to pass a new telecommunications law that either clearly authorizes network neutrality regulations or clearly prohibits them. A clear statement from Congress authorizing network neutrality rules would make it easier for the FCC to write rules that pass muster with the courts. A clear statement prohibiting network neutrality regulations would end the decade-long uncertainty about how broadband networks would be regulated. Either way, the nation would be spared another decade of legal Calvinball as the courts struggle to interpret a statute that gets more outdated with each passing year...."

Microsoft: No IE Patch For Windows XP
InformationWeek
Microsoft confirmed over the weekend that Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 through 11 are susceptible to a newly discovered vulnerability, and that ...

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets
CNN
(CNN) -- Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city. Over the past year or so, ...

Google Now and Cortana are the future, not Siri
CNNMoney
Now that our gadgets are plenty fast and powerful, and most software is easy enough for babies to use, everyone is searching for the Next Big Thing in ...

Apple vs. Samsung: Google haunts the courtroom arguments
San Jose Mercury News
When an eight-member federal jury retreats behind closed doors this week to decide the outcome of the latest Apple v. Samsung patent showdown, a ...

Google Plus is turning negative, but don't bet on it going away
ZDNet
Gundotra spent most of his career at Microsoft (15 years from 1991) and ... Facebook has more global reach than Google Search or Gmail, Amazon, ...

Facebook Vies With Google and Apple for Mobile-App Makers
Bloomberg
The social network recently reached out to Helsinki-based Huuuge Inc., the maker of the game, to convince the team to build mobile applications with ...

Microsoft Goes Hollywood With Slate Of 'Xbox Originals' TV Shows
Forbes
Microsoft opened a new front in its war to control consumers' living rooms on Monday, announcing that it is developing a dozen original television ...

Amazon banishes Apple's comic cut with new ComiXology app
ZDNet
The new version of the app does not allow iOS users to purchase comics in-app and no longer allows Google Play customers to use their Google ...

Amazon Faces Profit Pressure: Honeymoon Over?
InformationWeek
Amazon touts growth, but investor patience grows thin as shareholders ... may not show much growth at all, since Google kicked in 30% to 40% price ... last March across several basic services, and Microsoft soon followed suit. .....

Google Boosts Encryption In Chrome For Android
InformationWeek
Yahoo, long a laggard in computer security, committed last year to adding ... And in December, Microsoft, acknowledging customers' concerns about ... include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel ...

Microsoft fan goes Pro
Boston Herald
RETURN OF THE MAC: Phil Schiller, above, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, introduces the new MacBook laptops last ...

Apple Shares Diverge From Nasdaq After Stock Split
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Apple is no longer following the pack, but it's no leader of the pack, either. Shares of the iPhone and iPad maker have surged since last week's ...

Great Google-y Moogly: Internet Giant Slapped With Huge Tax Bill
Forbes
For years, multinational companies like Google Google, Apple Apple and Microsoft Microsoft have been thwarting attempts by government authorities ...

Microsoft's Mobile First, Cloud First Strategy, Explained
InformationWeek
After laying low during the first seven weeks of his tenure, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made four high-profile appearances in April: the Office for iPad ...

Microsoft announces price cuts for Xbox 360 consoles in India
NDTV
There is some good news for those awaiting a price drop on Xbox 360 consoles with the launch of the Xbox One - they will not have to wait for the ...

Microsoft Wins Antitrust Case as Top Court Rejects Novell
Bloomberg
The U.S. Supreme Court ended a lawsuit that accused Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) of illegally protecting its Windows computer operating system from ...

Microsoft vows to appeal federal email privacy ruling
Computerworld
IDG News Service - Email providers have to turn over a user's emails and other data to U.S. law enforcement when issued a search warrant, even if ...

Microsoft Research Special Projects group tipped to take on Google X
ZDNet (blog)
There's a new Special Projects Group in Microsoft Research (MSR) that is tasked with working on "disruptive technologies that could benefit the ...

Facebook announces second phase of Altoona data center
DesMoinesRegister.com
Facebook today announced plans to begin construction of the second ... center projects — Facebook in Altoona and Microsoft in West Des Moines.

Facebook open sourcing Paper's animation engine Pop
ZDNet
Facebook is kicking off the week with opening up and sharing a framework behind one of its newer products, Paper...

