Google Buys Tony Fadell’s Nest for $3.2 Billion, Nest Renews Commitment to Privacy

5:39 PM, Jan. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

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Some stunning Silicon Valley news to kick of the week: former Apple executive Tony Fadell's Nest announced Monday that Google has acquired the company for US$3.2 billion. In cash. What's extra curious is that Nest claims that the company will remain a separate venture and that customer data won't be shared, which begs the question of why Google would want the thermostat maker.

Mac Shipments in U.S. Rise 28.5%, PC Shipments in Decline

6:13 PM, Jan. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Gartner has released preliminary data for estimated worldwide and U.S. PC shipments for 4Q13 as well as all of 2013. This was the seventh consecutive quarter of PC shipment decline. For the 4th quarter of 2013, Mac shipments leaped +28.5 percent in the U.S., year over year.

Small: The Next Big Thing in Styluses

5:41 PM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

LAS VEGAS - The stylus market for the iPad is a hotbed of activity with new designs and features rolling out almost daily. The latest feature looks to be small, at least in the case of Adonit, and the Jot Script is a taste of exactly where the company's product line is headed.

Surprise: Google Kills iPhone File Sharing App Bump

10:55 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

Only three months after buying Bump and its self-named iPhone and Android file sharing app, Google is shutting down the company and killing off the product and its sister product Flock. With Bump out of the picture, Google has killed off one of the easiest ways to share files between devices, and it happened surprisingly quickly after buying the company.

NSA Can Hack and Spy on Any iPhone Any Time

9:20 AM, Dec. 31st, 2013 · · Analysis

Everything you do on your iPhone may be open to NSA snooping thanks to a covert software the agency can install without user's knowledge. Apparently the app, called Dropout Jeep, can remotely send all of your text messages, contacts and voicemails to the NSA, and can activate your iPhone's camera or mic for real time surveillance, too.

Court Appointed Antitrust Monitor Accuses Apple of Obstruction

8:19 PM, Dec. 30th, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple on a leash

Michael Bromwich, Apple's court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor, filed documents with Judge Denise Cote accusing the company of obstructing his work in monitoring his work. According to documents filed earlier by Apple, Mr. Bromwich doesn't have any work to do until the company's new compliance policies are due on January 14th.

How Much Would a DIY PC Cost to Match Apple’s $9599 Top Mac Pro? $11,503

6:16 PM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Analysis

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Every Apple hater on the planet goes to bed at night safe and secure in the knowledge that Apple's products are overpriced junk, and that real men and women do-it-yerself. But now FutureLooks—a site dedicated to "Stuff for people who like computers"—has gone and upset the apple cart by pricing out a DIY PC that (almost) matches Apple's highest-of-the-high end Mac Pro, and found that it cost almost US$2,000 more to build.

Xmas Day Sales from iOS Devices 5 Times Higher than Android

6:59 PM, Dec. 26th, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple and Android

On Christmas Day (December 25th), iOS users once again demonstrated that they use their devices more than their Android counterparts. According to data from IBM, sales from iOS devices were five times higher than sales made from Android devices, while total traffic from iOS devices was more than twice that from Android.

Google Asks Court to Protect Android Licensees from Apple-Owned Rockstar

4:19 PM, Dec. 26th, 2013 · · Analysis

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Google has sued patent holding company Rockstar—a company owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry Sony, and Ericsson—asking the courts to protect various Android licensees from patent infringement claims by Rockstar. In the suit, Google accuses the suits of, "placing a cloud on the Android platform."