WEB/BUSINESS

July 13th, 2012, 1:48 PM

Microsoft: It’s a “PC-Plus” Era, Not a “Post-PC” Era

For Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, reports of the death of the PC era have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, the Microsoft COO took some time during his keynote to bash Apple’s claims that we are now computing in a “post-PC” era. “They’ve talked about it [...]

July 13th, 2012, 1:14 AM

Betaworks Buys Digg, Corpse of Social Media Superstar, for $500,000

Digg, a social media pioneer founded by TechTV alum Kevin Rose, and once valuated by Google for a reported $200 million, has been purchased by New York-based technology incubator Betaworks for a paltry sum of $500,000. Betaworks says its going to integrate the core of the website into its fledging service News.me. “Over the last [...]

July 10th, 2012, 4:21 PM

At the RIM Annual General Meeting, an Air of Uncertainty

The applause flowed following question after question; the applauding wasn’t a reception for a thoughtful, insightful, or clever answer from the lot of executives gathered on stage but rather served as a barometer of the spitefulness of the question asked. A shareholder who took the microphone near the stage wished the CEO well, but remained [...]

July 9th, 2012, 2:26 PM

Having Resolved its Case With ProView, Apple Faces Another Lawsuit in China

Having only just resolved an intellectual property case in the country earlier this month, Apple finds itself in hot water again in China over an allegations that its Siri personal assistant software violates the patents of a Chinese software developer. Zhi Zhen Internet Technology, a Shanghai-based software developer, alleges that Apple’s Siri — which launched [...]

July 9th, 2012, 2:01 AM

Samsung Group’s Growth is Misleading

Samsung Electronics released its quarterly earnings guidance late last week: Profits hit $5.9 billion, up 14.5 per cent from the previous quarter, and 79 per cent from last year. While these figures will make for excited chatter amongst investors, Samsung Electronics as a whole is being kept afloat by growth in mobile phones. Mobile phones [...]

July 5th, 2012, 3:14 PM

Did Joe Biden Order the Shutdown of MegaUpload?

Joe Biden has been accused by former cyberlocker mogul Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz of personally ordering the shutdown of MegaUpload at the behest of the MPAA. Mr. Schmitz’s purported evidence is a White House visitor’s log he obtained that shows a meeting took place in the White House between Vice President Biden, MPAA chief Chris [...]

July 4th, 2012, 11:52 AM

Apple Loses U.K Patent Skirmish to HTC

Apple’s multi-theatre patent war suffered a setback today, as a U.K judge ruled that HTC had not infringed on four of Apple’s E.U held patents. The court also ruled that three of four patents being contested were invalid. These patents are related to slide-to-unlock, multitouch, and foreign language text input functionality. Judge Christopher Floyd, who [...]

July 3rd, 2012, 1:32 AM

Samsung Display is Now The World’s Largest Display Manufacturer

Over the weekend, Samsung Display announced that the merger with Samsung Mobile Display and S-LCD corporations was complete and the company had begun to do business. Below is the announcing press release: Samsung Display Co., Ltd., a global leader in display panel technologies and products, announced today that it has begun conducting business as a [...]

June 29th, 2012, 2:45 PM

New Zealand Court Finds MegaUpload Raid Illegal

A New Zealand court has determined that search warrants used by police in the January raid of the residence of MegaUpload boss Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz were illegal. Prosecutors in New Zealand working at the behest of the F.B.I allege Mr. Schmitz was the ringleader of cabal that benefitted handsomely from the unauthorized distribution of [...]

June 21st, 2012, 11:24 PM

MegaUpload Founder Proves He’s “Too Legit To Quit” With New Music-Sharing Venture

As the case against Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz collapses, the former cyberlocker mogul has taken to creating a new venture – with the putative support of Steve Wozniak and the definite support of a few major musicians – that promises to “unchain” artists from the traditional model of music distribution. First announced last year before [...]