No Surprise.

Unfortunately, as the ‘cloud’ becomes more ubiquitous leaked photos (actually, stolen and/or appropriated via hacking, etc.) aside from other security-related issues are in all probability likely to continue to increase. The challenge is not just what any given firm does about it but what any given end-user does about it…

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/PzMut3

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Whose Best?

Cortana vs. Siri: While it does sound ideal, consumers might not be the ultimate judge. In other words, like many technologies that have been developed, first-mover advantage is not always an advantage… i.e., having more users (initially) is not the only benchmark for determining superiority.

(Source) Computer World: http://goo.gl/PBCBbw

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Under Siege.

Kudos to Microsoft for continuing to push-back regarding not turning over emails that are stored in Europe per a US court order. The on-going challenge now is how long the firm will keep fighting this motion and if / when this case will set a precedent for future related matters on the Cloud and jurisdiction therein.

(Source) The Next Digit: http://goo.gl/25ariL

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Get Lost…

Well, not literally but metaphorically as it seems this is the underlying message that Samsung has made regarding the announcement of a partnership with Nokia maps. Their decision to become less dependent on Google could have the unintended by-product of just irritating any given end-user to simply download Google’s Map App vs. having to deal with an arguably unproven (for sure, largely unfamiliar) application, etc. from the former portion of the Scandinavian giant (not acquired by Microsoft).

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

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Game, Shirt, Match?

Ralph Lauren’s decision to ‘equip’ US Open ball-boys with their ‘Polo Tech’ shirts is not just a potential first-mover advantage but could also be a harbinger for wearable technology being considered fashionable whereas becoming mainstream is a foregone conclusion.

(Source) The Motley Fool: http://goo.gl/rxMVB1

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TTYL.

Launched as a rival to AOL’s IM (which has also largely gone by the wayside) Microsoft’s MSN Messenger’s planned end-of-service announcement (in China) will essentially signal the demise of two former icons within this space (who have since been passed and/or replaced, etc. as end-user’s demands and technological capacities continued to evolve).

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/oocs6a

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Drone It?

With ‘google-it’ having become some sort of post-modern verb is ‘drone-it’ far behind? Who know? Nevertheless, the firm’s announcement of successfully field-testing (albeit still in the nascent stage regarding distance; payload and real-world disaster conditions) their drones in Australia earlier this month demonstrates… well, one can debate what it actually demonstrates in terms of the Google’s actual commitment to disaster relief versus flying ‘net access portals for those without dedicated Internet access, etc.

(Source) The Telegraph: http://goo.gl/vCHvjr

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Only ‘Time’ Will Tell…

If Apple’s recent hiring spree of ex-fashion industry veterans and not-out-of-the-gates-just-yet-as-they-want-to-get-it-right approach coupled with the on-going rumors that September 9th is the actual release date of iWatch – the company could have a bonafide hit on their hands.

(Source) The New Zealand Herald: http://goo.gl/4lFjUn

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Non ‘Pace’-Setter.

It’s a surreal comment on the current state of affairs when a software update causes important landmark civil rights legal records to not be included with said upgrade… and, adding insult to injury making them available via hardcopy for a fee (aside from the delay in receiving them via whatever delivery mechanism aside from a download).

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/eKlhJf

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Kill Switch.

California has put into law (effective next July 1st) a kill-switch law that’ll (as it now stands) effectively render a lost or stolen, etc. Smartphone useless. As is the case with most progressive legislation expect other states to (potentially) follow suit prior to said policy being adopted nationally.

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

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