Center the Subject for Best Results with Google Camera's Lens Blur - Lifehacker
By Ed Rhee
Android: Google's new built-in camera app for Android includes a new feature that simulates the blur effect of SLR and compact system cameras.
Lifehacker


Google's self-driving car gets much better at navigating cities — Tech News and Analysis - Gigaom
By Barb Darrow
Google says its self-driving cars have passed the 700000-mile mark navigating city streets -- without incident.
Gigaom


Apple MacBook Air Update - Business Insider
By Lisa Eadicicco
Apple may launch two new MacBook Air models with new processors and storage ... Login With Facebook Login With Twitter Login With Google.
Business Insider


How Google's Self-Driving Car Is Tackling the Chaos of City Streets - Gizmodo
By Adam Clark Estes
We've all heard about how well Google's self-driving car does on the highway. But is that so impressive? Heck, put on cruise control and an audiobook ...
Gizmodo


Closing arguments set in Apple-Samsung trial - Phys.org
At stake: $2 billion if Samsung loses, a few hundred million if Apple loses. ... But Samsung fought back, using Google's Android system, offering less expensive smartphones with larger screens. Closing arguments set ... Phys.org on facebook ... Nokia, Microsoft complete $7.5B cellphone deal (Update 2).
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Apple's Maps App Gets 3-D Flyover Support For Mysterious Stonehenge -- AppAdvice
By Bryan M. Wolfe
You can now visit Stonehenge via your iOS device.
App Advice


Conversations LIVE: Ask me anything with Stephen Elop - Conversations - Nokia Conversations
By Tiina Jaatinen
Microsoft Mobile uses cookies and similar technologies to manage, enhance and personalize your experience. We also use them to display ...
Conversations - Posts


Apple paying $80 more for iPhone 5 with faulty sleep/wake button - iDownloadBlog
By Christian Zibreg
Apple last week put forth a new replacement program dealing with the malfunctioning sleep/wake button on some iPhone 5 devices. Apple has ...
iDownloadBlog.com


Siri coming to Apple TV? - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 270+ ...
By Ted Schwerzler
Sony to force Microsoft's hand? ... Voice commands from your couch to your Apple TV via your favorite voice? Yes indeed, Siri could be coming ... The recently announced Amazonproduct already includes voice commands. The new ...
FanSided


A look into Facebook's f8 - Inside Facebook
By Justin Lafferty
On Wednesday, Facebook's f8 — a developer's haven — will return to San Francisco after a three-year absence, this time powered by Parse.
Inside Facebook


As Its Domestic Cash Plunges By Record To Early 2010 Levels, Apple Prepares Massive $17 ...
By Tyler Durden
While Apple's earnings report last week left little to be desired, one of the more notable observations was that the company's cash hoard, relentlessly ...
zerohedge.com


UPDATE: See Microsoft dig up landfilled E.T. Atari cartridges – video | VG247 - VG247.com
By Phil Owen
Today is the day that some enterprising folks are visiting that landfill in New Mexico where legend says millions of Atari E.T. game cartridges were ...
VG247


ComiXology Update for Android Removes Google Payments | Droid Life
By Tim-o-tato
It was only three weeks ago when Amazon purchased ComiXology, and at the time, ... purchases to be made through a single account, such as their Google Wallet. ... I completely understand the thinking, wanting to keep Google/Apple from taking a ...Facebook Google+ YouTube Twitter Subscribe.
Droid Life


Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer flaw affecting 1/4 of all web browsers | SiliconANGLE
By Mike Wheatley
small__35407674 Microsoft is warning customers of a newly discovered vulnerability affecting its Internet Explorer browser, from versions 6 through to ...
SiliconANGLE


Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability - Slashdot
slashdot.org
jones_supa (887896) writes "Neowin reports how Microsoft made a rare weekend post on its Security Response Center blog to announce an advisory ...
it.slashdot.org/.../microsoft-issues-advisory-for-internet-explor...


Google Draw: The Perfect Google Glass Accessory - MakeUseOf
makeuseof.com
What if you're not in the position to speak commands out loud to your Google Glass?
www.makeuseof.com/.../google-draw-perfect-google-glass-acc...


Now back at Microsoft, Stephen Elop says Nokia X's forked Android is here to stay | 9to5Google
9to5google.com
As Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's smartphone and handheld ... Nokia X uses the MSFT cloud, not Google's. ...
9to5google.com/.../now-back-at-microsoft-stephen-elop-says-...


In 2014, Google Aims To Train 20,000 Third-Party Sales Reps To Sell Local - Marketing Land
marketingland.com
When small businesses see Google as the "Wild Wild West" of confusing ... He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as ...
marketingland.com/google-directories-kristin-coit-lsa-81873


SpaceX launches lawsuit over spy satellite contracts
Daily Digest
SpaceX, a company that creates space launch materials for NASA, is suing the government over an Air Force deal with United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, is being given contracts for U.S. Air Force's Evolved ...

