Facebook Home: Zuck’s Android Takeover
Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn your Android phone into a simple sharing device. And by that, he means he wants to turn it into a Facebook phone.
Facebook just announced Facebook Home, which all but turns any Android handset into a “Facebook phone” by putting the social giant right there on the home screen and all of its products at the forefront of the UI. It isn’t a phone made by Facebook. It’s something better than that, and in some ways, more important: a deeply integrated application with its hooks set tightly into the Android platform. Think of it as an apperating system.
Samsung to open brand shops in Best Buy stores; Wall Street approves
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) is planning to install its brand shops in more than 1,400 Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) stores this year, a move that some on Wall Street said could help the world’s largest consumer electronics chain boost in-store traffic, sales and profitability.
The news pushed Best Buy shares up 12.5 percent to $24.36 on Thursday.
The store-within-a-store effort is a key element of Best Buy’s turnaround plan, which includes dedicating more space to more-profitable products like tablets and mobile phones. The company is also trying to use its clout with suppliers to fight online and discount rivals.
Will Mobile Break Google’s Search Monopoly?
OK, we know that Google‘s not actually a monopoly in search but it does get the lion’s share of the business. And the question is, is anything ever going to shift that market dominance? To which the answer is, in a narrow sense, quite probably not. In the wider sense, yes, of course.
The narrow sense is in being able to search almost all of the web from a desktop. I could be wrong but I don’t see anybody really coming up with a better experience than the one we’re already getting. It’s a bit like Microsoft and their dominance on the desktop. Windows and Office are not really going to be threatened on that desktop by anything that we can see out there.
PS4 Version of Thief to Compete with Gaming PCs
Sony’s next-gen PC hardware is already showing that it can go toe-to-toe with gaming PCs. Now even PC exclusives are no match for the PS4′s enveloping storm.
Eidos Montreal Producer Stéphane Roy explained to VideoGamer that the PS4 version of Thief will compete graphically with gaming PCs. He said:
But for a visual aspect – especially for a game like Thief – it’s not a question of pushing more polygons, [or] now I can have 200 enemies at the same time and not just 100 enemies. So on our side, it’s more a question of gameplay, the movement, stuff like that. I think with the next-gen, yeah visually speaking, with the high-end PC and next-gen it’s going to be really, really close, honestly.
A representative from Square Enix went as far as to say the PS4 version is “almost identical” to its PC brother, a prospect that would signal the end of the series’ PC-exclusive notoriety.
Browser war brewing: Google ditches Webkit for Blink, Mozilla partners with Samsung on Servo
It’s been roughly two months since Opera announced it was dropping its own Presto web rendering engine in favor of Webkit, the same used by Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome. The move was seen as an attempt to remain relevant in the mobile market, where Opera has usually been a strong contender, and essentially reduced the market to three major engines, with Microsoft’s Trident and Mozilla’s Gecko the other two.
Back then Mozilla lamented the decision noting that Webkit dominating the mobile scene would make their job of promoting web standards harder. Fast forward to today and there are two new players jumping on the scene.