Daily Archives: July 21, 2011

Acer boosted its cloud computing capabilities on Thursday by announcing that it plans to spend $320m to acquire iGware, a US cloud computing company whose technology powers Nintendo’s WiFi Connection. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Google says it’s winding down Google Labs, its website that lets users try out new products that Google engineers were experimenting with, the Los Angeles Times says. The move follows chief executive Larry Page’s comments made at last week’s earnings announcement:

Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter–more wood behind fewer arrows.

Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter.

We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines.

Staying with Google, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in preliminary talks with InterDigital about a possible acquisition of the wireless technology developer and licence group. The move is part of attempts by Google to bolster its patent portfolio after failing to acquire a raft of technology patents from Nortel, the WSJ said.

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Chris Nuttall

The release of Amazon’s Kindle DX black-and-white eReader a year ago was also meant to presage a new era of colour for the devices. E Ink, provider of the screen’s technology, had improved the contrast by 50 per cent with this new “Pearl” display to ensure viewing would not be dimmed too much when it laid a filter on top to add colour to eReaders. But, a year on, it seems device makers are sticking to black and white due to dissatisfaction with E Ink’s solution. Read more