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Media streaming device comparison – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Amazon unveiled its new media streaming device, offering the hardware as well as a $39.99 gaming controller for its own fast-growing online content services. Today’s graphic compares the new Fire TV to its main competitors from Apple, Google and Roku.

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Journalist spotlight: Scoop on Google lobbying to stop distracted driver legislation

Last week, Reuters scored an exclusive on Google lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass. The story, by correspondent Dan Levine, revealed that Google has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary to restrict the use of Google Glass behind the wheel. Reuters was widely credited by other outlets for breaking the news. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Dan offers a look at the reporting behind his scoop.

Q. How did you get this scoop?

A. Last month a traffic case in San Diego involving Google Glass got a lot of press. After that, a group of Reuters editors, including top news editors and legal specialists, asked me to pay more attention to how the law and courts would adapt to wearable tech as it becomes a bigger business. Through interviews I realized that most of the action right now was in the statehouses, and no one had really uncovered Google’s position on bills targeting Glass. So I thought I’d go ask the people on the ground in states where bills had been introduced.

Q. What types of reporting/sourcing were involved? (more…)

UPDATE: Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

UPDATE: We took your comments to heart and added the Google Nexus 5.

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone, the S5. Market expectations for the new device remain subdued, given its comparative lack of innovation. Today’s graphic is a side-by-side comparison of the flagship smartphones from seven of the major players in the industry.

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Q&A on the sweet business of co-branding

In a recent commentary published in the Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet, Sideman & Bancroft intellectual property partner Kelly P. McCarthy and Samantha Von Hoene, a law clerk at the firm, discuss potentially sweet deals that can come about when two companies partner up for a co-branding strategy.

Their commentary, “Co-branding: A sweet business strategy,” kicks off with the 2013 announcement that a version of Google’s Android operating system would be called “KitKat,” a named licensed from Nestle, the candy bar’s creator.  We speak to Kelly P. McCarthy about this unexpected pairing and how companies can sniff out other successful co-branding deals. (more…)

Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

Lenovo Group’s $2.9 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Mobility unit marks the second acquisition by the Hong Kong-based computer manufacturer this year and pushes the level of US acquisitions by companies based in China or Hong Kong to $5.2 billion for year-to-date 2014, up from $1.7 billion a year ago. Credit Suisse advised Lenovo on both purchases this year, while Lazard advised Motorola Mobility

Weekly Highlights: (more…)

Why smart everything is dumb

Brace yourself – WiFi fridges and bluetooth toothbrushes are coming. Pitched as a big leap forward, Reuters’ Jon Gordon argues the connected home paradigm is more shortsighted than futuristic.

Tech in 2014: This year’s top battle fronts

For the world’s biggest tech giants, there’s a lot of turf to fight for in 2014, from your wrist to your digital wallet. Reuters’ Jon Gordon reports.

Bangalore Technology UnConference 2013

Bangalore UnConference

It all started four months ago when our Tech Connect Committee led by Joseph Jeune Chiramal and Bhasker Sathyamurthy started planning the first Bangalore Technology UnConference. After multiple brainstorming sessions, discussions and debates, the UnConference came to life on Friday, November 29th. Over 150 colleagues across business came together to attend the daylong event in Bangalore’s Technopolis office.

The unconference format foregoes the formality of schedules to let attendees and participants drive the discussions and topics thereby creating an open forum for questions, ideas and debate. The topics ranged from Raspberry Pi and Private Cloud to Bitcoins and Big Data. The key note address by Google’s Anand Rangarajan was quite insightful where he spoke of technology transformation and emerging technology trends. (more…)

Mini tablets compared – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple announced a new iPad mini that now has a “retina” high-resolution screen and starts at $399, compared with $329 for the previous model. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad mini to some of its major competitors on the market.

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Mini tablets compared – graphic of the day

Yesterday Amazon unveiled two new high-definition tablets with a unique on-screen helpdesk feature. Today’s graphic looks at how they compare to three of the biggest competing tablets on the market, from Apple, Google & Samsung.

tablets

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