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11.2
11

Google unveils Gmail app for the iPhone

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iPhone users with Gmail accounts now have a dedicated app to help them manage their mail.

Out today, the free Gmail iOS app is geared toward iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners. Though Gmail users can already access their mail via the Web, through a mobile site, and by setting up an account on their iOS device, the new app tries to borrow from all those sources to offer a host of helpful features in one single place.

Like its web-based counterpart, the new app helps you organize your email by offering a priority inbox, which acts as home to what it considers important messages. You can follow a full trail of related e-mails by viewing conversation threads. And you can manage your mail by starring or labeling individual messages so that Gmail knows what’s important and what’s not.

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You can set up push notifications so that you’re alerted each time a new email comes through. A search option lets you find e-mail by key terms, though unlike the new Gmail Web page, the app offers no advanced search option.

Typing the first few characters of your recipient’s name or address brings up an autocomplete list where you can select the right person. You can also upload and attach any photo stored on your mobile device.

The app takes nice advantage of your device’s touchscreen. You can swipe down on your inbox to retrieve new mail and swipe to the right to view and navigate to the various labels and folders for your mail. iPad users can also view both the labels and emails at the same time through a splitscreen view.

Since Gmail is available in several other ways, many users may see no reason for a dedicated app. But this one is well designed and easy to use. Google said that it built the app with speed and efficiency in mind. And of course it’s free. iOS users who rely on Gmail should consider giving the app a spin.

10.31
11

Every Android device now infringes Apple patent: Slide to unlock

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Whatever your position is on patent infringement and the never-ending lawsuits in the mobile space, the fact is until the system is overhauled it is the law. I hate that design elements can be patented, instead of actual devices which makes more sense. Apple has been riding the patentability of design elements for a while, and has a number of Android device makers on the ropes as a result. A U. S. patent awarded today to Apple guarantees that every Android phone and tablet ever made infringes Apple’s design.

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Anyone who has touched an Android device has come face-to-face with the slide to unlock feature. The device is inaccessible until a slider or similar control is touched and slid to a boundary, unlocking the gadget. This simple control has now been patented by Apple, removing it from the available design pool to anyone else.

Apple has been picking and choosing its targets for patent infringement litigation carefully, using various patents it owns to go after infringers. This new patent over the simple slide to unlock feature means the company can go after any Android device maker it wants, and likely have success in the courts.

Heck, the control on Windows Phone devices, sliding the lock screen up to access the phone functions, may very well infringe on this patent too. That could extend to the upcoming Windows 8 as early preview versions use this same control to unlock devices.

Apple filed for the slide to unlock patent before the original iPhone was released, and just received confirmation of the patent. That puts every Android device ever made firmly in the infringing category, should Apple choose to get nasty.

10.29
11

Google+ Starts Breathing Down LinkedIn’s Neck

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With upgrades that cater to business and professional users, Google+ may be causing some raw nerves at LinkedIn. “The professional functionality of G+ combined with search and the new features being added could allow it to surpass LinkedIn as a professional social networking platform and tool in the future,” said William J. Ward, social media professor at Syracuse University.

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Google ( has made a slew of updates to its Google+ social network. It has added new features, provided integration with Google Apps, and made the network available to businesses, universities, and schools that use Google Apps.

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The point behind the upgrades is to continue to drive traffic to the fledgling network and fight the feature wars with other social networks, said Gabe Donnini, lead analyst at Chitika.

“By integrating its popular services into Google+, Google hopes to see its users increase,” Donnini told TechNewsWorld. “It also realizes it has to keep on matching what Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn offer their users — although in just one network.”

Google was unable to respond to TechNewsWorld’s request to comment for this story.

New Features

Among the new features is “What’s Hot,” which shows trending topics on the site and lets users add a particular poster to their Circles from that list.

View Ripples, an experimental feature, lets users see how popular their posts are. It also provides a visualization tool to gauge the activity of other posts. Users can replay activity, zoom in on particular events, and identify top contributors, among other things.

