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    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    It's a Googled Week, i guess..

    It seems that the competition of smart phones focus merely on an ethical approach of "Which is more open, and which is more user-friendly and allows innovation".. And, of course, Apple has been mocked for it's lack-thereof status towards these aspects (supposedly).. Well, hows Google treating you, oh freedom seekers?

    In short, Skyhook says that Google effectively forced Motorola to cancel a deal with Skyhook in which Skyhook would have provided location-based services in Motorola phones -- because Google wanted Motorola to use Google's own location services instead. -BusinessInsider
    Why? Because it's open-sourced, right?
    23. On information and belief, Google has notified OEMs that they will need to use Google Location Service, either as a condition of the Android OS-OEM contract or as a condition of the Google Apps contract between Google and each OEM. Though Google claims the Android OS is open source, by requiring OEMs to use Google Location Service, an application that is inextricably bundled with the OS level framework, Google is effectively creating a closed system with respect to location positioning. Google’s manipulation suggests that the true purpose of Android is, or has become, to ensure that “no industry player can restrict or control the innovations of any other”, unless it is Google. -Skyhook's Complaint and Jury demand via DaringFireball
    So, am trying to dumb down a bit and try to see if i can get this right (forgive my tech'less courtesy, fanboys).. Google system is open, in the grounds that Google determines as open, and the rest is closed off? Why am having an Apple DejaVu here?

    This next piece of news is not really Google's doing, but tells a bit of an inside story of those incharge of your emails.. Yes, Security has been Breached..
    David Barksdale, a 27-year-old former Google engineer, repeatedly took advantage of his position as a member of an elite technical group at the company to access users' accounts, violating the privacy of at least four minors during his employment, we've learned. Barksdale met the kids through a technology group in the Seattle area while working as a Site Reliability Engineer at Google's Kirkland, Wash. office. He was fired in July 2010 after his actions were reported to the company. -Gawker
    Which brings me to say one more thing.. If you don't want your stuff to be public, you really should look into options OTHER than the internet.. For now, at least..

    Well, lets leave it at that, since the "plot is thickening" when it comes to Googles "Do No Evil" mantra.. Commercially, its seems that Android is ranking up in sales..
    Note that I've drawn the second pie slightly larger than the first. That's because the U.S. smartphone market grew 11% in the period covered by the data. So although comScore has Apple's (AAPL) market share dropping 1.3 points from pie 1 to pie 2, its sales were actually increasing. Of the smartphone operating systems covered in the data, only Microsoft's (MSFT) shrank. -Fortune CNN
    Now, before you break the celebration bottles, you cute anti-macsters, it's a bit more about..
    But more important, for most of the three months covered by the data in the second chart, the iPhone 4 wasn't available for sale at all. And in fact, sales of the iPhone 4's predecessors were almost certainly suppressed for all of May and most of June thanks to Gizmodo, which published photos of the new iPhone in mid-April. -Fortune CNN
    So, if this proves anything, Google is being very smart about filling the gap Apple's popularity is creating (and the demand that is not being met).. Money wise, it's a pretty good thing, but settling for second best? Many phones : One OS vs. One phone : One OS *wink*

    More on Google's branching into your life, Music is now in the cloud.. Almost..
    Billboard’s sources referred to the cloud service as a locker, a place where subscribers will be able to store and access their music files and downloads, stream full tracks once prior to purchase, and share playlists with friends who would also be allowed to stream full tracks, free of charge, on their first listen. -Mashable
    Now, you can't really say that this is Apple's left over idea, more than a Rumor that many ambitious Apple techies hoped to be confirmed, over and over and over.. And while we're all gawking towards the Apple keynotes, waiting for a mention, Google is taking the first stab.. Paving the way? Am actually pretty excited about this move, am not sure how it will stream on my un-jailbroken iPhone (assuming the App store rejects this for the sake of Apple being Apple) 

    Leaving all that almost-fanboy'ism aside, still remember Microsoft? It seems that MSFT is coming to terms in accepting the new reality out there.. To what extent? well..
    Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott has tweeted that Microsoft is indeed working on apps for the iPad. So, despite Ballmer's own complaints and the ongoing rumors of a competitor, there is apparently a team somewhere at One Microsoft Way working on apps for iOS. -TUAW
    It's not the first time they approach the iOS (e.g. Bing App for iPhone) and now, they're actually planning to make use of the iPad's spread.. What is the demographic they're aiming for? So far, it's not clear, and rumors are already filling up the RSS's, but you can bet that Microsoft is planning to take a piece of whatever pie is being served, even if it was an "Apple" Pie.. *cheesy giggle*

    Since we're on the Apple mention, this is probably the most awesomest awesome way to play around your iPad, and it's NOT a fart app (....sigh)

    Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

    All i can say is, Thank you.. (you can thank me too, its ok)


    Facebook, on the other hand, is actually embracing the competition it's APIs and App developer kits are creating, especially when they FINALLY make use of social networking the way it's supposed to be (Poke me, one more time, and you're off the friend list, buddy)
    BranchOut caters to the professionally oriented Facebook user. This relatively new application transforms Facebook into your personal career center. You can search through your friends by company to see which social connections can help you professionally, too. -Mashable
    So, as many might say LinkedIn is already there for this kind of stuff, its still a hassle to manage multiple online profiles, keep them all updated, and spend your "Social networking" hour of the day in one interface, rather than multiple.. Plus, if this facebook app is a reason for people to take out the indecent pictures, annoying FarmVille invites, and the endless mind-numbing status messages (and the UNCALLED FOR TAGS, GUYS, COME ON!) Then, so be it..

    On a deseprately-almost-related note, The clock of the future is ticking.. And allow me to be skeptic about it, because THIS piece of news doesn't seem any where close to "Promising"..
    Context-aware computing is different from the simple sensor-based applications seen on smartphones today. For instance, consumers today go to an app like Yelp and search for restaurants nearby or by cuisine and price. A context-aware device would have a similar feature that would know what restaurants you have picked in the past, how you liked the food and then make suggestions for restaurants nearby based on those preferences. Additionally, it would be integrated into maps and other programs on the device.
    Researchers have been working for more than two decades on making computers be more in tune with their users.  That means computers would sense and react to the environment around them. Done right, such devices would be so in sync with their owners that the former will feel like a natural extension of the latter. -Wired
    Happy? We're practically right around the corner from that chilling Minority Report scene where the little retina thingies that are "contextually aware" of who you are and what Ads should target you.. If you saw that movie, or know about Skynet, you won't like where we "might" be heading.. According to the article, that "might" might be a bit more of a "will".. Make sense much? 

    Finally, i'll sign off with a quick mention of Congrats (and a slight sigh) for the UAE to linger on.. Because, right under your noses :
    The Middle East is getting its first microchip factory thanks to a massive $7 billion investment by the Abu Dhabi government-owned Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC). -MaximumPC
    So, it's not really a research facility more than mass-production'isque (or so I understood), but it's actually pretty exciting news to know that it's happening right across the border.. Speaking of borders, how is that new mall coming along, Jeddah?

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