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  • What Google’s Motorola Mobility deal means for its patent war

    Google has tipped over the patent-war applecart by acquiring Motorola Mobility for US$12.5-billion. This move by Google will hopefully put the current Nortel patent war with Microsoft and Apple to bed. The cases arose because of Android's meteoric growth in the mobile operating space: More than 550 000 Android devices are activated every day, through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers. Android and other platforms are competing hard against each other, and that's yielding cool new devices and amazing mobile apps for consumers. Google Legal Chief David Drummond labelled as "bogus" the move by the opposition consortium...

  • Email 2.0: Shortmail and the Twitterisation of emailing

    Email, that stalwart of internet communication, may be going out of fashion. Email has been around pretty much for four-decades, pre-dating the web. It's the old man of the internet and has not evolved significantly. Fundamentally, the way we email each other has remained the same for decades. But email needs to evolve. The number of messages we get these days has increased exponentially, and there is no end in sight. There will be a time (and for many this time has arrived) where it will be impossible to cope. There has been innovation. Google's Gmail, for example, has...

  • 5 Common mistakes startups make when applying for funding

    There is a perception among entrepreneurs that a revolutionary idea is enough to secure the venture capital needed to kick-start their businesses. This is simply not true. Here are five of the most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs when applying for VC funding. 1. No WOW! Factor The first rule in the VC game is that your business proposition must have an exceptional differentiating factor. You need to know what your sustainable competitive advantage will be. If you're trying to raise funding for a conventional business or idea like a franchise or service business, VC is probably not the...

  • Facebook tipsters to assist Scottish police

    Facebook users are now able to anonymously report crimes and knowledge of criminal activity to Scottish police, following the introduction of a new Facebook tipping system. This system, launched by the Lothian and Borders Police force, is designed to be an intelligence gathering service aimed at building evidence against those profiting from criminal activity in the region. The police force has taken a leaf out of the New York police department who also recently started a Facebook crime-reporting site. A German police department in the northern city of Hanover has also turned to Facebook for help in the solving of crimes....

  • Samsung defiant in face of ongoing Dutch court battle

    Samsung has announced that it will launch its Galaxy 10.1 inch tablet in the Netherlands despite an ongoing case between it and rival tech giant Apple. The case would see sales of the tablet banned, as it has been in much of the rest of Europe. Apple's lawyers recently approached a Dutch court to have the sale of three different types of Samsung smartphone and three models of tablet, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1, banned. The injunction is the latest in series of court cases between the two companies. The legal battles, which began in April, have all...

  • First authorised Steve Jobs biography set for Christmas launch

    The release date of the first authorised biography of Apple co-founder and famous recluse Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs: A Biography, has been shifted up to hit stores in time for Christmas. The biography, penned by former CCN chairman Walter Isaacson, had been slated for release in March of 2012 but will now be available in November, publishers Simon & Schuster said. Isaacson has a distinguished resume as a biographer having previously penned well received biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Henry Kissinger. Describing the book, Simon & Schuster states, "At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain...

  • Google buys Motorola mobile division for $12.5bn

    Hours before the opening of US markets, Google announced in a press release that it had acquired Motorola Mobility for "a total of about US$12.5-billion". Motorola Mobility is the handset sub-division of Motorola, which spun-off from the parent company earlier this year and has been trading as an independent company. The announcement follows a tumultuous week for the markets and states that the two companies have "entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility". The statement goes on to add that the decision was unanimously accepted by the boards of both companies. Regulatory bodies in the US...

  • Bored, anyone? Welcome to the new ‘social media fatigue’

    There are signs that the world of social media is maturing. An authoritative survey has shown that some types of users are feeling signs of "social media fatigue". A report by US-based research house Gartner shows "some social media fatigue" among early adopters. Gartner also says that younger, more mobile, brand-conscious users are "getting bored" with their social network. Despite these signs of fatigue however, the survey found there was overall continued enthusiasm for social media. More than 6 000 people were surveyed, between the ages of 13 and 74, in 11 developed and developing markets in December 2010 and January...

  • How Microsoft is changing version control for images

    If you're used to working with version control systems like CVS, Subversion or Git in order to keep track of changes to your code, then you will be well aware that changes to binary files such as images, just can't be tracked in the same way. Sure, there is no problem storing your binary data within any of these version control systems, but existing strategies either simply store the whole binary file in a single chunk, or store binary deltas. Both approaches consume significant amounts of disk space, and obscure the actual changes that have been performed within the...

  • Marketing across connected devices: How to do it

    In the good old days of online marketing there was a screen size you designed for and that was that. Your website always worked and always looked good but things started to change rapidly. First there were multiple resolutions to cater for: 800 x 600 became 1024 x 768. The internet then went mobile and 'mobi' websites become the buzzword of the day. The tablet is fast becoming the new mobile defacto standard. Marketers, therefore, have had to adjust and figure out how best to present themselves across multiple platforms. Why is multiplatform marketing critical? This is the latest challenge that...

  • The tiny wonder – Samsung Q10 camcorder

    The latest HD-camcorder offering from Samsung is remarkably compact and easy to use. It shoots video, which is nice, but then so does your phone. So what's up? The Q10 is aimed at the casual video taker who needs a little more control and quality, but doesn't want a huge bulge in their pocket. At four inches by two by two it's handbag friendly, can be flipped over to be left-handed people friendly, and produces very decent results. Compact design The US$300 Q10 SwitchGrip Compact Full HD Camcorder is a nippy little feller that goes from sleep mode to shooting full-HD...

  • India still hungry for internet access

    Despite a booming Information Technology industry, large percentages of India's population still battle to get a regular, readily available internet connection. This lack of penetration threatens to hamper further development in the region. Only three percent of all Indians living in rural areas will be active Internet users by the end of this year, according to forecasts by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The same percentage of the entire population actually own PCs. The low figures come despite an expected doubling in the number of rural internet users, from 12.1 million in December 2010 to 24...

  • Symbian and MeeGo axed in UK and US

    Symbian is officially dead, in North America and the UK at least. Here lies a mobile OS which paved the way for the smartphones of today, now destined to be remembered as another missed opportunity in a line of failures from Nokia. Nokia's final Symbian phone was the Astound, which had the misfortune of launching directly after the announcement of the company's adoption of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile OS. Thanks to the upcoming closure of its US Symbian division, the MeeGo-based Nokia N9 will also not be making its way to America, or according to breaking news, the UK...

  • Sci-fi electronic tattoo for games, spies and afflicted

    A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a recent US study. The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science. "It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the...

  • Hackers target San Francisco rail network

    The threat of riots on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, in response to the fatal shooting of a transit police officer, caused the agency to turn off its support for mobile phone signals. This incited hacking group Anonymous, who retaliated by defacing the official BART website. An online post from the Anonymous Twitter account read, "BART made a conscious decision of ordering various cell phone companies to terminate services for the downtown area inhibiting those in the area from using cell phones -- even in the case of an emergency. Anonymous will attempt to...