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Tumblr finally wants to make money, launches first ads ever on site

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 2, 2012 6:29 pm

It's pretty tough to run a website, especially a mega-large website, without some sort of revenue. Servers, IT people, web developers, and the rest aren't free, so Tumblr has been living off of its start-up investments for a while now. They have finally decided that they need to make some money off of the site in order to keep running.

 

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Enter Tumblr's first ads. These were first announced two weeks ago at Ad Age's digital conference. The ads aren't very intrusive on users' blogs, which is a good thing. MySpace fell out of favor because of the sheer intrusiveness of its advertising. It wasn't too long ago that the CEO of Tumblr said they would rather sell the desks in the office than put ads on the site. Curiously, that same CEO left the company yesterday. It is possible that that and today's launch have some sort of connection.

 

These ads aren't ads in the traditional sense. Instead the company is using its Radar and Spotlight features to help highlight content from advertisers/sponsors. According to the company, Tumblr Radar gets 120 million impressions a day. The feature is designed to hgihlight "the most creative and interesting media" on the Tumblr network and advertisers will "get a dedicated share of attention, with the opportunity to gain thousands of new followers, likes and reblogs."

Windows 7, Xbox 360 face ban in Germany

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2012 5:31 pm

In what can only be seen as a major ruling, German courts have told Microsoft to stop selling its Windows 7 and Xbox 360 products, apparently due to patent infringement. The judgement comes from a lawsuit in which Motorola Mobility alleged that Microsoft's products infringed upon two patents regarding H.264 video coding and playback.

 

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The court has found that Microsoft has used some of Motorola's intellectual property and found that a sales ban will be set in place until the matter can be settled. A settlement in this instant would require vast sums of money to change hands. How perfect for Google who just acquired Motorola Mobility!

 

It's unlikely that Microsoft will pull its products from store shelves just yet as Microsoft has said they will carry on as normal until an appeal of the decision can be made. The ban also includes Internet Explorer and Windows Media player. Microsoft also has the support of the US where a court has ruled a ban of the ban.

 

A Microsoft spokesperson speaking about the decision:

 

This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web. Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola's broken promise.

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Google wins $35 million US government contract, beats out Microsoft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2012 4:28 pm

Google and its partner Onix Networking have just won a $35 million contract to run a new cloud-based e-mail and collaboration system for the US Department of the Interior. Incredibly, this wasn't always a definite thing for Google and its partner. Previously in 2010, a contract for the same thing had been awarded to Microsoft for $59.3 million.

 

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Of course, because of the litigious society that we live in, Google and its partner quickly filed suit to block the contract. Google claimed that the selection process for the contract unfairly favored Microsoft and didn't give Google a chance. The lawsuit was withdrawn last September after the Department canceled its plans to use Microsoft due to the fact its original decision was "now stale in light of new developments in technology and entrants into the market."

 

Microsoft is obviously not the happiest with this decision. As such they have issued a statement:

 

Microsoft has a positive, longstanding relationship with the Department of Interior and we are working on a number of enterprise-wide initiatives with the agency. Although we are disappointed by this award, we will engage with our partners and DOI to review and understand the reasons for this decision. Microsoft remains committed to providing our customers with the cloud services that have the performance, security, privacy and other capabilities they expect and deserve.

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Another Samsung Galaxy S3 leak, disguised in a case

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2012 3:27 pm

In what can only be described as a bid for leakiest company, Samsung has apparently managed to allow more photos of the yet unannounced device. Rumors say that Samsung is at least disguising it inside a case. The photo below looks strikingly similar to the older Galaxy S2, however if you look closer, you can see that a more curvy device appears to be nestled in some sort of case.

 

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An anonymous tipster provided this picture to Sam Mobile. Sam Mobile contends that the Galaxy S3 will come with the model name of the GT-i9300 - however the more likely number of GT-i9800 was also thrown out. The tipster also provided that the new Galaxy S3 will come with a 12MP camera, which, in reality, could be a bit excessive.

 

The launch of this upcoming phone should occur May 5 at a press event in London. Many people are waiting with baited breathe to see just how amazing Samsung has made this phone. If they don't release it at the May 5 press event, they will have a lot of unhappy customers who may decide to buy a different phone, so it would appear to be vital to release it on May 5.

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Huawei updates its 7-inch MediaPad to Android 4.0 ICS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2012 2:07 pm

Almost in tandem with my post about the poor Android ICS adoption rate yesterday, Huawei has announced the availability to download and update the MediaPad to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This aging tablet, which was first launched in October of last year, will gain a redesigned user interface, power management, and other benefits from the upgrade.

