Unless you care about Europe for some reason then you are probably not familiar with Nokia's "Comes With Music" service and why it being delayed in the U.S. could make U.S. phone owners a sad panda. Nokia unveiled the service in December 2007 one year before its official launch in the U.K (it's in Europe). Come With Music basically works as a prepaid music service where you pay a certain amount up front and get unlimited downloads from their music library for a whole year. Well that sounds pretty cool but what's the catch? It seems that in order to get European wireless companies to jump on board and foot some of the bill they had to slip some DRM into the mix.
Hey everyone remember TiVo, the device that revolutionized the way we watched TV by bestowing upon us the ability to warp time? Except for the fact that we had one sitting around where I used to work, I don't either. It turns about they are still alive and have been trying to rip Dish Network a new one since 2004 because of alleged patent infringements. Originally, they sued EchoStar, which is part of Dish Network now for infringing on their patent for their "multimedia time warping system" (wow that sounds cool).
To put it simply, they are referring to the TiVo's ability to record one channel while watching another. Fast forward to 2006 and a federal court ruled that EchoStar had to pay TiVo a whopping 73.9 million for damages but it doesn't stop there. Recently Dish was also ordered to pay $103 million plus interest for continuing to sell DVRs with technology that violates a permanent injunction by federal courts but wait round 3 is coming up next. This dispute has now remained unsettled for 5 years so TiVo went for the killing blow and sued Dish for $1 billion based on the profits they had made from their DVR in this timeframe. Now fortunately for Dish the judge ruled that only $200 million more was justified and said that Dish had made a good faith effort to work around the technology and did not willingly infringe TiVo's patent.
TiVo released a statement saying,
There may be some unrest in Apple's board of directors with some of the reshuffling that's been going on. We recently talked about the CEO of Google Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple's BOD due to growing conflicts of interest but it seems he may not be the only one leaving. There have been some recent developments pertaining to Bill Campbell who is a key Apple board member and close adviser to Steve Jobs.
Campbell is also the chairman of Inuit and is a close adviser to Eric Schmidt as well but he is not officially on Google's board of directors. He is however the only outsider that attends their meetings. There is no concrete evidence yet of whether Campbell is leaving but is should be noted that he recently redeemed some director's stock options for a "non-sale transfer" of 60,000 APPL shares worth more than $7.7 million.
Google's Chrome web browser has been a semi-big hit. Although it only holds 3% of the Internet browsing market, it still holds the number 3 spot behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. IE and FF hold these places because so many computers come with them already installed. If you have a Windows machine, you already have IE, and many manufacturers have added FF to their pre-installed lineup as well.
That is all about to change, though, because Sony has decided to bundle Chrome on their new computers. This makes me believe that Sony has already struck up a deal with Google to start including the Google Chrome OS on their netbooks once Google is ready to launch the new Cloud-based operating system.
I remember how exciting it was when Sprint PCS launched the first phones to have color screens and cameras in 2002. The
Samsung A500 may have only had a 720kbps data, and the camera was 320x240, and an attachment (and sold for $99 on top of the $399 pricetag for the phone), but the feature everyone was excited about was MMS. Now, if you have an iPhone 3G or 3Gs, you can relive the excitement of 2002 all over again!
AT&T announced that the iPhone 3G and 3Gs will be joining the ranks of those 7-year-old handsets (and almost every other handset on the planet today) on September 25th with the addition of MMS. Though MMS has changed a lot since the early days, it still shouldn't have taken this long for any modern phone, especially one that is billed as a multimedia phone.
Are any of our iPhone users excited about this, or have you already downloaded an app to allow for MMS? Will this convince any iPhone holdouts to finally make the switch?
We all know that Microsoft made multiplayer what it is today with Xbox Live on the original Xbox. Microsoft has always said it was essential from day one to have a network setup to allow people to play together remotely. Sony, on the other hand, has always seemed to scoff at the idea of online play, until recently. Well, in an interview with
Edge Magazine, SCE president Shuhei Yoshida said: