Microsoft invented $300m into Barnes and Noble's Nook product this week. What this will likely mean is that future versions of the Nook will have Microsoft windows 8 tablet edition on it instead of Android or another OS. This could be another strategic partnership that will play well for Microsoft in the long run.
Google drive came out last week and it promises to deliver 5 GBs of free Cloud storage. Their main competitor Drop Box quickly upped theirs from 2 to 5 GBs as well. The controversy is in who owns the file. Drop Box says you own your files. Google says you technically own your files, but you give them the right to do whatever they want with them. This is making a lot of people uncomfortable.
MIT has created a first; fog and glare free glass. The online video shows the amazing differences between regular glass and the new invention. This could be applied to car windshields, computer screens, mobile phones and of course home windows. The one caveat is that over time is has to be replaced. It depends on how often you may clean it and what type of dirt gets on it.
Apple responded today to criticism the company goes to great lengths to cut its global tax bill by billions of dollars every year, trumpeting the "incredible number of jobs" it has created. The statement was in response to an in-depth report published yesterday by The New York Times that depicted Apple as a pioneer in developing ways to sidestep taxes and that companies seeking to do the same have used its methods as templates. "Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill-suited to today's digital economy," the Times reported. Apple says it has created 500,000 US jobs in the supply chain for its products and has paid $5 billion is taxes in the half of fiscal 2012.
Apple Co Founder Steve Wozniak claims the new Windows Phone 7 seen on the Lumia series is so good that either someone from Apple has been secretly recruited to help make the interface, or that Steve Jobs was reincarnated and did it himself. Here is his actual quote: "I surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at MS due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things."
United Kingdom internet service providers must block The Pirate Bay, that nation's High Court said Monday. Major record labels, including EMI and Sony, sued the country's major ISPs claiming they must prevent access to the world's most notorious file-sharing site because it was facilitating the infringement of its copyrights. The development comes three months after Sweden's Supreme Court upheld the prison sentences of the four founders of The Pirate Bay, which has been on Hollywood's and the recording industry's most-hated lists following its 2003 inception.
When Denise Abbott took to Facebook to discipline her daughter for being disrespectful, she didn't expect the attention of the media, or the support of the public. Abbot punished her 13-year-old daughter Ava by replacing her Facebook profile picture with a photo of Ava with an "X" superimposed over her mouth and the caption, "I do not know how to keep my... I am not longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why, my mom says I have to answer everyone that asks." The punishment came after Ava acted out toward her mother in front of her friends, Abbott explained. But it wasn't just Ava who was put in the spotlight. "I have received a lot of criticism," Abbott said. "But still I don't think I would have changed what I did at all. I think she definitely learned a lesson from it."
Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court. The Federal Trade Commission is examining Google's immensely powerful and lucrative search technology, which directs users to hundreds of millions of online and offline destinations every day. The case has the potential to be the biggest showdown between regulators and Silicon Valley since the government took on Microsoft 14 years ago. Then as now, the core question is whether power was abused. The agency's inquiry has focused on whether Google has manipulated its search results, making it less likely that competing companies or products appear at the top of a results page.
Oracle Corp. (ORCL) (ORCL)'s case against Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) alleging copyright infringement over the use of the Java programming language for Android software went to the jury for deliberations. The 12-person panel will decide whether Google, the largest Web-search operator, infringed parts of Java in developing Android. Java is a free programming language invented by Sun Microsystems Inc. and Android runs on more than 300 million smartphones. Oracle, the largest maker of database software, acquired Java when it bought Sun in 2010.
Angry Birds has undoubtedly become one of the most popular mobile games of all time, but it looks like the latest version, Angry Birds Space, is claiming the top spot for fastest growing mobile game ever. Rovio announced that Angry Birds Space, which launched last month, has hit 50 million downloads in just 35 days. This breaks all records any previous mobile game has hit, making Angry Birds Space the fastest growing mobile game of all time.
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