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A Japanese court has ordered Google to modify its autocomplete search functionality. This is to prevent the search engine from suggesting criminal acts when users type one man’s name, according to a report from the The Economic Times. The plaintiff claimed that when users begin typing his name, the search engine auto complete results takes users to websites that defame the unidentified man, the report states. Google was also ordered to pay 300,000 yen ($3,100) for the mental anguish experienced by the man. The plaintiff claimed that after the incident, he found it difficult toRead More
Apple to Team Up With Yahoo to Bring More Features to Siri: Apple and Yahoo are reportedly in talks to bring deeper integration of Yahoo’s services such as sports, news and finance to iOS and Siri.   According to a report from TheNextWeb (via The Wall Street Journal), Apple and Yahoo are reportedly in talks to bring deeper integration of Yahoo’s services such as sports, news and finance to iOS and Siri in particular. Over the last few years Apple has removed Google’s services such as Maps and YouTube as default optionsRead More
Microsoft
A Microsoft blog post by  Steve Clayton highlights that the company has some great visions for the future. However, this is what Microsoft appears to do best at the moment – produce concept videos. On the other hands, competitors such as Google and Apple continue to innovate and ship products e.g Google Glass. Here is Microsoft’s TellMe concept video:   And here is Apple’s Siri:    In his post – Step inside the Microsoft Envisioning Center, Steve Clayton had this to say:  [quote] When dramatic technology changes are on the horizon, just describingRead More
Google introduces the Chromebook Pixel a with 239 pixels per inch display The rumored Chromebook Pixel has finally been unveiled.  It was reported as a hoax but clearly the Chromebook Pixel is as real as you can get. It comes with a mind-boggling 239 pixels per inch display. According to Google’s blog post: [quote] This Chromebook has the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today. Packed with 4.3 million pixels, the display offers sharp text, vivid colors and extra-wide viewing angles. With a screenRead More
Nearly 4.8 Million Nexus 7 By Google Sold In 2012 Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet went on sales last year and was immediately hit will supply shortage. The Google Nexus 7 received very good reviews, even from die-hard Apple advocates such as MG Siegler. MG Siegler: [quote] If you’re an iOS person like myself, you obviously have to think about Apple moving into this space as well. And I think the Nexus 7 shows a few places where Apple can improve the 7-inch tablet space — namely in making a device just aRead More
TechWeb, a Chinese website, published a very interesting interview involving Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt. It’s hard to decipher when or where this interview took place since the article was published in Chinese Here are some of the interesting things Schmidt supposedly discussed (via Google translation):   Eric Schmidt on business in China:  [quote] Whether it is 10 years ago that the small company, now, Google has always been a lofty goal, this goal allows us to recruit employees those who aspire to solve major problems. We focus on recruiting the best programmers,Read More
Google is set to pay Apple about $1bn a year to become the default search engine for iOS devices Jay Yarow pointed out that a recent report from Analyst Scott Devitt at Morgan Stanley, indicates that Google is set to pay Apple about $1bn a year to become the default search engine for iOS devices. Jay Yarow: [quote] The gist of his bullishness: he believes Google’s search business has room for revenue growth and YouTube has an opportunity to generate billions in more sales. As a part of his look at Google, he dug into theRead More
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling Nearly 42 Percent of his Shares in the Company According to a report from Reuters, Google’s current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is about to sell nearly y 42 percent of his shares in the company, giving him potentially US$2.51 billion in cash. Reuters: [quote] Schmidt, 57, will sell 3.2 million shares of Class A common stock through a stock trading plan, Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The plan, which Google said would give Schmidt “individual asset diversification and liquidity,”Read More
Apple is the top OEM with 36.3 percent of U.S. Smartphone Subscribers According to comScore report, Apple is the top OEM with 36.3 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers for three months ending December 2012. This is up 2 percentage points from September. Google Android remains the number 1 smartphone platform with 53.4 percent share, according to the report. comScore: [quote] 125.9 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (54 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in December, up 5 percent since September. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 36.3 percent of U.S.Read More
According to Gizmodo, a leaked Qualcomm roadmap shows that Google Android 5.0, code-named  ‘Key Lime Pie’ will be released in the spring of this year. Google’s latest version of its Android operating system is expected to be announce at  Google I/O-the event in May 2013. According to the Gizmodo post: [quote] The original leaked documents were posted on Android Police, but have since been taken down after formal requests from Qualcomm. What the documents revealed is anything but a surprise. According to one document, the “K release” of Android is coming “late spring,” inRead More
On Thursday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, published a new patent application, submitted by Google on June 26, 2012, titled – Methods and Systems for a Virtual Input Device. From the abstract: [quote] The present application discloses systems and methods for a virtual input device. In one example, the virtual input device includes a projector and a camera. The projector projects a pattern onto a surface. The camera captures images that can be interpreted by a processor to determine actions. The projector may be mounted on an arm of a pair ofRead More
Bert Danner piece for  Seeking Alpha, came across as a well thought-out analysis of the mobile platform war between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. According to Danner, when the smoke clears, Apple will be crowned the winner. Danner’s theory is based on what he calls the ‘Network Effect,’ where developers and consumers work in tandem to create a powerful platform (in this case iOS). “The network effect is a virtuous cycle (“a complex chain of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop”) of value creation as more users participate, Danner writes.Read More