Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Android Open Source Project, AOSP, Blackberry, DeepMind, Google, Google Android, Google Quantum AI Lab, Lenovo, Microsoft Windows Phone, Motorola, Motorola Mobility | Comments Off on Google Buys Deepmind, Sells Motorola Mobility, Increases Smartphone Share to 78 Percent …and 2014 is only 30 days old
We all thought Google’s 2013 was mammoth, celebrating it’s 13th year of existence the search behemoth ended the year with a purchase – $US3.2 billion for Nest – It began the year by releasing it’s Nexus Tablet range and in between took ownership of the smartphone market, hinted at Glass, dragged it’s stock price over the $US1000 barrier, sold 50 billion apps via Play and stayed well-ontop of search.
That so doesn’t sound impressive enough! Search by Google was astounding in 2013, A billion monthly unique searches, Microsoft’s Bing – the 2nd place getter – managed 290 million a month. Point is, it was good to be Google in 2013, gloating won’t slow the giant, 2014 is likely to be a GREAT year for Google :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 14th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Antitrust, apple, Google, Motorola, Motorola Mobility, US Justice Department | Comments Off on Google Gets The Go-ahead From U.S. And EU To Buy Motorola Mobility
U.S. and European regulators have approved Google’s $US12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility and said they would keep a watchfull eye on the internet behemoth to ensure patents critical to the telecommunications industry would be licensed at fair prices. It was one of a series of approvals on Monday that underscored the scramble by technology companies to acquire big pools of patents.
The U.S. Justice Department also approved an Apple-led consortium’s purchase of a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel Networks and signed off on Apple’s purchase of patents formerly owned by Novell Inc.
Google, whose Android software is the top operating system for Internet-enabled smart phones, said in August it would buy phone-maker Motorola for its 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, as it looks to compete with rivals such as Apple and defend itself and Android phone manufacturers in patent litigation. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, European Patent, FRAND, General Packet Radio Service, Google, GPRS, iPad 3G, iphone, Motorola, Motorola Mobility, patent, smartphone, US Patent | Comments Off on Motorola Wins Apple Wireless Patent Fight in Germany
A German court has found Apple in violation of a Motorola Mobility patent, ruling that Apple’s iPhone and 3G model iPads infringe on cellular communications, patents owned by Motorola Mobility that relate to General Packet Radio Service – GPRS – data packet transfer technology.
The patent-in-suit is European Patent 1010336 [B1] on a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”. This patent is one of the two patents at issue in the action in which a default judgment was entered against Apple Inc. It was declared essential to the GPRS standard. It’s the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898, a patent against which Apple raised a FRAND defense in the United States and which is being asserted in an action that was just transferred from the Western District of Wisconsin to the Northern District of Illinois.
Motorola said the ruling validated its “efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement” 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: August 26th, 2011 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Google, Marcus Dangerfield, Smartphone, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: Droid Bionic, Galaxy S, HTC Sensation, Motorola, Samsung, smartphone, Verizon | Comments Off on Droid Bionic, Motorolas Latest Smart Offering
The last bastion of American Mobile Might – Motorola – has put up a new teaser video for its upcoming smartphone – Droid Bionic – featuring a super gamish sci-fi setting, evil robot, leather bound, sword wielding heroine. Fighting off competition like the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Sensation, this dolly bird has her work cut out for her! Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 15th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Apple, Bow Down, Google, Kiss My . . ., M.Aaron Silverman, Smartphone, Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Love | Tags: android, apple, Blackberry, Google, Google Android, iphone, Larry Page, Motorola, RIM, Techsperts | Comments Off on Google Buys Motorola For $US12.5 Billion, Bits n Bobs, Parts and Patents
Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide — with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day — through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem.
According to Googles Official Blog “That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola. ” said Googles CEO Larry Page via the behemoths Official Blog. Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today. Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world’s first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC — the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs. Apple Inc is in for a serious shakeup, it’s iPhone is about to get quite a bit of competition. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 28th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Übergadget | Tags: Docking Station, F-07C, Fujitsu, LOOX, Motorola, OLAP, Pocket Computer, Qwerty, Symbian, Technoid IT News, Windows 7 | Comments Off on The Über Pocket Computer, Fujitsu’s LOOX F-07C
Gadget lovers the world over have this week had a collective oww ahhh moment. The masters of miniaturization at Fujitsu this week released the Uber pocket computer the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C, setting new standards in geek sexy, the super model of Windows computers. Weighing in at just 218 grams, – along with dimensions of 125x61x19.8mm – this is the worlds smallest fully function Windows pocket computer. The LOOX is a triple personality Über gadget, Windows 7 Pocket Computer, Symbian Smart Phone and using the docking station Desktop Windows PC with full sized keyboard and screen. While Netbooks reminded us of what portability should be, the LOOX makes netbooks look like giants. The fact that Fujitsu have managed to shoe horn a fully-fledged smart phone into the package as well is just a incredible bonus.
