Throughout Los Angeles business computer services can help customers plan for their future computer use. Just like any other piece of machinery, a computer has a "shelf life" and an operational lifespan. It will help combat frustrations if users think about this and plan ahead...
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Wireless Carriers Unite on Software Development
The world's largest mobile phone carriers say they're joining forces to make it easier for software developers to write apps that will run on as many phones as possible. The "Wholesale Applications Community" announced Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is an attempt to retake the initiative from phone makers like Apple and Nokia, which have applications stores of their own. Google is also building a significant store for its Android software. U.S. carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA are... --..
NY Times to Charge for Online Access
New York Magazine reports that the NY Times appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of debate inside the paper, the choice has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. [caption id="attachment_2328" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The New York Times building[/caption] The Times seems to have settled on the metered system. The decision to go paid is monumental for the Times, and culminates a yearlong debate that grew contentious, people close to the talks... --..
Online Coupon Search Engine Launched
Are you a thrifty shopper who loves finding online coupons for the best deals on the items you need? If so, you might get frustrated surfing various sites and sifting through search engine results trying to find the right coupons for your upcoming purchases. The Daily Reflector in Greenville, SC reports that a solution might be near as online shopping site MoneyMailer.com has launched a new search engine designed to simplify the process of finding online coupons. New search engine enhancements such as portals that group similar coupons together make it easier for consumers to find deals in their area. [caption id="attachment_2326" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Old fashioned coupons[/caption] "Everyone wants to save,"... --..
Microsoft Summarizes its Good Year at CES
Today, Microsoft detailed its plans for the coming year at the Consumer Electronics Show. For the second year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer served as keynote speaker and kicked things off with plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC. [caption id="attachment_2331" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show[/caption] Ballmer proceeded to tout the company’s successes, which include its recent Windows 7 launch, and also spent time outlining the company's plans for enhancing home entertainment and tying together the “three screens” through which people experience media today (television, PC and mobile devices). All things considered, it has been a good year for Microsoft,... --..
Google Moving YouTube Toward Gaming?
A patent application from Google has been raising eyebrows today. The application is titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos. Filed February 19, 2009, it was only published earlier this month, and describes a way to provide “the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive games.” When you read through the description, it also becomes clear that the games could and will be built atop videos submitted to a hosting site. This makes it sound as though Google plans to extend their YouTube site into an associated gaming site. This development could mean two very different things. The creation of games that can move in and out of popular videos, or a... --..
Microsoft Loses to i4i
After a three-judge panel on Tuesday upheld patent-infringement charges alleged by a small Canadian company, Microsoft has been ordered to pay more than $290 million in fines, and either stop selling Word or strip its custom-XML editor. The company lost its appeal of an August district court decision which had previously awarded i4i Inc. $200 million and slapped Microsoft with an injunction on selling Word in its current form. Toronto-based i4i manufactures and sells custom-XML add-ons to the ubiquitous word-processing software. It's highly unlikely that Microsoft will stop selling Word, so it must at least alter the software in order to comply with an injunction that will take effect Jan. 11. It also has to pay i4i more than $290 million after additional fees and interest that fattened up the jury-awarded legal penalty. Tuesday's ruling has put an... --..
Intel’s Anti Competitive Consequences
In an unsurprising move, the FTC has sued Intel for anti-competitive practices this morning. It has been a bittersweet year for Intel, but their December has turned into a month many INTC investors would rather forget. The year's highlights include having the fastest CPUs on the market with the Nehalem based i5/i7 processors, Core 2 series still running strong in both desktops and notebooks, and Atom helping to cement their product line in thin and lights. But there were just as many negatives this year for Intel. The EU fined them a whopping $1.45 billion for anti-competitive practices this Spring, and while Intel is appealing this fine, they still had to fork over the scratch to cover the fine. Adding insult to injury, NVIDIA has also leveled charges against Intel for unfair business practices. Intel has... --..
Craigslist and eBay Get Their Day in Court
Meg Whitman, former eBay chief executive, took the witness stand today to make her case that Craigslist unfairly denied the Internet auction giant a seat on its board. Whitman, currently running for the seat of governor of California, spent several hours detailing the negotiations that led to her company's investment in Craigslist, and the eventual falling out that occurred between her and the classified ad company’s top executives. The founders of Craigslist and eBay, Craig Newmark and Pierre Omidyar, will be called soon after to give their accounts of the events. EBay claims to want to shed light on the “coercive plan” that it believes Newmark hatched with Craigslist Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster in order to dilute eBay’s ownership stake, which ultimately stripped eBay of its seat on the Craigslist board. In response, Craigslist... --..
Google Gives Back by not Hogging Good Employees
According the Google, the company removes from consideration one of its superhuman job candidates every now and then, in an effort to avoid an over-concentration of brilliance. Bradley Horowitz, Google Vice President, explained this concept at the annual Supernova conference in San Francisco this week. He claimed that the company may intentionally leave some brainpower outside its walls, in an effort to improve the market landscape as a whole and keep things balanced. This is very a very generous position for Google to take, especially given that they hire "the world's best engineers" using a grueling interview process, complete with quizzes. Some of its most valuable employees had to short-circuit the system for their jobs, but that might just only makes it more perfect. Thankfully, Google seems to be using their system for good rather than evil,... --..
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