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Android and iOS Gaming Consoles in the Works


It is undeniable that one of the biggest selling points of Android and iOS devices is their gaming capability. This is also why a lot of consumers have a hard time picking which type of device to purchase. Imagine being able to play games like Temple Run and Angry Birds on your TV. While the Playstation 4 and Xbox One can definitely cater to the needs of hardcore gamers, most of those who purchase Android and iOS devices are only looking to while the time away playing casual games. What if there was a gaming console that can play Android and iOS games?

That is a question that may be given an answer to in the very near future. Today’s tech giants, Google and Apple, are currently racing to come up with a gaming console dedicated to Android and iOS games. Sources at Google say that the company is making this move in response to news that Apple has already started on the first stages of their development plan.

Earlier this week however, start-up company Ouya Inc. and renowned graphics card manufacturer NVidia launched the first ever Android based gaming console and controller. Priced at $99 per unit, this console is surely going to be a hit. Coincidentally, Google has been closely monitoring the sales of the Ouya console.

If the rumored plans of Google and Apple pushes through, what could this mean for Ouya? Many say that it will definitely kill the Ouya console in the market because the two giants will most likely come up with a better, albeit more expensive version. Ouya’s capability to run ROM emulated games could be its only edge.


Google Wants to Fight One on One


NEW YORK – Google won the right to appeal the granting of class action status to thousands of authors who are suing the company for its ambitious plan to build the library of digital books world’s largest.

In a brief order, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted Google permission to challenge a ruling dated May 31, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, allowing authors to sue as a group rather than individually.

Billions of dollars are at stake in a trial that is seven. Google has already scanned more than 20 million books, and the Authors Guild, a group representing authors, said that the company Internet search engines should pay $750 for each book copied.

It is unclear when the Second Circuit will hear the appeal. A more desertification would make it difficult for authors to get more rewards from Google, both at trial and in an agreement.

Chin had said it would be unfair to force Authors Guild members to file individual lawsuits, as it would have mixed results and legal costs much higher,” given the broad and indiscriminate nature of the unauthorized copying of Google.”

But Google fired back in court arguing that many members, perhaps most benefited economically, and ad hoc decisions were necessary to show whether it was getting a “fair use” of the work of the applicants.

Google began to build the library after Mountain View, California-based company, agreed in 2004 with several major libraries to digitize current jobs and already out of print.



Amazon Seeks Patent Guidance


SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon.com recruit a team of IP experts to lead its plan to acquire licenses and patents, in the midst of their increasingly intense battle with Apple and Google face the segment of mobile devices and content digitally.

Amazon hired the executive recruitment firm, Argos Search, to help find a “leader in investments and “intellectual property” acquisitions to identify and evaluate strategic opportunities for the acquisition of IP and licensing,” according to a job description obtained by Reuters this week.

The candidate would work closely with leading technology equipment and development of future projects for Amazon, as described.

“At Amazon, we are growing rapidly in many new and innovative technology areas,” the company said in the text.

“To support and protect our expansion we are looking for an executive to work with our business teams to identify and seek intellectual property,” he said.

An Amazon spokesman did not respond to an email in which he was asked to comment. Thomas Wedewer, Argos executive recruiter who works in the project, also declined to comment.

The search suggests that Amazon is trying to get more patents, either through acquisitions of companies that have in abundance or the purchase of portfolios of patents or licenses, according to experts in intellectual property.

It is also a sign that the third largest retailer on the Internet is serious about its intention to take a greater role in the segment of mobile devices and digital content, they said.

Amazon is known for developing their own patents, but mostly in the commercial online. An expansion to mobile devices and digital content delivery for these phones require a number of different licenses, intellectual property, experts say.

“As we go to wireless devices and digital media, they have realized that the best way to handle this is to be more proactive in IP,” said David Pridham of IPNav, which helps companies make money from their patents.

“They are following Apple in delivering digital content to their own hardware devices (…) That’s the kind of technology around which they want to build an IP barrier,” he said.

Buy or build intellectual property licenses in these areas will help to protect against possible Amazon claims alleging violations of patents of other companies, Pridham said.



Investors See Slower Growth in Apple


SAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple will face an unusual phenomenon when reporting their results on Tuesday: low expectations.

Few expect that the most valuable technology company in the world (that exceeds the expectations of Wall Street regularly) delivers extraordinary results once again.

The main reason is that consumers are waiting for the new iPhone.

Apple could still surprise the market observers, but many Wall Street analysts and investors remember how the comments on the launch of the iPhone last year led Apple fail to comply with quarterly expectations in the fall for the first time in years.

