? Episode 290
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  • Apple has sued Samsung for allegedly copying the iPad, iPod and iPhone with its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy handsets. Samsung copied Apple technologies, designs and even packaging with its Google Android-based products, according to a complaint filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Apple is seeking a jury trial in the case. "Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple's innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights," Apple says in the complaint.
  • Nintendo Wii2 rumors are everywhere. The latest is that the games will be in HD. This would be a huge improvement over the current system. The handheld wireless controller may have a built in touch screen so you can configure the game and do other functions like a tablet. Many say it will be out by Christmas of 2011, while other say it will be 2012.
  • PC shipments dropped 3.2% last quarter while tablet computers continue an astronomical rise. The blame for the drop is squarely on Apple's tablets according to Gartner. PC shipments still beat tablets by around 10 to 1 however.
  • The Blackberry Playbook went on sale last week and most people didn't even know it. Although it's fast, has a great interface, and has some pretty good apps, not a lot of people rushed out to buy it. One of the big problems is that you have to have a Blackberry phone to get all the benefits of having a Playbook. The dismal sales and the declining profit share has some investors calling for the company to be sold while it's still profitable, but RIM has not idea how to continue to evolve the company/
  • Twitter Inc., trying to put recent management changes behind it and build its business, is taking steps to broaden the appeal of the well-known messaging service. While Twitter has more than 200 million registered accounts, it doesn't say how many are active users. The company this year will try to make the breadth of its content more visible to first-time visitors, helping them quickly discover information about stocks, sports and other organizations and individuals they care about, the people familiar with the matter said. One possibility is showcasing tweets by well-known people or organizations located in the user's region, or from certain types of users, such as athletes or musicians. Twitter users already have created thousands of "lists" in which such content on specific topics is grouped together, and Twitter is looking at ways to promote such lists, said a person familiar with the matter. Twitter is also exploring concepts similar to a Facebook technology called "EdgeRank" that highlights posts by a user's closest friends-an effort that is being aided by Ashish Goel, a Twitter research fellow and Stanford University professor, these people said.
  • Microsoft's answer to Google Apps for Business, Office 365, just became available to the public for beta testing. The cloud-based enterprise productivity suite puts Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online into a single subscription package aimed at small, medium and large organizations. The public beta pushes the suite out to 38 markets in 17 languages, and comes in two flavors: small business on a month-to-month deal with "community support", or enterprise with 24x7 support, advanced configuration options and an annual contract. Office 365 lets users work together from anywhere collaborating with people inside and outside an organization. The suite works with the most popular browsers, smartphones, and desktop applications people use today. Prices start at $6 per user for the small business, month-to-month plan. That's a bit more expensive than Google Apps for Business at $50 per year, but cheaper than the retail desktop software and still a good deal for companies who don't want to buy and support an on-premise server-based solution. Office 365 for enterprises includes additional features like web conferencing and enterprise social networking, as well as the option to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis for a price ranging from $2 to $24 per user.
  • Starting in 2005, Google Video was a place for any Google user to upload videos. But then the search giant bought YouTube a year later, and the rest is history. Google Video stopped accepting new videos in May 2009, although the videos have still been available for viewing. That will end April 29, Google says, when it shutters that part of the site, not to be confused with Google Video search, which is alive and well. One of the benefits of using Google Video was it did not have the same kinds of time limits as YouTube, which late last year said it would start allowing individual video uploads of 15 minutes, up from the previous 10 minute-restriction. There are 2.8 million videos now posted on Google Video, according to Google Operating System, an unofficial blog, and included is an "atr291 of high-quality videos: there are many documentaries, interviews, lectures and it's sad to see them disappear ... and it's hard to believe that all of them will be manually uploaded to YouTube." ReadWriteWeb.com notes that there is "no push button to migrate to YouTube, no plans to move the videos en masse. There can't be, really, as there would be licensing and copyright issues galore with a merge of the two systems without verifying ownership."
  • Match.com, one of the most popular dating websites in the world, is to begin screening to try to weed out sexual offenders after a woman using the service claimed to have been raped. The woman, a Hollywood executive, launched a legal action in Los Angeles last week against the Texas-based firm, saying that if screening had been in place, the alleged rape last year would not have happened. Match.com operates in 25 countries around the world, including the UK, and claims to have 20 million members. Its president, Mandy Ginsberg, said she had been looking at screening for years but ruled it out as unreliable. But in a statement issued to the Associated Press, she said the company would begin screening both existing and future members against the national sex offender registry.
  • Today Apple Insider published a report suggesting that Apple will begin production of the iPhone 5 this September for an October release. This falls into line with previous reports that Apple would forego its regular June release schedule in order to maximize production volumes. The report comes by way of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, who cited sources within Apple's manufacturing partners. In addition to the production schedule, Kuo also said that the next-generation iPhone would feature an 8-megapixel camera and Apple's new A5 processor, which can currently be found in the iPad 2. Additionally, Apple will allegedly adopt a new wireless chipset, which will be compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks, and an improved antenna design.
  • Private clouds promise maximum control and strong security, while commercial cloud services are fast and flexible. Which works best? Government agencies are adopting both, as well as hybrids. The private cloud vs. public cloud debate is rapidly giving way to new models where agencies tap on-demand IT resources from a variety of cloud platforms--private, commercial, hybrid, software as a service--based on what best suits their needs. There are few technology trends the U.S. government is embracing with such fervor as the cloud. In his Federal Cloud Computing Strategy report, published in February, federal CIO Vivek Kundra set a target of shifting 25% of the government's $80 billion in annual IT spending to cloud computing.

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