The Two Cellphone Makers That Might Be Shopping For An OS Next


So far this year, two of the leading mobile phone makers have struck deals with tech giants to adapt to the change from feature phones to smartphones.

Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft in February and said that all future Nokia smartphones will be powered by Windows Phone. There were even rumors that Microsoft might acquire the Finnish company.

In a surprise move, Google bought Motorola this month.

Looking at a chart of mobile vendors’ operating margins from Asymco, there are two other mobile phone companies who are suffering under the onslaught of the iPhone: LG and Sony-Ericsson.

The options for these companies include diversification to more platforms, trying to strike a deeper relationship with either Microsoft or Google, or getting out of the phone business entirely.

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011 news No Comments

Android Devs Can Now Start Optimizing Their Apps For Google TV



Last fall, Google made its first attempt to take over your living room with the launch of Google TV — a platform that merged the web with television content to create an experience promising to usher in a new era of convenience and interactivity.

Unfortunately it’s been mostly a dud thus far. The platform’s overly-complex user interface and content issues (some major channels specifically block access to their websites from Google TV devices) has led to weak adoption. Google is reportedly working to give the platform a major revamp, and there’s at least one more bright light in its future: soon, Google TV will support Android applications.

Now, Google’s been promising that the platform would be receiving Android support ever since it was first announced, but up until now there hasn’t been a strong indication as to when that’d actually happen (the most specific Google’s gotten has been “summer”). Today, we’re one big step closer to seeing that promise come fruition: Google has just released a preview version of a Google TV plug-in for the Android SDK.

This doesn’t mean that you can install Android apps yet. Rather, it means developers can start to tweak their existing Android apps for the so-called ’10 foot experience’, so that their apps will be ready once the Google TV update does ship to users.

From the Android blog:

These are still early days for Google TV, and this release is another step in providing developer tools for the big screen. While the number of apps available on TV will initially be small, we expect that through this early release of the add-on you’ll be able to bring optimized TV apps into the ecosystem more quickly. To start doing this, download the Google TV add-on today. Also, please continue to reach out to us on the Google TV Android Developer Community forum. We look forward to your contributions!

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

The Quora Hype Dies, But Users Stay


Remember Quora? The super hyped Q&A site from Facebook’s founders? Of course you do, even though it’s not being discussed as much as it once was.

How do we know you still remember the site? Because comScore data reveals unique visits to the site are still trending upward over the last seven months. This is happening, despite a fade in the hype, which we’re measuring through a drop off in searches for Quora through Google trends.

Looks like hype really is overrated. It’s about building a real product.

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Friday, August 5th, 2011 news No Comments

World Wildlife Federation Creates Unprintable .WWF File Format to Save Trees

World Wildlife Federation Creates Unprintable .WWF File Format to Save Trees

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The World Wildlife Federation announced the creation of its first file format, WWF, designed as a replacement for PDF. It’s essentially identical to PDF, except for one key difference: It can’t be printed. The WWF hopes this will reduce unnecessary paper use, or at least bring some attention to the fact that lots of paper use is unnecessary.

Though PDFs are impressively flexible and useful paper-replacement files, many people and businesses are simply more comfortable printing physical copies. In some cases, with larger businesses, universities, and other organizations, that can mean ridiculous amounts of paper used and discarded for little reason. The environmental impact of paper is a contentious topic, one I’m sure will be discussed passionately in the comments (i.e. theoretical sustainability vs. illegal logging and optional governmental “guidelines”), but anyone that’s worked in an office knows how much unnecessary printing happens on a regular basis.

The WWF format is essentially a plugin (Mac-only for now, but coming to Windows soon) that allows the user to save any document as a WWF. Those files can be opened and viewed in most programs used to open PDFs, except they can’t be printed (and they add a little note about saving paper to the bottom of documents).

Will the WWF format actually do any good, besides increasing awareness? It can’t stop a document from being printed, of course–users can always print screenshots. But in certain settings, especially business or educational, it might make sense to make it at least irritating to print some documents. A professor could forbid students from printing a hundred-page coursepack, for example. That’s all assuming anybody actually embraces the format, which is doubtful, but it’s not necessarily the worst idea ever.

[Save as WWF via Lifehacker]

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