The best way to fight a war, if this happens would be an example to other players to know how it is done to enhance business and control competition…

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Apple and Google are enemies and partners at the same time due to asymmetric competition. According to a report from Morgan Stanley, Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS. In 2009, Google paid only $82 million for the privilege. Analyst Scott Devitt believes that it is a per-device deal growing every year.

According to the report titled “The Next Google Is Google” and the table below, the total traffic acquisition cost is somewhat proportional to the number of iOS unit sales, with a traffic acquisition cost rate slowly going up from $3.2 per unit last year to an estimated $3.3 per unit this year and $3.5 per unit next year. That’s why the total traffic acquisition cost is going to increase in the coming years if iOS sales keep growing.

To put it into perspective, the Mozilla Foundation should get…

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This is going to be the reason we can say we have a global community, since sharing what is on your mind is now being embraced by businesses we are sure we are going to get more into a block of community that will allow us all share a common goal. The power of social media has not yet been felt…

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American Express has extended its Twitter sync feature to enable customers who have synced their Amex account information with Twitter to also pay for certain products by tweeting purchase hashtags.

Amex launched its original Twitter Sync feature last March — to allow customers get discount deals by tweeting offer hashtags. Now the card company has gone a step further by integrating payment into Twitter. Payments are made by tweeting a purchase hashtag, and retweeting the confirmation tweet from Amex within 15 minutes of receiving it. The product will then be shipped to the account billing address synced with Twitter, and payment taken from your synced Amex account.

The payment service is limited to participating merchants and products for now (and appears to be U.S.-only too) —  namely a limited number of American Express Gift Cards, and products from Amazon, Sony, Urban Zen and Xbox 360. The $25 American Express Gift Card…

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So the big question for me is how far is technology going to influence the things around us. It is clear that every time we look around most things are powered by the latest technology. Some businesses say they will do fine without but I have this question. What will you do 5 years from now when the rest of the world has gone to an extent of their dealings with you?

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“It sometimes seems as though the world of classical music doesn’t change. Most of the music is from a canon that may be hundreds of years old; most of the time the musicians are still formally clad, the men in the evening dress of a century ago.

In one important area, however, new ways of doing things are starting to appear. Technology is changing the ways in which musicians rehearse and perform.

Pianist Kirill Gerstein sparked intermission discussions late last year when he performed Thomas Adès concerto “Seven Days” with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra using an iPad with a wireless foot pedal in lieu of a conventional score.

In an interview, Gerstein said he’s been using his iPad for 2½ years, the first, he thinks, among classical pianists. He uses it with contemporary music, where memorization is not expected, and in chamber music.

The tablet has practical advantages: It…

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The costs involved in getting the product that far would be the reason but in any case there should be a set guideline to follow in setting prices. I would like to follow this one and see what results shall be yielded at the end of the day.

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Three American companies-Apple, Microsoft and Adobe-have been summoned by the Australian Parliament to explain why they charge higher prices Down Under than in other countries.

The three companies were called by the House Committee On Infrastructure And Communications to appear as part of an ongoing probe regarding the disparity in tech pricing. The inquiry started in May 2012 to examine “whether a difference in prices exists between IT hardware and software products, including computer games and consoles, e-books and music and videos sold in Australia over the Internet or in retail outlets as compared to markets in the U.S., UK and economies in the Asia-Pacific.”

Ed Husic, a member of the Australian House of Representatives, says that some estimates suggest Australian prices on some products are up to 60 percent higher than in the U.S. Husic told Kotaku Australia that “in what’s probably the first time anywhere in the world, these IT…

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Well that is a change that we can all live with. This is the new age of innovation so tagging along with the best is the way you can get ahead in this new line of mobile technology. Ubuntu is on its way so that means that we are going to enjoy better services from the on going competition.

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Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed today. In the company’s earnings announcement that came out a little while ago, Nokia confirmed that the 808 PureView, released last year, was the very last device that the company would make on the Symbian platform: “During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company wrote. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”

This confirms long-floated reports starting over a year ago that the PureView would be the last view we’d have of Symbian. Meanwhile, news has started to leak out that the celebrated PureView imaging technology would start appearing in Lumia devices later this year.

In Nokia’s earnings release today, it noted that the number of Symbian handsets sold in Q4 was 2.2 million…

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Samsung Says It Will Not Release Its Windows RT Tablet In The U.S.

All they need to do is bring it to Africa and we will buy the whole stock I think our young market has great potential for a product that is well done and gives good value for money

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Samsung’s Windows RT tablet, the Ativ Tab, will not be sold in the U.S. Mike Abary, head of Samsung’s PC and tablet business in the U.S., told CNET at CES that his company shelved the release because its retail partners do not see enough demand. (Abary did not specify if the Ativ Tab will be launched in non-U.S. markets).

The Ativ Tab is powered by Qualcomm chips, and the announcement comes, rather unfortunately, just days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, with an Ativ Tab on hand, joined Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs during his CES keynote address to extol their partnership.

Abary also said that the amount of investment it would take to educate consumers about the benefits of Windows RT was another factor. As he told CNET:

There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows…

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