Posts tagged ‘microsoft’

December 8, 2012

Apple and Google joining forces!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Finally GoogleChic and I are going to agree on something. Apple and Google have teamed up on a $500 million bid to acquire Kodak’s patent portfolio. The two companies are aiming to buy Kodak’s 1100 imaging patents out of bankruptcy as reported by Bloomberg.

Initially, according to reports, Apple and Google were leading separate consortiums bidding for Kodak’s patents – Apple with Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures and Google with its mobile hardware buddies Samsung, LG and HTC. It seems like Apple and Google may have learnt their lesson after their head on fight for Nortel patents last year (Google lost after offering $900 million while Apple, RIM and Microsoft shelled out a chunky $4.5 billion dollars).

The patents that Kodak is selling as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, relate to capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images. In the future, the company plans to focus on printing and enterprise services and less on photography. Kodak claims that the patents may be worth more – $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion and Kodak has made more than $3 billion in revenue by licensing its patents to companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Google, Nokia among others. The two behemoths, Apple and Google may be getting the best deal now that they are not competing with each other.

Kodak

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January 9, 2012

CES 2012: Nokia Lumia 900

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

At CES today, Nokia officially announced the launch of its latest in the Lumia series, the Nokia Lumia 900 – first 4G LTE Windows Nokia phone, in the United States. Like the Lumia 800, the 900 uses Super AMOLED technology, but has a slightly larger display at 4.3 inches as opposed to the 3.7 inch Lumia 800. The phone has 512 MB RAM & uses Microsoft’s Mango OS. With a single core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 900 is expected to arrive in the US in a couple of months.

The exterior comes in the single polycarbonate matte plastic build like the Lumia 800 and reportedly gives a sturdy feel. Lumia 900 will be sold in two colors – Cyan & Black. It has a 8 MegaPixel camera with f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens with a dual LED flash  and a front facing f/2.4 wide angle lens. Expected to provide 7 hours of battery life and will be available on AT&T. Nokia hasn’t yet released the price and the phone is expected to hit AT&T and Windows stores in a few months.

Finally Microsoft & Nokia have come out with a phone of value. The Lumia 900 is ready to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy LTE phone & the iPhone 4S (the iPhone was released five years ago on this day – a nice bit of trivia there by MG Seigler) Check out the full specification of the Nokia Lumia 900 & our comparison of the iPhone 4S, Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy SII and Nokia 800.

 

October 30, 2011

Microsoft’s vision of the post PC future

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Funnily, many products either don’t have a form factor or if they do, they seem to have Apple’s design aesthetic 🙂 I like how Microsoft terms this the future of technology.

October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)


August 24, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week, Google acquired Motorola Mobility division for $12.5 billion or $40 per share (when Motorola shares were going at $28). Recently Google has been crying about losing out on the Nortel patent auction to Microsoft and Apple, who won the patents for $4.5 billion and raised the barrier to entry into the mobile market.

With Apple and Microsoft already suing Android phone manufacturers already, the Google’s Nortel patent loss is a harbinger of only more suing to ensue. Google had to do something to combat this and made a gutsy move to invest $12.5 billion in cash to buy Motorola Mobility.

The Motorola acquisition brings with it 19,000 employees, revenue of $11 billion and assets of $6 billion. More importantly, Google now owns 17,000 patents and an additional $7,500 filed patent applications.

Maybe Google will learn how to integrate a certain hardware with its Android software and copy Apple’s path to success 😛 Maybe Google will only cling on to Motorola software engineering and not the hardware branch. It’s also possible that other Android hardware manufacturers feel alienated with Google now owning a hardware division.

In any case, S&P has downgraded Google believing the purchase to be a bad move for Google. A lot of speculation, I would hate it if Apple lost a competitor! 😛


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s a gutsy move by Google for sure to acquire a hardware company but I think it’s a smart move! Forget S&P’s downgrade of Google. With the moves they’re making these days Moody seems more reliable to me 🙂

One thing that I’ve always said about Apple products is that their hardware is slick. Hopefully, Google can now get innovative and come up with slick designs to give Apple a run for their money!

I do have to agree with AppleGirl on one point ;P. A smart move that Google made by acquiring Motorola is that Google acquired all of Motorola’s patents which I’m sure will be useful in the future.

As for all the other manufacturers out there currently producing Android devices, I think this will be good motivation for them to step up their game. Personally, I think Samsung doesn’t need the motivation since they have some of the best devices out there like the Samsung Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S II 🙂

 

 

 

July 24, 2011

Lion hits a million downloads in one day!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple announced that in just one day, a million users downloaded the Mac OSX Lion. The new MAC OS introduces over 250 features including the Mac App Store, full screen Apps, Multi touch gestures, Launch Pad and Facetime.