It is expected that the iPhone 5 hits stores in October (just in time for the holiday season) with a larger screen and thinner and improved search functions.

Its pre-launch has been delayed by the slowing economy in Europe and China, Apple’s main markets outside North America, and the expectations on Wall Street to the “darling” of the market appear more moderate than many can remember in quite time.

“Apple is no longer the company that always exceeded expectations. I hope to exceed the estimates, but do not know if that will happen,” said the manager of Granite Investment Advisors, Tim Lesko, which owns Apple shares.

Bernstein Research analyst Tony Sacconaghi, is a reasonable choice that Apple defaults on its expectations for revenue. These are their reasons:

“The macroeconomic weakness in China and Europe, a lull in the cycle of a product like the iPhone, the introduction of the new iPhone later in China, and the later arrival of the new line of Mac laptops.”

Any setback in demand for the popular smartphone could have a major impact on both revenue and profits, as almost 50% of Apple’s revenues come from exactly such a device, which is 5 years old.

The results also will be reported at a time when Samsung and other manufacturers that use the Android software from rival Google, are eroding the market share of Apple.

Apple is expected to report a profit for its third fiscal quarter of 10.35 cents per share on total revenues of 37.200 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.



Yahoo Reported Revenues of $1.081 Million


SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo on Tuesday reported stable net income and a slight decline in profits in the second quarter, a day after announcing the appointment as CEO of a former Google executive who is seeking to revive its fortune.

Yahoo reported its results on the first day of its new chief executive, Marissa Mayer, Google executive, who was a long time and became the third leader in 12 months.

The company’s net income, excluding fees paid to partner websites, was of $1.081 million in the three months that ended June 30, which compares with $1.076 million in the comparable period of 2011.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I / B / E / S estimated net income of $1.096 billion.

Yahoo’s net profit in the second quarter was $226.6 million, or 18 cents per share, slightly less than $237 million or 18 cents per share for the same period last year.

Excluding certain items, Yahoo said it earned 27 cents per share, up from 22 cents per share analysts expected.

Mayer faces a major challenge in the quest to revitalize a weakened Internet pioneer who has seen stagnant income growth because consumers spend more time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Yahoo said its revenue from Internet advertising rose 2% over the previous year to 535 million, while its search revenue fell 1% to 461 million.

The hiring of Mayer as chief executive ends a difficult year in Yahoo. In May, Scott Thompson resigned as CEO after less than six months in office due to controversy about his academic background.

Thompson had replaced the direct and sometimes aggressive Carol Bartz, who was fired in September because he failed to revitalize the company.

Yahoo shares rose 10 cents to 15.70 dollars in after-hours trading on Tuesday.



Oracle vs. Google: Who Will Win?

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal jury was unable to agree Monday on a crucial issue in a case where Oracle accuses Google of copyright violation, and thus played down their find strength that depended Google technology from another company to develop its popular Android for wireless devices.

The stalemate that emerged in a court in San Francisco complicates the attempt to Oracle Corp., receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from Google, on the basis that the Internet search leader improperly copied parts of Android Java programming system.

Although the jury decided that Android violates some copyrights of Java, the five men and seven women on the jury had different positions on whether the acts of Google were permissible under the provision of “fair use” falling under the U.S. law.

The fair use provision allows some parts of a copyrighted work that can be used in other creative expressions without permission, such as books, movies and software.

With the issue of “fair use” pending, it appears that Oracle now has little hope of emerging from the trial with a clear victory.

Oracle, a maker of computer programming, has been asking for a maximum of $1 million in damages and an injunction to reschedule Google Android if they can not reach an agreement on licensing.

The federal district judge, William Alsup, on Monday informed counsel for both parties unless there is a verdict on fair use, there is “zero findings of copyright liability”.

The jury also found that Android violates nine lines of Java code, but that demand would not have possibly worth more than $150,000 in damages, based on previous statements made in the process.


Google Rejected Street View Penalty

SAN FRANCISCO – Google on Thursday refuted the decision of the authorities of communication in the United States to impose a fine of $25,000.

According to authorities, Google broke the law to collect personal information transmitted via wireless networks and unsecured Wi-Fi, when photographing from 2007 to 2010 in several neighborhoods to the Street View maps system.

The government commission said that Google blocked the investigation conducted to determine whether the company violated federal law.

Google blames the commission to delay the investigation, which lasted 17 months.

In the letter, the company said it regularly responded to requests from the commission, but sometimes went from seven to 12 months without response.

Despite the objection, the giant said it decided to pay the fine to close the case.


