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Microsoft Patent Application Could Kinect Smartphones Together

posted Sunday Aug 28, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft Patent Application Could Kinect Smartphones Together

Patents have been front and center in the media thanks to the recent Google vs. the Rockstar organization events and Microsoft put in a neat little patent application February of last year for "Combined Surface User Interface," which Apple echoed on February of this year.

The idea behind this patent is to use pico projectors to display a workspace that can be integrated with another workspace from a different device. The user(s) will also be able to interact with the workspace through motions captured by the camera on the device.

Catch a glimpse into the future and see what I'm talking about after the break.

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Google's Investigation has Cost $500 Million So Far

posted Sunday Aug 28, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google's Investigation has Cost $500 Million So Far

We all knew it was only a matter of time before the Department of Justice's Google investigation started turning up some skeletons, but I don't think anyone thought Google would start settling the cases this quickly. The first case to come out of the investigations seems to be about advertising.

It would appear that Google took money from Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise their products to US residents. Now, while it is not unusual for Canadian companies to market to US citizens, it is unusual for a US-based advertiser to do so for pharmaceuticals. Why? It is illegal for a person to import non-FDA managed drugs, which is exactly the process these companies were trying to avoid.

How exactly did Google get involved and how much has it cost them? Hit the break to find out.

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XBLA Wants Your Exclusives

posted Sunday Aug 28, 2011 by Scott Ertz

XBLA Wants Your Exclusives

I have a bit of information for my aspiring game developers - if you want to publish your game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, don't submit it to the PlayStation Network. If you do, your application for XBLA will be denied. Well, that is all assuming it is published on PSN before XBLA.

Obviously, this is all about getting exclusive content for Xbox, or at least getting the head start on the competition. This isn't the only policy Microsoft has that is similar; even the big publishers are required to have the same content on-disc across all platforms if Microsoft will allow it on their platform. As far as these demands, I understand and approve of them. Microsoft wants to protect their platform and, of course, their users.

To read what Chris Lewis of Xbox Europe has to say, hit the break.

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Android's Security Problems Get Worse, Apple Avoids Attacks

posted Saturday Aug 27, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Android's Security Problems Get Worse, Apple Avoids Attacks

We've talked in the past about Android's Marketplace and overall security problems, and it seems they are not getting better. In fact, Google's attack rate has grown 76% in the past quarter. This is not surprising considering the platform's popularity.

For decades Apple has touted their lack of malware on their computer systems. The case, however, has never come down to the fact that Apples are incapable of being attacked, but instead on the fact that no one owned them and therefore there was no point in attacking them, though that has changed some. Google's platform has become the most popular mobile platform, like Windows for computers, and therefore it has become the platform to attack.

Why has Apple remained unaffected? Hit the break to find out.

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FOX's Anti-Internet Policy Leads to Piracy

posted Saturday Aug 27, 2011 by Scott Ertz

FOX's Anti-Internet Policy Leads to Piracy

It's been a month since FOX announced its 8 day Internet rule and only 2 weeks since it has gone into effect, but the results are already becoming apparent. As most people on the Internet knew before the rule went into effect, the result is, of course, piracy.

People do not use services like Hulu because they enjoy commercials; they do so because it is an easy and convenient way to get content in good quality legally. Hulu, however, is not the only way to get HD video online. There are plenty of sources for downloading video illegally, cutting the studios and broadcasters out of all revenue. That is exactly what is happening with FOX.

Want more on the cause and effect of the decision? Hit the break.

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For the Answers to Tweeted Questions Check Your InboxQ

posted Saturday Aug 27, 2011 by Jon Wurm

For the Answers to Tweeted Questions Check Your InboxQ

Earlier this month we said hello to heello who intern said hello to Twitter. Now we're looking into InboxQ, a service that looks to help make Twitter useful instead of directly competing with it.

Some of you may be familiar with Answerly and the Q&A products they have produced over the past several years. The San Fransisco based company, now called InboxQ, managed to obtain funding from VC, Trinity Ventures and two Angel investors last year. As a result, on the 26th of August they debuted their newly focused Q&A product which is meant to link up "experts" who use Twitter and Twitter users who pose questions that are mostly ignored, according to InboxQ. I try to ignore most things that involve Twitter but you wouldn't know it because I write about them all the time.

To see if InboxQ will answer the cry of 100,000 daily ignored questions, hit the break.

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