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While this is obviously a tongue in check response, it's still pretty nice to see a serious scientific research organisation making time to brighten people's worlds in small ways and being able to have a little fun." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft bought Nokia to stop Android based Lumias
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "It’s long been assumed that Nokia was on its last legs in any case, although there was some positive news of late, with strong growth in the last quarter and positive sales figures for the first time in years. None the less, a Microsoft take-over was always a definite option on the horizon – something probably only held off this long because Microsoft didn’t want to scare off other OEMs. Given the waning desire from the Asian OEMs, however, Microsoft’s options were becoming very limited.
However new information has come to light, indicating that Nokia was very close to moving to Android – so close, in fact, that Microsoft seemingly had to buy them out or lose virtually their entire market share (currently around 5%) overnight. According to the New York Times, development and testing of Android on the Lumia range of handsets was so advanced that the team responsible for it already had stable and ready to go units." Link to Original Source top
Samsung testing 5G phones with 1gbps download speed
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "While many smartphone users are still on 3G and are still waiting for 4G to be available, Samsung is now testing 5G networks, capable of getting speeds up to 1gbps. Obviously, we're years away from seeing these in the wild but it's still an amazing improvement over what many people are experiencing now. Even 4G networks tend to max out around 30mbps (with a theoretical maximum of about 75mbps).
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "At the end of each quarter, investors eagerly await the sales figures for the last three months and probably no company (with the possible exception of Nokia) will be so closely watched this quarter as Blackberry. This quarter has seen the release of what many consider to be their last throw of the dice – the Blackberry 10 range introductory range of handsets and poor sales figures could portent a very difficult time ahead.
So with that in mind, it’s “odd”, in the least, that suddenly someone would suddenly step forward and buy a full and exact million handsets – and Blackberry won’t tell us who. Blackberry is touting this as a huge vote of confidence in their brand – however if someone is so amazingly confident in Blackberry, why do they need to remain secret?" Link to Original Source top
Why the Chromebook Pixel and the Nexus 7 have Apple scared
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Google is getting good at what Apple does much faster than Apple is getting good at what Google does — and a lot of people are starting to notice it. The Chromebook Pixel's build quality and design aspect is just another recent example of this: comparing the popularity and reviews of the latest ranges of Nexus devices to Apple's forays into web services like Maps or Siri (vs Google Now) are just further examples. The reason is simple: you can't catch up with Google's back catalogue of information anywhere near as quickly as you can hire a couple of Johnny Ive-like designers." Link to Original Source top
The hypocrisy behind Microsoft's Scroogled campaign
Gumbercules!! writes "Microsoft has spent an significant amount of effort in recent years "playing the man and not the ball", so to speak. From FUD about Linux to Gmail-Man and now Scroogled, Microsoft seems more intent on finding fault in more popular services than in competing on their own merits. However with the latest attack on Google's Gmail, www.scroogled.com, Microsoft should perhaps be looking in their own backyard first. With it recently coming to light that Microsoft are doing the exact same thing they accuse Gmail of (reading your private information to serve ads), with voice calls in Skype." Link to Original Source top
Nokia and RIM might be close to making their last stands
Gumbercules!! writes "As RIM & Nokia burn through cash reserves, sell assets and lay off staff, how much longer until one or both fall?
RIM, like Nokia, was far too slow to notice the mobile marketplace changing around them. Both companies were dominant in their space and this lead to complacency and arrogance about the impact the iPhone would have on their world.
With both Google and Apple using strong and propriety ecosystems to keep customers engaged, existing customers will be hesitant to jump ship to a new and largely unproven app ecosystem." Link to Original Source top
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "On the face of things, this does appear to be good news – Apple has actually agreed to step down from DEFCON 1 with an Android vendor. The more you look at this situation, however, the more likely it appears to be a move by both companies, HTC and Apple, on Samsung and by extension, Google and Android itself. Overall, this move is a massive win for Apple and more than likely quite a loss for Android." Link to Original Source top
Why Eric Schmidt is wrong about Microsoft not mattering anymore
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a “Gang of Four” technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. Here's an article I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses." Link to Original Source top
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Android's phenomenal rise continues, with 49% of the US market and 35% of the World phone market (200% year on year growth — meaning they're now well ahead of iPhone and growing much faster, as well). How long before developers start to put more emphases on Android than iOS?" Link to Original Source top
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Rustylime is running a challenge for Web Experts to prove their mettle in an SEO challenge. The idea is that "RL SEO Challenge offers budding (and professional) web developers, coders and enthusiasts the chance to show the whole World just how good they are, by getting a website ranked higher than anyone else's, on Google's search results". The site provides a fictitious product to be advertised and more detailed rules in the parent article." Link to Original Source top
Gumbercules!! writes "In the wake of Uwe Boll's announcement that he will quite the business forever, if 1 million people sign a petition asking him to do so, RustyLime has scored a short (he only allowed 5 questions) interview with the man.
In it, Uwe Boll says his greatest mistake was using Tara Reid in "Alone in the Dark" and that people shouldn't judge him as a director until they see Postal, his latest movie. Uwe also explains why he has chosen to make movie about computer games, and discusses the pitfalls for anyone else who plans to do the same." Link to Original Source top
Gumbercules!! writes "This is a genuine, most definitely one time only offer to attempt to tell me the root password to my own computer. You see, I am shutting down my ADSL account in a day and a half and before it goes, I thought it would be fun to see if the box that's kept me online since 2001 is really all that secure.
The full story is located at http://www.rustylime.com/show_article.php?id=945. Unfortunately, you only have until the 1st of November 2007 to break the password before the account is terminated." Link to Original Source