Saturday, June 23, 2018

Google buys Motorola Mobility – jeopardizes relationships with manufacturing partners

In a defensive move against its smartphone rival Apple, Google has agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash – its biggest deal to date This gives Google access to Motorola’s k+ in patents, however you have to wonder how Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC and LG Electronics feel about this move. Although they are saying the right thing now, this could put a serious wrench into Google’s other android partners and could present some significant anti-trust problems for Google.

For now Larry Page says, “This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.”

But if you look long term and Google prices Motorola products to compete with Apple, say a $299.00 Xoom tablet, what does this do to the other partners. This is one reason why Apple does not license its technology and Microsoft does not manufacture. To do both opens you up to some serious anti-trust problems.

The deal has been approved by Google and Motorola Mobility’s boards of directors, but is still subject to regulatory approval. In today’s lax regulatory environment it will probably be approved, although if regulators look ahead a little it may face an uphill battle and should.


Big Brother leads to arrests in London rioting

Working facial recognition is not just a pipe dream anymore. In something right out of 1984, the up-and-coming technology is now used by Scotland Yard to find looters and rioters. Officials admit that handing out photographs to the public is still cheaper. Regardless, the technology is also being considered for use at the upcoming London Olympics…read more on myway


HTC partners with Beats Electronics to bring better music to smartphones

HTC announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics to bring the Beats Audio experience to HTC smartphones, starting this fall.



New Twitter features to focus on users and followers

The upcoming @username and Activity layers will help Twitter users better see what’s happening with their own tweets and also uncover new tweets from the people they follow.

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IBM executive Mark Dean calling the end of the PC era

On the eve of the IBM PC’s 30th anniversary, Mark Dean says the PC era is on its last legs. As one of the IBM engineers who helped create the original PC, he is certainly qualified to make this claim…

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Amazon launches Kindle Cloud Reader. Eliminates need for Kindle on iPad

Amazon has kicked off the battle against Apple’s in app purchase restrictions with the amazingly good HTML5 Kindle cloud reader which is basically the kindle program for your tablet with offline mode availability as well.

Here is a screen shot of my Kindle Cloud reader on my chrome tablet.

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It’s clean, fast and responsive and features the return of the Kindle store button.

Like all Kindle apps, the Cloud Reader synchronizes everything in your library. It looks sweet on the iPad and works nicely on the PC.

Will users go with a browser based version over an app?  That transition may take years to play out, but HTML5 will wind up winning the day especially amongst those of us who eschew Apple’s recent anti-competitive actions.


Why do people continuously fall for Trojans?

Out in the physical world, crime happens every day. People get robbed and have their pockets picked, and no one blames the victim. So why do the rules change when nontechnical PC users fall for a users fall for a Trojan online?


Apple going after basically everyone on tablet design

First it was Samsung, now its Motorola and its Xoom tablet as Apple continues to go hard after competing tablets, especially in Europe where protections are stronger.

Apple’s patent could prevent ALL OEMs from building tablets
Apple gets an injunction against the Galaxy Tab in Europe based on some very generic line drawings.
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Samsung blindsided by Apple’s EU tablet injunction
In a statement, Samsung says it never even heard about Apple’s injunction against it, or got a chance to defend its product from Apple’s claims.
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Apple sues Motorola over Xoom design, report says

FOSS Patents says that Apple is taking aim at Motorola in Europe, a day after the EU puts a freeze on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
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Anonymous says its going after Facebook on Guy Fawkes day

The notorious hacking group declares that Facebook is its next target. It chooses the symbolic (for Brits and those who love "V for Vendetta") date of November 5. The reason for the intended destruction? Why, privacy.

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The iPhone 4 loss case results in charges being filed

San Mateo County District Attorney’s office tells CNET it’s filed misdemeanor theft charges against two men who allegedly sold a prototype iPhone last year to the Gizmodo gadget blog…

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