Google+ is also adding Creative Kit, a simplified photo-editing tool, to its menu of options. To promote its use, Google is offering Halloween-oriented special effects and inviting users to submit their creations for a contest. Google will choose the winner on Nov. 3.
Integrating Google Apps

The biggest boost to the Google+ user base will likely come from its integration of Google Apps and the link it is providing businesses and universities. The integration means that users can not only share items within a circle or publicly, but also with everyone in an organization.

Google is getting ready to roll out a tool that will allow existing users to migrate their Google+ profiles to a Google Apps account.

“With this tool, you won’t have to rebuild your circles, and people who’ve already added you to their circles will automatically be connected to your new profile,” Google Product Manager Ronald Ho said in a blog post.
Not So Casual

Bringing Google Apps into the mix lends a certain gravitas to Google+ that Facebook doesn’t have, William J. Ward, social media professor at Syracuse University, told TechNewsWorld.

“The new features and functionality of Google+ and the accessibility of apps is distinguishing G+ as a social enterprise and professional tool compared to Facebook, which is still seen as a casual social tool,” he said.

Then there are the tools themselves, which work well in a corporate environment. “G+ Circles, Hangouts, Hashtags and Google Docs is a powerful combination for organizing information and teams for collaboration, communication and curation,” Ward said.

“The privacy policy and settings of G+ also allow you to create private conversations in your social streams more easily than Facebook,” he pointed out.

Facebook has a legacy and reputation problem, Ward continued. At the same time, the networking capabilities of LinkedIn are limited in their use, at least compared with what Google is building with Google+.

“The professional functionality of G+ combined with search and the new features being added could allow it to surpass LinkedIn as a professional social networking platform and tool in the future,” Ward said.
Security Issues?

It seems as though some of Facebook’s legacy issues are rubbing off on Google+, however, with the end result being that large business buyers don’t necessarily trust Google’s security, suggested Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group.

Those concerns are deep enough that the enhancements to Google+ could prove to be a wash, in his view.

“Businesses are particularly concerned that Google apps have become corrupted by malware,” Enderle told TechNewsWorld.

“They are concerned about Facebook, and most are discussing launching private social networks that are secure but are concerned whether employees will use them,” he said. “In the interim, unless Google can address the security concerns more aggressively, it is unlikely they will be successful in business to a large degree with Google +.”

10.24
11

Another Android and Chrome OS device developer pays Microsoft patent royalties

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Original design manufacturer (ODM) Compal Electronics has licensed publicly undisclosed Microsoft patents and is paying Microsoft undisclosed royalties to cover phones, tablets and e-readers it makes that run Android and the Chrome OS.

Microsoft and Compal announced they had signed a patent agreement on October 23.

Microsoft officials said that with the addition of Compal to its patent-protection roster, Microsoft now has “more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices … now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.” (Other ODMs who are paying Microsoft for Android and Chrome patent protection include Wistron and Quanta Computer. Quanta is the ODM for the Amazon Kindle Fire and RIM’s PlayBook.)

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“We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome,” said Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Microsoft, according to a statement in Microsoft’s latest press release.

Microsoft has not publicly disclosed which of its patents that it contends are infringed by Android and Chrome. Barnes & Noble officials said earlier this year, Microsoft officials require OEMs and ODMs to sign non-disclosure statements before sharing with them the details about their alleged infringements. (Barnes & Noble and Motorola Mobility are still engaged in legal battles with Microsoft over Microsoft’s claims that their Android-based devices infringe Microsoft patents.)

Speaking of Motorola Mobility, the International Trade Commission — which is investigating patent-infringement complaints by Microsoft and Apple against Motorola Mobility — has extended the target completion date for those decisions by six weeks due to case backlog, according to Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patents blog. (Mueller repeats in his post his disclosure that he is doing a Microsoft-commissioned study on the worldwide use of FRAND-pledged patents, for what it’s worth.) The initial decision on the Microsoft-Motorola case is now slated for December 16, 2011, with the final decision target date now April 16, 2012.

10.18
11

Microsoft shows ‘touch screen’ for any surface

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Microsoft Research is unveiling technology that turns any surface into a touch screen at a user interface symposium this week in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dubbed OmniTouch, it is a wearable system that allows multitouch input on “arbitrary, everyday surfaces,” according to a description on a Microsoft Research Web page.

