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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Re-Blog: Apple vs. Samsung: Hot Coffee All Over Again?

This blog post originally appeared on the official Blog of GITEX Technology Week, called "Tech Talk."  To view the full blog post, please click here.

Aug 30,2012 - by 


In a previous post wrote I had written about the Apple vs. Samsung case, I asked the question as to whether this lawsuit was a front for a proxy war between Apple and Google.  While we may be no clearer to answering that question at this stage, we have seen the judgment for the trial where Samsung was ordered to pay out just over a billion dollars in damages to Apple.  There is still a lot of legal wrangling that is to come in this case but the post trial reactions have somewhat of a surprise.
Image: hotcoffeethemovie.com
While Apple may have been the victor, there have not been as many commentators slapping Apple on the back for a job well done.  Without passing judgment on this case in particular, we have seen lawsuits wherein the use of lobbyists to fight a case has ultimately influenced the outcome of a court case.  The tobacco industry is probably one of the most notorious for the use of lobbyists. In this case could the Apple victory be seen as a lobbyist victory of sorts?  There is a lot more to a lawsuit that is immediately apparent and it’s better to hold judgment until all the facts are clear.
Many lawsuits at times seem frivolous but there are facts that may not always appear to be as apparent.  The best example that comes to mind is the McDonald’s lawsuit when they got sued by Stella Liebeck after she spilled hot coffee on her lap.  The lawsuit was seen as a joke by many at the time and even till today, most people still don’t’ realize the essence of the case.  

To read the remainder of this post on the Tech Talk blog, please click here.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Re-Blog: Who Will Buy Foursquare?

This blog post originally appeared on the official Blog of GITEX Technology Week, called "Tech Talk."  To view the full blog post, please click here.


Aug 28,2012 - by 
Who will buy foursquare?
Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen some fairly sizable acquisitions in the online space, especially amongst services or apps that are deemed to be “social.”  Whether it be Instagram which Facebook bought for a billion dollars, Twitter acquiring companies Tweetie & Tweetdeck, Microsoft acquiring Yammer for USD 1.2 billion, Salesforce buying Buddy Media for USD 689 million or Google’s recent acquisition of iOS and Mac mail client, Sparrow, it looks like the wave of expensive M&A’s is going to continue,
There was speculation recently as to whether Apple would be bidding for Twitter and this led to fierce reactions from various corners but if we are looking at “social” apps and what most smartphone vendors seem to to be talking about, then location based services seem to be the flavour of the month.


Whether you look at Apple, Microsoft, Google or Facebook, they’ve all played with location based services in some shape or form.  The question then arises that if location based services is the future, who will buy Foursquare, as they are probably the most popular social, location-based service that exists (to learn more about Foursquare, click here).
The contenders have to be the usual suspects, whether it be Google, Apple, Microsoft/Nokia, Facebook or Twitter.
What does each one bring to the table and why should they bother?

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Re-Blog: Apple vs Samsung: Is it a Proxy War?

This blog post originally appeared on the official Blog of GITEX Technology Week, called "Tech Talk."  To view the full blog post, please click here.


Incest is something that has been fairly common in most technology fields.  Most manufacturers behind the smoke screen develop products that use or depend on the work that a competitor has created. In the race of innovation, winning brands file thepatents and competing manufacturers pay the royalties.

Image: AllThingsD

On every Samsung Android smartphone sold, Microsoft allegedly said they deserve $15 per unit, even though Google licenses Android for free.  Why’s that? Because somewhere in the architecture of these Android phones, some Microsoft patents are used.

This is however not new and going back over the years, most consumer electronics companies have benefited from each other’s R&D efforts.  In many cases, the relationships have been deeper amongst even the stiffest of competitors where they would supply components to each other.  Sony for example is one of the largest suppliers of batteries for notebooks so when batteries in Toshiba, Dell or HP laptops were being recalled, the guilty culprit was Sony as they had supplied them all with batteries.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Re-Blog: The New Tablet Ecosystem War

This blog post originally appeared on the official Blog of GITEX Technology Week, called "Tech Talk."  To view the full blog post, please click here.

Aug 06,2012 - by 


So who exactly sells tablets and what’s the difference between one tablet and another?
 This was a question I was asking myself last week after I sat with an ex-colleague.  It seems that just every brand that manufactures a laptop, smartphone or consumer electronics (like televisions) is in the tablet race.  There are of course a few exceptions to this as we’ve seen Amazon, a non-manufacturer enter the tablet arena last year by introducing the Kindle Fire.

The truth is that there are two categories of tablets.  Category 1 is: The  iPad, category 2 is: the rest. Everyone today knows what an iPad is and can rattle off the features of this tablet effortlessly.   However, the same isn’t necessarily the case with the others.
For one, most of the other tablets look the same.  They are generally of the same size, the same colour or colours and generally run in most cases, the same operating system, Android.  If you were to cover the brand name, most of us wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other.
While there have been so many manufacturers who have entered the tablet space, there have been very few that have managed to make a major dent.  The best known Apple-alternatives would be Samsung, Amazon and probably BlackBerry (though they run on their QNX operating system and not Android).
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