More oppositions to the Google Verizon Pact as Secret Talks in D.C. over Net Neutrality continues

As the subject on net neutrality heating up, representatives of some of the nation’s largest technology  companies  have been summoned to the K Street offices of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a venerable industry organization that lobbies the government on behalf of a wide variety of tech giants, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Dell. Read more of this post

Washington, D.C. to become Googlized

Google secured a coveted security clearance, which is the first cloud computing app suite to receive the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification. This means Google’s system is now considered reliable for handling non-classified government data.  Read more of this post

More and More Texting, Browsing, Downloading

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging in May, while nearly a third used their mobile web browsers or downloaded apps, according to a new report by comScore.

All three categories rose about 2% from figures released in February. The largest increase, however, occurred among those using their mobile devices to access social networks or blogs (up 2.6% to 20.8%). All told, 49.1 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in May, up 8.1 percent from February, with Research In Motion‘s (Blackberry) platform running on nearly 42%. Apple (24.4%) and Microsoft (13.2%) followed, with Google‘s Android platform (13%) the only one among the top five gaining market share, up 4%.

The report further shows that 65.2 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device in May, up 1.4 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 31.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.3 percentage points). Read more of this post

Android is kicking Ass taking Names

ComScore released its May numbers for U.S. smartphone owners over the age of 13 yesterday. According to comScore, 49.1 million Americans owned a smartphone from February to the end of May, which is an 8.1 percent increase from the previous three-month period ending in February.

All other major smartphone OS platforms, including Palm, Microsoft, RIM, and Apple, dipped while Android has grown significantly – rose 4 points from February to 13 percent.

RIM retains its lion’s share of the market with a 41.7 percent share that saw a small drop of 0.4 points from February. Apple slipped 1 point to 24.4 percent while Microsoft dropped 1.9 points to 13.2 percent. Rounding out the top five was Palm, which dropped 0.6 points to 4.8 percent. Read more of this post

The Jetsons might become a Reality soon

Remember the Jetsons? Thanks to apple, Google, Microsoft, and mobile handset vendors, their life style might be  a few years a way 🙂 Here are the first series of gadgets that are taking us to that direction:

1. Entertainment: Google TV: Starting with the first one Google TV that we covered last month.

Google TV integrates TV and web content to create one, smooth experience. The product is more robust than web TV or Apple TV, and it’s not just a browser or a guide. This device and software will let you search for and navigate both TV and online content. You’ll be able to download and run apps from your TV and control your TV from your Android smartphone. Read more of this post

Smartphones Becoming a Necessity

According to a report from Nielsen, 23% of U.S. mobile consumers owned a smartphone in the first quarter of 2010, up from 16% in the second quarter of 2009.  I don’t have any  stat on this for early 2000, but for sure I don’t remember any of my friends or colleagues  owned a smartphone back then compare to today. Slowly, but surely the smartphones are indeed becoming a must have thing to more and more people.

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry leads with a 35% market share, followed by Apple’s iPhone (28%); Microsoft  Windows Mobile (19%); Google  Android (9%); Palm (4%); Linux (3%); and Symbian (2%). Read more of this post

PC still Rules

With all the hypes and buzzes about smartphones , macs, and tablets, it doesn’t look like PCs go anywhere anytime soon. According to market researcher Gartner, Worldwide PC shipments this year are projected to increase 22 percent from a year ago to 376.6 million units, while spending is expected to rise 12 percent to $245.4 billion.

Microsoft says it has sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 7 since the software came out in October, making it the company’s fastest-selling PC operating system. In contrast, Apple and other makers of tablet devices will ship an estimated 10 million of the devices this year.

Intel Corp. executives assert that the rise of portable computers has reinvigorated PC sales. Instead of one desktop a household, there can now be one portable computer for each person in a home. The chip giant says netbooks — the small, low-priced relative of laptop computers — have sold more quickly in the past two years than the iPhone, iPod or other recently released high-tech products.

Nor do Apple products dominate their markets. The Macintosh accounted for less than 4% of global PC sales in 2009, while its share of smartphone operating system stood at 14.4%, in third place in a market led by Nokia Corp., with 46.9%, Gartner said.

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Two Days of Random Hacks of Kindness Hacking Kicks off in Washington, D.C.

The  Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event kicks off today with global satellite events going on around the world in Jakarta, Sydney, Nairobi and Sao Paolo.

RHoK is a joint effort founded by Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and The World Bank, dedicated to bringing software developers together to respond to challenges facing humanity in the area of natural disaster risk. We start with problem definitions created through consultations with NGOs, governments and experts in the field from around the world, then we invite hackers to a come together to organize and go to work putting their skills to use to solve those problems with software solutions that make a difference on the ground. At a RHoK hackathon, new technologies are born, existing platforms are built upon, and innovative new ideas attract attention and support. At the close of the hackathon, teams present the technologies they have developed and prizes are awarded. Read more of this post

The First D Day in Tech – Apple Overtakes Microsoft on Wed 4 p.m. US EST May 26th 2010

Did anyone watch the market today?  Apple’s market capitalization hit $227.1 overtook Microsoft’s $226.3 Billion. As a stock holder of both companies since late 90’s, this is the first time. Congrats Apple!

what does this  mean?

Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, and  iMorethings to come, is now the world’s most valuable technology company today 4:00 p.m US EST Wed May 26th, 2010.

I remember the time I bought apple’s stock in 1997 around $22 and stayed  in low $20’s for years. Apple’s Board had pushed out Steve Jobs at the time, and the company was widely believed to go bust. Read more of this post

Would you say most Social Employees or Employers?

NetProspex has published some pretty interesting findings about the use of social media by companies and their employees. Each company’s ranking is determined by its employees’ overall social media activity, including the average number of connections across various networks. NetProspex also ranked employees on Twitter by average number of tweets and followers, and compared male and female employees’ social scores.

Looks like Microsoft has an army of employees with Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, what does that mean? Everyone knows that Microsoft doesn’t listen to its customers so this seems backwards? Who are they tweeting to and does it even help sales? Is there any correlation between these graphs and anything business related? Read more of this post