Apple, Google and now maybe Microsoft?
Among the dozens of announcements expected at CES is a Microsoft TV, and why not?
Microsoft already has a pretty solid media center in its Xbox 360 product and the open source Xbox media center has been running on hacked Xboxes for years and remains one of the most full featured media centers avaliable.
So why not a Microsoft TV?
Depending on what you read, Windows Phone 7 is either the first phase of what will be a major player in smart phone technology or too late to the game to compete.
Interestingly enough, Microsoft officials did make some interesting comments on whether they will be able to compete with Apple in the Smart Phone market.
Kieron Connell of Microsoft Games Studios:
“I believe you will find so many people with excess amount invested to let Apple triumph when it comes to flooding the whole market.
You’d better believe that Microsoft is extremely serious regarding Windows Phone 7, and safeguarding their part of the business. It will be a fascinating time – no doubt.”
Good news if you are a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 fan. The software giant obviously has the cash to invest to make the phone OS great, but the will is the most important part.
Will MS invest it's energy into truly dominating the Mobile OS platform? According to this, it appears so.
Technology companies filing law suites isn't exactly a rarity these days.
But a suit filed by Google against the US Department of Interior is quite fascinating.
For one, their suing the US Department of Interior.
Google is claiming that a recent bid put out for a new email provider that restricts the vendors to Microsoft Exchange companies is uncompetitive.
The company says Google should be able to offer their business class Google Apps email. Now this is a $59 million contract, but does Google ever really think their mail service will be picked up by a public agency. Do you want your government officials' email being indexed for Google Adwords? Kind of scary.
Of course government email is public record, but Google already has enough information about our lives and browsing habits. Do we need to let them in to our government as well?
The Department of Interior has replied saying that it loves to increase competition on bids (and who doesn't for that matter?) but their systems are built on Microsoft technology already.
PC World also notes that suing the US government could be a huge mistake because the government would then be forced to publicy proof all of the security flaws in Google Apps to justify not including them in the bid.
It's always nice when a giant, billion-dollar company can make fun of itself. It's even nicer when they crack jokes about themselves at the expense of their competitors.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a top Microsoft exec called Apple's new iOS4 "the company's Vista."
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Everyone seems to be paying a lot of attention these days to the battle between Google and Apple.
Maybe it's the fact that the smart phone battle is so interesting or maybe it's because the two companies used to be so close (and shared board members).
But the battle between Google and Microsoft is now heating up with some fascinating implications.
Google famously banned Windows this week because it blames Microsoft for a security breach.
Microsoft has come out firing releasing blog posts citing their continued efforts in improving security.
Obviously, Windows has some security issues that mainly arise because it's the main target.
Give a room full of hackers an hour with Google's rumored Chrome operating system and we will see how secure their OS is.
Time will tell.
Is the end of the Internet on the horizon? Some experts think so.
On Sept. 9, 2011, experts believe the last set of IP addresses will be released. The IPv4 system that the net runs allows for a few billion addresses. According to experts, we only have about 7 percent, or 300 million, of those IP addresses left.
IPv6 could solve all these problems and provide users with trillions of addresses, but many countries may be slow to adopt the new system.
BBC Story - Internet approaches addressing limit
Alexander Gounares former CTO of Microsoft's online services division, has left the software giant to become AOL's CTO.
Microsoft announced today the Kin One and Kin Two - two new phones they hope will be just the beginning of what could become a dominant smart phone OS.
One of the growing trends on Twitter is to use the social networking site to share interesting news stories. It's not hard, with the health care debate still raging in the Twiterverse at least, to get goaded in to clicking links.
We’ve talked about this before but its worth bring up again after a great article by Wired. If you use Google Apps or are considering the business email product to replace Microsoft Exchange, then you better read this.