A federal judge has denied class certification in an antitrust suit alleging six Silicon Valley high-tech firms conspired to artificially restrain the labor market by secretly agreeing not to recruit or hire each other’s employees.
11 Apr 2013Phyllis Skupien
Fiver former software engineers sought to represent nearly 100,000 workers who may have been harmed by the pact allegedly formed by Apple Inc., Adobe Systems, Google, Intel Corp., Intuit Inc., Lucasfilms and Pixar.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just under half of 853 respondents between the age of 18 and 29 thought Microsoft is “cooler” now than it was a year or two ago. About 60% of 18- to 29-year-old respondents still thought Apple was cooler now than in the past. But Google Android brand did even better, with a full 70% giving it the thumbs up. Today’s graphic provides the results on the poll that gauged how “cool” a brand or product is compared to how cool it was in the past?
I haven’t written much lately on new applications that I’ve been testing, but this time you’re getting this blog post that was put together using the Web Speech API Demonstrator from Google. It’s in the latest Chrome beta release. I love using speech as a natural language interface in products. When I get an idea, I can just start talking out loud and look to edit it into something more coherent later. Google has a number of languages that are available for the web Speech API demonstrator, including several variations of English. This is quite nice, as we know from some of the challenges Apple has had with its Siri product. (Wow it even recognizes Siri when I mentioned it!) Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like a natural inclusion for some of our market segments: a simple way for a lawyer to dictate notes and thoughts or perhaps a financial services professional who chatted with a colleague or read or saw something in the investment space.
16 Jan 2013Bob Schukai
One of the Kickstarter applications I funded last year was a product called 1 Second Everyday. I really love this app. The idea is that you can create a montage of the year by capturing one second worth of video content every single day, which can then be strung together into a single video stream. The developer is from Brooklyn and recently his idea was even featured on the BBC. I’ve been using it every day so far, since the product came out, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens when I put together my clips from 2013. It is something I think you could actually do over the course in many years as way of going back and remembering cool things that happened in your life. The app is currently available on iOS and it will be out on Android very soon. Check it out and let me know what you think.
So now that you’ve heard what I’ve been using, what apps have piqued your interest lately?
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says there’s a fight going on to save personal privacy on the Web, and the General Petraeus scandal illustrates just some of the issues we face. Schmidt talks with Reuters West Coast Bureau Chief Jonathan Weber at the RAND Corp.’s ”Politics Aside” conference in Culver City, California.
Yesterday, Apple released the iPad Mini to compete in the pocket-sized tablet market already staked out by rivals who have seen success in selling 7-inch tablets for $200. Today’s graphic compares the mini version of the world’s most popular tablet to its main competitors from Amazon, Google and Samsung. With the iPad Mini starting at a price ($329) significantly higher than the competition, how do you think it will fare?
As Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5 hits stores today, users are carefully examining the phone’s new features. Many new iPhone 5 owners have noticed that the new maps application from Apple is not as accurate as its Google Maps predecessor. If this pushes sales of the phone down, Apple’s top mutual fund holders might be affected.
As Google Inc continues to compete with Facebook in the mobile social media space, photo editing has become more and more important. In order to compete with Facebook’s Instagram, Google purchased Nik Software, which makes the photo editing application Snapseed. If Google’s investment pays off, its top shareholders should reap benefits.
Nokia and partner Microsoft showcased the new Lumia 920 phone yesterday in what may be their last shot at reclaiming market share lost to Apple, Samsung and Google. The new smartphones earned quick disapproval from investors looking for new handsets to rescue the struggling Finnish company, sending the firm’s shares tumbling 13%. Today’s graphic compares the Lumia 920 to the iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy SIII, and ATIV S.
I’ve been dedicated to the mobile space for 2 1/2 years now. In that time, the most common question I hear, by far, is: “what OS should we be building our app for?” Sadly, it’s the hardest question to answer! I’m not going to try and answer the question here – as it’s all but impossible on a generalized basis. However, hopefully I can give you a couple of data points and considerations to help you answer for your product yourself.
Before that, though, a quick shout out for the mobile web. There’s a reason we like it so much! You can, to a large extent, dodge the question of platform choice and you’re not subject to the vagaries of your OS/app store vendor.
Putting that aside, here are the main considerations: (more…)
Google’s first female engineer will assume her role today as Yahoo Inc’s CEO. Marissa will be Yahoo Inc’s third CEO in a year, edging out front-runner and acting CEO Ross Levinsohn. Below is a list of the top 10 active institutional shareholders of Yahoo, all of which could be affected by this change. Check out other reports by Thomson Reuters Ownership Intelligence and follow @ownershipintel on Twitter.