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Google contributed to the US economy in 2011 with big numbers, $80 billion of them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 4:26 am

Google's Vice President of Americas Sales, Margo Georgiadis, took to the company's blog to say that the Internet is where business is done and jobs are created. How do you back up such as claim? Well, if you're Google, you can provide $80 billion of economic activity directly to advertisers, website publishers and nonprofit organizations across the US in 2011.




The post highlight that 97-percent of Americans use Internet search to find local goods and services, on both smart devices and computers. Some believe that technology is driving people to shop online versus locally, this isn't always the case.


Boston Consulting Group shows that US citizens who have researched products online throughout 2011 actually went in-store to purchase these goods, and spent around $2,000, rather than online. Google says that's nearly $500 billion in revenue that was spent on local retail. Georgiadis cites a bunch of examples of just how Google and the Internet are helping businesses expand. Citing New England baking company King Arthur Flour, who recently jumped online and has since become an internationally-renowned business.

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RumorTT: Apple to launch a 7.85-inch iPad mini this October, priced at $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 3:29 am

We've heard the rumors of a budget, smaller iPad that is meant to be around 7-inches in size, but the rumors are growing stronger thanks to the latest investment report from Pacific Crest, where analysts predict that Apple will launch a 7.85-inch iPad mini this October, priced at around $299.




The report states:


Based on our supply checks, we expect Apple to launch a 7.85" iPad in October. We anticipate an entry-level 7.85" iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at $299.


But, would it be good enough to combat the $199-priced Nexus 7 tablet from Google? It looks like the mid-range, 7-inch tablet market is about to get a serious injection of two hot new members.

Nokia says that Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet infringes on their patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 2:14 am

Google's freshly-announced Nexus 7 tablet was only announced last week, but Nokia have already claimed that the 7-inch tablet infringes on some of their patents in regards to Wi-Fi technology. The Inquirer believes that these patents have to do with the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard.




A Nokia spokesperson has said to The Inquirer that they have more than 40 licensees under their standards essential patent portfolio which includes most of the mobile phone device makers. But, Google, nor ASUS are licensed under this patent portfolio. The Nokia spokesperson said that the two companies who have not licensed up should simply approach them and sign up for licensing rights.


We will most likely see Nokia going after Google and ASUS for licensing, instead of trying to push legal injunctions against them. You know, like other companies do when they're the biggest competitor to their precious iProducts.

Microsoft announces Windows 8 Pro upgrade, just $39.99 online, $69.99 in-store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 1:20 am

Microsoft have just announced some upgrade plans for their upcoming Windows 8 operating system, where the company will be selling Windows 8 Pro upgrades online for $39.99. If you prefer to make your Windows 8 upgrade purchase in-store, it'll set you back $69.99.




The offer is open to anyone running any version of Windows XP, Vista or 7, and lasts until January 31, 2013. The deal runs for the same amount of time that the $14.99 upgrade deal does, but this one applies to any version of Windows, not just those who have recently purchased a Windows-based PC in the run up to the Windows 8 launch.


Microsoft have also said that the offer will be open to 131 markets, and that it will release more details on the offer as the launch of the OS gets closer. The Verge reports that the upgrade process is quite simple, where it'll offer an upgrade assistant that will help users migrate files, settings, and apps from Windows 7, files and settings from Vista, and files only from XP. After the upgrade, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the "add features" option.


The online version comes as a download-only feature, but you can purchase a backup DVD for $15.

Declaration of Internet Freedom: will you sign it?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 5:45 pm

In another attempt to make a pointless statement towards Washington D.C., a group of websites and privacy organizations have come together to form the Declaration of Internet Freedom. The Declaration of Internet Freedom is the start of something bigger, a movement to uphold and ensure some basic principles, much like the Declaration of Independence was.




"We've seen how the Internet has been under attack from various directions, and we recognize that it's time to make that stop," said TechDirt, a site involved with the new movement. "The Internet is an incredible platform that we want to grow and to thrive, and thus, a very large coalition got together to produce the following document as a starting point, hoping to kick off a much larger discussion which we hope you'll join in."