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28 April 2014

FCC Plans to Destroy the Internet as We Know It

FCC proposal for fast lanes / slow lanes on the internet should be killed IMMEDIATELY

How the FCC Plans to Save the Internet By Destroying It: An Explainer — Medium:
1) The FCC has a very simple way to create simple, fair and enforceable rules to protect innovation, free speech and commerce. It lacks the courage and (perhaps) political capital to re-grant itself this power.2) Lacking this power, the FCC is relying on a small loophole given to it by the courts.
3) That loophole requires the FCC to allow Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to create slow and fast lanes.
4) The loophole also allows ISPs have to strike individual deals with sites and apps. The rates for non-slow service can vary hugely. Those services that don’t pay will get relegated to the slow lane.
5) The FCC wants to call this “net neutrality.” It’s nothing of the sort and the proposal needs to be killed. It’s a bargain that will kill innovation on the net.
6) Even if you are a progressive who loves Obama, the best thing you can do is help kill this proposal and show there is political will for real internet protection
(read more at link above)

Apple Mobile Payments E-Commerce - Business Insider: "In fact, Apple is trying to build out its iTunes business into a full-blown e-commerce and mobile payments business, according to Re/code. The company is looking to hire a head of product and head of business development for mobile payments. On top of that, Apple is building out two other pieces of e-commerce/mobile payment infrastructure: Touch ID and iBeacons."

Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe Escape Cheaply From The Engineers' Class Action Suit
Forbes
Here's the background: it was alleged that the major tech firms in Silicon Valley, Google Google, Apple Apple, Intel Intel and Adobe (Facebook was an ...

​Comixology cuts Apple, Google out of digital-comics kickback
CNET
Following Amazon's purchase of the digital-comics marketplace, Comixology updates its Comics apps to prevent Apple and Google from taking a cut....

Google's Top Social Networking Exec Hits the Road
CIO Today
Gundotra had been in charge of Google Plus as the company's Senior VP of ... a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook. ... Gundotra originally joined Microsoft in 1991 and later became the ... Billions of Bytes · Mobile Device Now ·Apple Info Center · TopTechWire.com ...

Microsoft Just Solved One Of The Biggest Mysteries In Video Game History (MSFT)
Chron.com
Microsoft dug up a bunch of "E.T." Atari video game cartridges in the New Mexico desert Saturday afternoon that had been buried there for over 30 ...

Apple to Fix iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Issues for Free
PC Magazine
Apple realizes as well, for the company has just launched a new program that will allow the "small percentage" of those affected by this issue to have ...

The Amazon Deal With HBO
Forbes
The recently announced deal between Amazon and HBO in which Amazon will offer to itsAmazon Primes customers much of HBO's classic ...

Facebook Acquires Maker of Mobile Fitness App Moves
Top Tech News
The cross-platform Moves mobile app that Facebook just acquired ... been circulating about Apple's interest in fitness, not to mention Nike's and others.

Microsoft-Nokia deal: US software giant eyes $50-billion market
India Today
Looking at $50 billion-mobile market, US software giant Microsoft has ... Nokia lost market share to Samsung and Apple as it struggled to position itself ...

Apple's Quick-Links May Lessen Samsung Fine
EE Times
SAN JOSE — Judge Lucy Koh took center stage in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case on Friday. She arrived at the bench with the daily ...

Apple Has Dazzling Sideshow, But Main Event Is Boring
Forbes
Imagine. Steve Jobs comes onstage, firing up his iPad to project beautiful tables and charts of money. From the stage sofa, he announces Apple ...

Curiosity prepares to carry out some Mars drilling
Science Recorder
The Mars Curiosity rover team has begun the process of finding improved drill sites on Mars. Curiosity prepares to carry out some Mars drilling. Science Recorder | Rick Docksai | Sunday, April 27, 2014. NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is preparing to make the ...

Mobile application ad race heats up
Buffalo News
The competition for advertising on mobile applications is in full swing, with Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. ramping up efforts. Twitter said last week it will offer ads across the mobile Web that are customized to blend into a site's content. Facebook ...

New Microsoft VP consigns the PC to irrelevance
CNET
With the Nokia acquisition, Microsoft hardly sees the PC as its future. Upcoming devices will likely further distance Microsoft from its PC past....

Sony: Xperia Z2 will arrive in the US this summer
PhoneDog
When Sony took the wraps off of the Xperia Z2 back in February, the company teased that its new flagship smartphone would begin rolling out around the globe in March. Now we're here nearing the end of April and the Xperia Z2 is nowhere to be found in the ...

Google Search: A visual history
Engadget
That was one of the primary goals Larry Page and Sergey Brin set when they launched Google in 1998 as a privately owned search company. Since then, the Mountain View-based outfit has branched out, creating a mobile operating system, mapping service, ...

10 ways to extend your smartphone's battery life
Detroit Free Press
It really doesn't matter what kind of smartphone you rely on for work or play — be it an iPhone, Android device, Windows Phone or BlackBerry — the more these pocket-sized computers can do, the more pressure it can put on the battery. If you're finding your ...

Windows Phone's music app now lets you start playlists using your voice
Engadget
When the Windows Phone 8.1 preview rolled out, its music app was underwhelming; you couldn't use Cortana voice commands for everything, and it was fairly buggy. Both of those gripes are gone now that Microsoft has updated the music client with its latest ...

