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Wed
17
Oct
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Analysts Predict GPhone Will Outsell iPhone

Behold the latest champion of the mobile phone industry! The new GPhone, the anticipated and top-secret mobile phone from Google, is already expected to beat the widely popular Apple iPhone by providing more features and lower cost. The GPhone ... project was officially launched after Google's recent acquisition of the small Finnish start-up company, Jaiku. The acquisition was a tremendous coup for Google because Jaiku holds many key SMS patents. SMS (Short Message Service) is text messaging, the technology that allows short messages to be exchanged amongst billions of ordinary cell phones. ( ... (view more)

Wed
03
Oct
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Microsoft Quadruples Search Power

Although it is, without doubt, head of the pack when it comes to operating systems and some of the software for those operating systems, Microsoft is nowhere near the lead as an online search engine. That title belongs to Google, although a recent ... initiative from Microsoft appears ready to challenge for the crown. So, what's 'ol MS up to? In the world of search engines, the king is often the one that can find the most results on a given query. Microsoft's new plan is to actually quadruple the number of sites its searches link to. Not only that, the company announced that a new core technology ... (view more)

Fri
28
Sep
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Microsoft and Google Battle for Facebook

Who might be the new face of Facebook? Microsoft. According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft plans to invest as much as $500 million in the social networking company. If the deal goes through, Facebook would value at $10 billion and Microsoft ... would own 5% of Facebook. (Source: pcworld.com ) But why Facebook? First of all, the company boasts some impressive stats; though it has only been running for a little over three years, Facebook has close to 50 million active users. As well, its client base is increasing rapidly. Another Facebook quality that Microsoft may find attractive is the ... (view more)

Wed
26
Sep
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Who'll Take Down MS Office?

Just about everyone is out to get Microsoft. That's the problem with being a virtual hegemonic state; like the U.S., everyone wants a piece of the pie and it often means taking it by force. So, just what are the primary threats to Microsoft? When it ... comes to its the company's Office "turf", the competitors are now lining up, and neither the products nor their makers are slouches by any means. In the following week, three tech titans announced plans to bring down the god of business software, Microsoft and its Office. Yahoo, Google, and even IBM have plans to develop competing software with ... (view more)

Tue
25
Sep
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Share your Stuff with Google Shared Stuff

Google is showing no signs of slowing down: the web giant has just released a new service called Shared Stuff, which lets users share information like images, videos and bookmarks with their friends. The Inquirer's Martin Veitch calls it "a cross ... between a personal web page, Delicious and Digg," which he says will be surprisingly appealing. (Source: theinquirer.net ) In typical Google fashion, Shared Stuff was created to be extremely user friendly. A simple click of a button will share any webpage that you have visited. You can also enter a description and tags for each shared web page. ... (view more)

Mon
24
Sep
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How Powerset Promises to Tackle Google

Has someone found Google's kryptonite? Dozens of small start-up companies were on hand at a recent high-tech convention with each looking to impress a crowd of influential representatives interested in securing the services of one lucky company. ... Also milling about were consumers looking to grab a sneak peak at the latest technological craze. Of all the entrepreneurs in attendance, one particular company made the most impact in the form of a verbal announcement that sounded more like a promise than an aspiration. The company pledged that they now held the secret to defeating Google at their ... (view more)

Fri
21
Sep
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Presenting Google 'Presentations'

Google has released the newest component of Google Docs: a presentation component that carries a typical simplistic moniker, Google "Presentations". Like Google Documents and Spreadsheets, users can email and upload documents to edit online. Unlike ... Documents, however, Presentations can only handle documents created in PowerPoint. Further, uploads must be smaller than 10MB. Google has certainly overtaken Microsoft on the aspect of search. Does Presentations have the potential to offer Google similar success? In a nutshell, no. Ars Technica's Eric Bangeman, a frequent PowerPoint user, tested ... (view more)

Tue
18
Sep
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Google Sponsors Mooncraft Competition

After being crowned the king of search, Google has set its sights a bit higher -- literally. In what it calls the 'global private race to the moon,' Google will be sponsoring the Google Lunar X PRIZE, an award given to a team who can land a craft on ... the moon. (Source: abc.net ) The X PRIZE Foundation's first project, the Ansari X PRIZE, had competitors racing to build a spacecraft able to reach low earth orbit. This time, participants will be reaching for the moon. Specifically, the winner must be the first to soft land a spacecraft on the moon which will roam for a minimum of 500 meters and ... (view more)

Wed
12
Sep
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Google Earth: Can it Find You?

Could Google Earth's privacy-invading tendencies save your life? Maybe one day, but right now the Internet search leader is on the lookout for missing people. Renowned aviator Steve Fossett is currently on the search list. The pilot disappeared over ... the Nevada desert after taking off in a small plane early last week. Two days later Google became involved in the case when his friend, British billionaire Richard Branson, proposed that Fossett be located through the company's satellite mapping service. Branson said "I'm talking with friends at Google about seeing whether we can look at satellite ... (view more)

Thu
06
Sep
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Microsoft Hoping To 'Cloud' The Competition

In 1995, Microsoft attempted to fend off their ever-increasing rival companies by adding a free web browser to their brand new operating system, Windows 95. This effort was effectively blocked by several court rulings and the subject was never ... spoken of again. Over a decade later, Microsoft is giving the strategy one more try by offering free software that connects their current brand new operating system, Windows Vista, to software services delivered over the Internet. (Source: nytimes.com ) This practice is not uncommon in the technological world and is often referred to as "cloud" ... (view more)

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