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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Google Tops Exxon Mobil to Become World's 2nd Most Valuable Company

"Google has surpassed Exxon Mobile to become the second most valuable company in the world.

Google's market cap topped $391 billion in early trading Friday, while Exxon Mobil's market cap dipped towards the $390 billion mark, according to data provided to Mashable by FactSet Research."

Aereo's Atlanta capacity runs out on heels of NY sellout | Internet & Media - CNET News

"Aereo, the online TV startup that streams broadcast television, appears to have run out of capacity for new members in Atlanta, the second city to stop accepting new members in the last week."

Samsung Galaxy TabPro - Tablets - CNET Reviews

Google is bringing the stock Android home screen to almost every phone, outfoxing OEMs | ExtremeTech

"Since Android started to take off a few years back, users have had to choose between a limited number of stock devices and the plethora of OEM-modified experiences. Some of the best hardware available comes with detestable software, but now Google is finally on the verge of easing the pain. A huge update the the official GoogleSearch app has been pushed out to devices, and it contains a new stock launcher experience just waiting to be activated. A launcher in the search app? Yes, it’s looking like a massive end-run around OEMs."



Google is bringing the stock Android home screen to almost every phone, outfoxing OEMs | ExtremeTech

Google Launcher - Everything you need to know! I would install this on any recent Android device. It brings Google Now, the better than Siri Google search assistant to any Android device.

New Nexus 10 2 Release Date: Why Google Might Not Launch it at All

"Even though the folks at Google didn’t admit it, the old Nexus 10 was not just your average developer’s device, but a true competitor for Apple’s iPad. It had great specs (for 2012), great looks, and a great price. For those of you needing a refresher, the Nexus 10 packs a 2560 x 1600 Super PLS TFT screen, dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 Dual processor (Cortex A15), 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of native storage, 5 and 1.9 MP cameras, and a 9,000 mAh battery. It was better than Apple’s iPad in any aspect, except one: marketing.

Even though the Nexus 10 had tremendous specs and low price, only a handful of customers have heard about it. Furthermore, it was constantly out of stock in Play Store (because stocks shortages, not due to high demand), while the retailers outside US sold it at almost twice the Play Store price. Therefore, the Nexus 10 failed to become a popular tablet even though it had the likes of being one of the greatest.

Google now probably fears that a Nexus 10 2 would fail as miserably as its predecessor, which would have happened if it had received the same bad marketing as the original Nexus 10. But what will the developers who want to make apps for bigger displays do now? Well, they’ll probably be able to purchase the Google Play Edition of tablets like Samsung Galaxy Note Pro or Galaxy Tab Pro.

The rumor mill speculated that the New Nexus 10 will sport a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2560 x 1600 10.1-inch display, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP primary camera, and 32/64 GB of storage. How would a company mange to sell a device with the abovementioned spec for under $500 and not lose money? Yes, you’re right. It’s impossible.

The Mountain View-based giant is probably tired of losing money only for the sake of increasing Android’s market share. They already have the OEMs that do that for them, so why bother?"

Friday, February 07, 2014

HTC-made Nexus 10 coming later this year? - IntoMobile

"HTC had hard time succeeding in the tablet market, despite launching some rock-solid devices in the past. If I would have to pinpoint one reason why the Taiwanese company failed to gain traction in this space, I would say – timing. They had great products but at the time they were introduced in the market, not HTC had hard time succeeding in the tablet market, despite launching some rock-solid devices in the past. If I would have to pinpoint one reason why the Taiwanese company failed to gain traction in this space, I would say – timing. They had great products but at the time they were introduced in the market, not that many people wanted a tablet.

Today, however, the situation is totally different with a number of different companies competing for the user’s attention. And with more folks getting tablets, now may be the right time to “stage a comeback.”

Guess what? HTC may be mulling something like that as we speak. According to the Taiwanese media, the company has scored a deal with Google to make a “high end” Nexus tablet. Yup, this could be the next Nexus 10, which will reportedly officially debut at some point in the third quarter.

It’s about time we see HTC returning to the “Nexus scene,” which they’ve started with the original Nexus One. This could also bethe chance for the company to get back to the tier-one league. We want HTC to succeed and making the next Nexus 10 tablet could certainly help them move in the right direction. What do you say?

many people wanted a tablet.

Today, however, the situation is totally different with a number of different companies competing for the user’s attention. And with more folks getting tablets, now may be the right time to “stage a comeback.”

Guess what? HTC may be mulling something like that as we speak. According to the Taiwanese media, the company has scored a deal with Google to make a “high end” Nexus tablet. Yup, this could be the next Nexus 10, which will reportedly officially debut at some point in the third quarter.

It’s about time we see HTC returning to the “Nexus scene,” which they’ve started with the original Nexus One. This could also bethe chance for the company to get back to the tier-one league. We want HTC to succeed and making the next Nexus 10 tablet could certainly help them move in the right direction. What do you say?"

AndroidSPIN | [RUMOUR] Nexus 8 launch coming at the end of April due to poor Nexus 7 sales

"The Nexus 8 is quickly becoming the definitive ‘Bigfoot’ of the Android world; rumours of its existence have run rife since the above picture was spotted on Google‘s own website, however in classic Google style, the tech company has revealed absolutely nothing about its plans or even hinted at where it’s going with its tablet line. Today, we get yet another rumour that is saying that the Nexus 8 launch will be happening at the end of April, and will be manufactured in conjunction withASUS, as the previous Nexus 7 models have been."

Monday, February 03, 2014

Major Tech Companies Disclose Secret Court Orders for First Time

Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and LinkedIn have all provided statistics on government requests for user data issued through National Security Letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders. Internet communications companies were previously forbidden to release such data, until the U.S. government reached an agreement with several of the aforementioned companies, which was announced last week.