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Earlier today, @evleaks tweeted the specs of an upcoming HTC phone which is presumed to be the Facebook phone. It’s not actually a Facebook phone that runs on a mobile operating system made by the social networking giant with the hardware made by HTC, but an HTC phone with a dedicated Facebook button, and Instagram will be hugely integrated into the device as well. This is nothing new for HTC, which released two notable Android handsets in 2011: the Salsa and ChaCha, which both have a dedicated Facebook button. The two phones weren’t that popular since you can easily access Facebook on any... more »
For the last few years, Google has rolled out a new version of Android every year. There is no reason to believe 2013 will be an exception. Android 5.0, aka "Key Lime Pie," will replace Android 4.2, aka "Jelly Bean," this year. I have no idea what Android 5.0 will contain in terms of new features, but whatever it is, it should bring new a new software cohesiveness to all the major Android use cases: smartphones, tablets and Google TV. Google NOW, introduced last June, could take center stage, especially on the smartphone. As interesting as the software always is, 2013 looks... more »
In an effort to de-clutter the social networking site, Facebook decided it would be best to make photos the center of the world with a new look. Unlike previous speculations that Facebook would be plastering bigger ads on its site, it’s quite surprising that the improvements actually center on people’s stories and activities. It is often said that pictures convey more stories than actual words, and this might have been what its design team had in mind with the social network update. New Feed organization . The new look comes with new feeds: All Friends which shows users everything their friends are sharing; Photos... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: Google cuts more than 10% of Motorola workforce; BlackBerry Z10 arriving at AT&T on March 22; Snapchat controversy; and FTC fights against phine spam. Google cuts more than 10% of Motorola workforce In an effort to cut costs and losses, Google has started to layoff more than 10 percent or about 1,200 employees of Motorola Mobility. The search giant stated in a company e-mail that though it remains positive about its products, it’s still facing challenges and needs to reduce operating expenses. "These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It's obviously very hard... more »
Readers living in Germany who frequently rely on Google Maps might be feeling a little bit lost in a couple of months, after it was revealed that the service could well be blocked as a result of a patent dispute between Google and Microsoft. The website FOSS Patents suggests that Microsoft is likely to be successful in obtaining an inunction against Google after alleging that the company has infringed upon one of its key patents. Patent number EP0845124, which was issued to Microsoft in 1996, is described as a "computer system for identifying local resources and method therefore" and is central... more »
Eric Colson, Chief Analytics Officer of StitchFix, stopped by theCube to talk with hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante about their recommendation engine. Often referred to as Pandora meets Zappos, StitchFix is powered by a recommendation engine for purchasing clothes (full interview below). But wait, hold your horses. How's that again? "Algorithmically-chosen clothing. So it’s eCommerce," says Colson. "We offer apparel items, but the customer doesn’t pick them out. We will choose on behalf of the customers based on their preferences and ship the merchandise right to their home, where they don’t have to keep anything they don’t want. If they decide... more »
A Samsung device owner recently discovered a method to bypass the login screen and gain full access to his phone without ever entering a password. The technique relies on a flaw in the native emergency call feature that could potentially be abused by hackers and thieves. SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto went over the latest Cybersecurity news with Kristin Feledy on this morning’s NewsDesk segment (full video below). Casaretto says that because the login screen is the most fundamental security layer on one’s mobile device, this latest bug has the potential to “shatter” some users’ sense of security. Considering that many mobile users... more »
Microsoft might insist that it's happy enough with sales of Windows 8, but its new operating system has far from won over all of the critics, prompting drastic action as the Redmond-based firm offers significant price breaks to manufacturers in order to boost the development of small, touchscreen-enabled laptops. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Digitimes, Microsoft has decided to slash the cost of its Windows 8 and Office 2013 bundles to manufacturers from $120 to just $30. Microsoft hasn't actually confirmed the news, but if true then the move should have a significant impact on its fortunes. It's no... more »
Flash has been a revolutionizing technology impacting enterprise and consumer storage alike. From the data center to the USB port, flash storage has introduced new capabilities for storing and sharing data. And this week's been particularly huge for flash technology, given the number of related updates and product launches from some of the industry's best. Wikibon’s CTO David Floyer wrote up a piece on the latest news from one of these top players, EMC, exploring its news of an all flash array and a line of PCIe cards that can fit inside a server. He deems the launch a significant... more »
EMC's combination of the latest ExtremeIO all-flash array technology, its own strengths in services, and its excellent world-wide support makes it a strong contender in a crowded market that includes all the large IT hardware players, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in “Flash-only Arrays at Full Gallop”. But it has limited itself in two ways in the marketplace. First, the EMC XtremeIO array is not in general availability; rather it is in what EMC calls “directed availability”, which Floyer interprets to mean “directed away from VMAX customers”. Second, by killing Thunder, it's server-side PCIe solution, EMC has chosen... more »