Top 10 Secret Reasons Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retired
InformationWeek
Steve Ballmer didn't get the credit he deserved, as evidenced by Microsoft's strong financial position when he resigned. Here are 10 reasons you've never heard about why he stepped down. Previous. 1 of 11. Next. (Source: Wikimedia Commons). I'm going to ...

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27 April 2014

Why You do NOT want a Microsoft Phone OR Amazon Phone

Will Microsoft do to Nokia smartphones what Windows 8 did to the PC market? LOL! Due to a huge lead in advanced development, features, and apps, an Android smartphone or iPhone will be the way to go for the foreseeable future unless: 1) you are trapped in the Microsoft ecosystem; or 2) you are an Amazon Prime shopping addict --

Microsoft morphs into a hardware giant with closure of Nokia deal | The Verge: "Microsoft is no longer just a software giant, it’s now a hardware giant. Nearly eight months after its original announcement, Microsoft has completed its deal to purchase Nokia's devices and services unit today. Microsoft will pay...(around $7.2 billion), a lot less than the $8.5 billion Microsoft paid for Skype back in 2011....The deal sees Microsoft take control of more than 90 percent of all Windows Phones with Nokia's Lumia lineup, and the company will also acquire the low-end Asha brand, Android-based Nokia X handsets, and feature phones. The Redmond-based software maker will now morph into a hardware maker responsible for shipping more than 200 million handsets a year with an additional 25,000 employees moving across from Nokia, less than the 32,000 originally planned. Microsoft is planning to use the "Microsoft Mobile" moniker for the Nokia phone business...."

Amazon Prime Data: Amazon smartphone could be AT&T exclusive, new data | BGR: "....The plan is tentatively named “Prime Data,” and it will be positioned as one of several key selling points for the phone. Amazon is holding details of the data package very close to the chest and as a result, our sources were not able to confirm exactly what the company has in store for Prime Data. Several sources were willing to speculate based on limited knowledge of Amazon’s plans, however. More than one trusted source we spoke with told BGR that Amazon’s smartphone could be made available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States..."

The FCC’s new net neutrality rules will kill Aereo, even if the Supreme Court doesn’t: "...Aereo stores its customers' TV shows in an online, cloud-based locker. Then it sends those shows, on-demand, over the Internet to its subscribers' waiting PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Incidentally, that makes Aereo subject to the Federal Communications Commission's new rules on net neutrality. If Aereo loses its Supreme Court bid, the show's over and the question becomes irrelevant. But if Aereo survives, then it would be living in a world filled with Internet fast lanes and paid prioritization...."

Exclusive: Google may offer Wi-Fi for cities with its Google Fiber: "Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service. The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015. Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be "discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process."..."

Apple, Google Can Pursue Smartphone Patent Cases, Court Says (1) - Businessweek: "Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility can pursue claims the other infringed smartphone technology patents after a U.S. appeals court in Washington ruled a judge wrongly threw out the case. A federal judge in Chicago dismissed the claims because he didn’t like their damages experts and didn’t believe they could block each other’s products, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted on the court’s website."

Microsoft, AOL Strike Web Video Distribution Deal | Re/code: "....For now, Microsoft plans on running the clips on its MSN portal, as well as its Bing apps that run on Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft will sell most of the ads for the videos, and the two companies will share ad revenue. AOL, which has made a big push into video for the last few years, has done other distribution deals, including one on YouTube...."

Pinterest Hits 30 Billion Total Pins, Up 50% In 6 Months | TechCrunch: "That growth has stemmed, in part, from the introduction of Related Pins, something the company released about a year ago. Nowadays more than 90 percent of Pins have Related Pins connected to them, and the number of people who repin Related Pins has grown by 20 percent. Silbermann compared Pinterest to curation that already exists elsewhere in the world. Specifically, how collections on Pinterest are like curated art in museums, articles and photos in magazines, and collections of clothing at a retail location."

Google Hangouts May Be Ready To Eat Videoconferencing – ReadWrite: "Immersive telepresence sales have been plummeting over the years, dropping nearly 40% just a year ago. Even video conferencing has been 10% lower than vendors like Cisco had been projecting, as ZDNet's Larry Dignan reported last year. It's about to get worse. Google sent shockwaves through the video conferencing world by announcing a $1,000 Chromebox for Meetings, which gives enterprises a cheap-and-good enough solution for video conferencing. But the far cheaper and also "good enough" solution costs exactly $0 and is also provided by Google. It's called Google Hangout, and it comes free with every Internet connection.  Most people—indeed, most companies—don't need high-end video conferencing. Not most of the time, anyway. Often enough, we simply need person-to-person video conferencing, for which Microsoft's Skype or Google Hangouts is far more convenient. "

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26 April 2014

Chrome Browser Update; Amazon Delivery Service

Chrome Releases: Stable Channel Update: "The Stable Channel has been updated to 34.0.1847.131 for Windows, Mac, and 34.0.1847.132 for Linux. This release also contains a Flash Player update, to version 13.0.0.206." To update go to Chrome browser menu (upper right corner 3 parallel lines icon)--then click about Google Chrome to update.

