Why Google is Funding Mozilla Firefox

Published on Author Eli Fennell

There’s a lot of buzz around the fact that Google has committed to a three-year contract for nearly a billion dollars for Mozilla Firefox to retain Google as its default search engine.  Why would they do this, many wonder? Why would why a corporation like Google, with the number-two browser on the market, and the… Continue reading Why Google is Funding Mozilla Firefox

Samsung’s Touchwiz Needs to Die

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Samsung has announced that their Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet will not be getting Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, the most anticipated Android upgrade in history, perhaps the only one anticipated widely outside of the technical chatter of Android nerd circles.  The reason?  They say it won’t work with their own Android User… Continue reading Samsung’s Touchwiz Needs to Die

A Kindle Phone Won’t Set the Market on “Fire”

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Rumors continue to surround an Amazon Smartphone, allegedly to be called the Kindle “Blaze”.  It’s not just a rumor, really, it only makes sense they would do this, after all they’ve done well in e-readers and now in 7-inch tablets with the Kindle Fire.  Why not a smartphone? Some pundits automatically assume it will be… Continue reading A Kindle Phone Won’t Set the Market on “Fire”

The Kindle Fire Hurts Apple, Microsoft and Helps Google

Published on Author Eli Fennell

I’m frequently amazed by the decline of tech journalism.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire may be the finest, or most infamous, example.  Lauded by the media, site unseen, as an “iPad killer”, it was sold by media-driven hysteria to millions of users, told it was the finest tablet since the iPad.  Now that the Fire is here we… Continue reading The Kindle Fire Hurts Apple, Microsoft and Helps Google

Blackberry and Android: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

Published on Author Eli Fennell

These have been very hard times for the folks at Research In Motion, as their Blackberry operating system loses ground against iOS, Android, and even the also-ran Windows Phone.  In the smartphone market they were slow to recognize the consumer-driven nature of mobile technologies and rested on their laurels as the enterprising phone of choice,… Continue reading Blackberry and Android: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

Google-in-Motion: Should Google Acquire BlackBerry?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Everyone seems to be kicking around the notion of an acquisition of Research In Motion.  The usual suspects have been rounded up: Amazon, Microsoft, and Nokia.  The pros and cons have been debated.  Someone has been left out, though: Google.  As far as I know they’ve never expressed interest.  I think we can rule out… Continue reading Google-in-Motion: Should Google Acquire BlackBerry?

Google Majel? Play Up the Star Trek Theme!

Published on Author Eli Fennell

You’ve probably heard the rumor, by now, that Google is working on an Apple Siri competitor, code-named Majel, an homage to Majel Roddenberry, late widow of the late Gene Roddenberry, of Star Trek fame.  Majel Roddenberry played the parts of Nurse Chapel (TOS) and Luwaxana Troi (TNG & DS9), but more importantly she voiced “The Computer” throughout… Continue reading Google Majel? Play Up the Star Trek Theme!

Apple and Microsoft’s Pyrrhic Patent Victories

Published on Author Eli Fennell

The media and blogosphere is going wild with news that the ITC has ordered an injunction against the shipment of certain HTC devices running the Android operating system.  As usual the Apple fanbois have overstated the significance of the ruling, Android fans are perhaps a bit too quick to dismiss any significance, and uninformed tech journalists… Continue reading Apple and Microsoft’s Pyrrhic Patent Victories

Chrome OS is the Future… and Could Be the Now

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Google thinks that the future of operating systems is based around the web browser.  I think they’re right, and I think it could also become the dominant operating system, if they play their hand right.  In case you’ve never heard of it, Chrome OS is an operating system whose only native software is an enhanced… Continue reading Chrome OS is the Future… and Could Be the Now