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Posts from — September 2011

AMD claims ownership of S3 Graphics patents that HTC aimed at Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

AMD, which became a significant component vendor to Apple when it acquired graphics chipmaker ATI, has claimed ownership of the S3 graphics patents that prompted HTC to buy S3 in order to bring patent litigation against Apple.
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September 30, 2011   5 Comments

Kindle Fire promises to burn Android to the ground

Daniel Eran Dilger

Android advocates seem confident that Amazon’s low cost new Kindle Fire will finally breathe some life into the Android tablet market, giving Google a boost after an embarrassing year of tablet failures. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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September 30, 2011   17 Comments

Oracle seeking an injunction against Android as an “incompatible clone of Java”

Daniel Eran Dilger

Oracle’s comments in its infringement lawsuit against Google’s Android platform has revealed that the company is seeking not just royalties, but a legal order stopping the distribution of Android entirely.
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September 22, 2011   29 Comments

Windows Phone 7 introduces app version issues in Mango update

Daniel Eran Dilger

In its first significant update, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is introducing a new layer of app version complexity for developers and users that offers a glimpse of how both it and Windows 8 will differ from Apple’s existing iOS and Mac App Stores.
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September 20, 2011   6 Comments

Podcast: Windows 8

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Windows 8 in a radio broadcast featuring CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt and Macworld’s Lex Friedman.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Pacific, 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Eastern, at http://www.technightowl.com/radio/. An archive of the show is available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast.

The episode is available here: September 17, 2011 — Daniel Eran Dilger, Seth Rosenblatt and Lex Friedman

The Tech Night Owl LIVE is also broadcast on many local radio stations via the GCN network. There’a also now a mobile app for GCN radio.

You can also access our show’s Podcast feed, now available at: http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml.

September 20, 2011   1 Comment

Microsoft remains noncommittal on Office plans for Windows 8 tablets

Daniel Eran Dilger

While eager to demonstrate next year’s Windows 8, Microsoft has been reticent to make any promises about a tablet friendly new version of Office sporting the new Metro look, a clear departure from Apple’s strategy of presenting the original iPad with a suite of new iWork apps, but only after both were finished and ready to sell.
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September 19, 2011   16 Comments

Microsoft to take 30% cut of Metro apps under Windows 8

Daniel Eran Dilger

New Metro-style apps designed to run on Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 for tablets will copy Apple’s App Store business model of charging a 30 percent fee from developers, allowing the potential for Microsoft to regain control over software in segments it has lost to Apple’s iTunes and Google search.
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September 16, 2011   18 Comments

Apple beats Microsoft in releasing Windows 8

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft is still a year (and ahem) away from bringing Windows 8 and its new Metro UI to market, but Apple has already beaten the company in releasing a hardware accelerated, animated web browser. It’s called Safari 5.
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September 16, 2011   28 Comments

Why Microsoft 8 doesn’t matter

Daniel Eran Dilger

Gadget blogs are in a lather to photograph every piece of new prototype hardware seen running “early beta” builds of Windows 8, thinking that the completely new Metro-fied release might dramatically shake up the tablet market. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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September 15, 2011   59 Comments

Microsoft gives its developers Windows 8 tablets with a taste of Bob

Daniel Eran Dilger

Handing out free tablets was the least Microsoft could do after years of leading its mobile developers down dead ends with Tablet PC, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista, Slate PC and Windows Phone 7. Still, will $500 worth of hardware in the hands of mobile developers forestal the death of Windows any better than it preserved webOS or Android 3.0 Honeycomb?
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September 13, 2011   31 Comments