Amazon, in Threat to UPS, Tries Its Own Deliveries
Wall Street Journal
A delivery network could transform Amazon from an online retailer into a full-service logistics company. Above, Amazon Fresh trucks in the parking lot ...

Amazon Testing A Delivery Service Of Its Own – Consumerist
By Chris Morran
How many times have you gotten a shipping alert from Amazon and groaned when because the delivery service selected by Amazon has a history of ...
Consumerist

Microsoft Earnings: 7 Essential Facts
InformationWeek
Microsoft's Q3 beat expectations. Strong performers include cloud products and Xbox, but Surface and consumer PC sales still pose a problem....

Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say
PCWorld
Apple exposed iOS users to security threats by taking three weeks longer to patch ... After Google forked WebKit into Blink it seems to be getting worse.

Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy
Reuters
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, for instance, rebuffed an entreaty fromGoogle in 2008 that they refrain from poaching each other's ...

Google's mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber
PCWorld
Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its GoogleFiber high-speed Internet service. The disclosure is made in ...

Amazon's Sales Satisfy the Street
Businessweek
Mighty Amazon (AMZN) is once again branching out in every direction. There's the new Fire TV set-top box, a hotly rumored coming smartphone, the ...

Amazon Hits a Six-Month Low as Increased Spending Limits Profit
MSN Money
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) plunged as much as 10 percent after Chief ... Amazoncompeting more directly with Apple, Netflix and Google, which also ...

Microsoft targets $50-billion affordable mobile devices market
NDTV
US-based software giant Microsoft, the new owner of Nokia's mobile ... market share to Samsung and Apple as it struggled to position itself among the ...

Apple iPhone Sales Lead To Record Quarter
InformationWeek
Apple announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter of 2014 on Wednesday, and the iPhone 5s and 5c came through in a big way.

Google's top social networking executive departs
Washington Post
Google CEO Larry Page praised Gundotra in his own Plus post. ... And even with its rapid growth, Google Plus is still less than half the size of Facebook, which ended March ... Gundotra spent 15 years at Microsoft Corp. before defecting to Google in 2006. ... Appledoesn't need no stinkin' moonshots.

Microsoft's Nokia deal closes -- say hello to Microsoft Mobile | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Harrison ...
By Harrison Weber
Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business closed today as expected – nearly eight months after it was first announced. Microsoft stated during ...
VentureBeat


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25 April 2014

FCC Proposal to Destroy Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (appointed by Barack Obama) obviously cares nothing about the public interest, net neutrality, an open internet or internet freedom. He is only serving his masters in the communications industry (ISPs) and and their lobbyists! This is the worst public policy to come out of Washington DC in years!

FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality | The Verge: "....The goal of net neutrality rules is to prevent service providers from discriminating between different content, allowing all types of data and all companies' data to be treated equally. While it appears that outright blocking of individual services won't be allowed, the Journal reports that some forms of discrimination will be allowed, though that will apparently not include slowing down websites. Nonetheless, allowing some websites to pay for preferentially treatment would inherently favor larger, more successful companies. A MAJOR CHANGE TO THE MEANING OF "OPEN INTERNET" The actual draft of the proposed rules has not yet been released, but the FCC did release a framework of the rules back in February. These proposed changes, however, are a large departure from the original Open Internet rules as well as what was shown earlier this year...."

F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane - NYTimes.com:  " . . . The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers....The new proposals, drafted by the F.C.C.'s chairman, Tom Wheeler, and his staff, will be circulated to the other four commissioners beginning Thursday, an F.C.C. spokeswoman said. The details can be amended by consensus in order to attract support from a majority of the commissioners. The commission will then vote on a final proposal at its May 15 meeting."

Samsung Galaxy Series Riding High on Overall User Engagement, but lukewarm Response to its Content and App Strategy.: "...Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said:  “Clearly, Galaxy Sx series have succeeded in creating more engagement by growing the overall pie, but its own content and media strategy is faring low at the moment. Galaxy S5 is a step-upgrade from the Galaxy S4, but as far as content and media is concerned, little has changed to draw consumer attention to its latest launch.”..."

Megaupload seeks return of millions in frozen Hong Kong assets ( - Legal - Security ): "...The company's assets were frozen by Hong Kong at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice around January 2012 after its operators, including founder Kim Dotcom, were indicted by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly profiting from large-scale copyright infringement. On Wednesday, the High Court ordered Hong Kong's Department of Justice to respond to Megaupload's filing by June 4...."


