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Windows Phone sales to “ramp quickly”:Microsoft expects its newly launched Windows Phone to become a strong challenger in the smartphone market, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday. Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone devices dominate the smartphone market. However, Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 products 10 days ago and Ballmer said that expects sales of Windows Phone to grow fast. Read the full story on Microsoft Windows phone sales.
Intel outside? : Apple Inc. is exploring ways to replace Intel Corp. processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the company’s research, reports Bloomberg. The report says that Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops. Read here.
Nearly a third of all apps on Android ask for high risk permissions and more than 100,000 Android apps may pose security risks, according to a new report. The report said that about 1/3rd of android apps (more than 290,000) ask for at least one high risk permission. More than 80% respondents feel that iOS is significantly more secure than Android and 26% apps access private information such as email and contacts with only 2% of apps being from highly trusted publishers. Read the report “Pausing Google Play.” (pdf).
Know William Shakespeare? There’s an app for him: William Shakespeare’s plays are getting a 21st century-style makeover in the form of new apps for tablets and smart phones nearly 500 years after the Bard took pen to parchment, reports Reuters. Plays such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth” spring to life in iPad apps released by Cambridge University Press, which pairs the texts with audio performances, commentary and other interactive content, transforming the classic plays for the digital age. Read more here.
Apple Vs Google patent suit thrown out of the court: Apple’s lawsuit against Google’s Motorola Mobility unit over alleged patent abuse was thrown out on Monday just hours before trial, a setback for the iPhone maker in its efforts to gain leverage in the smartphone patent wars. The two rivals were set to square off in a Madison, Wisconsin federal court over the library of patents Google Inc (GOOG.O) acquired along with Motorola for $12.5 billion in May. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) claimed Motorola’s licensing practices were unfair, read full story here.
Apple sells 3 million iPads over first weekend: The company said.
Startups force Nasscom Nasscom to think hard: India’s information-technology association representing the $100 billion industry may change its organizational structure to connect better with a new breed of technology start-ups beyond large exporters accounting for more than half of the software exports, reports Mint. A six-member committee led by Infosys Ltd founder N.R. Narayana Murthy is deliberating on the future of Nasscom—the National Association of Software and Services Companies—and is expected to submit its recommendations by December. Read more here.