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Submission + - Steve Jobs Lashes Out at Android 3

Ponca City writes: "Steve Jobs doesn’t usually make a guest appearance on Apple’s post-earnings conference calls with analysts but this time he made an exception attacking Google for marketing its operating system as “open” versus Apple’s “closed” iOS. “Google loves to characterize Android as ‘open’ and iOS and iPhone as ‘closed.’ We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches,” said Jobs. "Android is very fragmented. Many Android [manufacturers], including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user's left to figure it out. Compare this to iPhone, where every handset works the same." Jobs stated that the real debate is between “fragmented versus integrated” and which is better for the consumer. "When selling to users who want their devices to just work, we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time. And we also think our developers can be more innovative if they can target a singular platform rather than a hundred variants.” Jobs also criticized the Android Marketplace, pointing out that there are at least three other app stores being launched by vendors, causing confusion for users and work for developers. “This is gonna be a mess for both users and developers,” Jobs said. “Contrast this with Apple’s integrated App Store, which offers users the easiest-to-use, largest app store in the world, preloaded on every iPhone.”"

Submission + - 1 second embedded Linux QT boot (

frogboyflips writes: MPC Data have produced an impressive swiftboot demo which shows a Linux kernel booting and launching a QT application in less than one second (with video capture and render). This was shown at the Renesas DevCon and is a demonstration of how you can optimise the cold boot of an embedded device by removing unused functionality and optimising required functionality. The greatest challenge here was with QT — however these were overcome with techniques such as re-ordering the contents of the ELF executable, removing read-ahead in the flash filesystem and linking against uClibc. More details will be described at a boot time presentation at ELCE next week.

Submission + - Microsoft Spending $500 Million on Kinect Ads (

donniebaseball23 writes: Microsoft's motion camera gaming platform, Kinect, is just a few weeks away and the Redmond giant is spending big to ensure its success. Microsoft is shelling out half a billion dollars writes IndustryGamers, and the company is clearly going after the casual, mainstream Wii audience with important appearances on Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres. Microsoft also revealed its 17 games planned for the launch window, and it's clear that Kinect is not being pushed with the core gamer in mind, at least not from the outset.

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