 

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The 330MB download isn't available as an OTA upgrade, so users will have to download the software on their PCs to upgrade the device. Other features included with the new update include new app icons and resizeable widgets along with an improved web browser and much more. The update is encouraged for all users. If you buy a new MediaPad, you will find that Huawei has already pre-installed Android 4.0 ICS, so there is nothing you need to do.

Mobile App of the Day: Sky Safari for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2012 12:14 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Ski Safari for iOS.

 

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#1 Paid App in Australia

Game of the Week in US, Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Great! - Love everything about this game. The graphics are excellent, the controls easy to use, and best of all, it's endlessly fun!"

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "How can you go wrong ! - This game is smooth as a sheet of ice !! Love it"

 

Welcome to Ski Safari!

 

Ski Safari is where Animals, Avalanches and Action come together to create a new casual gameplay experience.

 

Our deep sleeping hero has to stay ahead of a relentless avalanche that threatens the local mountainsides. Sven, as we like to call him, can use animals to aid his escape from an icey end. Each of the hillside animals have different attributes to make a speedier escape. Penguins glide further, Yetis are tougher, Eagles soar to great heights, each of these can provide useful advantage for Sven. Sometimes on the slopes Sven can find fast Snowmobiles which can ferry multiple animals a maintain a very high top speed.

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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 13 Beta 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 2, 2012 11:38 am

Our Download of the Day is Thunderbird 13 Beta 1.

 

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Changes in Thunderbird 13 Beta 1:

 

* NEW

- Filelink: Send links rather than attachments and prevent bounce back due to large attachments.

 

* CHANGED

- The minimum system requirements for Windows are now Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later.

 

What can Thunderbird do for you?

 

Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before with the industry´s best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, extension support, and much more.

 

We designed Thunderbird from the ground up to boost users´ productivity. That´s why we´ve made it easier for you to simply get your work done, without the hassles of wading through advertisements and other junk mail. Emailing should be efficient and convenient. We make that possible using fully open and industry leading standards. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you should use Thunderbird as your mail and news client.

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Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook sales are doing Ultra-well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 2, 2012 10:23 am

Ultrabooks are here, but they haven't really been huge sellers yet. No sales records are being set, there aren't any 8-hour lineups outside of retailers, but Dell are actually doing surprisingly well with their XPS 13 Ultrabook. Sales have been higher than the company's initial projections, with Dell saying that demand has been around three times what they expected for the Ultrabook. Vice president of Dell's Consumer and SMB product group, Sam Burd, says:

 

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We can't build enough of them at the moment. A little bit less than 3X the expected demand.

 

Dell haven't provided specific numbers, but this is great news for Ultrabook makers as a whole. Price was meant to be the main selling point of Ultrabooks, where they were meant to be priced at around $600 but the original units that arrived on the market were much more than this.

 

It's surprising, because Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook starts at $999, with most of the sales are coming from large corporate accounts according to Burd. Ultrabooks are set to get a surge once Ivy Bridge processors are baked into them. With another surge when Windows 8 arrives. This is just the start, and this is why I believe Intel has invested so much into them.

Announcing the end date for the Win a trip to Computex contest!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 2, 2012 9:44 am

UPDATE - winner announcement!

UPDATE - entries are now closed!

 

Our "Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012" contest is off to a good start, but what we forgot to do when first announcing the contest was to confirm an end date.

 

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We will stop accepting entries for the contest on May 15th. A winner will be decided and announced on May 21st. At that point we will begin the process of booking flights, etc.

 

Good luck! And in case you missed it the first time, the full original post can be viewed by clinking the link below.

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Japan's GREE acquires game developer Funzio for $210 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2012 9:27 am

Mobile gaming outfit GREE has acquired US-based social game developer Funzio for a cool $210 million in a bid to increase their appeal in Western countries, and to produce more of their own titles. The Japanese firm who provides both a mobile social gaming platform and developers titles itself, is looking at the North American market and other new growth opportunities as they've already established themselves quite well in their homeland.

 

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The deal is expected to be done by the end of May, with founder Yoshikazu Tanaka saying that it "means a lot to enhancing our global expansion". The mobile gaming scene is heating up, with just weeks ago Zynga purchasing OMGPOP, the guys and gals behind Draw Something. GREE may be a smaller player, but competition is always a good thing.

 

GREE isn't new to big acquisitions, where back in 2010 they acquired Openfeint for $109 million. That deal boosted their platform, and the new Funzio deal with strengthen its capability to produce titles, and, appeal more to Western gamers. This isn't the end of the good news for FREE, where they're set to unveil their new global gaming platform, which will integrate Openfeint, all within the next few months.

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