There is always a lot of technology news around, but this week appears to have been super-busy.
We take a look at some of this week’s tech stories that are causing a stir.
Instagram: While us techies were all over Instagram a while back, it has only made the big news headlines this week. Why? Because they’ve just sold to Facebook for a whopping $1billion! Not bad for a company that has never made a profit. Some hardcore fans have left Instagram in disgust at the sale, but the sale opens up a whole host of options for Facebook and images in the future, especially in the mobile arena. Stay tuned for more acquisitions?
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Windows get Kinected!
Other news this week has been the rumour that Microsoft is developing Kinect technology to be used in its Windows Phone OS. According to technology website VR-Zone, Microsoft is currently developing the Kinect’s Natural User Interface for use in its mobile platform.
Apple in legal issue
Okay, the fact Apple has a legal issue is hardly big news: the company is in an out of courts around the world more often than Rumpole of the Bailey (or Kavanagh QC for younger folk, or, ergh, the LA Law team for international readers!). This time Apple is been sued by the US Department of Justice over allegations that it colluded with a number of major publishers to raise the price of ebooks for customers.
Five major publishers have also been sued by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for actively increasing the price of ebooks to try and usurp Amazon. The DoJ alleges that executives from the publishers met with Apple to discuss a response to Amazon’s low cost books: a move that Apple may well come to regret.
More on this: http://www.pluggedin.co.uk/article/apple-sued-over-ebook-price-scheme/
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Samsung released their Galaxy Tab 2 Series in both 10.1″ and 7.0″ screen sizes on Thursday for the US market, running powerful dual-core tablets running the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.
The devices feature an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities, as well as an easily accessible memory card slot for convenient loading of multimedia files in a range of supported file formats. Exciting times at Samsung HQ!
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