Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: android, iOS, Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Computing, Surface, tablet, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT | Comments Off on Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS
Microsoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.
RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency. RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.
Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows. Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Apple, CHINA!, Cult of Apple | Tags: Android OS, apple, China, iOS, patent, Patent Infringement, Shanghai Zhizhen Network Science & Technology Co Ltd, Siri, Xiao i Robot | Comments Off on China Sues Apple Over Siri Patent Infringements
Just when you though Apple and China might be heading down the buddy path – Apple Settles iPad Trademark Dispute For $US60 Million – and just moments after the pair reached settlement over iPad’s trademark dispute, another Chinese tech developer has lodged suite against Apple.
Shanghai based Shanghai Zhizhen Network Science & Technology Co Ltd, developed personal assistant, voice communication/recognition software called Xiao i Robot in 2004, it applied for and recieved a patent for the software in 2006.
The software is similar to Apples Siri, it holds basic conversation and answers questions. Zhi Zhen says it has in excess of 100 million users in China – how did we miss that one – The software is available for Googles Android OS, and …. iOS!
In May this year, Zhi Zhen apparently contacted Apple informing them of the alleged patent breach. In June the company filed suit against Apple. According to the company the only demand is that “Apple stop infringing it’s patent”.
Watch this space…
Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: All Things D, android, Felicis Ventures, HTML5, iOS, Spool, SV Angel, Vivi Nevo | Comments Off on Spool Raises Funding to Help You Take the Web Offline
Spool, which offers a nifty service for saving Web videos and articles for later viewing offline on Android, iOS and HTML5-compatible devices, has raised $1 million in funding from SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, Vivi Nevo and others. The Spool service is made for commuters, travelers and people with limited mobile data plans. It automatically downloads and syncs content between devices when possible. It’s still in limited beta testing, but Spool co-founder Avichal Garg said to expect broader availability in the next few months. This isn’t just a storage service. Users can store links for their own private use, and also in the process send them to one or more of their Facebook friends. While Spool might be most easily compared to services like Readability, Read It Later and Instapaper, Garg made other comparisons.
Posted: December 10th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News | Tags: android, Cloud Based Gaming, Cloud Rener Engine, Cross Platform, iOS, Mac, OnLive, PC, Technoid, Technoid Gadget News | Comments Off on OnLive! Gaming Without Boundaries
Video games, the largest entertainment industry in the world has a new player on the scene. OnLive gaming is the first completely hardware independent gaming service on the net. This is the first true change to the way we game in decades. OnLive’s plans for world domination were reinforced this week with the announcement of Android and iOS support for the gaming service. Now you can seamless switch from gaming on your tablet to playing on a Mac or PC without skipping a beat. OnLive is not a game download service, instead it runs all the game on it’s cloud servers and simply sends the picture to the player. Totally removing the need to upgrade and maintain hardware, no software installing or patching. Game-play can also be continued on any device you can log into.
Cloud based gaming is one of the latest uses for the clouds. In one foul swoop OnLive have managed to tare down the walls that have kept the gaming world divided by device. Game compatibility has been the Holy Grail of many tech companies over the last 20 years, most have simply faded away with the dream unfulfilled. OnLive have achieved the Holy Grail by shifting the workload of running game to the cloud server. PC Games can now be played on every platform except the consoles, with-out compromise, full speed high quality gaming anywhere. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Android, Apple, Cult of Apple, Favorite New Thought, Google, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Kiss My . . ., Michael Courtenay, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphone, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Love | Tags: android, apple, comscore, comScore MobiLens, Google, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile Content Usage, Motorola, nokia, Palm, RIM, Samsung, smartphone, Smartphone Platforms | Comments Off on Android Overtakes Apple Mobile App Downloads
The growth of Googles Android platform has been stratospheric over the past 12 months, at October 2010 Android held 19 percent of the U.S. smartphone market – with Apples iPhone iOS at 24 percent. Fast forward 12 months to October 2011 and Android was holding 38 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of almost 20 percent, against Apples 26 percent, an increase of only 2 percent. Androids big big numbers is also reflected in it’s massive increase of available apps to 500,000.
Note worthy is Samsungs strangle hold on the smartphone market. Our favorite semiconductor behemoth has consistently outperformed Apple in sales. Samsung smartphones make up almost 25 percent of the U.S. market, while the much lauded Apple iPhone has consistently sat below 9 percent. This explains Apples aggression toward Samsung [check the litigation links] 84.5 million smartphone handsets in the U.S. equates to 21 million Samsung handsets to Apples 8 million iPhones, ouch! Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 13th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Michael Courtenay, Smartphone, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, apple, Hewlett-Packard, HP, iOS, Jon Rubinstein, Leo Apotheker, Michael Courtenay, Microsoft, PalmOS, Personal Systems Group, Samsung, Stephen DeWitt, tablet, Todd Bradley, TouchPad, webOS, Windows7 | Comments Off on Hewlett-Packard Rejigs WebOS Team
That PC behemoth that is Hewlett-Packard is rejigging its WebOS department just minutes after the soft launch of its TouchPad tablet. Is this a desperate effort to incite growth in apps and attract other manufacturers to its faultering platform. HP reiterated claims that WebOS would make the TouchPad, released in July, a strong competitor in the tablet market. But the real test will be whether it can attract other companies to adopt its struggling platform, and indeed is HP capable of attracting app developers!? Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android devices dominate the tablet and smartphone market, WebOS – aka PalmOS – must eke out a place in this overtly competitive environment, has HP left it too late?
Hewlett-Packard faces some substantial obstacles, a new OS raises questions of compatibility as well as a lethargic view from developers who must be asking ‘PalmOS wasn’t a player, Why would WebOS be any different’. WebOS is also an unproven mobile platform, and as a result has few apps compared to Apple, Google or even Microsoft. So far, HP has not had a great deal of success in attracting other companies to use WebOS or carry products using the platform. Last week, Sprint reportedly canceled HP’s Pre 3, and snubbed future WebOS devices to champion Android products. Read the full article »»»»