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Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service

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Facebook has just acquired Parse, marking its entry into a whole new business category: paid tools and services for developing mobile apps. The company is buying the mobile-backend-as-a-service startup (yes, the industry acronym is mBaaS) in a deal that we’ve heard is worth $85 million. Neither company is commenting on...
Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service

HTML5 lovers rejoice: Famo.us to make its platform free for developers

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Remember Famo.us, the San Francisco-based start-up that wowed us with its ultra-brisk HTML5 and javascript demo at the Disrupt conference last year? Yeah, the same one that was co-founded by Steve Newcomb, one of the technology guys behind Powerset (now part of Microsoft’s Bing) and the same person who got...
HTML5 lovers rejoice: Famo.us to make its platform free for developers

China Considers Un-Banning Videogame Consoles, And Now Sony And Nintendo Are On A Tear

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China is considering lifting a decade-long ban on video game consoles, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Monday, sending shares of major hardware makers such as Sony Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd surging. In November, Sony's PlayStation 3 received a quality certification from a Chinese safety standards body, prompting...
China Considers Un-Banning Videogame Consoles, And Now Sony And Nintendo Are On A Tear

Hands on: ZTE's 10-inch V96 tablet

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Although most hardware makers have focused on new cellphones and related accessories at the CTIA expo this week, ZTE also brought its new V96 tablet. The 10.1-inch device brings a standard set of Ice Cream Sandwich tablet features, along with multi-band radios for GSM and LTE networks.......
Hands on: ZTE's 10-inch V96 tablet

Start-Up to Revive Nokia Smartphone Software

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Finnish start-up Jolla Ltd. is in talks with hardware makers, aiming to release a smartphone that runs on Nokia Corp.’s largely abandoned MeeGo operating system within the next six months. “We are seriously making a smartphone here,” Jolla Chief Executive Jussi Hurmola said. “But we definitely can’t do it alone.”...
Start-Up to Revive Nokia Smartphone Software

Isis NFC payments being woven into point-of sale gear

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Isis, which is due to kick off this summer, has now secured cash register and payment hardware makers VeriFone, Ingenico, ViVOtech, and Equinox Payments as partners. They have vowed to integrate the Isis Mobile Commerce Application wireless payments technology into their future products. Isis will use NFC technology for payments,...
Isis NFC payments being woven into point-of sale gear

Eyeing $4.5B In Sales This Year, Phone Maker Xiaomi Looks To Emulate A 340-Year-Old Chinese Medicine Company

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Who do the idols idolize? Lei Jun, the CEO of Android handset and OS maker Xiaomi, is arguably the face of tech entrepreneurship in China as a long-time angel investor and serial entrepreneur behind companies like Amazon-acquired Joyo.cn and the recently IPO-ed YY. He’s been called the “Steve Jobs of...
Eyeing $4.5B In Sales This Year, Phone Maker Xiaomi Looks To Emulate A 340-Year-Old Chinese Medicine Company

At E3, a look at the future of video games

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Every year, tens of thousands of gaming fans flock to Los Angeles to play the coolest titles at E3, the world’s largest video game event. Hardware-makers, developers and publishers fill the floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center with row upon row of outrageous booths, where gamers line up for...
At E3, a look at the future of video games

China leads the second coming of the smartphone

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Although it currently leads the world in smartphone shipments, the U.S. had best be prepared to step down. China will take over the top spot this year and has no plans of looking back. Research firm IDC notes the new leader and confirms a trend we’ve previously reported: the...
China leads the second coming of the smartphone

The Tabula Project Aims To Turn Tablets Into Teaching Tools

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A crowdfunded project by tech blogger Noah Kravitz is going to try to turn around the sclerotic business of education software. Dubbed the Tabula Project, the crowdfunded system will allow teachers to create their own lesson plans on almost any tablet without fuss or training. In short, it aims to...
The Tabula Project Aims To Turn Tablets Into Teaching Tools

Here's The Super-Cool Transparent TV Concept From The German Company Apple Might Buy

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Apple is rumored to be in talks to acquire Loewe AG, a small German manufacturer of high-end TVs and audio equipment. Loewe's products look really slick--Apple-like. The one everyone's buzzing about, though, is the transparent TV below. This concept, designed by Michael Friebe, does not appear to be in Loewe's...
Here's The Super-Cool Transparent TV Concept From The German Company Apple Might Buy

BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Mobile Traffic Has Quadrupled In Last Two Years

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Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. Mobile Traffic Quadrupled In Last Two Years (Walker Sands Communications)Walker Sands, a public relations and digital marketing agency, released a study that found 23 percent of total...
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Mobile Traffic Has Quadrupled In Last Two Years

Andy Rubin Stepping Down as Android Head Was Sudden But Inevitable

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Andy Rubin is a brilliant visionary and a fierce executer, and he may have more acts up his sleeve. But, at a time when mobile is increasingly big business at Google, the father of Android is no longer at its helm. Google CEO Larry Page has substituted a grounded and...
Andy Rubin Stepping Down as Android Head Was Sudden But Inevitable

Dolby Digital Plus for Tablets tries to compensate for weak speakers

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Dolby Digital Plus for Tablets is a reasonably successful software fix for a pervasive hardware problem—namely, the low-rent speakers in most tablets. Dolby On most smartphones and tablets, speakers are an afterthought at best. While processor speed and core counts, graphical capability, amount of RAM, and even pixel density...
Dolby Digital Plus for Tablets tries to compensate for weak speakers