While we are talking about software updates, StickyComics has a funny one comparing Linux, Windows and Mac. But wait, Lion OSX is (Ooh only) $29.99 😀

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

I read a funny post on Facebook the other day.If I search for “LION” on Google, it takes me to the “Apple” Store !!!! Now, when my daughter asks me “Daddy, What is a Lion?” I can’t even tell her “Just Google It” 

A million downloads in one day? No wonder Google’s search engine is rating the “Apple LION” higher than the Wikipedia’s definition of a “Lion” 🙂


June 12, 2011

Patent Wars: HTC vs. Microsoft, Apple vs. Samsung

BY THE APPLE GIRL

For every Android phone it sells, HTC has agreed to pay $5 to Microsoft over intellectual patent infringement. Although it is not clear on the area of infringement, those close to the company indicate that the infringement broadly applies in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. HTC also makes Windows phones but apparenty thats irrelevant.
So there you go, Microsoft has found its way into making some $$ from Android. 
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS obviously is far less superior than Android which is why they’re trying to make some $$ off Android 🙂

It seems like everyone is suing each other these days. Apple filed a suit in April claiming that Samsung stole the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung later in the month filed a suit against Apple claiming that it infringed on 10 patents. Namely, the ability to use the web while on the phone.

In the end, Apple is still Samsung’s number two customer as Samsung provides the processor chips for the iPhones. Come on people, competition is good for the market!

 

May 24, 2011

“App Store” – What’s in a name?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Why does every mobile OS maker or app seller want to call their application distribution platform an App Store? That’s what Apple is complaining about.

It’s no doubt that Microsoft has an issue about the trademark and it filed a motion at the US trademark and Patent office to deny Apple’s application, claiming Apple cannot trademark a generic term. To remind Microsoft, “App Store” wasn’t a generic term until Apple created it.

Soon Amazon followed and named it’s store for Android apps as “Amazon App Store” and Apple sued Amazon.

Why cant others call their distribution platforms something else like “Application Store”, because thats what an App Store really is? 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Google has done a good job calling it’s “App Store” the Market. However,  an outsider who is not familiar with Android may wonder what the Market is.  The response to that would be the app store for Android.

Yes, AppleGirl we can call it the application store. However, in this day and age where acronyms are in our everyday vocab, who doesn’t use the abbreviated version 🙂

I say that we coin the new term the App Entrepot and call it a day!

October 13, 2010

iPad – Officially the fastest selling Tech Gadget ever!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

If you have been hearing way too much about the iPad since it was launched, there is a reason for that! With an estimated 8.5 million units sold (and 3 million in its first 80 days), iPad is the top selling tech gadget in history as noted by Information Week.GoogleChic, let’s see Google Chrome Tab, Galaxy Tab or any of droid tablets beat this one and I will eat my words! Bring on the army of iPad killers 🙂

iPad is not only known for replacing netbooks but also eating into PC sales. Research group NPD released a survey that found 13% of the iPad buyers would have purchased a PC if not for the iPad. With TargetWalmart and Sam’s Club selling (or ready to sell) iPads now, we can expect the holiday season sales to shoot up sky high.

GoogleChic, Android is all talk and no cider. Sorry to burst your Android bubble, iPad is still the king of tablets! Now don’t go on saying that we have to wait and watch for Chrome Tab, when its released in November. I am just tired of waiting for Android to prove itself worthy. Aren’t you? 😉

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

It’s easy to be the top selling tech gadget when there’s really no real competitor in the market. iPad is really the first slate tablet to hit the market by storm, but it’ll be interesting once the Blackberry Playbook, Samsun Tab (Anroid), Chrome OS and Windows 7  tablets hits the market.

Of course the tablet market will take some of the market share from the PC and netbooks, that’s just basic economics.  It’s not like we suddenly got a huge increase in population. Consumers that simply need a device to surf the web would  naturally lean to a tablet device. Manufactures are seeing the need in the market hence the big push to release them just in time for the holiday season.

Wait and see AppleGirl, by the end of this year there’ll be a whole slew of tablets in the market to give the iPad some competition.  Remember, good things come to those who wait 😉

September 23, 2010

Colbert report – featuring Google’s head honcho

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

AppleGirl would love this video! She’s always griping about Google’s highway robbery of your personal info so that it can use it to predict your likes and dislikes. Now you can hear it directly from Google’s CEO himself, Eric Schmidt. Last night on Colbert report, Eric stated that Google “collects” data from the web and uses “algorithms” to return your search results. Oh, and it also “forgets” the searches after awhile and no Google is not “evil” :)!

Check out the video, it’s just too funny and  Eric Schmidt was a good sport!

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BY THE APPLE GIRL

That’s one funny video! You know I love jokes at Google’s expense! 🙂

When Eric Schmidt said  “Forgetting user searches is a law in many countries”, he might have been referring to European Union’s recommendation to delete data after six months after it was collected.  While Microsoft actually hits the delete button on the browser history after 6 months, Google keeps the data and makes only your IP address anonymous after 9 months (So when Schmidt said “forget” he did not mean “delete”)

Amongst all this data mining conundrum, I would sure as hell like to make sure that I have not opted in for Google Web History (which means Google keeps all your web history forever or atleast until you turn it off)!

As funny as the video is, Eric Schmidt has been a joke for making stupid comments! Check out Colbert himself taking some good shots at Schmidt and Google.

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