With the keyboard tucked away the LOOX looks just like any other smart phone which for a pocket computer is remarkable, we here at highpants call this stealth mode. While most pocket computers of the past looked like a PC that shrunk in the wash, the LOOXS shifts away from that, it could easily be mistaken for a Sony Experia X10, with its big 4″ screen up front and a similar curved front face. Fujitsu have kept the look clean and simple, and it works. Switching between personalities is simplicity as well. With the push of a button the phone can instantly switch from Windows 7 mode to Symbian Mobile phone mode. The Symbian phone may look a little dated but applications are still available and it does look fast.
As a true pocket computer the LOOX comes equipped with an Atom CPU running at 600Mhz – reduced from 1200mhz to save power, possible overclocking potential – with 1GB of DDR 400 RAM and a 32 GB SSD to run Windows. On display duties is a 4″ touchscreen LCD -1024×600 – sitting on top of a slide out Qwerty keyboard with track-ball. Dual cameras are provided for snaps and video calls, 5.1 megapixel cameras along with VGA front facing camera. WiFi, Bluetooth and microSDHC slot rounds out the hardware technicalities. The software included with the looks should cover the most light duties situations, Windows Home Premium -32bit-, Internet Explorer 9, Office 2010 Personal – 2 year license -, and Symbian. A Texas Instruments OLAP ARM processor has been included to run the Symbian phone side of things while the Intel Atom CPU runs Windows. Both operating systems run independently of each other, allowing for instant switching between operating systems at the tap of a button. Symbian may be considered a strange choice of mobile phone operating systems but it is more than adequate and is very light on resources, not something you can say about the Windows 7 personality of the pocket computer. In Windows mode the battery is good for 2 hours of continuous use; the Symbian side will run up to 6 hours. When the battery does run critically low the LOOX will shut down the Windows side of the device leaving Symbian to save the day.
Fujitsu has managed to maintain functionality even while taking portability to the extreme. The touch screen and trackball help to off-set the diminutive size of the keyboard, letting Windows be a viable option. Windows 7 hasn’t adapted as well as many had hoped to the touch screen device world. Much of which can be put down to the fact that it has been designed around the mouse and keyboard, how do you gesture a right click over a cell in Excel ? To assist here the track pad with dual mouse buttons and keyboard provide all of Windows usual user control. Flexibility of the LOOX as a Windows pocket computer is cemented by the docking station that provides USB, HDMI/DVI, audio, network and power, all the ingredients for building a full sized desktop setup. While in the docking station – which makes it look even smaller than it is – the LOOX’s screen can be enabled giving a really cool dual screen mode. So drop the LOOX into the dock and you have a fully fledge desktop machine.
While playing the latest first person shooter isn’t really possible unless you like playing in slideshow mode, a frame every three seconds, the speed of the demonstration model seemed fine for a light duties computer – internet, email, office, media playback -. Actual performance is equivalent to a netbook or any other Atom powered computer. Gaming on the LOOX is going to be a matter of careful selection to make it an enjoyable experience. Emulators, early PC games and anything with simpler graphics will run just fine.
The LOOX may not the phone for everyone but it is special, it is noid royally with the crown for the smallest and lightest Windows 7 PC. With a choice of colours from black to navy blue the F-07C LOOX will be available July 23 in Japan though NTT DoCoMo for $860 USD. Fujitsu has managed to pull a rabbit out of a hat with this state of the art Über pocket computer. Is this the road warrior’s ultimate gadget or just another milestone in the race to shrink the world, it may just be both.
Further information at Akihabara, Fujitsu Press Release
Buddha’s Brother out…
Size: 125 × 61 × 19.8 mm (19.8 mm at thickest point)
Weight: 218 g (with battery pack)
Continuous Standby Time: ~600 hours in FOMA 3G
Continuous Talk Time:
~370 minutes in FOMA 3G voice mode
~170 minutes in videophone mode
Display: ~4″ wide SVGA touchscreen (1024 × 600 resolution)
Camera: (back side) 5.1 megapixel effective resolution, CMOS sensor
(inside) 0.32 megapixel effective resolution, CMOS sensor (0.17 megapixel in Windows® 7 mode)
Color: Navy Black
Windows® 7 mode
OS: Windows® 7 Home Premium 32 bit Full Version (with SP1)
CPU: Intel® Atom™ Z600 processor (supports HT technology) (1.20GHz)(4)
Main memory: Comes standard with 1GB/max 1GB (LPDDR400)
SSD: ~32 GB (eMMC)
Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11b/g/n (communications speed: up to 65Mbps)(5)
Windows® 7 battery life: ~2 hours(6) in Windows® 7 mode