Jony Ive, the mastermind behind some of Apple’s greatest creations, has been promoted from Senior VP and will become Apple’s first Chief Design Officer. The promotion will see him oversee the company’s broader design efforts, and reduce the amount of time he spends on day-to-day managerial duties.
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on since 2011, and with this recent court ruling, it seems like it won’t be over anytime soon. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed that Samsung did indeed copy specific design patents of the iPhone. However, the court also determined that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s trade dress, that is, the overall look and feel of the device. With that, Apple’s US$930 million (about RM3.3 billion) win over Samsung will be reduced.
While many might not realize this, Microsoft and TM are actually close to each other but most of their collaborations are geared towards SMEs as well as techprenuership. Example of such collaborations include the “Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8” program, Office In The Box packages, and //bina/ 2014. This will change soon though as both companies have decided to expand their collaborations into consumer space as well.
Much like previous version of Windows, Microsoft will be marketing Windows 10 under several different SKUs. This is not entirely unexpected, although there are some versions that raise more questions than provide answers. The Windows blog post also clarifies the whole Windows 10 free upgrade thing as well.
News has been going around that solid state drives in storage have been discovered to lose their stored data in extremely short span of time. This refers to unpowered SSDs remaining untouched in lockers, and not the drives installed in computers that are used every day. Still, that hasn’t caused a more than a few computer users to become concerned.
Alibaba group is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Indian smartphone maker Micromax. The Chinese e-commerce giant is looking to gain entry to India, and its rapidly growing consumer market. Alibaba could be investing as much as US$1.2 billion (RM4.3 billion) into the company for a 20-percent share of Micromax.
There is a popular conspiracy theory that cybersecurity firms are the ones inventing cyberattacks to drum up business. This theory is often associated with crazy homeless people with tinfoil hats; or at least it was until an ex-employeed of US-based cybersecurity firm Tiversa accused his former employer of fabricating attacks to extort money from clients.
In a move to strengthen its position in our market, Microsoft today has officially launched the new Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store in Suria KLCC which is not only the first of its kind in Malaysia but also in Asia Pacific. The new outlet as well as several more throughout the country that will follow up soon are pretty much the closest that Malaysia has to full-fledged Microsoft Stores that are located in North America and Australia.
Uber has reportedly join the race to acquire Nokia’s Here maps division with a US$3 billion (about RM10.8 billion) bid. The ride sharing service was rumoured to be one of the parties interested in picking up the division when news that Nokia was considering selling Here maps.
Google has revealed the schedule for its Google I/O conference later this month, and it looks like the internet giant is preparing to take the lid off the next version of its mobile operating system, Android M. There are a few other announcements set to be made at the 2.5 hour long keynote, and this includes something about a new wearable from Google’s Advanced Technologies And Projects group.