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Dish Network has actually launched a $ 25.5 billion takeover bid that would see it take control of Sprint. Japanese carrier SoftBank is currently in the procedure of purchasing Sprint, but Meal’s offer can derail the takeover. Today’s announcement stands for a proposal, instead of a legally-binding offer, but The Wall Road Diary says the business is positive it can raise the funds essential for such a large purchase. Under the conditions of the quote, Meal’s shareholders would obtain complete control over the merged company.
Although cellular networking is new to Dish, the company has actually been making transfer to get associateded with the industry. After revealing an interest in partnering with T-Mobile last year, it fought with Sprint for control of Clearwire in …
Both the Xbox and Xbox 360 have famously failed to make a dent in the Japanese gaming market, but why? Eurogamer has put together a comprehensive report that looks at the challenges that Microsoft faced when it tried to carve out a place in the Japanese industry. The two largest issues included the perception of the console — Japanese gamers believed it was designed purely for Western-style games — along with Microsoft’s difficulties in adapting to the unfamiliar customs of the country. The Xbox 360 failed to turn around poor sales too despite a slew of games created specifically by Japanese studios. Microsoft will have yet another chance at success in Japan — as well as another opportunity to avoid the same mistakes — now…
Samsung has revealed that it plans to package an S Launcher application on its Windows 8 PCs that will mimic the Windows 7 Start Menu on Microsoft’s new operating system. Mashable got a chance to play around with the new launcher and reports that it’s a floating desktop widget that provides access to shortcuts and system functions. You can click on the launcher and start typing in the same way the existing Windows 7 Start Menu works.
Microsoft decided to kill off the Windows 8 Start Menu and Start button in its latest operating system, a decision it made due to telemetry data obtained from the company’s Customer Experience Improvement Program. The software giant found that Start menu usage had dropped and decided to remove the visual…
Somewhere deep in the bowels of Logitech, a committee, attempting to think outside of the box, created a box. It’s called the Cube (even though it’s clearly not a cube) and it’s a mouse. And a presenter. I think.
The tiny mouse is designed with portability in mind. The top portion houses two hidden mouse buttons and also a portion for scrolling. To scroll “swipe your finger along the main panel,” says the press release. Then if you lift the mouse up, it turns into a presenter allowing the user to advance slides by just click the top of the device. The Cube connects to a computer though Logitech’s tiny Unifying 2.4 GHz receiver. Or, if you wish, the mouse can also connect via MicroUSB.
Look for the Logitech Cube this month at a suggested retail price of $ 69.99. Hopefully the device is a bit more comfy than the geometric shape suggests. It looks like arthritis to me.
Intuilabs is showing off their proof-of-concept HTML5-based multi-touch smartboard in an effort to prove a) that HTML5 is pretty rocking and b) that someday we may all have smart tabletops in our home. To see the big screen in action you can fast forward to about 3 minutes in.
It’s obviously a little wonky in terms of applicability in the real world, but these guys aim to add multi-touch interfaces to the entire web, at least in some form. It will definitely be fascinating when web apps can do what native apps can do, especially when it comes to pinching, zooming, et al.
An Italian software company has filed a complaint in Europe over Microsoft’s purchase of Skype.
Messagenet, a software firm based in Milan, is attempting to block Microsoft’s Skype deal over concerns the U.S. software giant might bundle Skype with its Windows operating system. The New York Times reports that Messagenet filed its complaint on September 20. Microsoft is expected to close its Skype acquisition in October. E.U. competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, plans to reveal his decision on the takeover on October 7. The latest complaint could delay Microsoft’s deal and force the European Commission to consider any issues raised from Messagenet’s concerns. Messagenet also wants Microsoft to open up Skype’s Internet phone network to allow rival services to connect calls to Skype users. Microsoft issued the following statement in relation to Messagenet’s complaint:
“Skype is a valuable and popular product that Microsoft will continue to supply as such. The proposed acquisition is still undergoing regulatory review and we are working closely with the agencies. Until all regulatory approvals are obtained, it is business as usual at Microsoft and at Skype.”
