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Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Google's Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest LabsThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full Technoid article »»»»


Windows Device Chief Killing RT Tablet OS

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Windows Device Chief Killing RT Tablet OS

Julie Larson-Green to Kill-off RT Tablet OSMicrosoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.

Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.

RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency.

RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.

Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows.

Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»


Spool Raises Funding to Help You Take the Web Offline

Posted: January 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Spool Raises Funding to Help You Take the Web Offline

Spool All Things DSpool, which offers a nifty service for saving Web videos and articles for later viewing offline on Android, iOS and HTML5-compatible devices, has raised $1 million in funding from SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, Vivi Nevo and others. The Spool service is made for commuters, travelers and people with limited mobile data plans. It automatically downloads and syncs content between devices when possible. It’s still in limited beta testing, but Spool co-founder Avichal Garg said to expect broader availability in the next few months. This isn’t just a storage service. Users can store links for their own private use, and also in the process send them to one or more of their Facebook friends. While Spool might be most easily compared to services like Readability, Read It Later and Instapaper, Garg made other comparisons.

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Motorola Wins Apple Wireless Patent Fight in Germany

Posted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Motorola Wins Apple Wireless Patent Fight in Germany

Technoid Apple vs Motorola German Patent RulingA German court has found Apple in violation of a Motorola Mobility patent, ruling that Apple’s iPhone and 3G model iPads infringe on cellular communications, patents owned by Motorola Mobility that relate to General Packet Radio Service – GPRS – data packet transfer technology. The patent-in-suit is European Patent 1010336 [B1] on a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”. This patent is one of the two patents at issue in the action in which a default judgment was entered against Apple Inc. It was declared essential to the GPRS standard. It’s the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898, a patent against which Apple raised a FRAND defense in the United States and which is being asserted in an action that was just transferred from the Western District of Wisconsin to the Northern District of Illinois. Motorola said the ruling validated its “efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement”

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Oops! Samsung Galaxy Table Banned Again?

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Oops! Samsung Galaxy Table Banned Again?

Apple Gets Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Banned, AGAIN!UPDATE!! The behemoth that is Apple has won another temporary injunction to stop rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia. On Wednesday – just 2 days ago – we reported that the Federal Court had lifted a previous injunction, meaning Samsung could start selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 at 4pm (AEDT) today. But Apple later launched an appeal to the High Court. The injunction means Samsung cannot sell the tablet computer until the case goes before the court on December 9. Apple says the South Korean company’s Google Android based Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones is too similar to its iPad and iPhone. The companies have been waging a battle in 10 countries over smartphone and tablet patents since April.