Microsoft-Intel Push to Rival Apple in Tablets Sputtering – Bloomberg:
“Early demand for Microsoft’s first computer, the Surface tablet, seems ‘disappointing,’ said Craig Berger, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. And computer makers have been hampered in introducing tablets by limits Microsoft imposed on which manufacturers got a crack at prototypes, and by delays in Intel power-management software.”
The big problem for Microsoft is that it has to get tablets right. With tablet sales beginning to eclipse PCs (Apple alone sold more iPads than Dell sold computers last quarter) if Microsoft can’t get a foot in the door, the entire eco-system of Windows/Office/Exchange could fall apart. It won’t happy next year, or the following one, but it will happen if Surface fails.
Zite 2.0: A smarter, snappier personalized magazine for iOS | Internet & Media – CNET News:
“Zite has always been about giving users plenty of topics of news, and in the previous version, it had grown to 2,500 categories. In the new version, that number has exploded, to 40,000 topics, meaning that it can provide news to match almost anyone’s taste. But Zite is really all about discovery. And one of the best new features of Zite 2.0 is one that can take users on a journey of exploration through a topic, either by reading more on an individual subject, or branching off to other categories on a whim.”
Zite is an under sung star of the news aggregators. It’s simple, elegant, and puts the onus of discovery rather than simply displaying news in a more pretty way. If you’re not using it, take a look.
Android’s Google Now services headed for Chrome, too | Internet & Media – CNET News:
“Chrome team programmers accepted the addition of a ‘skeleton for Google Now for Chrome’ to the Google browser yesterday, an early step in a larger project to show Google Now notifications in Chrome.”
Google is turning Chrome into a platform, as well as a browser.
The libel record of Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail:
Alan Sugar: £100,000
Diana Rigg: £30,000
Elton John: £100,000
Dr Austen Ivereigh: £30,000
Carole Caplin: “Substantial” damages
Ossie Kilkenny: “Substantial” damages
Lady Kristina Moore: “Substantial” damages
Luke Cooper: £25,000
Kate Winslet: £25,000
Edwina Langley, Lisa Beard-Rogers and Thema Davis: £30,000 in total
Sir Michael Parkinson: £25,000
Barbara Broccoli: “Substantial” damages
Neil Morrissey: “Substantial” damages
Reza Pankhurst: “Substantial” damages
Parameswaran Subramanyam: £47,000
Marlon King: Apology
Cheryl Cole: Apology
Sheldon Adelson: “Very substantial” damages
Mike Hollingsworth: £75,000
Chris Jeffries: “Substantial” damages
Gordon Taylor: “Unknown settlement”
Given that The Mail has been one of the most vociferous critics of the BBC’s recent issues, when will Dacre follow the example of the BBC’s director general and take personal responsibility for the failings of its journalism?
I can guess what the answer is.
If you think that it’s in Google’s interests to create better apps on Android than iOS, two recent releases should absolve you of that notion.
First, there’s the latest release of Gmail, an app that’s so good even Android sites are wishing it was available on their platform.
Then there is YouTube, which improves so much over the previous (Apple-created) app that I wish Apple had dropped its own version sooner.
So what’s going on? Why would Android’s creator make better apps for the platform it competes with than for its own?
There’s two reasons. First, as I wrote in my most recent posting on Macgasm, the role of Android isn’t to defeat iOS, but to ensure that Apple does not dominate mobile in a way which meant it could lock Google search out. Second, there’s the issue of revenue. Although Google doesn’t break out how much it makes from ads served to iOS devices, given that iOS drives far more web traffic than Android it’s safe to assume Google serves more web ads to it. And that makes iOS a more profitable platform for Google than Android is.
Given this, why would Google want to damage a platform it makes more money per user from, in favour of a platform it makes less money per user from? Google is driven by data, and the data says that providing services to iOS users makes it money.