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Submission + - A good advice from the latest multi-millionaire (

Taco Cowboy writes: "The money is there, just waiting for clever new moves," comments Nick D'Aloisio, the 17-year old teenager from London, who just sold his Summly app company to Yahoo, for a cool 30 million dollars

"If you have a good idea, or you think there's a gap in the market, just go out and launch it because there are investors across the world right now looking for companies to invest in," says Mr. D'Aloisio.

He had first dreamt up the mobile software while revising for a history exam two years ago, going on to create a prototype of the app that distils news stories into chunks of text readable on small smartphone screens.

He was inspired, he said, by the frustrating experience of trawling through Google searches and separate websites to find information when revising for the test.

Trimit was an early version of the app, which is powered by an algorithm that automatically boils down articles to about 400 characters. It caught the eye of Horizons Ventures, a venture capital firm owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, which put in $250,000.

That investment attracted other celebrity backers, among them Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, British broadcaster Stephen Fry, artist Ono, the widow of Beatle John Lennon, and News Corp media mogul Murdoch.

More info can also be available from


Submission + - 8-cored ARM-based mobile processor (

Taco Cowboy writes: First it was uni-core, then dual core, then quad-core...

The product code name is Exynos Octa.

It's an 8-cored ARM-based mobile processor, from Samsung.

On-chip GPU is rumored to be PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, running at 533MHz.

Samsung's lineup of mobile devices in coming months will certainly give Apple a run for speed.


Submission + - Google Maps makes it back to Apple's app store ( 1

Taco Cowboy writes: Not that long ago Google Maps was kicked out from Apple's app store. Apple claimed that it was because Google Maps was not up to par with Apple's much touted high standard.

Well... guess what?

Google Maps is back, with a vengeance.

Not only Google Maps is back, it has become the # 1 top download for iPhone 5 users.


Submission + - Microsoft collects $10 royalty per device from Android vendors (

Taco Cowboy writes: Back in 2011 it had already rumored that Microsoft was aiming to collect $10 per device from vendors who sell Android-based handsets — see

Now the rumor turns out to be true.

Approximately 70% of branded hardware vendors with Android products, including HTC, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Wistron, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, and ViewSonic, are making royalty payments to Microsoft, with each vendor paying up to US$5-10 per device sold, the sources revealed.


Submission + - Apple's share on global tablet market slips (

Taco Cowboy writes: For second quarter of 2012, Apple's share on global tablet market was a healthy 65.5%.

For the third quarter of 2012, Apple's share slipped to 50.4%.

If this trend continue, 2013 may be the year where Apple's will get less than 50% of total sale of tablets, worldwide.


Submission + - Should Apple's designs belong to Apple ? ( 1

Taco Cowboy writes: So we have Apple using a clock design without permission —

And we have Apple suing others for their "rectangle with rounded corners" design

Well ... take a good look at the following -

How can Apple's designs belonged to Apple when it is proven that they stole the designs from others?


Submission + - HTC has no intention to settle with Apple (

Taco Cowboy writes: The recent lost by Samsung in a court battle against Apple apparently does not put a dent to other parties determination to fight Apple, inside and outside of the court system

HTC's Chairperson, Ms. Cher Wang, has publicly re-iterated her belief that the $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung in the U.S. "does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem."


Submission + - The word "ToDo" has been trademarked ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: An iOS app developer is threatening to sue an Android app developer over the word "ToDo"

Apparently, according to the iOS app developer, he "owns the trademark for the word “ToDo”"

As if the patent trolls haven't given us enough headaches, now we have trademark trolls


Submission + - The BYOD Threat - the internal threat (

Taco Cowboy writes: The acronym "BYOD" stands for "Bring Your Own Device" — a common practice in many corporate setting whereby employees are allowed to 'bring your own device' to work and IT will allow it to access the corporate network.

BYOD can also be known as Bring Your Own Disaster

“Consumer devices were never intended to be highly secure,” says Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Security Forum (ISF)

“Unless you’ve thought through your BYOD strategy, unless you’ve put in place some real good governance around it and you get your users to sign up to acceptable use policies, there’s very little you can do to enforce some of these things,” he adds

Another source is at


Submission + - FBI Investigates MPEG-LA ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: "The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google Inc." MPEG-LA, the private company that has set up patent pools around web video, had announced its intention to set up a patent pool focused on the patents that holders believe are infringed upon by Google's VP8/WebM video standard. This definitely seemed like a typical shakedown situation, with one company basically asking a bunch of others to team up to demand a bunch of cash from Google. The aim of the formal investigation is to find out whether MPEG-LA is using its considerable weight to shut out VP8, a rival and royalty-free video technology alternative that is backed by Google and supported by its software. "“Antitrust enforcers are investigating whether MPEG LA, or its members, are trying to cripple an alternative format called VP8 that Google released last year—by creating legal uncertainty over whether users might violate patents by employing that technology, these people added,” Catan reports. “The probe, which pits Google and open-source software advocates against some technology giants like Apple, could help determine whether anyone will own rights over the creation and broadcast of online video in the next major Web programming language, called HTML 5." Microsoft and Apples are members of the MPEG-LA group, btw. Other links to this story include:

Submission + - iPhone with embedded cardiac sensor? ( 2

Taco Cowboy writes: Apple wants to embed cardiac sensors into an iPhone case to identify you

Apple has an idea of a new biometric recognition approach on your iPhone, to make the process seamlessly “magical”.

By embedding the cardiac sensors in iPhone case: ( )

When you hold an iPhone in your hand, cardiac sensors, integrated into the iPhone case, are able to monitor your heart rhythm, and identify the person holding the device.

And that’s about it. No passwords that can be glimpsed or guessed, fancy gesture movements on a touchscreen, that can be easily recognized. Just pick up an iPhone, and it already knows it’s you.


Submission + - OLED is coming to the iPAD near you (

Taco Cowboy writes: Apple reportedly has started development of the second generation iPad using the same design concept as for the iPhone 4G, and will use an OLED panel, according to sources in the component industry. Apple is said to be aiming to launch the device in 2011.

The sources with the components sector said OLED panel prices are expected to drop and make it more price friendly for the iPad.

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