Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chris Nuttall

The claim of Berlin’s International Radio Show (IFA) to be the biggest consumer electronics show in the world is fiercely contested by the Consumer Electronics Association in America, which organises the better known CES in Las Vegas.

But this week’s IFA is certainly better attended as well as being better timed than its January counterpart in terms of gauging what sort of year the industry is having and revealing what are the likely best-sellers in the upcoming holiday season. Read more

Maija Palmer

gemalto imageThe disruption suffered by companies in the recent spate of technology patent wars became apparent last week when Gemalto, the French smartcard company, revealed a €13.5m shortfall in its patents revenue, following a dispute with makers of Android smartphones.

The Paris-based company launched a suit against Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung last October, alledging that they had used Gemalto’s smartcard technology in Android devices without a licence. Read more

Sony gave us the hard facts on the launch of its first tablets at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Wednesday, naming the two models and giving details of pricing and availability.

Sir Howard Stringer, Sony chief executive, said the products – arriving far later than any of its rivals – would take the tablet world to a new level and, in a jibe at the iPad, “prove that it’s not who makes it first that counts, but who makes it better”.

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Chris Nuttall

Sony gave us the hard facts on the launch of its first tablets at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Wednesday, naming the two models and giving details of pricing and availability.
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Samsung began the most serious challenge to Apple and the iPad when it unveiled the first in its Galaxy Tab series at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin a year ago.

It looks set to raise its game further back here in Berlin this week, where the Korean company, Sony and Toshiba, among others, are showing off new tablet formats to take on the iPad at their 2011 IFA press conferences.

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Tech news from around the web:

Online retailer Amazon is set to launch a new version of its shopping website, according to The Next Web. The new website’s design has been adapted to appeal to tablet and PC owners, a sign, TNW believes, that the company could soon announce the launch of its own tablet device. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Samsung began the most serious challenge to Apple and the iPad when it unveiled the first in its Galaxy Tab series at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin a year ago.

It looks set to raise its game further back here in Berlin this week, where the Korean company, Sony and Toshiba, among others, are showing off new tablet formats to take on the iPad at their 2011 IFA press conferences. Read more

Joseph Menn

Adding insult to an injurious two weeks at Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest computer maker has discovered that the discontinued TouchPad is a hit, at least at going-out-of-business-sale prices, and has pledged to manufacture some moreRead more

As Apple moves from a period of charismatic leadership under Steve Jobs to more organisational leadership under the more low-key Tim Cook, it is following a managerial tradition that pertains in every successful organisation when the founder entrepreneur retires. As Mr Jobs leaves his chief executive post, attention has rightly been paid to his record as a product and marketing innovator, but less to his management style – which, both good and bad, is inimitable. Along with his enviable aesthetic sense, focus and negotiating prowess came a readiness to humiliate and embarrass others.

Continue reading: “How Jobs made Apple fit for the future”

Tech news from around the web:

Apple has released the beta version of iTunes Match, the service that lets users stream music tracks from the cloud, MacRumors reports. The service is currently available to developers in the US only.

A new research from Forrester says Amazon’s rumoured tablet could sell 3 to 5 million units in Q4 this year, Business Insider reports. The tablet is expected to launch in October, the site says. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Zynga, which reportedly prepared the fastest IPO filing in history, is being a little more circumspect about its actual debut on a fragile stock market. Read more

If it pays to know your enemy, Paul Maritz is sitting pretty. As the boss of VMware, a Californian company that has risen quickly to become the world’s fourth most valuable software concern, he finds himself in a position that has made many other software executives squirm over the years: slap in Microsoft’s line of fire. Read more

Google TV, the search company’s troubled internet-television service, will soon be getting a reboot, its executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, hinted on Saturday.

Speaking after delivering Friday’s MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Mr Schmidt said Google was in discussions with all the major UK broadcasters ahead of a European launch of set-top boxes using its software early next year.

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Tech news from around the web:

Facebook is updating its photo viewer,  ZDNet reports. Facebook Photos will look cleaner, easier to view and bigger.

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal reports that the mobile payment service, Square, is growing through out the US. Data from the company shows that “just about every major city and plenty of smaller places have someone using the device”. Read more

From Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google+, to NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Allen Paltrow, who met Steve Jobs as a young boy, the web was filled with stories of personal reminiscences about the Apple co-founder and expressions of gratitude for his visionary work.

Late on Wednesday, Mr Jobs announced he was stepping down as chief executive of Apple. Many in the tech world reflected on his influential leadership. Others pondered whether the company will continue its success with Tim Cook taking overRead more

The debate will no doubt rage for some time about how Apple will fare now Steve Jobs has stepped down as chief executive. Will the group retain its extraordinary leadership in the technology sphere – one that has carried it to the brink of becoming the world’s most valuable listed company?

Few bosses – even founders – have defined their companies with quite the intensity that Mr Jobs brought to the task, nor enjoyed the same success. More than a chief executive, he has been a sort of impresario – the presiding intelligence behind Apple’s growthRead more

The whole Taylor family operates a wide mix of smartphones, perhaps reflecting differences in our personalities and preferences.

My two younger daughters (in their 20s) each run Google Android handsets (HTC and Samsung); my son, who lives in the UK, loves his BlackBerry Bold because of its mobile e-mail and free BlackBerry Messenger services; and my eldest daughter, a television field producer in San Francisco, uses a BlackBerry for work and an iPhone 4 for everything else “because it’s cool”. Read more

Taiwan’s Asus has been a keen early supporter of Intel’s ‘Ultrabooks’, with chairman Jonney Shih appearing on stage with Sean Maloney, head of Intel China, to make the announcement and show off the first model in May.

The vision was for these thin, responsive notebooks to revolutionise the traditional PC industry, which has come under increasing challenge from smartphones and tablets. Intel’s ambition is for ultrabooks to make up 40 per cent of the consumer notebook PC market by the end of next year.

Yet the reality, Asus’ chief executive Jerry Shen said on Friday, is that a 40 per cent share is “a very aggressive target that would be difficult to meet before 2013”. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt. Image by Getty.

In 2008, Michael Grade, then chief executive of ITV, branded Google a “parasite”, along with other internet companies that “live off our content”.

Tonight, Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, will take to the TV industry’s most prestigious platform to give the MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh International TV Festival’s annual keynote speech has been on steady rotation between the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for most of its 35-year history, with the recent exception of News Corp Europe chief James Murdoch’s 2009 attack on the BBC.

So the symbolism behind the podium space granted to Google, Facebook and Twitter this year should not be underestimated. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Blogging service Tumblr is set to raise $75m-$100m in venture capital, The Wall Street Journal reports. The fundraising, which is said to include Facebook and Groupon investor Gerylock Capital, is expected to value the company at $800m. Read more