Archive for January, 2012

Rovio says piracy brings in more business for Angry Birds

Rovio says piracy brings in more business for Angry Birds

Somewhere, a RIAA supporter is crying right now. Rovio, the mobile developer behind the wildly popular Angry Birds game has talked a bit about piracy at the Medim conference this week. Rather than get aggressive and sue people like the RIAA did; Rovio is taking a much more laid-back and much more intelligent path to dealing with piracy. The policy is do nothing unless it hurts users of the game or clearly hurts the Angry Birds brand.

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Court rejects Oracle’s attempt to kill Itanium processor support agreement with HP

Court rejects Oracle’s attempt to kill Itanium processor support agreement with HP

Oracle and HP have been in court with Oracle trying to get out of an agreement it is said to have in place with HP that covers the support of Itanium processors. The legal fuss came about after Oracle announced in March of last year that it would no longer support the Intel Itanium processors with the latest version of its database system. Oracle's claim was that these processors were nearing their end of life.

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Facebook says over 5 billion songs shared and talks frictionless sharing

Facebook says over 5 billion songs shared and talks frictionless sharing

I would wager many of us have friends on Facebook listen to a lot of music, and the links to that music are shared on the social network for you and others to listen along. It hasn't even been six months yet since Facebook launched music sharing, and already a huge number of tracks have been shared on the social network. Facebook music sharing was introduced last September at the F8 conference and since then there have been 5 billion songs shared.

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Android developers get their own official Google+ page

Android developers get their own official Google+ page

If you are an Android developer, you now have your own space on Google+ to visit and hang out with other developers. The Android development team now has a dedicated page on Google+ where they can meet, talk, share, and connect. Google hopes it will give the developers a place to meet and share ideas. I'm sure more than a few new developers will manage to make their way to the official page and to ask experienced developers questions.

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Samsung loses Galaxy Tab German Apple ban appeal

Samsung loses Galaxy Tab German Apple ban appeal

Samsung's bad luck in German courts continues, with the company's attempts to have Apple's sales ban against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 overturned rejected this week. The Korean firm had protested the Android tablet's injunction at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, which found in favor of the injunction instigated by the lower court - initially impacting the majority of Europe, but later limited to just Germany - though for different reasons.

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Facebook Timeline Movie Maker makes a movie out of your content

Facebook Timeline Movie Maker makes a movie out of your content

I think most of us would agree that the new Facebook Timeline isn't something we want on our profiles. I don't like the way timeline profiles look, and I'm sure I am not alone. Facebook has now launched a new app that will take all the content you put on your Timeline profile, and turn that content into a little movie. That sounds interesting, and some people will probably appreciate the new app.

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Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will sell 40 million iPhones in China by 2013

Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will sell 40 million iPhones in China by 2013

Apple has admitted that it had planned poorly for the launch of the iPhone 4S in China. Apple launched the iPhone 4S in China and didn't have enough stock leaving many who waited in line without the device, which led to near riots with eggs thrown at windows, and employees smacked around. Despite the initial issues with the iPhone in China, Apple is predicted to sell a huge number of devices by 2013. In fact, analysts predict that Apple could add as much as $10 per share in revenue from China alone.

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Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app

Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app

Sky has revealed a new on-demand streaming TV service, offering subscription-based and pay-per-view content to those who haven't signed up to the network's satellite TV option. Set to launch in the UK in the first half of this year, the new Sky internet TV service will stream content to computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and smart TVs. Meanwhile, there's also news on expansion to the Sky Go mobile app, including a version for Android.

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