Acer To Microsoft: Stop Micro Managing Me! (Tablets)

acerlogo 490x149 Acer To Microsoft: Stop Micro Managing Me! (Tablets)

Microsoft is apparently taking cues from Android, as the company is attempting to micromanage manufactures in order to produce a tablet that can contend against the mighty iPad 2.

Unfortunately it seems as if one company is not too thrilled about being controlled, and is already voicing their displeasure to the press.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is putting “troublesome” restrictions on makers of processors used to run the coming Windows tablet-computer operating system, Acer Inc. (2353) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said.

“They’re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,” Wang said at the Computex trade show in Taipei without identifying the restrictions. Chip suppliers and PC makers “all feel it’s very troublesome,” he said. (Bloomberg)

Acer (as well as other manufactures) are probably upset that Microsoft isn’t allowing them to customize the tablets in order to help differentiate them from the sea of Windows tablets that will hit stores in the not so distant future.

However the last thing Microsoft needs is to have their tablet end up being a flop (like Xoom), so it’s in Acer’s best interest to be micro managed as a successful Windows Tablet will help push the company to the forefront (or at the very least help them gain a foot hold in the US).

It’s still unclear what the price will be for Microsoft’s iPad challenger, but hopefully their Windows Tablet will not only match iPad 2′s “inexpensive price,” but battery life as well.

iPhone Inherits iWork

iworkpagesiphone 208x300 iPhone Inherits iWorkAfter many months of waiting, it looks like iPhone fans will finally be able to use iWork upon their mobile device (albeit for a price).

Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.” (Apple)

Why Apple failed to do this sooner is a mystery, especially in light of Google releasing an official Docs app for Android.

Despite the belated entry, Keynote, Pages and Numbers are available upon the App Store for $10 a piece (which is pricey as most third party office suites supporting Excel, Powerpoint and Word range between $10-$20).

Although I’m personally not an iWork fan (due to Excel having no equal), for those of you who enjoy iWork, what are your thoughts regarding the app?

Also does the small screen ideal for the app or should have Apple simply stuck with keeping iWork and iPad app?

Blackberry Investors Seeking Coup Against RIM?

jim balsillie Blackberry Investors Seeking Coup Against RIM?The RIM investors are restless, and apparently there are murmurings for a new CEO to replace the two co-CEO’s currently running the Blackberry empire.

“These guys are very emotionally invested, taxed for time, and feel the pressure of being left behind and seeing your market fade away,” said an investor at a top-30 fund that would likely support but not instigate an activist play.

In an open letter ahead of the BlackBerry conference, Northern Securities analyst Sameet Kanade asked RIM to consider dropping Balsillie as a co-CEO, among other recommendations. (Reuters)

Unfortunately for some of the investors, Balsillie and Lazaridis both share power not only as co-CEO’s, but also apparently as chairman of the board (note: do they rotate with each other?)

Forcing either of them out would require not only a large amount of cash (as one has to buy up a certain percentage of stock), but also a viable plan from the rebel investor to challenge Apple and Android in the upcoming smartphone wars.

Although it’s doubtful that RIM can recover from the blow Apple dealt them during the launch of the iPhone, Blackberry does have a shot of thriving in the tablet arena (as the company is beating everyone save iPad 2).

That latter fact might be Balsillie’s key towards silencing his critics (although if TouchPad steals the silver from Playbook, it might be over for both co-CEO’s).

Do you think RIM should replace their co-CEO, or should the company come up with a better strategy for their Blackberry phone?

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iPhone Wish List: 5 Things Needed In iOS 5

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With Apple delaying iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S depending on who you talk to) and turning WWDC into a software only affair, many tech pundits have been pondering what Steve Jobs will unveil to to the world.

While there is debate on whether iPhone 5 will be another “giant leap” or merely a spec refresher, there are a few features Apple needs to implement upon iOS 5 in order to challenge Android for smartphone dominance. [Read more...]

Microsoft’s Lawsuits Against Android Are Paying Off

androidcourtroom Microsofts Lawsuits Against Android Are Paying OffApparently Google isn’t the only company benefiting from Android’s global dominance as it seems that Microsoft is also benefiting from Android’s rise (at least from one manufacture).

Microsoft (who has made it a quest to sue Android manufactures over patent claims) is ironically making more money off of Android than their own mobile OS.

A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft.

Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million. (Asymco)

Microsoft’s strategy of suing their competition is apparently paying off, as Windows Phone 7 sales have yet to witness blockbuster sales seen by iPhone and Android devices.

