Monthly Archives: September 2012

Maija Palmer

For a tech start-up the aim is nearly always to “go viral” and spread as far and wide as possible. So it is no surprise that TechHub, which provides work spaces for fledgling technology businesses in London, is looking to colonize more cities starting with Manchester.

The company has teamed up with Town Centre Securities, a  property developer, to open an office with 50 desks permanent desks and a drop-in work space in a Grade II listed building in Manchester’s Piccadilly Basin. Read more

Maija Palmer

SkyDox, the online document sharing company, has bought its larger US rival  Workshare and raised £20m from venture capital groups in order to create a stronger UK challenger in the market for online work collaboration.

Anthony Foy, chief executive of Brick Lane-based SkyDox, said the combination of the two companies, which creates an entity with annual revenues of around £20m,  would allow them to better challenge rivals such as Box and Dropbox in a fast-growing market. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Apple has reset the bar for the smartphone industry with the unveiling of an iPhone 5 in San Francisco.

The new device is thinner and longer than the current iPhone 4S, with a 4in screen. It includes 4G LTE connectivity and a new A6 processor twice as fast as the previous one.  It features a new connector and improved camera.  Apple also updated its iPod line with new nano and touch models and upgraded its iTunes store and software.

For more detail on how the announcements unfurled,  see our live blog from the event after the jump. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel is betting on cheaper Ultrabooks, new convertible laptop/tablets and powerful voice, gesture and facial recognition features to maintain its market share in mobile computing, where it has been losing out to rivals’ chips powering smartphones and tablets.

That was the main message from the annual Intel Developer Forum, which began in San Francisco on Tuesday. Intel executives hope convertibles can create a category for the next 10 years and say they will be boosted by an as-yet-unnamed chip next year that will draw only 10 watts of power and give true all-day battery life. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock, founder of LinkedIn and an early Facebook investor, is still “bullish” on the world’s biggest social network – but even he wouldn’t buy Facebook shares right now. Read more

Paul Taylor

Motorola’s new Droid Razr M is the first smartphone launched by the company since it was acquired by Google in a deal that closed last month.

The Razr M was one of three new Droids launched on Wednesday at a splashy event in New York’s Gotham Hall by Dennis Woodside, a Google veteran and Motorola’s new chief executive. It is however the only one of the three which is available for pre- order immediately. (It will ship by September 13.) Read more

Neat Desk

Neat Company’s NeatMobile and NeatCloud (Rating: 4/5)

Neat Company, which makes the popular NeatDesk desktop scanner and the portable NeatReceipts version, highlights the trend for adding something extra to the humble scanner.

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Chris Nuttall

Amazon has taken on Apple with a range of new Kindle Fire tablets in different screen sizes that claim better performance and significantly undercut the iPad on price.

At a media event in Santa Monica, California, Jeff Bezos, chief executive,  announced an 8.9in 32Gb Kindle Fire HD tablet (pictured left) that would cost $499 and feature 4G LTE connectivity when it ships on November 20.

An upgraded version of the original Kindle Fire sets a new low $159 price point for a 7in tablet from major manufacturers. The Fire undercuts Google and Asus’s $199 Nexus 7 and challenges Apple, which is rumoured to be launching a mini-iPad in October.  International availability for the Fire was announced for the first time. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Jonathan Kaplan, founder of the Flip video camera business and now a chain of toasted-cheese-sandwich restaurants, is putting his foot on the accelerator with his expansion plans this weekend – driving away the first of an intended fleet of more than 100 food trucks to supplement his store openings.

The move will bring The Melt, backed by top Silicon Valley VC firms Sequoia Capital and Benchmark Capital, closer to its goal of opening 500 outlets nationwide over five years. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Poor Nokia just can’t catch a break.

The struggling Finnish phone maker had to apologise after it emerged that a YouTube advertisement for its new Lumia device, showing off its video-stabilisation technology, was not filmed on the smartphone. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Apple and the FBI have both denied any involvement in the alleged hacking attack which AntiSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, disclosed on TuesdayRead more

Chris Nuttall

Intel will give developers something to shout about, wave their hands in the air and roll their eyes at its annual conference for them next week. More mundanely, but just as important, it is expected to unveil details of its fourth-generation Core processors, including a new line of ultra-low voltage processors drawing just 10 watts of power.

A keynote speech by Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president, will suggest ways these new processors will be put to work with Ultrabooks, new tablet/laptop hybrids and with “perceptual computing” – Intel’s term for the use of voice commands, gestures and eye-tracking to control PCs – the next advances after the touch features being introduced with Windows 8 next month. Read more

Apple’s $1bn win over Samsung in California should give inventors cautious optimism, writes James Dyson, founder and chief engineer of Dyson. It was an overwhelming victory in spite of a vacillating process that puts the onus on the patent’s owner to prove it has been copied, rather than the infringer to prove it has not.

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Maija Palmer

Warren East, chief executive of Arm Holdings, sees an opportunity for UK technology companies as rising development costs are forcing the structure of the semiconductor chip industry to change.  In our video interview, he also explains to FT technology correspondent Maija Palmer how the internet of things like intelligent fridges or medical devices will lead to more efficient energy use and better healthcare. Read more

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

Apple’s patent win against Samsung in the US courts last week prompted a wave of reactions from across the tech sphere. While some found that Apple’s victory would slow down technology development, others argued it could be the driving force behind a push to innovate more in the smartphone industry. Read more

Chris Nuttall

I am typing this review on the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio, a new iPad case and keyboard from the Swiss peripherals maker.

As the name suggests, it is powered by the sun’s rays, or any kind of light will charge its battery really, as long as you remember to place the cover with the embedded solar panel face up. Logitech says a full charge allows typing for up to two years. Read more