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Submission + - Renault Opens Up the 'Car as Platform' (wsj.com) 1

pbahra writes: "Renault has launched what it describes as a “tablet,” an integrated Android device built into its next range of cars, effectively opening the way to the car-as-a-platform. The device, called the R-link, will be integrated into the forthcoming Renault Clio 4 as well as the Zoe electric vehicle, according to Patrick Hoffstetter, Renault’s chief digital officer. Renault will roll it out across the full range, he said.
At the Le Web conference last year, Renault’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, announced the company’s intention to open up the car to developers, safety considerations not withstanding. “The car is becoming a new platform,” said Mr. Hoffstetter. He said the seven-inch device can be controlled by voice recognition or by buttons on the steering wheel. “We need help now,” he said. “We need developers to work on apps.” When it launches, there will be about 50 apps bundled with the device, mostly written by Renault. “We will open a Renault app store for people to download their own apps,” he said. Although Mr. Hoffstetter would not be drawn on the exact terms for developers, he said there would be a revenue share."

Submission + - Augmented Reality Aids Cybersquatting (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "Layar, based in Amsterdam, is working on products that take augmented reality in a slightly different direction. You can now interact with any object, brand or anything really. It gets pretty complicated but the implications of what AR is doing are quite significant. For those not familiar with Layar, it is a platform that allows anyone to build an AR app. You use your mobile phone's camera to view the world and since your phone knows where you are and what you are looking at.The implications are profound. One of the most interesting apps that someone produced was a virtual tee-shirt shop. It was placed in the 20 most expensive shopping streets in the world, selling t-shirts. Stop and think about that for a minute. He built a virtual shop where a real one already existed. His shop was accessible via a mobile phone, the real one was accessible through, well, being real. That means that real space and virtual space can be owned by different people. There will be lawyers."
Technology

Submission + - Skype's Magical iPad Disappearing Act (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "One of the frustrations of Apple's FaceTime video calling is it only works over Wi-Fi, not 3G. So there was much excitement when a full-featured version of Skype for the iPad 2 with 3G support appeared in the App Store. And there much disappointment when it disappeared a few hours later with a Tweet from Skype. "oeWe know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for the iPad and apologize for the inconvenience." It seems this may, as well, be a bit of a let-down for conspiracy theorists. With Microsoft in the process of finalizing its purchase of Skype they would have suggested that Apple had pulled the plug on the new app. However it appears it was Skype that made the strategic withdrawal in order to tweak the product for the iPad. There may also be other conspiracies to be pursue."

Submission + - Adobe Closes Its App Stores (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "Without offering much of an explanation beyond saying it comes from “developer feedback”, Adobe has pulled the plug on its AIR Marketplace and InMarket app stores. However, the Apple Intelligence blog “9to5Mac” is quite clear as to what has happened: “Another win for Apple here,” it says."

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