Amazon's Prime Pantry service lets you ship 45 pounds of groceries for a $6 fee
By Sarah Silbert
Amazon's dead-set on killing off the grocery store, with a same-day delivery service and even a Dash gadget for restocking items around the house.
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Why Apple Can't Quit Steve Jobs
ABC News
Despite Steve Jobs' advice to never think about what he would do, the ghost of the visionary founder still rules at Apple two and a half years after his ...

Microsoft Earnings: 6 Questions
InformationWeek
Microsoft has been on fire lately, but new CEO Satya Nadella will face ... has turned a skeptical eye this year toward Apple, Netflix, Google, Amazon, ...

Facebook Profit Tripled in First Quarter
New York Times
For the last two years, Facebook has been growing like a beanstalk in mobile advertising, gaining ground against Google, its chief rival. Credit Luong ...

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO
Boston Globe
Starting May 21, Amazon Prime members — who pay $99 a year for ... other content to televisions, competing with the likes of Apple Inc. and Roku.

Microsoft's Bing goes ad-free for all US schools
Computerworld
Although Microsoft used the pilot launch last year to take shots at rival Google -- part of its then-running "Scroogled" attack ad campaign -- the ...

Google Street View Offers Time Travel
InformationWeek
Google Maps Street View gained a new feature on Wednesday: a way to travel through time. Street View has always offered time travel of a sort: Its ...

Google, Facebook and other tech companies race to develop artificial intelligence
San Jose Mercury News
Facebook, Google and other leading tech companies are jockeying to hire ... each works differently, Tempo is vying with Siri, Google Now and Microsoft's new Cortana. ... But there are signs Apple is working feverishly to improve it.

Google, SunPower unwrap solar-power deal
MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. on Wednesday said it has teamed up with SunPower Corp. for a big push to make solar power more ...

Heartbleed: why did a computer bug have a name and a logo?
The Guardian
The Heartbleed flaw is being fixed more quickly because of the decision to give the bug a memorable name and a cute logo, according to the firm that first identified it. The flaw was caused by a simple coding error which resulted in passwords and security ...


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24 April 2014

Google's Android blows past Apple's iOS in Mobile Ad Traffic

SMA|Q1|14: "Android is the top platform within the smart device market -- After taking over as the leading smartphone platform in Q4 of last year, Android is now the top smart device platform...."

For The First Time, Android Passes Apple's iOS Mobile Ad Traffic - Report: "...Now, for the first time, Google's Android has passed Apple’s iOS in mobile ad traffic, according to a quarterly mobile advertising report released today by mobile ad network Opera Mediaworks...."

Samsung hopes to make FaceTime a headache for Apple | The Verge: "After weeks of playing defense against five Apple patents, Samsung this week went after Apple with two of its own patents: one it says is infringed when people make FaceTime calls, and another that covers the photo gallery feature found on iPhones, iPads, and some iPods. In the case of the video patent, Samsung says it's being infringed every time iOS users begin a FaceTime call over cellular networks, or if they send video messages to one another through the Mail and messaging app...."

David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War | TechCrunch: "David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn’t bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn described the current market environment as the “second tech bubble in 15 years.” Calling today an “echo of the previous tech bubble,” Einhorn notes that there are currently “fewer large capitalization stocks and much less public enthusiasm” this time around. This means that the current bubble, such as it is, is smaller, and when it does deflate — how rapidly we’ll have to see — there will be less carnage — blood, red ink, or otherwise...."

Google's new, highly targeted app ads react to how you use Android apps
PCWorld (blog)
But the new AdWords program allows advertisers access to a far more precisely targeted demographic of users. Facebook takes a similar approach to ...

Microsoft Bing Enters Prediction Business
InformationWeek
From Google's Flu Trends project to Nate Silver's election forecasts, ... queries and social media data from sources such as Facebook and Twitter.

Amazon adding HBO shows to Instant Video
USA TODAY
Add HBO to the growing selection of programming available on Amazon's streaming service Instant Video. The company announced a multi-year deal ...

Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough
ZDNet
Just a year ago, Microsoft officials were crowing about Windows' much improved delivery cadence. Instead of rolling out a new version of Windows ...

Facebook, Apple Q1 lobbying hit new records Netflix goes on record against Comcast deal
Politico
For Facebook, the filing — which eclipses their first-quarter spend from a ... Other figures:Microsoft was down to $2.1 million from $2.7 million in the ...

Apple kicks off public OS X beta testing
Computerworld
Computerworld - Apple today followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers.

Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public - Engadget
By Jon Fingas
Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a.
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Apple iOS 7.1.1 update arrives with keyboard, TouchID improvements
The Next Digit
ios-7.1.1 From past rumors and speculations, it was clear that Apple developers were deeply working on iOS 7.1.1 software update and finally, the update in a 20MB package is now available for download, since this morning. This update doesn't comes with ...

