Creative incompatibility and islands of data

A consistent challenge faced by users of information technology has been getting data they’ve created using one tool on one device to another device, in the format they’d like to use. I’ve heard complaints that it is often difficult to move calendar entries, task lists, documents, contact lists, photos, or data files from a person’s… Read more →

Daily Report: The ‘Smart Device’ Future

The smartphone is now a developed market. The tablet is newer, but is clearly catching on with consumers as more companies create products to compete with the iPad. So at this stage, how are tech analysts looking at the market? Gartner predicts that 1.2 billion “smart devices” will be sold next year, up 50 percent from this year. (To savor… Read more →

Daily Report: The ‘Smart Device’ Future

The smartphone is now a developed market. The tablet is newer, but is clearly catching on with consumers as more companies create products to compete with the iPad. So at this stage, how are tech analysts looking at the market? Gartner predicts that 1.2 billion “smart devices” will be sold next year, up 50 percent from this year. (To savor… Read more →

How businesses can tap smartphones to improve service

In tech-crazy Singapore everyone has a smartphone. Aunties, uncles, bankers, and students can be seen punching away at gorilla glass screens on the bus and taking photos of food at restaurants. As the owner of Standing Sushi Bar, I’ve been thinking about what scenarios are unlocked if all of one’s customers are toting mini-computers in… Read more →

Obama’s victory message sets most tweeted-per-second record

“Four more years.” A short enough message, but one that has set Twitter’s record for the most new tweets-per-second record, reaching 327,000 a second at its peak. The message was sent from U.S. President Obama’s Twitter account at 4.16am GMT, once Obama’s re-election to the White House for another four years became certain. This image… Read more →

VirnetX wins Apple patent infringement case

A Texan court has ordered Apple to pay a hefty $368.32 million fine to patent and security firm VirnetX. Bloomberg reports that U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis’s court found Apple infringed on networking patents held by VirnetX. The patents in question, focused on virtual private network technology, have apparently been used in Apple’s FaceTime video… Read more →

Indians prefer smartphones to TVs

In most households in India, evenings used to be a time when families sat together for dinner. Some decades ago, the idiot box changed that and families started watching soap operas or news together. The time spent at the dinner table, discussing the day’s events, reduced considerably. But if a survey conducted by Google-IPSOS is… Read more →

‘Big Data’ or ‘corporate spying’?

LONDON– Where should businesses draw the line when it comes down to data mining? This year, an irate man from Minnaepolis rang retailer Target to complain about an advertising campaign in which his daughter was recieving coupons for baby clothes, cribs and other items. In fury, he demanded to know why the firm was sending his daughter — still in… Read more →

Apple adds Jelly Bean to list of grievances in Samsung case

Apple is expanding its lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. District Court in Northern California with some notable additions. The iPhone maker is asserting the Galaxy Note 10.1 device as well as the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, both violate its patents, according to Bloomberg. [U.S. District Judge Lucy] Koh on Oct. 1 rescinded… Read more →

Rackspace’s grand OpenStack plan: Target Amazon Web Services

Rackspace reported solid third quarter results, indicated that the OpenStack cloud platform is gaining traction and spent a lot of time setting itself up as an alternative to Amazon Web Services. The company consists of two businesses—a smaller but fast growing cloud unit and a hosting business that’s distinguished by customer support. The cloud unit is closely watched because many… Read more →