Broken Glass…

With Google’s attempt at trademarking the name, ‘Glass’ (for Google Glass) being shutdown by the USPTO… will the moniker become ubiquitous in the same manner (of speaking) that aspirin did for example? Moreover, even if the firm is (seemingly) ahead of their competition regarding this particular iteration of wearable technology, first mover advantage is still yet to be determined (amongst other variables) that’ll determine whether this product is successful or not.

(Source) Tech Times: http://goo.gl/Ar61Zy

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An Auto ‘Blue Screen?’

Microsoft’s announcement of bringing Windows to the automobile raises the question (amongst many): will the end-user have to re-start their car in order for it to work… or, after a major patch (e.g., bug-fix, etc.?) Or, what about viruses customized / tailored at stealing the car itself (let alone any given end-user’s data?) Jokes aside, unfortunately, the possible dubious / negative scenarios are endless…

(Source) The Verge: http://goo.gl/z0T0Wm

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Child’s Play.

A five-year old’s hack of Xbox while lauded positively by Microsoft as discovering a vulnerability (that the firm has reportedly fixed) paradoxically might make him unpopular with any given number of end-users (i.e., in all probability, children) who are miffed that their ‘secret’ is now out (and over!)

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/WnREnB

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Highly Unlikely.

Microsoft’s framing of their firm as an underdog is both highly unlikely and missing the point: Technology evolves and keeping moving on (for better or worse) and that’s where the company has largely fallen flat / missed the mark.

(Source) WSJ: http://goo.gl/8Zd1fH

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Well-Nested.

Turning ‘unloved’ household applications into beautiful devices is one thing. Networking said devices whereas they reduce energy consumption via learning end-users’ physical location / room-usage, etc. and adjusting room thermostats (i.e., saving both money and fossil-based fuel usage) accordingly is even better.

(Source) Tech Week Europe: http://goo.gl/Cm118i

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No Further Intro Needed!

Britain’s Annual ‘Spaghetti’ Harvest… this speaks for itself!

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/NGDUtl

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Up Next.

It’s clear that the on-going (patent) battle between Apple and Samsung is not only showing no signs of abating but continues to be contentious whereas both parties are trying to gain any angle possible (which should really come as no surprise considering how much money and marketshare are at stake).

(Source) PC World: http://goo.gl/8FZfpN

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(Over) Protecting IP?

Arguably, Microsoft has a right to protect their IP (Intellectual Property). Conversely, even someone accused of a criminal act has a right to due-process… Yet, when Redmond acts where there’s a compromise (i.e., essentially circumventing said ‘due-process’) at the expense of ‘Civil Liberties’ (i.e., snooping on email / someone’s privacy) it becomes rather obvious that they (and, in all probability, the General Public will never know what percentage of Fortune 500 Technology Companies are / have abused their power, etc.) are just as culpable as any given government’s surveillance activities (which in the pre-Snowden-era bordered on Orwellian at best)… Now, in the post-Snowden-era it’s questionable whether there is enough earnest / healthy debate on how to strike a balance between National Security and Civil Liberties. Unfortunately, this is an area where America and much of the OECD are not fully engaged (presently) to all parties’ detriment.

(Source) In The Capital: http://goo.gl/BJLCme

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‘You’ll Go Blind…’

Perhaps that (old) warning given by countless parents (to their children) cautioning kids of the dangers of sitting to close (in this instance) to the TV had some truth to it… as it seems to have been updated to be a caution regarding Smartphones (believe it or not) due to a combination of eye-strain, excessive checking and not blinking enough…

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/DuHthQ

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Just How ‘Transparent?’

In light of the on-going NSA surveillance reports (and, questionable practices, etc.) even Google’s biannual ‘Transparency Report’ should give both pause for concern as well as question (yet again) just how transparent the firm actually is?

(Source) Google: http://goo.gl/3ifR0p

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