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Week In Review 21W2009

  • SE needs 100M EUR pocket money to keep operating. That’s what you get for getting caught in a depression after 2 years worth of uninteresting products.

  • Really, do we need Symbian in netbooks ? We barely need Symbian at all these days (hey, I have a S60V5 phone) so maybe the Symbian Foundation should focus on making Symbian work on mobile phones. Meanwhile, Nokia seems to be carrying on with it’s non-symbian tablets. Get the drift Symbian ?

  • In censorship news, a brave kid is running a library of school banned books. Said books include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Divine Comedy and the Qu’ran so yes you guessed it, they’re banned cause they’re unchristian. That’s the criteria used in today’s USA high schools. And France is trying to outdo itself too!

/wir | edited on 2009/05/25 -- permalink, click to comment

Week In Review 20W2009

  • WiMAX just keeps kicking. Cisco will build kit for Clearwire and desperately try to turn a profit on a technology they sunk a lot of money into. Good luck with that.

  • Microsft put a new anti iPod ad which can be read two ways. On one hand, yes buying music is expensive so we should just steal it. On the other hand and probably in light of the PlaysForSure debacle Microsoft is pushing a subscription model which means you won’t be able to play you music when you stop paying. Or when Microsoft decides to kill the servers. Or when you change PC. Or Zune (probably!!). And on even more MS news, they borrowed an extra $3.8B. Are they trying to over high finance or just getting ready for a spending spree ?

  • On antitrust news, EU fined intel 1 billion(updated, tkx) euros which does look even more impressive in USD. The thing is, EU didn’t even get to half of the potential fine amount so this is kind of a slap on the wrist.

  • Joining the ranks of democratic countries such as North Korea, China, Cuba and Australia France seems hellbent on keeping its citizens away from the internet. Who needs a juri of his peers when you can have a RIAA secret trial ?

  • And the ZOMG award of the week goes to the Sony Pictures CEO who thinks the Internet didn’t being anything good. I wonder if he would say if Sony’s 5 year effort to own digital media distribution didn’t tank miserably in the face of Microsoft’s comparable efforts (what’s this ? Week In Microsoft ??).

/wir | edited on 2009/05/25 -- permalink, click to comment

Week In Review 19W2009

  • Vodafone is putting some reclaimed analogue TV spectrum in Germany to good use by running a LTE pilot. Take that KnightRider reruns!!

  • Nokia is trying to hype up the Ovi Store by announcing a launch with 20000 items. My bet is most of them will be annoying ring tones.

  • On stupid news of the week, MPAA says fair use involves a camcorder. These guys crack me up.

  • And the week’s police state award goes to France. A TF1 employee emailed his MP as a private citizen letting him know what he thought about the Hapodi proposal. The email made its way from the French Government to TF1. The main diference between EU and US here is in US this would result in a multimillion dollar lawsuit, in EU it just ends up with the guy fired.

/wir | edited on 2009/05/12 -- permalink, click to comment

Week In Review 18W2009

  • Life isn’t going good for Nokia. They lost carrier billing for Ovi on US which is basically the only billing they had as they don’t have a long standing relationship with their customers like Apple. The was also the nasty bit about the carriers cut coming out of the developers cut which kind of screamed “fail” from the get go. And then there’s also the worldwide Vodafone widget store for Nokia to worry about. But it’s not all bad news, Nokia release details on the flagship N97 and the hardware isn’t a lot better than 5800XM unlike what people expected from the demos.

  • Have I stopped ragging on Nokia ? Nope. This is the week I noticed Nokia says S60v5 has Browser7.x but both 5800XM and N97 have OSS3.2 which means Nokia is confused. What’s the difference you ask ? Well, OSSBrowser is Safari2, Browser7.x is Safari3. Remeber Safari2 ? Yup, that’s it, the crappy one jQuery and most of the world don’t support anymore.

  • And Vodafone is not only standing up to Nokia but also Google and they went all hint hint about Android having a bit less Google in the future. What’s next Voda ? A little less Apple in iPhone ?

  • Busy week for bad news for mobile people. Motorola is adding up loss quarter after quarter.

  • Another Swedish ISP is cleaning access logs. You gotta love loopholes!

  • Microsoft implemented ODF and it sucks. I mean, it’s not the normal MS sucking bit, they went to extra lengths to suck. Obviously, everybody’s screaming MS is evil. Well, we know about MS being evil already, that’s not new. What people are ignoring is this proves ODF is a crappy standard. Not crappier than your average standard but crappy enough to allow a 100% to spec implementation that doesn’t interop with anything else. Think about it. Update Rui and Paula pointed out the MS implementation is not actually compliant (in fact the original article mentions that as a “side point”). My bad, this is non news. Tkx guys!

/wir | edited on 2009/05/05 -- permalink, click to comment
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