Hi gang & welcome
To this months issue and we can officially confirm that summer has finally arrived here in the UK………….and it’s absolutely brilliant.
Don’t know about you, but I for one get a certain ‘spring in my step’ you know, get up that bit earlier in the morning [or this just an age thing?]…..it just feels well, sort of nice!
So we are hearing that Apple is very close to launching their iWatch which could be seen as a missing link between the iPhone and Flavor Flav’s clock……..[for those of you who are not familiar with him, he is a rapper!].
The wristwatch like device is expected to execute some of the tasks that are handled by the iPhone and iPad.
The man leading the project is none other than Sir Jony Ive who allegedly ordered Nike sports watches years ago to research Apple’s iWatch, I guess you could call that forward vision.
We expect that Apple will launch later this year or early 2014 as for cost well that’s anyone’s guess!
Whilst talking about Apple it is reported that the iPhone 5 is the slowest amongst the leading brands consumer watchdogs report however it is the world’s bestselling smartphone.
Tests performed to compute the processing and memory speed ranked the iPhone 5 bottom of seven of the most fashionable phones on the market. The top-rated phone the Samsung Galaxy S4 is almost twice as fast.
Google seems to be in bother yet again in respect of personal data it collect’s.
The French have given them an ultimatum to explain how it uses sensitive information or incur a fine of upto €300,000 (£260,000)
French expect Britain and other major European nations to join in this action.
Google are alleged to have collected excessive amounts of information on their users Internet activities and holding it for far too long.
A Google spokesman commented “we have engaged fully with the authorities throughout this process, and we’ll continue to do so”.
Is Facebook loosing its grip on social media with teenagers?
Lets face it FB was specifically set up for students, yet most of their parents have accounts and use the networking site for catching up with friends [old & new] but dare I say it, also to keep an eye on their offspring.
This had led to young people turning to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr where they haven’t got their parents watching over them.
Whilst they still have their Facebook account less and less of them use it as often and they appear to be tidying up their profiles by deleting and editing posts.
Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft announced that the business is to be have a major overhaul, the first restructuring for five years.
Their aim is to streamline the business around such devices as phones and games consoles etc.
As with all major companies Microsoft’s aim is to be in a position to react quicker to developments within the market.
What is behind this is the general decline in PC’s as more of us are using mobile units such as tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft wants to see more of its products used on devices besides personal computers.
“Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetise the strategy, the single core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for everything we do. We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands,” Mr Ballmer said.
The “One Microsoft” strategy would seek to bring together diverse areas such as Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface, Office 365 and others.
Finally a two-year legal row between Apple and Amazon has been withdrawn.
This centred over the term ‘app store’ which Apple had claimed as its own.
Papers issued claimed that Amazon’s use of Appstore – its on-line shop infringed Apple’s right for its App Store.
However Apple abandoned the case and stated “with more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favourite apps”.
It does make me wonder why they felt the need to issue legal threats in the first place, lawyers perhaps!!
Just to remind those of you who are based in the North West UK [or indeed anywhere if you don’t mind travelling] our monthly Internet Meeting is scheduled for Friday July 19th 2013 at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester.
Informal & friendly meeting open networking from 12.30hrs. Includes a two course lunch 13.30hrs with a further networking opportunity afterwards, coffee served in the lounge area. We invite you to come along you might actually enjoy it and get some great information and meet new contacts.
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