Monthly Archives: August 2012

Maija Palmer

The mobile phone is emerging as the technology winner in the Olympics, with more and more stats to show that this is how vast numbers of people are finding out information about the games.

Google published some data on Tuesday showing that Olympics-related searches over mobile phone increased 10-fold in the first week of the games, and mobile is trumping any other technology at key moments. Read more

Chris Nuttall

It’s an open secret that Nuance powers the speech-recognition capabilities of Apple’s Siri personal assistant, whose capabilities will increase this autumn with the iOS 6 update allowing it to answer questions about sports scores, movies and restaurants, as well as opening hard-to-find apps with a voice command.

But Apple has not allowed third-party developers to integrate Siri into their apps yet, something that Nuance is offering from today with its Siri soundalike, Nina, for iOS and Android devices. Read more

Interesting commentary from around the Web on the tech story that made headlines this week.

How Twitter handled the suspension of a user who criticised NBC’s coverage of the Olympics drew plenty of attention from online commentators this week. For many, it offered a fresh reminder that when it comes to online services, just because users don’t pay a fee doesn’t mean it’s completely free. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The first day of the high-profile court case in California between Samsung and Apple over smartphone patents began and ended with an irate judge berating the Korean tech giant.

Samsung’s lawyers started proceedings, before the jury entered the courtroom, by – in their own words – begging Judge Koh to allow them to submit evidence which they argued provided “indisputable evidence” that it came up with its black-rectangle touchscreen smartphone designs before 2007’s release of the iPhone.

“In 36 years, I’ve never begged the court. I’m begging the court now,” said John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, an LA law firm. “What’s the point in having a trial?” Read more

Chris Nuttall

Google has postponed the launch of its poorly reviewed Nexus Q player – an orb-shaped device that streams video and music to home entertainment systems.

Google unveiled the Q at its Google I/O developer event in June and was due to ship it in July. But it sent out a message on the last day of the month to those who had pre-ordered it, saying the consumer launch had been delayed. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Electronic Arts says subscriptions for its Star Wars: The Old Republic game have slipped below 1m, forcing it to “pivot” to a free-to-play option for the much vaunted franchise.

Launched in December, Star Wars was supposed to try to supplant Activision’s World of Warcraft (WoW) online role-playing game, but its subscribers now amount to less than 10 per cent of the 10.2m users paying for that world-leading title. Read more