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GRILLED! Apples Project Titan Readying for 2019 Launch

Posted: September 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Standout, Tech-Business News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GRILLED! Apples Project Titan Readying for 2019 Launch

Apple's Project Titan Readying for 2019 LaunchApple has us all – consumers – in its pocket, well, we have Apple in all our pockets …you got what I mean!? Now apparently the consumer behemoth aims to have us in it on the road. The company is set to release its first car in 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi.

Apple is referring to the idea as a “committed project” internally, the WSJ report says. According to sources the company plans on tripling the number of folk working on the project.

The initiative, being called Project Titan, so far consists of 600 people.

Although many reports have suggested that Apple is working on a self-driving car, the company’s first vehicle is more likely to not be fully autonomous Wakabayashi wrote, citing sources familiar with the project.

A quick trawl through LinkdIn also dragged a surprise, Apple has headed hunted a senior Tesla exec :: Read the full article »»»»


Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Google's Hot New Buy, NestThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full article »»»»


Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

TAKEN CONTROL! Google AndroidThe uncool kid on the block, Google’s Android, now controls more than 80% of the global smartphone market, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experiencing explosive growth according to new numbers.

The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.

The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.

The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»


Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps DownBeleaguered smartphone maker Blackberry has abandoned it’s plans to find a buyer, instead the company says its chief executive will stand down after nearly two years in what has to be the toughest job in the techsphere.

Former software executive John Chen will serve as interim chief executive of the Canada-based firm, replacing Thorsten Heins. Blackberry has also announced plans to try and raise more than $US1 billion in fresh financing.

The announcement sparked a 16 percent plummet in Blackberry’s share price, raising fears the struggling smartphone maker is running out of options.

After a two-month review of strategic options and talks with potential buyers including Facebook and Lenovo, Blackberry says it will now completely abandon a sale :: Read the full article »»»»


US Regulator Bails on Google Hunt

Posted: January 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News | Tags: | Comments Off on US Regulator Bails on Google Hunt

Google vs US Trade Commission US regulators have announced they will not be charging Google over its internet search practices. Google had been accused of manipulating search results and abusing its market dominance to snuff out competitors.

In a statement the US Federal Trade Commission said that after a 20-month probe it could not bring a case against the search behemoth.

Despite the absence of charges surrounding Google’s search business, the Trade Commission has found that Google misused its broad patents on mobile phone technology, acquired in its takeover of Motorola, and it has ordered the company to make that technology available to rivals through license arrangements.

Google has also agreed to change some of its search and advertising practices. However, rivals including Microsoft are not happy with the changes. Google is also still under investigation from European regulators and some US states :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Standout, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For TechAustralian consumer watchdog Choice says locals are paying twice as much as they should for computer hardware, software and digital downloads. In it’s latest research – The Digital Price Divide – the consumer group says Australian prices for products such as music, personal computers, console games and computer software are on average 50 per cent higher than those in the United States.

In a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing, the group noted that across 44 software products, Australian prices were 34 per cent more expensive than comparative overseas prices. Choice also found that Australians are paying 51% more for iTunes music, 88% more for Wii games and 41% more for computer hardware than US consumers.

One piece of Microsoft software was nearly $9,000 more expensive in Australia than the United States, Choice said via it’s website that it would be cheaper to pay someone’s wage and fly them to the US and back twice, and get them to buy the software while overseas.

“For this amount, it would be cheaper to employ someone for 46 hours at the price of $21.30 per hour and fly them to the US and back at your expense – twice,” Choice said in its submission.

Choice identified international copyright discrimination as one of the causes for the disparity. But group spokesman Matt Levey says the most likely reason is Australia’s relative affluence :: Read the full article »»»»


New Zealand Judge Releases Megauploads Kim Dotcom

Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Standout, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Zealand Judge Releases Megauploads Kim Dotcom

New Zealand Court Releases Kim DotcomKim Dotcom has been allowed to once again tread the plush carpets of his rented mansion in tranquil New Zealand. The alleged superduper bad guy, criminal mastermind, internet pirate and international copyright infringer – Kim Dotcom – has welcomed the relaxing of his bail conditions and says it will improve his ability to fight extradition to the United States.

An Auckland district court judge today ruled Dotcom’s flight risk was minimal and had been overstated. The German national and Megaupload founder is wanted in the United States for alleged copyright infringement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judge David Harvey told the Auckland District Court he believes it is unlikely that Mr Dotcom will flee New Zealand, saying the original flight risk was overstated and he no longer needs to be electronically monitored. Judge Harvey said that Mr Dotcom and his co-accused had abided by all their bail conditions :: Read the full article »»»»