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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug 12

Posted by timothy
from the radiation-from-the-offworld-colonies dept.
The Register reports that Motorola has issued a recall for an early batch of its hotly anticipated new Nexus 6 smartphones that were sold through U.S. mobile carrier AT&T, owing to a software glitch that can reportedly causes the devices to boot to a black screen. ... AT&T retail stores have reportedly been told to return their existing inventory of the Nexus 6 and wait for new units to arrive from Motorola, which has already corrected the problem on its assembly line. Any customer who brings a defective unit into an AT&T store will receive a replacement. Motorola's memo to stores says that only initial shipments were affected, and that the problem has been identified. However, as the article mentions, there's thus far less luck for those like me who've found that at least some original Nexus 7 tablets do not play nicely with Lollipop. (The effects look nice, but it's never a good sign to see "System UI isn't responding. Do you want to close it?" on a tablet's screen.)

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 238

by Tom (#48439735) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What part of this is not true? The EU is operating like a socialist federation these days: they shove EU laws (up to and including a constitution) through their member states' throat and enforce them

You have no idea how EU politics works.

What's being "shoved down member states throats" are almost all laws that the national politicians wanted, but couldn't get through locally because of popular resistance and the media eating them alive. So they push it up to the EU, it comes back a few year later, thanks to short public memory they now claim they have no choice, it's an EU mandate, and they get the laws they wanted.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 238

by Tom (#48439723) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What is happening here is that a bunch of politicians are interfering in the legitimate business of a private enterprise.

Without this naster "interference", those private enterprises wouldn't exist. The government provides the stability, regulation and occasional enforcement of the rules that enables the business world to function at all. Without contract law and courts, do you really think the stock market, stock ownership of corporations and the whole investment sector would exist?

Funny how one kind of "interference" is taken for granted, as long as it benefits you, but as soon as you don't like it, it's evil nasty mafia-style badness.

Not as a result of violating any laws

It's called anti-trust, and yes there are laws about it.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 238

by Tom (#48439713) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Yugoslavia was no threat to EU, ever. It was a civil war, and within Europe many people consider it a mistake to become involved.

As for Putin - you can think what you want, he's never expressed any desires to expand into Europe. That he got nervous about Ukraine - well, after Kuba you americans shouldn't be talking. What would you do if there was a revolution in Mexico or Canada and the new government is strongly pro-Russia with open, direct and very vocal russian support? Or chinese. Or both. You'd sit on your asses and say "let the people decide", yes?

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 238

by Tom (#48439693) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

The EU uses a mafia style shakedown program

Get some help for your paranoia issues.

The EU has become so fucking corporation friendly over the past two decades, we have rising poverty in all developed EU countries, falling real wages, unemployment, high percentages of temporary employment and are busy destroying the middle class that kept Europe stable for six decades. All in the name of protecting banksters and corporate profits, who are breaking records yearly.

Accusing the EU of shaking down corporations is orwellian.

Comment: Re:What's so special about Google? (Score 1) 238

by Tom (#48439669) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

There is no barrier to entry other than excellence in search.

Your entire argument is based on a false assumption. It's like saying that there's no barrier to entry in the space mining business other than excellence in technology.

"Excellence in search" is not very easy, and given the Internets size requires a massive infrastructure by itself. In addition, you can have the best search engine in the world, as long as nobody knows about it, it's worthless. And since a large percentage of Internet users are only dimly aware that they're using a search engine when they type some words into the address bar, it's not as easy as you assume it to be.

All regulations will do in a situation like this is break the functioning market.

You missed the main part, I figure. Nobody is trying to break up the search market. Anti-trust is all about preventing a dominant player in one market from leveraging its dominance to become a dominant player in other markets where it would not prevail on merits alone.

The search market, for all this regulation, would be unchanged.

European regulations should be focusing on the edges of the market where Google is trying to manipulate things, such as forcing them to randomize product listing instead of always listing their own first.

Great idea!

Oh, wait...

That's exactly what they're thinking about.

Communications

Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer 56

Posted by timothy
from the first-they-said-you-were-crazy dept.
An anonymous reader writes Google [Thursday] shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 1) 238

by Tom (#48439493) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

But this represents an existential threat

Nonsense. One of the ways that corporations are different from real people is that you can split them into parts without killing them.

So we'd have AdSearchGoogle, headed by Larry Page, and ServiceGoogle, headed by Sergey Brin. AdSearchGoogle would be prohibited for 5 years to favor search results pointing to ServiceGoogle, and that's it.

Also, Google doesn't have to stop serving them, just stop doing business there.

Googles business is advertisement. Their services are excuses for showing you advertisement. In this business, these two things are pretty much the same thing.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 2) 238

by Tom (#48439481) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

but the U.S. leads in per capita consumer spending.

Which, as a per capita value is again dependent on the population number for total value, and the population of the EU is 60% larger.

But the U.S. (and U.S. companies) does not need Europe to sustain businesses tied to consumer products.

Strangely, they seem to think otherwise, because they're going to great efforts to do business in Europe.

+ - Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google today shared an update from Project Loon, the company’s initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons."
Android

Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones 21

Posted by timothy
from the but-fellas-our-plans-changed dept.
oyenamit writes Online shopping in India is still in its infancy but is growing tremendously to reach the mostly untapped market of 1.2 billion people. Invariably, the conflict between pure online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart and brick and mortar stores was bound to emerge. Unfortunately for Google's Android One, it has been on the receiving end of this friction. Leading brick and mortar retailers in India have refused to sell Android One handsets ever since the US company chose to launch its products exclusively online. The three Android One makers in India — Micromax, Karbonn and Spice — launched their handsets exclusively online in mid-September. When sales did not meet their expectations, they decided to release their products via the brick and mortar store channel. However, smaller retailer and mom-n-pop shops have decided to show their displeasure at having being left out of the launch by deciding not to stock Android One. The Android One phones, announced at the most recent Google I/O, are Google's attempt to bring stock Android (as on Google's Nexus devices) to emerging markets, with competent but not high-end phones.

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