Archive for June, 2011
Remember Ericsson? Yeah, they used to make mobile phones on their own. Then they realised they couldn’t compete against Nokia, Motorola and the rest, and spun out their mobile division to hook up with Sony, who also realised that they were getting squeezed. Sony Ericcson mobile has trundled along for a few years and are even coming out with handheld mashups like the Xperia Play. But the mothership of Ericsson itself has largely turned into a telecoms and services company. Today, however they are doing something unusually disruptive.
Ericsson Money is launching across seven European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden) and allows anyone to send and receive money via mobile. Eventually there will be a commission fee for sending money but for a limited time it’s free.
Steve Jobs reveals Apple’s new spaceship campus, calls it the ‘best office building in the world’ (video)
Shortly after taking the stage at WWDC, Steve Jobs made an appearance before the Cupertino City Council to pitch the local governing body on Apple’s ambition to build a new campus. The site for the curvaceous, four-story, “human-scale” building to house 13,000 employees is the original home of HP’s computer systems division, land that was recently sold to Apple. The property is currently covered by a series of big asphalt parking lots. Apple’s plan would increase the landscape coverage from 20 to 80 percent with the help of a senior arborist from Stanford who will help restore some of the indigenous plant life to the property, including the apricot orchards. Apple plans to make the campus’ energy center the facility’s primary power generator using natural gas and other “clean energy” sources — the city would simply provide backup power when needed. Of course, what would a Jobs presentation be without a few choice superlatives? In this case, Jobs claims that the new curved-glass facility will be the “best office building in the world,” luring in students of architecture anxious for a peek. Apple plans to break ground in 2012 with a 2015 move-in date.
As an aside, it’s fascinating (and yes, troubling) to observe Gilbert Wong, Mayor of Cupertino, guffaw at Steve’s “jokes” like a smitten schoolgirl, going so far as to fawn over his own iPad 2 in front of the assembly. For his part, Jobs seems to bite his tongue during several exchanges particularly when one city council member tries to extort free WiFi from Apple in an apparent quid pro quo. Click through to see what we mean.
Steve Jobs reveals Apple’s new spaceship campus, calls it the ‘best office building in the world’ (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Jun 2011 03:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You’re mad at Sony. We get it. But it turns out that users really aren’t much better at abiding by best security practices, according to software architect Troy Hunt’s quick parse of the account info released by LulzSec.
Of the 37,608 released passwords, only 4% had three or more character types, with half made up of just one character type. Of that half, 90% used all lowercase. Less than 1% of all users used even a single a non-alphanumeric character. Among the accounts that made appearances in both Sony directories, 92%(!!) reused their password. And to hammer home the point, Hunt makes a callback to Gawker’s brush with the Hacker Kingdom to report that a full 67% of shared users used an identical password in the Gawker and Sony systems.
Today, Steve Jobs revealed a great many things, but the biggest bombshell was this — Apple’s iCloud, which promises to sync all your content, automatically, even wirelessly, to Apple’s new server farms… for free. All that processing power in the picture above can’t have been cheap, and multiplied by the entirety of those data centers… well, let’s just say it’s a heck of a promise and we’ve got somewhat mixed feelings about how it’ll play out. Hit the break to see what we thought of Apple’s play for cloud storage.
Of Groupon’s 83 million email subscribers, just 19%, or 16 million have actually bought a Groupon, according to its S1 filing.
(It sounds like a small percentage, but it’s improving! In 2010 Groupon had 9 million paying customers, which was 18% of its total email subscribers for the year.)
HTML5 beckons the world with its dashing logo and also, we suppose, all the clever little things it can do. Desktop notifications in Gmail and folder-dragging in Docs already refuse to work with anything less — and before long that will apply to the entirety of Google Apps. Come August 1st, you will find that Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites are all unsupported unless you’re using either the current or last major release of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. An older browser won’t suddenly stop working with Google Apps, but it will begin a steady descent into oblivion. Hey, being popular means you don’t have to be nice.
Google Apps is moving on, you’ll need an HTML5 browser to go with it originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Jun 2011 22:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Groupon just filed for its IPO, and two obvious things jump out: Its fast growing revenues, and its fast growing losses.
Revenue for the first three months of 2011 was $645 million, a 1,357% increase from the year prior. Its net loss was $103 million, which is 1,301% worse than the year prior.
For more on the IPO click here.
Despite our commander-in-chief’s seemingly undying allegiance to BlackBerry, it looks like the federal government could be ready to make a break from RIM. According to a Washington Post article published yesterday, a number of agencies within the federal government are questioning their attachment to the standard-issue BlackBerry devices, and allowing government employees to bring in their own preferred methods of communication — among other things, Congress now allows the use of iPads and iPhones on the House floor and use of BlackBerrys at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has dropped from 1,000 to 700 in the past year. What’s more, the General Services Administration is currently shifting 17,000 employees to Gmail, a move it says could reduce expenses by 50 percent in the next five years. Likewise, the USDA will also move its email services to the cloud with Microsoft’s services, claiming $6 million in annual savings. Now, we doubt Obama’s going to turn a blind eye to RIM entirely, but he has been getting awfully cozy with that iPad.
BlackBerry finally sees competition within US government originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 May 2011 16:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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