Galoo Daily Trends 07.03.2013
Casualties of “browser war” – $732 Millions fine for Microsoft
Remember when the “browser wars” were going to decide who ran the world? No? Well, the European Commission does, and we guess it’s still mad about it. Witness the €561 million ($732 million) fine it levied against Microsoft MSFT -0.92% Wednesday.
According to the Commission, Microsoft broke a promise to offer Windows users a choice of Web browsers. The Commission claims that some 15 million European consumers were thus denied the opportunity to pick Chrome or Safari or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. (more at: wsj.com)
Big brother is watching even more – Google confirms
Google released a transparency report Tuesday, revealing that they’ve received a number of so-called National Security Letters — official government requests for data under the Patriot Act, passed after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Under the Patriot Act, if Google or others receive an NSL, they must disclose information as long as authorities deem the request “relevant to an authorized investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.” (more at: businessinsider.com)
What we can expect from Samsung Galaxy S4 – new rumors
On the evening of March 14, the smartphone maker/Apple nemesis/James Franco employer Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S IV (commonly known as the S4). And even though Samsung claims that it’s trying to keep its newest superphone a secret until next Thursday’s event in New York City, details of the Galaxy S4 have been squirting out here and there like liquid from a leaky waterbed.
So, what should you expect when you’re expecting a Galaxy S4? We’ve collected the most prominent and persistent rumors below. We’ll know whether the S4 is an S-Score or an S-Bore in about a week, but until then, let’s get on with the speculation. (more at: huffingtonpost.com)
Facelift on Facebook – again
Facebook plans to announce on Thursday a substantial redesign of its News Feed — a makeover aimed both at keeping users glued to the social network and luring more advertising dollars, Somini Sengupta reports in Thursday’s New York Times.
Company executives have broadly said they want to make the News Feed, the first page every user sees upon logging in, more relevant.
In an earnings call with Wall Street analysts in January, the company’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, offered some hints of what a reimagined News Feed might look like: bigger photos, more videos and “more engaging ads.” (more at: nytimes.com)
It`s a Windows. It`s a Android. No, it`s Asus Transformer AiO
Asus first showed us its Transformer AiO — an 18.4-inch tablet / all-in-one combo that runs both Windows 8 and Android — back at Computex last June, but today it finally released firm specs, a release date, and a price for its gargantuan tablet.
At first glance, the Transformer AiO looks like a regular Windows 8 all-in-one: it’s got Windows 8, a Core i5 or i7 processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM, a dedicated graphics card (a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 730M), up to 2TB of storage, and an 18.4-inch 1080p capacitive touchscreen. Remove that display from its dock, however, and it instantly switches into an unwieldy 5.2-pound Android 4.1 tablet, powered by a Tegra 3 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. If that sounds insane, that’s because it is. (more at: theverge.com)