Microsoft’s sneak preview of its latest Windows mobile phone operating system on Tuesday has left the critics bemused. The new software is the first glimpse of what Nokia/Microsoft smartphones might look like when they are launched at the end of this year. It is the first chance to judge whether Microsoft – which has just 3.6 per cent of the market for smartphone operating systems – might be able to challenge Android and Apple. The answer is still a “maybe”.
Along with Google, Amazon beat digital-music kingpin Apple in the race to launch a cloud offering that lets users hear their songs on any device, but this week’s deal with Lady Gaga shows just how much it dreads the widely anticipated arrival of competition from Cupertino.
Groupon is going realtime in a big way, Andrew Mason, the local e-commerce site’s founder and chief executive, told the e-G8 conference, an exclusive gathering of tech giants and policymakers in Paris.
I was up with the Lark this morning – not the bird, but a new wearable “un-alarm” that wakes the user, but not the person sleeping next to them. Lark is an intelligent wristband that links via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app, where an alarm can be set and sleep patterns recorded. It vibrates silently at the appointed time to nudge you awake without disturbing a partner who rises at a later time.
The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.
John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted a previous Nicolas Sarkozy quote – “The internet is the new frontier, a territory to conquer” – with the sharp reply: “And I am in Paris to stop him.”
Tech news from around the web:
- Twitter has acquired Tweetdeck, the small British company whose desktop application accounts for around 10 per cent of all the messages posted on Twitter, for more than $40m in a mix of cash and stock, according to CNN Money. Tweetdeck’s free software has been downloaded by more than 20m people to give them more advanced monitoring and filtering capabilities when using Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.
Jack Dorsey, the creative talent behind Twitter, has clearly taken a leaf from Steve Jobs’ playbook. But revolutionising in-store payments will be a lot harder than persuading people to pay for digital music.
Intel is moving one of its most senior executives to China, with the country set to become the largest PC market in the world next year. Sean Maloney, one of four executive vice presidents below chief executive Paul Otellini, will take up the new post of chairman of Intel China and is to be Intel’s keynote speaker at the big Computex trade show in Taiwan next week.