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Samsung and Apple rule connected device share, those who snooze in mobile lose

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/11/idc-samsung-and-apple-rule-connected-device-share/

IDC Samsung and Apple rule connected device share, those who snooze in mobile lose

Most market share studies are broken down by individual categories that don’t tell the whole story of their successes and failures. IDC has stepped forward with a more holistic look that covers PCs, phones and tablets all at once — and paints a very different picture. Samsung and Apple lead the pack in the third quarter of this year with an estimated 21.8 and 15.1 percent share each, based mostly on their mobile dominance. Lenovo’s equal balance between its rapidly growing PC and phone businesses put it at 7 percent. It’s those who haven’t done well outside of PCs that have struggled: IDC is quick to point out that HP’s exit from mobile left it at 4.6 percent and sinking fast, while it’s commonly known that Sony has yet to enjoy a truly blockbuster hit with its Android-based smartphones or tablets. The situation is changing quickly, but the data shows that companies can’t lean solely on traditional computers to thrive in the broader technology landscape.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Trent Reznor teases Beats-backed streaming music service, wants a personal touch

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/10/trent-reznor-teases-his-beats-backed-streaming-music-service/

Trent Reznor gives clues to his Beatsbacked streaming music service, wants a personal touch

Dr. Dre isn’t the only musician to collaborate with Beats on projects deeper than one-off headphone models. Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels creator Trent Reznor tells The New Yorker that he and Beats are developing a streaming music service, codenamed Daisy, that should go beyond just automatically suggesting related songs like with Pandora. Alongside algorithm-based picks, Daisy should introduce “intelligent curation” from humans to make musical connections that wouldn’t otherwise take place. We’ll know more when the service goes live early next year; we’re presuming the recommendations will involve more than just another spin of The Downward Spiral.

[Image credit: Nine Inch Nails and Rob Sheridan, Flickr]

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Source: The New Yorker (subscription required)

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 news No Comments

USPTO tentatively invalidates key Apple multitouch patent

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/uspto-tentatively-invalidates-all-claims-of-key-apple-multitouch/

USPTO tentatively invalidates all claims of key Apple multitouch patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple’s so-called rubber-banding patent back in October, and it looks like it’s now done so again with one of the company’s key multitouch-related patents. According to FOSS Patents, the USPTO has issued an Office Action rejecting all 20 claims of patent 7,479,949, which is specifically related to scrolling and is described as “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” Unlike the rubber-banding patent, though, this one did not figure in Apple’s recent trial with Samsung, although it has been used in cases against Motorola and HTC.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Google, LG seeing more Nexus 4 demand than expected

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/06/shocker-google-lg-seeing-more-nexus-4-demand-than-expected/

Nexus 4 review lead

Who’d have thought that pricing a high-end smartphone like the Nexus 4 at $350 or less would lead to strong sales? Google and LG certainly appear to have been caught off-guard. LG’s UK mobile lead Andy Coughlin tells CNET that the pair estimated Nexus 4 shipments in the way you’d expect for any phone, but have been rocked by “huge demand” — in short, they didn’t realize that offering such a giant bargain would lead to sellouts within minutes. While we don’t have tangible shipping numbers, that the spending sprees happen over and over again suggests that LG is producing more than a handful of Nexus 4s as it tries to keep up. We suspect that many of you reading this just want to know when sales resume; sadly, Coughlin’s not telling.

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Source: CNET UK

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Obama signs Safe Web Act into law, extends FTC power to combat online scam artists

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/04/obama-signs-safe-web-act-online-scammer/

Obama signs Safe Web Act into law, extends FTC power to combat online scam artists