The software giant announced its intentions to purchase Skype in May. Microsoft’s deal is valued at $ 8.5 billion cash and will see Skype CEO Tony Bates assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division. Bates will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft says Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stamped its approval on the deal in June. Microsoft is now waiting on European Commission approval before it can part with $ 8.5 billion for its purchase of Skype. Microsoft has no plans to alter Skype’s branding. Microsoft is getting “one of the greatest brands in the consumer Internet space,” said Skype CEO Tony Bates in a recent interview. “It is a verb. People talk about it in that way. They say Skype me.” Bates reassured Skype users that nothing will change, “you can expect strong commitment to the brand,” he added.
Skype currently has 170 million connected users and saw over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations in 2010 alone. Microsoft’s promise for Windows Phone, Xbox and Kinect Skype integration confirms that the company will look to use Skype broadly across its products. Skype was originally founded in 2003 and acquired by eBay in September 2005. An investment group led by Silver Lake acquired Skype in 2009. Microsoft refused to provide any comment on Friday regarding the FTC approval
Italian software firm attempts to block Microsoft’s Skype deal in Europe originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
The ZTE Skate — spiritual sucessor to the Blade and current flagship — is pushing on with its global roll-out and it looks like it may reach the US. Now on sale in Hong Kong, Brazil and Spain, the Skate is rolling down the French Alps and into France and the UK, where the Orange-branded Monte Carlo (a Skate in phone network clothing) is already available. With a different ZTE device set to arrive on Cricket soon, the electronics giant also intends to bring this 4.3-inch phone to the US in the near future, though there’s nothing concrete on dates and prices just yet. According to ZTE’s executive VP He Shiyou, the company is set to launch “a total of 30 smartphone models” by the end of the year. We fear the company may run out of flat-shaped names before the end of November. Head on over to our Chinese site for some hands-on shots.
Microsoft kicked off its trial at the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
The software giant accused Motorola Mobility of infringing seven patents that the company holds. Microsoft is asking the ITC to block imports of some Motorola Android phones in the United States. The company is bullish in its claims and is confident the ITC will agree that Motorola has infringed the patents. David Howard, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation, revealed the company’s feelings in an email statement to Bloomberg news agency on Monday. “We have a responsibility to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard our intellectual property,” said Howard. “Motorola is infringing our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor.”
Microsoft’s claims center around mobile phone patents which is slowly becoming the battle ground for Google, Apple and Microsoft. Google announced earlier this month that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $ 12.5 billion. Google CEO Larry Page noted at the time of the deal announcement that Microsoft and Apple are “banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android.” Citing recent patent auctions, Page expects that Google’s acquisition will help protect Android in the future. A number of analysts believe Google’s deal could be beneficial to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, creating more competition between the three major smartphone operating systems.
Microsoft’s Motorola ITC case is ongoing and the administrative law judge, Theodore Essex, will release his initial findings in the case on November 4. The commission will complete its full investigation by March 5. Microsoft is seeking to block imports of the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Blackflip and Charm.
Microsoft attempts to block sale of Motorola’s Android phones originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
So, you’ve finally accepted the reality that smartphones aren’t a passing fad, but you’re no less concerned that the special tech-hater in your life might get hip that you’ve abandoned reading books for flinging unhappy fowl. You’re further concerned that you won’t have space in your skinny jeans for both a wallet and an iPhone. Well, it sounds like Twelve South’s BookBook iPhone 4 case has you and your ridiculous smartphone-conversion anxiety covered. The little leather-bound sleeve not only masks your iPhone in what looks like a miniature Bible binding, but also acts as host to your wallet’s contents. If you’re looking to fool folks into thinking you’re really reading a tiny tome titled BookBook, the case can be yours for $ 60 at the source link. Full PR after the break.
They may not be able to please all of the people all of the time, but President Obama and gang are doing their best to reach across the OS aisle with a new Android app. Like the iPhone edition that came before it, this official White House app offers presidential photos and video, updates from the blog and briefing room, and alerts about events and announcements. Unfortunately, all of the people won’t be pleased with this new update, either, as the thing is still only available to iOS and Android users, but that’s politics for you.
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