Hello TweakTown readers, we're TechEye, and we think you'll be interested in these snippets from the industry over the last week.
Surprisingly busy for the typical Silly Season, that doesn't make some of the wheeling and dealing any less silly. Of course, this week has seen the industry beside itself with confusion as former SAPman Leo Apotheker reveals he wishes to make HP incredibly boring. Wall Streetisn't happy, but the ex-HP head, Winsome Carly Fiorina, is. That, by the way, is not a good sign. Despite all signs pointing otherwise, HP in the United Kingdom said that it is still committed to the TouchPad and, staggeringly, webOS.[img]2[/img]
The patent war between Samsung and Apple, the former Frenemies, continues with a suitably silly twist to the ongoing case. Samsung has cited prior art in the courtroom, claiming that Apple didn't invent the tablet computer and must not lay claim to it... because Stanley Kubrick did, in 1969. 2001: A Space Odyssey half got it right with HAL, but now we're answering to the autonomous algorithms of Google, which is a bit better, but only just.[img]3[/img]
The rumour mill has been busily churning in chips this last week, with Intel news and speculation the hot topic. Greg Welch, who is heading up Intel's plans for the Ultrabook form factor, publicly said it would be foolish for the chip giant to ignore rumours Apple wants to switch Intel chips for ARM processors. Meanwhile, there are whispers on the market that Intel might consider buying ARM. If it happened, it would stun the whole industry, but we've heard this sort of talk before and aren't putting too much stock in it. In other news from Chipzilla, its solar spin-off, Spectrawatt, has filed for bankruptcy.
Our mysterious EyeSpy has posted a beginner's guide to staying a step ahead of Facebook and Google with your data. Use it responsibly, EyeSpy urges, for with anonymity comes great responsibility. More and more people wish to delete themselves from two of the biggest data harvesting companies in the world, who don't make it very easy for anyone. Similarly, Facebook introduced a couple of features that are just a little reminiscent of Google +. The general feeling is that it will hurt, not help Facebook, as it forces its users to understand G+'s complexities, the very things that are putting off adoption in the first place. The privacy stuff is a "joke", according to an industry watcher.
There's more of this and other stuff over at TechEye.net, including last week's bible reading, the Book of HP, and how King Apothika made his kingdom even duller than IBM.
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