Amazon’s Whispercast for Kindle targets schools, businesses
It may still be years before digital books replace paper ones in schools, but Amazon is laying the groundwork for the transition withWhispercast for Kindle, a free “scalable” online tool for “deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content.” With Whispercast Amazon is also targeting businesses administrators who want to manage and share Kindle books and documents within their organizations.
Microsoft buys marketing-automation firm MarketingPilot
On October 16, it was Microsoft announcing its intentions to buy cloud-storage vendor StorSimple. And today, October 17,Microsoft announced it has closed on acquiring a marketing-automation firm MarketingPilot for an undisclosed amount.
More trouble for Color: shareholders and board vote to wind down company
Is the Color horror story reaching its conclusion?
A source within the company tells us that the company’s shareholders and board last week voted to shut the company down.
Content newswire NewsCred buys cloud publisher Daylife
NewsCred is a digital newswire that has found success by eliminating licensing and technology friction between publishers and those who want their content. Now, it has acquired a popular platform of publishing tools.
Foxconn official says iPhone 5 supply shortages caused by complicated design, productivity improving
The Wall Street Journal spoke with an unnamed Hon Hai executive today about why the iPhone 5 is experiencing supply shortages, and the Taiwanese manufacturer, also known as Foxconn, apparently blamed it on the smartphone’s complicated design and its subsequent assembly process.
Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
If you’re looking for the beating heart of the digital age — a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina. This rural city of 18,000 was once rife with furniture factories. Now it’s the home of a Google data center.
Samsung confirms US Galaxy S III handsets will get Android 4.1 ‘in the coming months’
Galaxy S III owners, your wait for Jelly Bean might be nearing and end. Samsung just confirmed that all US variants of its flagship Android phone will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean “in the coming months,” though there’s amazingly still no solid date at this time.
MasterCard Is Selling Your Data Just in Time for the Holidays
Credit card companies make money by taking a cut every time you swipe your plastic at the checkout counter. Now MasterCard has found a way to make those swipes pay over and over again.
As the Financial Times first reported, MasterCard is packaging its transaction data — your transaction data — and selling it to advertisers. The story was based on an apparently confidential pitch MasterCard made to potential clients. Not too confidential, because we found a copy by googling it.
Chip gear maker ASML buys Cymer for $2.5 billion
The world’s leading chip gear maker ASML is buying U.S. group Cymer for 1.95 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to get control of a light-based technology crucial to making the smaller, smarter chips of the future.
The Dutch company said that the cash-and-shares acquisition would speed up the development of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) semiconductor lithography, which will help produce chips to power the next generations of smartphones and tablet computers.
UK retailer Argos confirms Google to offer 32GB Nexus 7, available for £199.99
With Apple all but certain to introduce a new, smaller iPad at its San Jose launch event next week, Google appears to have plans of its own to make its popular Nexus 7 more attractive to consumers by offering a 32GB model for 99 pence more than as its 16GB variant.
Major UK retailer Argos today released its Christmas Gift Guide, detailing the gadgets it would have available to buy during the holiday period. One such item is a new 32GB variant of the Nexus 7, which will retail for £199.99 — almost matching the cost of the existing 16GB model.