Currently other manufactures like Motorola have refused to pay Microsoft one cent and are ironically counter suing the software giant over patents they feel Windows Phone 7 (as well as a slew of other products) violate.

Google surprisingly hasn’t come to the aid of their mobile friends, despite the fact that lawsuits like these could hurt Android adoption by manufactures in the long run.

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YouTube Still King, Leaps Past 3 Billion Daily Views

youtubeinfographic 276x300 YouTube Still King, Leaps Past 3 Billion Daily ViewsAfter six years of existence Google’s social video king still remains on the thrown, as the YouTube team revealed a couple of impressive stats regarding the site’s popularity.

Today, more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year. [...]

We’re amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day. (Official YouTube Blog)

Note: Emphasis theirs.

Despite fierce competition from rivals like Vimeo as well as Facebook, users and businesses continue to flock towards YouTube to power their videos online.

While YouTube has pioneered the path towards making videos more social, the service has yet to embrace live streaming en masse (although they do allow select partners to broadcast videos in real time).

Note: It will be interesting to see if rivals like Microsoft (who just purchased Qik) will make a second attempt to challenge YouTube in the future, or leave it up to Facebook to steal Google’s crown.

Should Sony Launch A “Pwn2Own” Competition?

Playstation Network Logo 300x292 Should Sony Launch A Pwn2Own Competition?Right on the heels of patching up a security flaw from their last hack attack, it looks like hackers were once again able to break into Sony’s servers and embarrass the corporation even further.

Naked Security has more details regarding the hack, although truth be told this latest breach could cost the company millions (if not billions) of dollars in lost future revenue as consumers become weary of shopping upon the Play Station Network.

Although Sony has hired security organizations to help fix any future problems, the company might be better off by launching a Pwn2Own competition in order to help seal up any potential security holes. [Read more...]

How HP’s TouchPad Can Avoid Tablet Purgatory

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With the exception of RIM’s Playbook, every iPad 2 challenger has been greeted by consumers with a lack of interest (at least as far as Android tablets go).

Instead of taking cue’s from RIM (who didn’t go out of their way to challenge Apple), HP has decided to boast about TouchPad’s superiority over rivals, claiming that their tablet will not only be able to challenge iPad 2, but also beat Apple at their own game.

Although early reviews of the TouchPad have thus far been positive, HP will have to do more than match iPad 2 on price if they plan on stealing the gold away from Apple. [Read more...]

Android To World: Over 1 In 3 Smartphones Now Belong To Us

If this one fact hasn’t convinced you that we’ve officially entered the age of Android, perhaps nothing will.

According to Gartner, Google’s mobile operating system commands a staggering 36% global share among smartphone devices in , which is almost 4 times greater than Android’s market in 2010.

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While Apple is weathering their onslaught from Android, Symbian’s lead has apparently been almost cut in half (which probably explains why Nokia abandoned Symbian in favor of Windows Phone 7).

Gartner unfortunately does not include tablets and mp3 players in the mix, which would make it easier to compare mobile operating systems (as iOS and Android have both expanded their reach to tablets and music players).

With Apple attempting to enter the prepaid market later on this fall, it will be interesting to see if Steve Jobs can thwart the rise of Android in the mobile arena.

Note: According to Gartner, Windows Phone 7 sold a modest 1.6 million smartphones, although truthfully that probably isn’t enough for Microsoft to threaten Android let alone iOS.

Chart Credit: Gartner

Google, Facebook Crying Foul Over California Bill?

facebook google Google, Facebook Crying Foul Over California Bill?

Despite being bitter enemies, it looks like the search engine giant and the social networking king may have to form a temporary alliance in order to squash a California bill that can hinder both their businesses.

Web giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Skype have banded together to oppose an online social networking privacy bill in California that would require users’ permission to display personal information such as home addresses and phone numbers. [...]

The bill would also allow parents to request any personal identifying information about their children under the age of 18 be removed within 48 hours of asking. Violations of the bill would result in fines of up to $10,000 for each violation. (Washington Post)

While the bill seems like a great idea in theory, it would probably not help parents govern the digital lives of their kids (who would respond by simply lying about their age in order to avoid having their posts removed).

Even though I can not speak from personal experience, many of my friends who are parents with kids on Facebook, Google, etc. already have the ability to remove their children’s content due to the fact that they know their kids password (which they use as a prerequisite in order to use the internet).

Although the California government has good intentions, they should let the parents be parents in the lives of their kids, instead of trying to force companies to bend over backwards when simpler solutions are available.

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