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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

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

Windows 8 Fanboy

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   60 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

Samsung’s Digital Picture Frame was no iPad

Daniel Eran Dilger

If Google’s overall Android strategy seems to be derived from the collective fantasies of blog commenters (Google should buy Motorola!!), then Samsung’s legal defense in Apple’s infringement cases appears to be similarly sourced from anonymous online comments (I can’t see it!! If anything, Apple is copying Samsung!!).
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August 23, 2011   28 Comments

iOSchadenfreude

Daniel Eran Dilger

Here’s some choice examples of why you can’t believe everything companies or pundits proclaim about the prospects of their products.
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August 19, 2011   9 Comments

Google’s acquisition of Motorola set to doom Android, Chrome OS

Daniel Eran Dilger

What do Google and Motorola get from being under the same management? Google gets access to Motorola’s home networking gear, GPS devices, cable boxes, and cord/cordless phones, all of which work directly against what Google has been trying to deliver in its Android push. In return, Motorola will destroy third party interest in Android and Chrome OS, while doing nothing to provide Google with the retail stores, PC platform, and local software experience it lacks.
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August 16, 2011   31 Comments

Google wants to be Apple as much as Microsoft did. But can Motorola help?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Years after the tech industry unanimously agreed that Microsoft’s licensing model was far superior to Apple’s integrated hardware model, Microsoft began desperate measures to adopt Apple’s. Now Google is trying to do the same. Will buying Motorola help?
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August 15, 2011   17 Comments

Google moves Android from a PlaysForSure strategy to Zune strategy

Daniel Eran Dilger

While Android fans like to point out how well the free software is performing by looking at its plurality of market share among smartphone makers, the reality is that Android isn’t doing so well. Google’s acquisition of Motorola is proof of that.
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August 15, 2011   20 Comments

Are software patents evil?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Ask anyone covering the patent wars currently being waged between Oracle and Google, or between Apple and HTC and Motorola and Kodak, or Lodsys and iOS developers, and regardless of their opinion about legal liability they’ll tell you that the patent system is broken, and more often than not, that patents on software are sort of evil and should probably just go away. But are patents really that bad?
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August 9, 2011   42 Comments

Podcast: iCloud, Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and Android

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about iCloud, Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and Android in a podcast with Paul Wagenseil, Jim Galbraith, and Ted Landau.

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.

They episode is available here: August 6, 2011 — Daniel Eran Dilger, Paul Wagenseil, Jim Galbraith, and Ted Landau

The Tech Night Owl LIVE is also broadcast on many local radio stations via the GCN network.

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

August 6, 2011   No Comments

Why is Google playing the Cold War patent game in the age of patent terrorism?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Seems hard to believe it was only one year ago that Google was rattling swords at its Google IO conference, comparing Apple and its iOS to North Korea while advancing Android 2.2 Froyo. What a difference a year makes. Now, rather than arrogantly bragging about how Android would crush and humiliate Apple’s axis of evil, Google has shifted into weeping about how other players in the mobile industry are threatening it with intellectual property claims
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August 5, 2011   19 Comments