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Archive for April 4th, 2012

microsoft funeral iphone

Microsoft held a “funeral” for the iPhone back in September 2010. Since then, Apple has sold more than 122 million iPhones. Microsoft has never released sales figures for Windows Phone.

The Nokia 900 Lumia was Microsoft’s latest best chance at turning the smartphone battle into a three way race. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the first reviews are out, and they’re not great.They’re not awful, but they’re not great. And any Windows Phone has to be great to have a chance against Apple’s iPhone, which sold 37 million units just last quarter, and phones running Google’s Android platform, which are selling around 850,000 per day (based on Google’s activation numbers).

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday fired back at Yahoo! with a countersuit charging that the floundering Internet pioneer is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around.

The move came after Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in a California court last month accusing the social networking giant of infringing on 10 patents.

“From the outset, we said we would defend ourselves vigorously against Yahoo!’s lawsuit, and today we filed our answer as well as counter-claims against Yahoo! for infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents,” said Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot. Read more HERE

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The iPhone and iPad have been used to catch criminals, respond to medical emergencies, and deflect bullets, and now it has helped firefighters rescue a 2-year-old boy as well.  The Telegraph and the Daily Mail share a tale (via TUAW) of how an iPhone helped save the boy from the bottom of a 40-foot well.

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Google has rolled out a great number of small changes to the search engine and UI over the last month, and now they have rolled them all into a big blog post for your consecutive enjoyment.

We’ve highlighted a few that seemed more relevant, but there isn’t much here that’s life-changing. All the same, it’s good to stay up on changes like this, just in case you happen to do SEO for a living (scoundrel).

  • “+” is now treated as a normal character when that seems to be the intent, along with %, $, \, ., @, and #. Its days as an operator are probably over, though, except when you’re using it in an equation.

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Many Americans who follow the smartphone world were disappointed last year when Nokia released the Lumia 800. They were disappointed that it wasn’t available in North America but also because it didn’t have things like a front-facing camera, LTE high speed internet access, or a larger screen. This week, Nokia aims to remedy these complaints by releasing the Lumia 900 on AT&T. The Lumia 900 is a big upgrade to the Lumia 800, but it keeps the great hardware design and feel along with a slightly updated version of Windows Phone 7.5 that brings support for AT&T’s high-speed LTE network. Is it worth going out to the store for on Easter Sunday or pre-ordering right now?

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Apple should realize that what is good for the company can also be good for the American economy, says Clyde Prestowitz.

Editor’s note: Clyde Prestowitz is the founder and president ofEconomic Strategy Institute. A former counselor to the commerce secretary in the Reagan administration, Prestowitz is the author of “The Betrayal of American 

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The new iPad scores higher in customer satisfaction than did previous models, but it comes with its own unique set of pros and cons.

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