 

OmniTouch allows any surface to be used as a touch screen.

“We wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides,” said Hrvoje Benko of the Natural Interaction Research group at Microsoft.

 

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The technology combines a laser-based pico projector and depth-sensing camera, the latter not unlike Microsoft’s Kinect camera for the Xbox 360. But it is modified to work at short range.
The camera is a prototype provided by PrimeSense. When the camera and projector are calibrated to each other, the user can don the system and begin using it, Microsoft said.

Key research challenges included defining to the system what fingers look like; the notion that any surface is potentially a projected surface for touch interaction; and detecting touch when the surface being touched contains no sensors–according to Chris Harrison, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, who participated in the project and wrote about the research.
Presumably a consumer-friendly system wouldn’t require the bulky apparatus that only a card-carrying propeller-head would be brazen enough to wear in public.

The project is being unveiled during UIST 2012, the Association for Computing Machinery’s 24th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, being held October 16-19 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

10.14
11

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 Mango

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Windows 7.5 MangoMicrosoft will launch its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) update called Mango at 6pm UTC this evening.

The update process will begin tonight and will be a gradual process that will reach all Windows Phone 7 customers by the end of October.

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Microsoft is banking on Windows Phone 7.5 to jumpstart Windows Phone 7 adoption. Mango features updated social networking integration with Twitter and Linkedin added, as well as a new feature that lets you scan and translate text using the camera.

It has Internet Explorer 9 for a faster web browser and uses Microsoft’s Bing Search engine. There is also a feature called Local Scout to help users find local restaurants and attractions.

Microsoft said at a press briefing this morning that it had added ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer to its manufacturing partners. HTC and Samsung already support the WP7 software, and Nokia has an ‘exclusive’ deal with Microsoft.

The WP7 upgrade comes as Microsoft updated its Windows Phone app store, Windows Marketplace, allowing users to download apps directly from a Windows Phone 7 device using the Zune software.

Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace is divided between applications and games, with each country getting its own specific store.

10.12
11

Microsoft launches web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

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You can now easily browse the more than 30,000 Windows Phone apps, have them installed, and write reviews all from the new web-based Marketplace.

Today is Windows Phone Mango day with updates starting to roll out and some other promised services starting to go live. Microsoft said there would be a web-based Marketplace, similar to the Android Market, and if you go to www.windowsphone.com/en-US/marketplace right now you should see that it is live. You will also find there is a new unified My Windows Phone page where you can manage your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone settings all on a great looking site.

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The new web-based Marketplace should help out quite a bit with app discovery and once you find an app you can choose to install it right from the website. There are also options to Like an app on Facebook or Tweet about it on Twitter so you can share it with your friends. I really like that I can now rate and review apps I have loaded on the website and plan to write a lot more of these now that I can do it from a computer and not just my phone.

You can choose to download the app immediately to your phone using messaging or email instructions for installing the app later. If you have multiple phones in your profile you can choose which phones to install the app on too. I tested it out and this new service install the app on your phone without you having to do anything else at all on your phone, assuming it isn’t so large as to require a WiFi connection. This is slick and makes Windows Phone even better than it was already.

Thanks to WPCentral.com for the heads-up on the web marketplace and updated My Phone website.

10.8
11

Windows 8 Has A Friendlier Blue Screen Of Death

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Windows 8 Blue ScreenWhile Windows 8 was widely expected to have a black screen of death, the developer build released yesterday has revealed that Redmond has opted to stick with the historic blue. It does, however, come with a peculiar twist. Rather than inundate people (who hopefully remembered to save their work) with a breakdown of why their computer stopped working, it seems Microsoft has chosen to take things in a more compassionate direction.

Unlike the classic, wordy blue screen of yore, the latest version instead makes a sad face at the user. In addition to flashing that large frown, the new BSoD also provides some key search terms just in case the user feel likes digging into what just happened.

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Users are given a few seconds to write it down or commit it to memory before before the PC automatically restarts, and voila: it’s back to business.

It’s a step in the right direction, as the classic blue screen was nigh unintelligible to most users. This latest version manages to make the process a little less headache-inducing, but I (perhaps naively) long for the day when Microsoft can tell me in plain English why my computer just failed.