Sony VP: We're Not Disadvantaged By Windows 8

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"I wouldn't say it's a disadvantage," says Sony VP Steven Nickel. "I think the opportunity is just to see what Windows 8 brings in terms of mobility." The day after Apple unveiled its iPad Mini, essentially the company's fifth-generation tablet, I trekked uptown to the W Hotel in New...
Sony VP: We're Not Disadvantaged By Windows 8

Why IBM, Chipmakers Are Backing an Open Source Linux Company. Hint: Intel

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ARM, IBM, ST Ericsson, Samsung, Freescale and Texas Instruments are banding together to back a not-for-profit open source company, Linaro, which will develop tools, packages, processes and a Linux kernel (aka a core of component of the OS) that will run on any system-on-a-chip currently used by non PC-devices. They...
Why IBM, Chipmakers Are Backing an Open Source Linux Company. Hint: Intel

ITC judge denies request by Nokia, Huawei and ZTE to stay investigation of InterDigital complaint

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Yesterday afternoon Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Robert K. Rogers of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) denied a motion to stay the investigation of InterDigital's January 2013 complaint until the United States District Court for the District of Delaware sets a FRAND rate for standard-essential patent (SEP)...
ITC judge denies request by Nokia, Huawei and ZTE to stay investigation of InterDigital complaint

U.S. judge denies Huawei and ZTE expedited FRAND determinations in InterDigital cases

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Within approximately 48 hours, Huawei and ZTE have been denied a stay of the ITC investigation of InterDigital's latest complaint as well as expedited FRAND determinations in federal court. This means that, unless there are unforeseeable delays in the ITC investigation and/or an intervention by the antitrust regulators at the...
U.S. judge denies Huawei and ZTE expedited FRAND determinations in InterDigital cases

Beneath the Surface lies impressive Microsoft engineering | Dan Gillmor

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Forget 'iPad killer': Apple's still ahead with its app-friendly iOS. But Microsoft's new tablet deftly marries hardware and softwareTechnology's tectonic plates have shifted a bit. With the unveiling on Monday of its new Surface tablet computer, Microsoft has thrown down a genuine challenge to Apple – and its own PC...
Beneath the Surface lies impressive Microsoft engineering | Dan Gillmor

Videogame Distribution Shifting Online, Even for TV-Tethered Consoles

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Internet-enabled devices such as phones, tablets and computers are making it insanely easy for consumers to discover and play new videogames. And it’s that kind of online connectivity that is expected to drive the next wave of growth on the consoles. In a new report, DFC Intelligence, a market research...
Videogame Distribution Shifting Online, Even for TV-Tethered Consoles

Delivery begins for first units of Raspberry Pi’s $35 Linux computer

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The Raspberry Pi foundation has started shipping units of the much-anticipated $35 Linux computer. The organization has already started handing out the first units and conducting educational seminars with students. The Raspberry Pi foundation was originally established with the goal of producing low-cost computers that students could use to...
Delivery begins for first units of Raspberry Pi’s $35 Linux computer
Microsoft alters Windows 8 tablet specifications ahead of new 7-inch devices

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers

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The first Microsoft Surface tablets won’t hit the streets for months, but the devices are already causing problems for other companies who make tablets and raising difficult questions about how how Microsoft is treating the companies that build computers and mobile devices based on its software. Just a day after...
Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers

German court refers Huawei-ZTE standard-essential patent case to Europe's highest court

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Today the Düsseldorf Regional Court ("Landgericht Düsseldorf") issued an order in a Huawei v. ZTE case that may, indirectly, have unprecedented impact on all standard-essential patent (SEP) enforcement in the European Union. The court, which hears more patent infringement cases than any other court in Europe (though most of the...
German court refers Huawei-ZTE standard-essential patent case to Europe's highest court

The Worst Case Scenario For Windows 8

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Last week, Microsoft released the first public test version of Windows 8, its next operating system. It's got a very tough job. It has to beat back three threats at once: the iPad, the Mac, and potential indifference among businesses. But even in the worst case scenario, Windows 8...
The Worst Case Scenario For Windows 8

First Windows Tablets Will Come In Two Sizes And Have 9 Hours Battery Life (MSFT, INTC)

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Intel expects the first crop of Windows 8 tablets this year to have 9 hours of battery life, and expects them to come in two form factors: a 10-inch regular tablet, and an 11-inch "convertible" that turns into a regular laptop computer with keyboard. As reported by CNET, Intel revealed...
First Windows Tablets Will Come In Two Sizes And Have 9 Hours Battery Life (MSFT, INTC)

You'll Be Able To Buy Both Kinds Of Windows 8 Tablets In October (MSFT)

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Microsoft will ship Windows 8 to hardware makers this summer, and the first Windows 8 tablets and PCs should show up around October. That's according to Dina Bass at Bloomberg, and the fall time frame matches what we've heard from numerous sources close to the company. Bloomberg reports that...
You'll Be Able To Buy Both Kinds Of Windows 8 Tablets In October (MSFT)

Inside Netflix's Project Griffin: The Forgotten History Of Roku Under Reed Hastings

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The inside history of the Netflix Player, a black and boxy device, which subscribers would hook up to their televisions to stream movies and TV shows from the web. They codenamed the top-secret project "Griffin," after Tim Robbins' character from the film "The Player." After all, that's what the...
Inside Netflix's Project Griffin: The Forgotten History Of Roku Under Reed Hastings

Preston Gralla: iPad vs. PC: Sometimes the accepted wisdom is right

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It's clear that hardware makers are experimenting far more with Windows devices than Apple is with the iPad. But that does that herald a revival of the PC?...
Preston Gralla: iPad vs. PC: Sometimes the accepted wisdom is right
Don't count gaming consoles out in 2013
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