You might not be familiar with the Innovation Act that is currently making the rounds in Washington D.C., but you might want to keep an eye on it now. Today, the bill brought to the floor by Rep. Bob Goodlatte from Virginia was passed by a wide margin of 325 to 91. This bill is aimed squarely at keeping the “patent trolls” from bringing frivolous suits against big tech companies, and it seems to have a lot of support. (more…)
Microsoft launched the official Xbox One SmartGlass app to Google Play last night, allowing future owners of the next-gen console to utilize certain functions built right into the system. The SmartGlass app can act as a second screen for the Xbox One, enabling players to access additional content on their smartphone while playing their favorite games. You can also keep track of your friends and messages, all from within the app. (more…)
We all thought it was over, thought we were past it, but we were oh so wrong. The patent wars have returned in full force and this time the patent trolls are more well equipped than they ever have been before. After Nortel went bankrupt in 2009, their patent portfolio of over 6,000 patents went up for sale to the highest bidder in 2011. That bidder was the “Rockstar Consortium” which is made up by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson and Sony. This group of companies has officially filed suit against Google and a host of companies that manufacture Android devices. This is a patent war. (more…)
Microsoft released a new Android app this morning to help all Windows users remotely access their desktops from anywhere in the world. The app is actually called Microsoft Remote Desktop in case you had any doubts about what it was capable of. It’s free, and should work on almost any Android device, phones apparently included. I’d imagine the tablet experience would be much easier to manage, but with oversized phones dominating our lives, we’re glad that Microsoft is being open minded about this one. (more…)
According to reports out of Bloomberg, Microsoft is holding discussions with HTC in hopes that the Taiwanese manufacturer will bake in Windows Phone right alongside the Android OS on select handsets. In turn, Microsoft will possibly waive the Windows Phone licensing fee, which will then give consumers the option of choosing a default OS on the phones. As weird as it sounds, HTC may try just about anything to turn its fortunes around, after posting less-than-ideal quarterly numbers. (more…)
Microsoft is finally getting around to developing a personal assistant for Windows Phone users, as they ready a Windows Phone 8.1 update that is said to feature Cortana. As for the name Cortana, she is an AI character featured in the Halo video game series, personified by the above-pictured girl. (more…)
Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android this morning, bringing Office 365 subscribers a chance to access, view and edit their Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. The app itself is technically free and works on devices running Android 4.0+, but again, you need a 365 subscription in order to actually use it.
Everything with this app revolves around the cloud, though, which is to be expected in 2013. You can make simple edits, view “great-looking” docs, resume reading Word documents from where you last left off, and even edit while offline.
We’ve got the full list of features below. (more…)
On Monday, Apple revealed the latest version of iOS to the press and developers at its annual World Wide Developers Conference. Apple showed off a lot of new features on iOS, many of which are iterations on ideas from other companies. Unsurprisingly, I saw a lot of people complaining on Twitter that Apple was claiming to reinvent everything and that they stole everything from Android. The truth is that they took ideas from Android, webOS, Windows Phone, and a handful of jailbreak tweaks and, most importantly, iterated on them. Apple didn’t claim to be reinventing anything (they’ve avoided that claim for years now); instead, Apple claimed to be iterating. iOS 7 really is the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone was released in 2007.