Google Lat Long: Go back in time with Street View
By Emily Wood
If you've ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now's your chance. Starting today, you can travel ...
Google LatLong


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23 April 2014

US Phone Subsidies Fading, Apple Vulnerable

As Phone Subsidies Fade, Apple Could Be Hurt: Wireless Carriers Shift Customers to Installment Plans, Where Sticker Shock Is Likely - U.S. wireless carriers are making unexpectedly fast progress moving their customers away from subsidized phones, a shift that could put further pressure on sales of expensive devices like the iPhone. (source: Wall Street Journal )

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014"...HTML5 isn’t perfect; it’s still in its early years. Fortunately, talented companies are focusing on solving those problems for you – doing the work with a SaaS platform so you can just concentrate on the creative. However, that’s not stopping enterprise and game developers. In a recent report from Sencha, a provider of open-source Web application frameworks, more than 60 percent of business application developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development of their key projects, and more than 70 percent of HTML5/hybrid developers are using HTML5 more this year than last...."

AT&T announces 21 potential markets for ultra-fast Internet service - latimes.com: "....Already, AT&T has rolled out U-Verse GigaPower in Austin, Texas, and it plans on launching the service in Dallas this summer. The company previously announced that it is in discussions to bring the service to the Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets in North Carolina Among the candidate cities announced Monday were Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta. AT&T said it will commit to the candidate cities that demonstrate they have the necessary facilities, friendly policies and high demand for the U-Verse GigaPower service. AT&T said it will share more information once agreements are in place...."

Netflix Calls Out AT&T for Subpar Streaming Performance - Bloomberg: "Netflix Inc. (NFLX), stepping up its criticism of Internet service providers, called out AT&T Inc. (T) for offering video-streaming speeds that trail even those of phone companies with inferior technology. AT&T, the biggest landline phone company in the U.S., provided an average speed in March of 1.73 megabits a second for Netflix’s service on fiber-based connections, trailing CenturyLink Inc. and Windstream Holdings Inc., which use older DSL lines, Netflix said. AT&T could improve its speeds by using a free interconnection with Netflix, the video company said...."

Time Warner Cable's Hotspot 2.0 Network Off and Running
Channel Partners
Time Warner Cable's nationwide Hotspot 2.0 network has made its debut, allowing customers to connect to its 33,000-node wireless network without entering passwords or using login screens. Hotspot 2.0 makes public Wi-Fi work like a cellular network by ...

Report: New Start menu and free cloud-based Windows to debut this fall
PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft will reportedly debut its revamped Start menu—along with a free, cloud-based version of Windows—this fall. According to information reportedly authored by Wzor, a Russian blogger notorious for his accurate leaks of Windows information, Microsoft ...

Apple offers free recycling of its products worldwide
PCWorld
Apple is offering to recycle its products for free worldwide, and has included even third-party products like mobile phones and PCs in the program in ...

Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax
MSN Money
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is taking a hit in states that are collecting an online sales tax. In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing ...

Facebook Plans Mobile-Ad Network
Wall Street Journal
Facebook's new ad network could increase the amount of targeted ads .... global mobile-advertising market last year, second only to Google's 53%.

Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B
CNET
Log In to CNET; Sign In with Facebook Google Yahoo; Join CNET ... Assuming Samsung infringed Apple's five patents, Apple should receive $1.75 per ... Apple and Samsung are battling in a San Jose, Calif., court. .... Android" and that Google had invented certain features before Apple patented them.

Google Glass eyeing nonprofits to discover new use cases
ZDNet
Highlighting the deployment of Glass and Glassware apps from the Arctic to the Amazonby the World Wildlife Fund as just one example, Google plans ...

Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough
ZDNet
Just a year ago, Microsoft officials were crowing about Windows' much improved delivery cadence. Instead of rolling out a new version of Windows ...

Apple, Microsoft are not the keys to this week's news
MarketWatch
With Apple and Microsoft reporting quarterly earnings this week, we're getting the standard jeremiads about how the direction of the stock market rests ...

Facebook, Apple Q1 lobbying hit new records Netflix goes on record against Comcast deal
Politico
For Facebook, the filing — which eclipses their first-quarter spend from a ... Other figures:Microsoft was down to $2.1 million from $2.7 million in the ...

Microsoft Bing Enters Prediction Business
InformationWeek
From Google's Flu Trends project to Nate Silver's election forecasts, ... queries and social media data from sources such as Facebook and Twitter.

Google Glass dips its toe into iOS pool
Computerworld
Computerworld - As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said the move is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users ...