See that guy? The one in the bubble? He’s probably up to no good. Thanks to President Obama, however, he’s going to have a much harder time duping innocent young ladies like the one also shown here. Per The Hill, the POTUS has just signed into law the Safe Web Act, which extends the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to “clamp down on Internet fraud and online scammers based abroad.” In simpler terms, it enables the entity to share data about “cross-border online fraud with foreign law enforcement authorities” through September of 2020. According to an unnamed official within the FTC, the existing edition of this act has allowed it to conduct over 100 investigations into cross-border fraud and scam, but it’s unclear how much crime was stopped and how many people were needlessly annoyed. We kid, we kid.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Netflix signs licensing agreement with Disney, will be exclusive US subscription service for first-run films beginning in 2016

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/04/netflix-strikes-licensing-agreement-with-disney-will-be-exclusi/

Netflix just announced a couple of new deals with Warner last week, and it’s now landed a big one with The Walt Disney Company. While it’s still a few years out, the company has announced today that it will be the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated films from Disney beginning in 2016 — meaning that theatrically-released movies will be available on Netflix during what’s known as the pay TV window (ordinarily afford to HBO and the like). That deal also includes first-run rights to direct-to-video releases, which will begin appearing on Netflix in 2013. What’s more, the two companies have also announced a separate multi-year agreement that will see popular Disney catalog titles like Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland be made available on Netflix beginning today. You can find the full announcement after the break.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Google acquires coupon-focused Incentive Targeting for undisclosed sum

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/28/google-acquires-coupon-focused-incentive-targeting-for-undisclos/

Google acquires couponfocused Incentive Targeting for undisclosed sum

Google is no stranger to the business of discounts and special offers, but it looks like it’s decided to reach outside the company to further bolster its offerings. The company confirmed today that it has acquired the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based marketing firm Incentive Targeting for an undisclosed sum. While not offering too much in the way of specifics, Google said in a statement that “we look forward to working with Incentive Targeting in our ongoing efforts to help consumers save time and money and enable retailers deliver relevant discounts to the right customers.” For its part, Incentive Targeting has said that it “set out to do for retail couponing what Google had done for online advertising: make it simple, relevant, measurable, and effective,” and to that end it has developed a variety of tools for retailers and manufacturers alike, all designed to deliver coupons and discounts in a more targeting manner. You can find the company’s full statement on its website.

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 news No Comments

Sony’s Ultra High Definition TV will come with world’s first 4K delivery system

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/19/sony-4k-ultra-hd-first-content-delivery-system/

Sony's Ultra High Definition TV will come with world's first 4K delivery system

If there’s $25,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket and room in your living room for Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV, but you’re worried about a lack of 4K res content to play on it, allow us to put your mind at ease. Sony’s Ray Hartjen has picked up the blogging pen and revealed each of the supersized sets will ship with “the world’s first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution, complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment.” There’s no specifics on what the pack-in content will be (or what form the “delivery system” will take), but he says it will include full length feature Hollywood productions exclusive to purchasers, probably courtesy of Sony Pictures. We’re told to expect more details after Turkey day, so stay tuned.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Shopper adds push notifications, new UI and more with 3.0 update

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/08/google-shooper-update-ui-push-notification-sales/

Google Shopper adds push notifications, new UI and more with 3.0 update

Google Shopper has just gotten the bump to version 3.0 with an update that brings a roster of fresh features, including a new UI with speedier navigation and larger images. In addition to the fresh coat of paint, the app sports a brand-new sales screen, image-focused search results and product ratings provided by GoodGuide. Page and Co. have also thrown in push notifications to keep users abreast of new features and content, and an area to showcase retail promotions. Itching to start penny pinching? Hit the source link below for the download.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Translate gets new features, makes sure you choose the right words

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/02/google-translate-new-features/

Google Translate gets new features, makes sure you choose the right words

Google has added functionality to the web version of its Translate service, now making it even easier for us to use and understand foreign tongues. Instead of a single result, you’ll be presented with a list of the most common translations, ordered and labeled by how frequently each one is used. What’s more, synonyms are also displayed next to the assortment of results, but this particular feature only works when translating into English, although more languages are expected to be supported soon. We’ve had a quick play around with it, and suggest you head over to the Google Translate page and try out the new elements for yourself. Now, if only the website translator could make those Japanese pages a little easier to read.

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