As it stands currently, the Declaration of Internet Freedom is composed of 5 basic values:


  1. Expression: Don't censor the Internet.
  2. Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
  3. Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create, and innovate.
  4. Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.
  5. Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone's ability to control how their data and devices are used.

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avast! anti-virus headquarters tour in Prague, Czech Republic

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:32 pm

avast! anti-virus invited TweakTown, along with a few other journalists, out to Prague, Czech Republic to meet the staff and check out the headquarters of the world's largest free anti-virus software company. The headquarters is really nondescript as the avast! software team is actually quite tiny considering just how many users they have. The headquarters occupies six floors in a business office shared with other companies. From the outside, all that is visible is the avast! logo on the top.




We were led upstairs to the 8th floor. Into a meeting room we went where we were greeted with refreshments, the CEO of avast!, and Milos Korenko, the Marketing Director at avast!. CEO Vincent Steckler welcomed the 9 of us to Prague and avast!'s headquarters and gave us a brief presentation about the company and some interesting, and quite frankly surprising, statistics about the use of avast!


avast! has had 161 million active and protected computers in the last 30 days. While they have over 200 million registrations, they only count computers who receive updates in a 30 day period in order to be more accurate. Considering there are around 700 million consumer PCs worldwide, avast! protects a large portion of them. Furthermore, avast! basically spends nothing on advertising. The reason they don't is because they don't have the need. Two-thirds of new users come from word-of-mouth referrals.

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ASUS co-branded the Nexus 7 to increase brand value

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 10:48 am

According to analyst Thompson Wu of Credit Suisse, ASUS are using the close partnership with Google and their recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet to enhance their brand rather than just the desire to make money.




Production cost is said to be roughly $200, and the Nexus 7 sell for $199.99, meaning ASUS are breaking even on every tablet sold. Usual OEM business methodology would be vastly different, but ASUS are looking to build their brand in a system where OEM's "have limited opportunities to differentiate" from the brands ASUS are making hardware for.


Wu says:


We believe Asustek realizes that in a market where OEMs have limited opportunity to differentiate without content and operating systems, it's demonstrating its edge via research and development and innovation, while building upon its brand value.

Samsung Display is gaining momentum, features 39,000 staff and 7 facilities across the globe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 10:19 am

Samsung's spun-out LED business Samsung Displays has completed its merger between the three-month old entity, and its Samsung Mobile Display and S-LCD corporations. The deal has created the world's largest display manufacturer, which happened back in April, but the latest news moves push the business to have 39,000 employees with seven production facilities across the world.




Oh-hyun Kwon, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, spoke at an investor meeting about the revised company, where he talked of the combined efforts will help the company develop its business:


Samsung Display is destined to attain virtually unlimited growth, through continuous efforts to combine our proven know-how in the display field with an overwhelming creative spirit. Our combined strengths will guide Samsung's display business through the next decade and longer, in turning the many synergistic benefits of the company into far-reaching, tangible results.

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Sprint unleashes Samsung's GALAXY S III

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 9:20 am

Sprint lovers unite! Sprint has just announced that Samsung's flagship GALAXY S III smartphone is now available, just over a week from its original launch date of June 21.




Sprint customers can now order the GALAXY S III in the 16GB Marble White, or Pebble Blue with a new two-year contract. If a new two-year contract is taken out, the 32GB model is also available for just $50 more.


Samsung have recently said they expect to sell 10 million GALAXY S III smartphones before the end of this month, making it one of the most popular phones of 2012. Worldwide demand for Samsung's latest smartphone have outstripped Samsung's capacity to manufacture units and have led to multiple delays.

Apple settles with Proview over 'iPad' trademark dispute, hands over $60 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 8:24 am

Late last year, a Chinese court rejected Apple's iPad trademark infringement case toward Proview, after which Apple appealed in February, and now they've settled with the company who owned the iPad trademark in China, Proview.




Apple settled with Proview for the tidy sum of $60 million, reports the Associated Press. Apple ending up coughing the dough up to Proview for the rights to the "iPad" trademark in China.


The original talks earlier this year had Apple offering Proview $16 million to settle the case, but Proview were holding out for a $400 million settlement, as the company were looking to plug the holes in their business' looming bankruptcy problems. Proview can't complain, a settlement of $60 million is not bad at all.

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