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How to Save them

 

I hate to admit but those companies that are dying right now, I will miss them.
There are methods to keep them alive for a bit more time, so I am gonna try to see if I can come up with scenarios to save these companies

1. HP

HP is still one of the biggest PC manufacturer, but two years ago HP bought Palm for few million dollars to be part of Plam`s WebOS devices.
The purchase was not a mistake as HP knew lot of good hardware designing and have done some Mobile development with Microsoft’s long dead Windows Phone 6 (Could be earlier versions).
So where did they go wrong?
Remember March(I believe) of last year? HP had this crazy fire sale of their HP TouchPad. Well the TouchPad was design to be great competitor to the original iPad but came out after iPad 2 came out…

After this fail HP went through some cleaning and hired new CEO. This CEO doesn’t seem to be qualified CEO as she was a former candidate for Californian Mayor.

Up to this time The new CEO have made some choices that I think could help HP temporarily

I believe in order to save HP

  1. They need to refresh and clean up their line of Devices.
  2. WebOS should be developed faster to make sure Devs adopt the system before it’s too late
  3. Re-enter the Tablet market

I said devices, Yes, young folks HP makes phones Calculators and more than you think. HP has the ability to make better devices.
Remember Android back in Dounut (for all you non-geeks out there it should be the HTC hero or G1 on T-Mobile), no one really expected android to be the market dominant Mobile OS. So if HP can redo WebOS well enough (I believe WedOS just needs few polishes here and there) HP can somewhat emulate Google.

2. Yahoo

This is just sad, I kinda liked yahoo. They are gonna die because they have a deal with Microsoft to help Bing and eventually integrate into Bing.

I don’t have power over this

3. RIM

If u are one of the few Crackberries, u would be happy to know that they are coming back, but you are gonna get over it because they are getting rid of the classic BlackBerry keyboard. The only thing we can hope is that their BlackBerry OS 10 (or what ever it is) is gonna be good

It’s needs to be

  1. Touch UI focused
  2. Should be easy to develop apps for

Current problem with BlackBerries are that there aren’t good apps for the phone because the phones the RIM hasn’t made popular touch based phone so making apps for entirely different environment for Devs like me is painful process

There is quick and dirty way RIM could do to save itself, Patent trolling. Research In Motion is one of these few original Mobile phone companies that has accumulated enough important patents that they can troll around with.

If u want my opinions on other companies I will be more than happy to do them

In few weeks I will have one about Apple.

 

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The Great Pissing Contest

The Great Pissing Contest

Patents has always been big trouble factor in new technology.

Within last few years there is increased amount of law suits by big patent giants like Motorola, Microsoft, Apple, and others.

The only people who are rejoicing is the law firms in Seattle, Silicon Valley, New York and few other places.

These law suits are not easy to follow and many juries and judges probably don’t know what they are dealing with.

I find most of these patent infringement law suits to be just ridiculous.

 

Last year, this patent trolling, as some journalists put it, started with Samsung Vs. Apple over in EU.

The law suit is over who has the rights to lock screen. Ya Apple apparently hold the patent for “Unlocking a phone by dragging an image:, and Samsung made witty counter attacks with a scene from 2001 : A Space Odyssey.

Both companies are still in courts, in Germany, although the initial ban of sales of Galaxy line of products has been lifted somewhat, its long way from settlements in any shape or form.

 

Speaking of last year law suits. Google and Oracle is about half way or little less done with their case.
Oracle has claimed that Google has used some of its Java APIs to create Android platform. Now to some this doesn’t seems important since the OS is written in Linux kernel, and Java Oracle has some jurisdiction over this OS, if and only if Android has used a part of API that is not for public use. Today jury has decided that Google has infringed copy right protects Java API, but hasn’t decided on the damage Google caused by Android OS.

All this trouble for 9 lines….. But I understand that Google is creating lot of revenues from Ads, Apps, Music, Books, and Movies that its selling through the Google Play store (formerly known as Android Market). Oracle would get a lot of settlement money from this law suit.

These two are only major ones, I estimate about 5 to 10 more law suits that probably was behind door and settled quietly.

This is no different, Motorola and Microsoft began the year with law suits.

Motorola has claimed that its patent that allows Wi-Fi streaming has been infringed by Microsoft’s Windows 7 Media Center and XBOX 360. Now you might be asking yourself how did Motorola have these patents in first place? Motorola is not just failed Mobile device company, it also controls a lot of cable box that we use today.

Just like most law suit Motorola and Microsoft is going to be like a cry baby in front of the court until they get tired and settle for few million pay out.

 

These patent trolling isn’t helping new technology to emerge, because patents laws weren’t fitted out for this century.

1. The number of patents over lap each other
2. The use of patents are clear enough but if any similarity is found law suit can be initiated
3. Many patents are ridiculous as “Unlocking a phone by dragging an image”
Here is few links to few ridiculous patents
http://news.yahoo.com/three-ridiculous-patents-holding-apps-back-163900534.html
http://bigorangeslide.com/2011/09/apples-ridiculous-patents/
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/05/04/german_court_stays_apple_lawsuit_against_samsung_postpones_another.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8975419/Technology-patents-useful-and-ridiculous.html

We need new laws to govern the emerging technology. patent can do that, but we need new laws to govern the use of patent and copy rights.

Last Time I heard anything about reformation of Patent law was last summer, UK has worked on new patent laws to stop the trolling.

Here is overview of all things patent

 

P.S. – If these law suits are ridiculous enough for you. Hasbro (The owners of Transformer franchise, as far as I know or care) has sued Asus for naming its tablets Transformer, Transformer Prime, and Transformer Pad. I have no idea what is going on with these two companies, so leave a comment if you know anything about it. I’m too lazy to look it up.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in DrLuciferZ`s Post, Just a Thought, WTF

 

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Oh Tech Companies

This time U am going to rant about something else then just religionSo if you are not a Geek like me U probably don’t k now or don’t care
In Spain there is big convention going on called the Mobile World Congress or MWC for short

This is that one show where most of the gadgets that come out through out the year is shown……

That sounds great right? until it’s not

This year Every company seems to be following the Samsung/Apple model of launching bunch of phones with one family name

HTCImage representing HTC as depicted in CrunchBase
HTC one X and S

English: LG Logo

LG
L-Style (I think these might end up being Optimus) 7,5,and 3
Optimus Vu
Optimus 4X HD
Optimus 3D Max

SonyEnglish: Sony Xperia logo illustration. Xperia...
Xperia U and P

now for Samsung
Samsung has been running with Galaxy for a while now so this is going toEnglish: Samsung Galaxy S i9000 be long
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy S Advanced
Galaxy Beam
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7 (where is the 8.9??)
Galaxy Note 10.1English: Android Robot. Fran├žais : le logo d'a...

Although I know that some of these names won’t even make it into the US market EU kids got some work to do if they wish to be the Geeks.Oh and guess what these are all Android Phones with somewhat similar specifications. That`s funny on geeks end who likes to make fun of Android for being fragmented. Fragmented just basically means that there is so many variant of one kind and they aren’t compatible with each other, which is why Netflix and other big companies had hard time making an App for all Android phones.

As for the companies listed on here this isn’t half of the phone they will announce in the next few days they will this goes on for a while like a week if I remember correctly.

Anyways If you hate good number of these names comment on here and speak up so that these companies can put out real named phones

Oh ya BTW did u guys here about next XBOX code name?? its Durango……
ya mobile device makers aren’t the only guys with ridiculous names

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in DrLuciferZ`s Post, Just a Thought, Tech Rants, WTF

 

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