Are you frustrated with Android? Of course you are. It seems to be under a now constant attack from virus software, you never know what features you might be getting from the incredibly fragmented landscape and now Google has closed the OS. If you are frustrated, imagine how Samsung, HTC and Motorola feel. They are the ones constantly fighting against Google and having to try and prove to customers why their $599 Motorola Xoom is worth it compared to Velocity's $149 Micro Cruz.
When the OS is free and unregulated, these are the things that happen. This has caused the big 3 handset manufacturers to start considering abandoning the platform in favor of something else. Windows Phone 7 is certainly an option, but it has very limited hardware flexibilities and cannot be run on tablets. So, Trip Chowdry, an analyst at Global Equities Research believes that we may see them move to HP's webOS.
Will HP be willing to license? Will manufacturers want to get involved? Hit the break to find out.
Since the inception of WinPho 7 we knew that Xbox LIVE would play a huge role and integrate easily into the new mobile devices. What we also guessed is that we would see LIVE show up on PCs in some capacity. As it would turn out, we have learned Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8.
Mike Delman, VP of global marketing for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business revealed it all in an interview.
We have parts of the interview and thoughts on the integration after the break.
To be fair, the next version of the PS3 is still in the 'Slim' family and Sony has managed to trim off almost another pound from the CECH-3000B, 6.6 pounds in the previous model down to 5.7 pounds now, but more efficient power usage is where most consumers will find value. The CECH-2500B, Sony's last version, was rated at 230W which has been reduced to 200W with the CECH-3000B. Fortunately, the 'less is more' mentality for the PS3 Slim hasn't translated over into the included accessories that still consists of a Dualshock 3 controller, power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The 320GB console and accessories can all be yours for the low low price of 34,980 yen or $436 USD but there's still more noticeable changes discussed after the break. Don't go rushing over to Japan just yet.
Coming off the heals of the PSN attacks that happened in April this year it's not just Sony that found itself under siege by hackers.
This month Sega experienced what the PSN did to a much smaller degree but the consequences were still devastating. Sega Europe is responsible for the Sega Pass online service that was breached, which resulted in the names, birth dates, encrypted passwords and e-mails of 1.3 million users being compromised. Luckily no credit card information had been stolen but the Sega Pass service has been shutdown since June 16th, probably to revamp security measures, and there is currently no tentative date for resuming the service. Sega representative, Yoko Nagasawa delivered the following statement on behalf of the company,
We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security.
Guess which hacker organization has some involvement in this incident and hit the break to see why it might not be who you think.
This is a bad week for Google. Seemingly every government regulatory agency in the world is currently investigating Google for anti-trust and unfair business practices. As of right now, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, the European Commission, several state attorneys general, plus other agencies are all investigating the same ideas but all separately.
Google is everywhere - what exactly might they be investigating? Well, almost all of their actual business is search and advertising. They currently have around 66% of the US search business and around 80% of the European. When an organization gets that kind of popularity, the temptation to prioritize your own stuff gets very strong; that is what is currently being investigated.
For example, let's use video search. When you do a Google search for anything and there is a video that matches your search terms, whose results will be first? Usually YouTube. In fact, you will almost never see a Vimeo result in your search unless there are no YouTube results. Is it because YouTube just has better results or is it because Google owns YouTube and wants people using their service instead of Video?
For more complaints against Google and how this could all end, hit the break.
For the last few years, the guys over at 24/7 Wall St. compile a list of brands that they believe will not make it out of the next year. While we see lists like this often and ignore them, the reason I'm talking about this list is because of how accurate they usually are. In 2009 they listed Palm (joined HP), Sun Microsystems (joined Oracle) as well as a few companies that made it out of the list but back onto 2010's. In 2010, they listed Blockbuster Video (joined EcoStar/DISH Network), T-Mobile USA (joining AT&T Mobility) and Merrill Lynch (joined Bank of America Corporation).
Now, that being said, why is their 2011 list so important? Well, it's the guys on the list that make it important to those of us in the electronics world. There are some large, long-time names on the list and if the list is as accurate as last year, the technology landscape will be changing a lot in the next 18 months.
Hit the break to see the list and our thoughts on the members.