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Whoopee — yet another boring Android game box for the living room – VentureBeat

Amazon’s long-awaited announcement of its Fire TV set-top box enters a crowded field of Android game consoles in the living room. For sure, Amazon has a much better chance of disrupting the multibillion dollar home console industry on the TV than any of the other so-called microconsoles. But it is entering a field that has received a tepid consumer response so far. Other Android game-related devices in the living room include GameStick, Ouya, Green Throttle (which Google now owns), Mad Catz, GamePop, and the Nvidia Shield. While all of these devices launched in the past year, none of them has achieved sales that are worth bragging about (as no one has disclosed sales). PC game digital distribution king Valve is doing its Read More

Apple v Samsung Case Highlights The New Innovator’s Dilemma – Forbes

Among the unedifying terminology revealed in the Apple Apple v Samsung patent war was Steve Jobs’ belief that his company should go thermonuclear in its dispute with Google Google, and regard it as a Holy War. How inappropriate! Yet Jobs hit a point of real contention, rather than hyperbole, in the same ‘holy War’ internal email revealed in court, and it is this: Already by 2010 Jobs believed Apple was in danger of hanging on to an old paradigm for too long – he refers to it as the danger of an innovator’s dilemma – in its battle with Google. I think he misidentified it but there is indeed a new innovator’s dilemma at work. A lot else being said Read More

Samsung updates tablet line with Galaxy Tab4 in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch versions – ZDNet

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab4. Image: Samsung Samsung, the second-largest seller of tablets worldwide, has released its next generation of Android Galaxy Tab devices.  The new Galaxy Tab4 comes in seven, eight and 10.1-inch flavours, and fill out the Samsung’s mid-range tablets line-up following its launch earlier this year of the higher-end Galaxy TabPro, which came in a whopping 12.2-inch screen version, as well as 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch models. While the specs for the Tab4 range don’t represent a huge jump in specs, the new devices ship with Android KitKat and all have 1.2GHz quad-core processors instead of the dual-core chips that powered the previous generation of Tabs. Samsung hasn’t said whether it’s using its own Read More

Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad – ABC News

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man’s help to understand how to work the phone. The stereotypes were blatant even for an industry where skimpily clad booth babes are a staple of trade shows and high-level female executives are a rarity. A backlash spread online as the event, live-streamed on the Internet and broadcast in Times Square, unfolded. How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and Read More

Apple in talks to buy Japan chip venture to secure iPhone supply chain – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Apple Inc, seeking to secure its mobile supply chain, has opened discussions to buy control of a Japanese venture that makes key microchips for its iPhone screens, sources familiar with the matter say. The talks on what would be a rare acquisition in Japan for the U.S. technology giant come as competition heats up in the smartphone industry, with pressure to produce larger, sharper and less battery-draining screens. Apple’s once undisputed command of the global mobile electronics supply chain has diminished in past years as Samsung Electronics Co and other manufacturers that make smartphones powered by Google Inc’s Android began to dominate the market. That makes the advanced chips made by the Renesas Electronics Corp division all Read More

Amazon Fire TV Versus Apple TV, Roku And Chromecast – Forbes

With the announcement of its Fire TV set-top box, Amazon finally breaks into the streaming video player market. The $99 Fire TV faces strong competition for living room dominance, however. The increasingly crowded marketplace includes the top-selling Apple Apple TV, Roku’s well-regarded lineup of players, and Google’s Google’s budget-priced Chromecast. Full disclosure: As a former employee of an Amazon subsidiary, I own shares in Amazon. Roku, a company originally spun off from Netflix Netflix, essentially created the set-top market, and its lineup of players offer the widest selection of “channels”, including Amazon Instant Video. The Apple TV, despite very little promotion, still managed  to generate $1 billion in sales (including downloads) last year, according to Apple. And Google’s Chromecast, released last summer, Read More

Biz Break: Amazon challenges Apple TV, Microsoft has its own Siri – San Jose Mercury News

Today: Seattle tech giants aim for Silicon Valley companies’ popular streaming-video, virtual-assistant offerings with new launches. Also: Tesla shoots higher while battling New Jersey’s ban. The Lead: Amazon announces streaming-video box, Microsoft shows off Siri rival The technology stars that reside in the Pacific Northwest threw down a challenge to Silicon Valley tech giants Wednesday with a pair of announcements that introduced new products that trod on the ground of Apple, Google and others. Amazon unveiled a new streaming-video box Wednesday morning that offers similar functions to the Apple TV at the same price, but with voice search and video-game options. A short time later, Microsoft showed off an update to its operating system that includes a voice-activiated virtual assistant Read More

Nokia announces Lumia 630, 635 and 930; Lumia Cyan update to include WP … – ZDNet

(Image: Nokia) I am in San Francisco today to meet with Nokia and check out their latest news regarding Windows Phone 8.1. After the Microsoft announcement, Nokia revealed the Nokia Lumia 630 and 635, as well as the Nokia Lumia 930. They also revealed the details of their Lumia Cyan Windows Phone 8.1 update plan. The Nokia Lumia 520/521 are extremely popular due to their functionality combined with low prices. T-Mobile announced they will be releasing the Nokia Lumia 635 as the first device sold in the US loaded with Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 635 has a 4.5 inch ClearBlack display, 5 megapixel camera, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB Read More

Nokia announces the Lumia 930, a 5-inch phone with a 20-megapixel PureView … – Engadget

Other features include four high-performance digital microphones, directional stereo recording on-board, wireless charging and a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Of course, it also runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1 firmware, which promises plenty of new goodies like a notification center (finally!) and Cortana, Windows’ answer to Siri and Google Now. It also has something called “SensorCore,” which apparently hooks into the Bing Health & Fitness app. Microsoft says the Lumia 930 will launch first in Europe starting in June, and will be available in Asia and other markets at a later date. It should land on more than 100 operators, priced at around $599. Unfortunately, US availability hasn’t been announced, but that could be because we already have the Read More

Nokia Unveils Three New Lumia Smartphones At Microsoft Build 2014 – ReadWrite

Nokia announced thre new Lumia devices at Microsoft Build 2014 today: The Lumia 930, Lumia 630 and Lumia 635. The Nokia Lumia 930 is very similar to the Lumia Icon device, which launched in February exclusively on Verizon. The 930 will come in a variety of colors with a 5-inch, full HD display. It will have wireless charging, a 20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor—top-of-the-line hardware in comparison to other top end smartphones on the market right now. The 930 will introduce a new feature for Nokia smartphones called “Living Images” that shows a snippet of video within a photo. Combined with the Nokia Story Teller app, users can Read More