The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?
Editor’s note: Peter Relan is a former developer and Oracle’s former VP of Internet Division, a serial entrepreneur since 1998, and a Silicon Valley angel investor. Relan founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming companies. Follow him on Twitter @prelan. Even before Apple’s 10 percent stock dip, it was clear that one battle was already over. Put down your arms – Android has won the smartphone OS marketshare war. The competitive drama of the smartphone battle has already unfolded to a large extent and is well understood: Android dominates unit shipment volumes, while iPhone dominates profits associated with smartphones. It may seem like too early a claim, but history tells us Google’s Android distribution model puts the large part of the smartphone market in its corner. No other OS has seen a reversal of fortune this late in the game (think Windows in the early ’90s and Nokia with feature phones in the early aughts). And yet, many ...
View Presentations On The iPhone And Edit On The iPad With New Prezi Apps
Prezi has a new iPhone app and has enhanced its iPad app for editing on the go. The company has also released some data from a recent survey of its users that shows how deep mobile is reaching into companies that just a few years ago would not equate the presentations they make with any kind of mobile device. The new iPhone app is read-only, designed primarily to consume presentations. It plugs into Apple TV or a projector for viewing. The iPad app has previously provided the capability to do minor updates. With the enhanced version, a user can create a new presentation, work offline and then update it. It’s the concept of the idea economy that has driven much of Prezi’s vision for what it wants to become. Mobile devices have a liberating aspect that correlates with the Prezi presentation technology. People work from home. They can go on the road, traveling light, without a laptop. If need be, they can show a presentation. Mobile is a catalyst for the new workplace. Apps like Prezi fit ...
Microchip Giant ARM Reports Q2 Earnings: Sales £136M, Net Profit £39.4M, EPS Of £3.58; ‘Record Order Backlog’
ARM Holdings -- supplier of microchips for Apple's iPhone and iPad products, Samsung's Galaxy line and soon technology for Microsoft's Windows 8 devices -- continues to report strong results while riding the wireless device boom and expanding to newer areas. The company reported Q2 earnings (ended June 30) of £135.5 million ($213 million), beating analyst estimates of $206 million. Net profit was up by 48 percent, to £39.4 million compared to £26.6 million for the same quarter a year ago. Pointedly, the company is gearing up for continuing good fortune, at least for the next quarter: It says it has a "record order backlog" that will let it ride well into Q3, but cautioned that macroeconomic uncertainties may impact what happens in Q4.
Microsoft Buys Multi-Touch Pioneer Perceptive Pixel
theodp writes "Back in 2006, a post on Jeff Han's multi-touch screen technology — a real TED crowd-pleaser — gave Slashdot readers a taste of the iPhone and iPad future. Han spun off his NYU Research into a company called Perceptive Pixel which, among other things, gave the world CNN's Amazing Magic Wall. On Monday, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, which not only means you'll be able to run Windows 8 on an 82-inch touchscreen, but that the Apple v,. Motorola Mobility lawsuit is about to get more interesting!"
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Ohio-Based Entrepreneur's SketchParty TV Shows AirPlay's Gaming Power, But The Tech Needs A Spotlight
Apple's AirPlay streaming media technology has a neat trick up its sleeve for game developers, enabling them to create multi-screen experiences that allow a player to interact with an interface on a portable device like the iPad or iPhone, and see something different broadcast through their television attached to an Apple TV. One game that takes advantage of this is from Toledo, Ohio-based entrepreneur Matt Braun, who spoke to me about why the tech is so promising, and also about why we haven't seen wider adoption of it for gaming purposes as of yet.