Mobile-Payments Startup Square Discusses Possible Sale - WSJ.com: "...The five-year-old company paid out roughly $110 million more in cash last year than it took in, according to two people familiar with the matter. Over the past three years, the startup has consumed more than half of the roughly $340 million it has raised from at least four rounds of equity financing since 2009, two people familiar with the company's performance said. A spokesman for Square said, "We are not, nor have we ever been in acquisition talks with Google."..."

Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone | TechCrunch: "...Along with the financing, CrowdRise is also announcing partnerships with the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Iron Man events, Red Cross, UNICEF, the wedding site The Knot, and the Today Show and a new “social good” functionality, which allows people to raise for good causes beyond non-profits, like for health care treatments a la Watsi. Wilson thinks that the company is a huge opportunity, not just from a business standpoint, but because it will eventually compel people to further donate to charity, “People are going to do a lot more donating because it’s going to be fast and easy. ” And that’s a good thing...."

Apple Takes Jab at Samsung in Full Page Earth Day Newspaper Ad - Mac Rumors
By Richard Padilla
Apple is honoring Earth Day in a new ad found on newspapers across the UK that appears to also include a jab at rival Samsung, reports CNET.
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

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22 April 2014

Chrome Browser for Every Device

Desktops and laptops (Chromebook, Mac, Windows, including 8.1), tablets (Android, Windows, iPad) and smartphones (iPhones and Android), the Chrome browser works and syncs across all--

Chrome: the great mobile equalizer | ZDNet: "....Chrome for cross-platform use. It's free, full-featured, and designed to keep multiple devices in sync. The user only has to sign in and everything under the hood happens automatically. That means happier workers and IT support staff. Chrome is not perfect but it comes a lot closer than other browsers, especially in environments using all of the mobile platforms. While every individual and organization must take into account particulars to determine what works, it's prudent to remember Chrome."

Wall Street Journal
Apple, Google Vie to Offer Exclusive Game Apps ... In exchange, Apple and Google are offering to provide a promotional boost for these games by ...

Microsoft to wrap Nokia deal Friday, name subsidiary 'Microsoft Mobile'
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business on Friday, about eight months after ...

Apple Q2 preview: Can the smartphone cash-cow maintain momentum until iPhone 6 lands?
ZDNet
All eyes on Apple on Wednesday when it reports its fiscal second-quarter ... the weight · 10 things to learn from Facebook's approach to data centers.

Five features Amazon phone might offer
USA TODAY
Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and ...

Facebook Has A Mobile Ad Network On The Way, And It Could Be Huge New Business
SFGate
According to Re/code, Facebook will officially announce details of the ... The move will pitFacebook against Google's AdMob mobile network and ...

Apple's slippery slope toward search
CNET
As Bing has done for Microsoft, an Apple search offering could unify Siri and ... the iPhone's default browser -- Safari -- has search powered by Google.

Google Glass wearing doctors in Boston save patients life using device
Daily Mail
Google Glass could become an integral part of medical care in the future and has already been credited with saving the life of one patient in the United ...

Microsoft, Motorola Sign Android, Chrome OS Patent Agreement - The Next Web
By Emil Protalinski
Microsoft and Motorola Solutions today announced a patent licensing agreement ... Mobility, a mobile company Google recently acquired and is now selling to Lenovo. ... The company has made similar arrangements with Acer, Amazon, Barnes ... Facebook Is Reportedly Launching A Mobile Ad Network.
The Next Web

Report: Apple And Google Buy Exclusive Games With Promo Space - Kotaku
By Yannick LeJacq
The Journal specifically identified a deal struck between Apple and game ... Google andAmazon have also gotten in on the action by luring game ...
Kotaku

Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime channels to Apple TV | 9to5Mac
By Zac Hall
Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, ... As a reminder, the latest version of the Apple TV software supports easily hiding ... Asus Google Nexus 7 2nd gen 32GB 1080p (Refurb) $170 shipped (Reg. ...Amazon.com Widgets ... 9to5mac on Facebook ...
9to5Mac

Microsoft will close Nokia acquisition on Friday — Tech News and Analysis - Gigaom
By Kevin Fitchard
After 8 months, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's devices and services ... This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the ...
Europe

Apple answers a filmmaker's critique with a video of its own - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) continues to come under pressure from ... As if on cue, Appleon Monday released the attached video, titled "Better," in which a narrator who ... Secret co-founder: 'If I were Facebook or Twitter, I would watch closely' · Adam Lashinsky · Nadella: Microsoft needs a 'data culture'.
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Google Trends Now Lets You Subscribe to Search Topics - Search Engine Watch (#SEW)
By Jennifer Slegg
Google has announced a new feature to enable people to follow trending topics happening in the world or even down to a specific country, as well as ...
Search Engine Watch - Latest

New Video Goes Inside the Painstaking Design Process of Apple's HQ - Gizmodo
By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
New details about architect Norman Foster's design for Apple's Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us ...
Gizmodo


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