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Comment Re:Even x86 is proprietary technology (Score 1) 170

Which post are you replying to? is it this one?

"It doesn't seem like much of an ifiltration if all it does (by the sound of it) is allow you to open your Firefox bookmarks, etc in the native iPhone browser and provide a search bar that does the same thing. Still nice to have the option to take your bookmarks across to the mobile device, though, and it might help win/retain a little FF mindshare but a far cry from the win that native FF on the iPhone would be"

Are you still asking:

Why exactly would Mozilla be interested in helping a commercial company push their proprietary technology?

Mozilla has a vested interested in supporting proprietary technology (OSX, Windows,Iphone for example) to compete with other browsers. Mozilla wants to get their browser used by the most people to get the most support from web developers.

Comment Re:Is this just a programming exercise? (Score 1) 239

I think you are missing a large number of users (Grandmas say) who don't customize their computers and only do the minimum : They do only what the computer tells them to do.
So these users will see the plug-in prompt Google Wave when accessing Google and would be likely to act.
Doing so will ensure that even Grandma's browser has modern HTML5 features. This will make web developers happier.

Comment It's a defensive move (Score 1) 239

Google is working on these plugins to ensure their platform has the broadest install-base and give them a way to influence current or future compatibility issues.

This is a pretty smart move for them to maintain and grow their reach. Also - as long as they keep their plug-ins open - a positive move for whole web-app, software as a service 'movement'. (I'm not sure if it's considered a 'movement').

Foxconn and Hon Hai Both Planning ARM Smartbooks 59

wonkavader writes "Tuesday was a good day for smartbook news. News articles from Sept. 8 tell us that both Foxconn and Hon Hai are developing ARM-based smartbooks. PC World reports that Foxconn's devices 'use a few different Linux operating systems, including one similar to the Intel-backed Moblin OS and one developed by Foxconn. The company is currently looking into Google's Android mobile OS for possible use as well.' Reuters reports that Hon Hai is also developing them. Hon Hai makes the iPhone and the Wii."

Comment Re:The n900 cometh... (Score 1) 580

I agree with with what you are saying. Especially from a technophile point of view, the app store and ovi store are not equivalent in that the ovi store is not the only way to install apps.
The C64 emulator might not be able to be added to the ovi store (if they consider it a threat to ovi); also an app manager might not be added to the ovi store (if they consider it a threat to ovi). But if you know how, you should still be able to install those things on your own.

Comment Re:The n900 cometh... (Score 1) 580

The C64 emulator was removed from the AppStore => With the N900, the equivalent service will be the Ovi Store.

The OVI developer terms of service state (from Terms and Service link at 5.4. Non-Compete. You may not use the Program to distribute or make available any Content whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of Content outside of the Program.

So Nokia might not allow this app on their store either.

Comment Re:Application signing (Score 3, Interesting) 621

Application Signing is how Nokia is going to control how people distribute applications for this device - this control is a big deal and is not explained in the article. It is a big deal because it determines how "open" the system is: If Nokia has to approve all applications then is this system open at all?

The link to Symbian's Open Signed Online is an S60 version of how Nokia has done "open" before. I don't think this is the kind of open that people are hoping for, but unless we hear otherwise, it's the type of open we should expect from Nokia.

Another way to consider the benefits of this phone is to ask how many people have really ever used Symbian's Open Signed Online? Are you. then, the only ones that are supposed to be excited about this phone?

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