Google Celebrates “Zipper” Creator

Google celebrated Gideon Sundback, creator of the zipper, a doodle that can literally open the browser page with a lock.
Sundback, of Swedish ancestry, is recognized as the inventor of the zipper, who improved a history of attachment created by Whitcomb Judson in 1893.

Judson had founded a company to manufacture the accessory: Universal Fastener Company, where the Swedish inventor became chief designer, allowing him to improve closure by adding more “teeth”.

Finally, the patent was granted for closure in 1917.

However, the name “zipper” was the brainchild of the BF Goodrich Company, which originally used the zipper boots and bags to snuff. It took more than 20 years to finally reach the end of the fashion industry.

‘Law Döring’ Internet curb advance

The draft law to regulate the Internet in Mexico proposed by Senator Federico Döring, protection of copyright can not be used as an excuse or take precedence over the use of the network, say experts.

“Internet is killing the business (…) and does not like some,” said Manuel Tamez, head of Government Affairs for Google, on the interest of the music industry to contain the phenomenon of sharing music through network.

During the conference “Internet in the soup”, which organized the Observatel analysis center on Thursday, the panel harshly criticized the proposal of the legislature.

The reform initiative launched in December by Senator the National Action Party, proposes to be considered as an offense the illegal downloading of copyrighted material by copyright.

The so-called ‘Law Döring’ gained prominence earlier this year when Congress debated the bill Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), who was arrested following protests by groups in favor of freedom of expression.

Manuel Tamez added that such standards stifles innovation and content creation in an attempt to tackle piracy. The manager of Google explained that prevent this crime there are other alternatives, and raised the example of YouTube.

“It has the technology to detect the protected content and place ads so that the creator receives money for these reproductions,” said Tamez.

The regulation as proposed by Senator Döring stops the development of the Internet in places where just beginning to bloom, said Maria Elena turn Meneses, professor at the Tec de Monterrey Campus in Mexico City.

“One of the side effects would inhibit the use of Internet in places like Mexico, just go on a growth path,” said the academic.

Mexico has 34.87 million Internet users, of which only 16.92 million accessed the Internet from their homes, according to estimates by the Cofetel to 2010, while broadband penetration in Mexico ended in 18% of the population in 2011 and the Government hopes to achieve a rate of 22% at the end of 2012.

On that subject, the country still has the lowest percentage among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The ‘Law Döring’ and similar projects in other countries not only create a hazard to the right to information, but to all the rights of a human being, health, education or sexual Pisanty said Alexander, professor National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“We have seen congelatorios effects that put the fear governments and companies can inhibit behavior. From this arise the risks of collateral damage of these laws based on a culture of control, regulating and monitoring the environment,” said Pisanty.

He noted as an example of this effect for the two twitters accused of terrorist acts through the social network in Veracruz last year or geolocation new law passed a few weeks ago by Congress.

Proposals such as the Law Döring not bear the least rigorous analysis, considered Aleida Calleja, president of the Mexican Association of Information.

“What do many conferences (in the world) is bowing to the companies, rather than issues such as ensuring the neutrality of the law,” said the expert.

Also, Calleja said that there should be limits on the Internet, but only in extreme cases such as child pornography or information that promotes racism, terrorism or other acts of hatred.


Google will sell ‘tablets’ this year: WSJ

MEXICO CITY – The Google technology company intends to market and sell tablets directly to consumers through its online store similar to what their rivals Apple and Amazon, people familiar with the matter reported to the Wall Street Journal.
“The move is an effort to reverse the weak PC sales tablet software with Google’s Android,” quotes the newspaper in its online version.

Some of the devices to be sold at the online store brand share of Google, the source told the WSJ. Google does not manufacture the tablets and their partners such as Samsung and ASUSTeK Computer, will be responsible for the hardware. The first Android tablet could go on sale later this year by Taiwan-based Asus, said one of the informants.

Google expects to launch the next version of its Android software in mid-2012, sources added.

Android, iPhone threat

Despite the leadership of the Apple iPad on the market of ‘tablets’, his reign could end in 2015, the year that Google’s Android operating system could exalt as the number 1 in this sector, said this month the consultant IDC technology.

“As the only vendor with products IOS, Apple will remain dominant in the number of units sold. However, as you increase the number of manufacturers of tablet s based on Android, Google’s operating system will surpass Apple in 2015 “said Tom Maninelli, research director of IDC’s mobile division, in a report sent to press.

One of the main drivers of progress is the growth of Android devices like the Amazon Kindle retailer’s Fire, in 2011 only sold 4.7 million handsets.

At the end of 2011, IOS Apple had a market share of 54.7% in the area of tablets, followed by a 44.6% Android and BlackBerry in a distant third with just 0.7%.