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Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest Labs

Google's Hot New Buy, Smart-home integrator, Nest LabsThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full Technoid article »»»»


Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Google Moments 20132013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.

For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.

In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television, social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.

Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.

The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»


Windows Device Chief Killing RT Tablet OS

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Windows Device Chief Killing RT Tablet OS

Julie Larson-Green to Kill-off RT Tablet OSMicrosoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.

Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.

RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency.

RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.

Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows.

Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

GOOGLEThat behemoth that is Google has been fined $US22.5 million for violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari browser users. Last October Google signed an agreement that included a pledge not to mislead consumers about privacy practices, oops.

In fining the behemoth the FTC – US Federal Trade Commission – said that Google had broken an agreement made with the commission in October 2011, Google had agreed not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Apple Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. The fine is the biggest imposed by the FTC against a company for violating a previous agreement with the Commission.

In a statemnet the FTC said that Google has agreed to pay the record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.”  :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

GOOGLEThat behemoth that is Google has been fined $US22.5 million for violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari browser users. Last October Google signed an agreement that included a pledge not to mislead consumers about privacy practices, oops.

In fining the behemoth the FTC – US Federal Trade Commission – said that Google had broken an agreement made with the commission in October 2011, Google had agreed not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Apple Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. The fine is the biggest imposed by the FTC against a company for violating a previous agreement with the Commission.

In a statemnet the FTC said that Google has agreed to pay the record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.”  :: Read the full article »»»»