Around the IT Industry 11/12-11/16

by Modis on November 16, 2012

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Motorola To Collect Royalties on Microsoft Surface

As a result of recent patent disputes between Motorola and Microsoft pertaining largely to technologies used by Windows and the Xbox 360, Motorola is also pursuing investigation into Microsoft’s newest hardware offering: the Microsoft Surface tablet.  The central argument revolves around the 802.11 WiFi technology used by the tablet.  The lawsuit was a result of Microsoft’s initial refusal to accept a royalty offer from the mobile technology company for 2.25% of the end product price.

Nokia’s Cross-platform Map Application is Here

In an effort to bridge the divide between platforms and quell the Google Maps vs. Apple Maps dispute, Nokia has unveiled its brand-new cross-platform mapping application:  The application is designed to run on iOS, Android, and traditional PC browsers and allows users to share locations across multiple devices for easy recall later.  Nokia hopes the application will serve as a “one-stop shop” for any user’s mobile navigation needs.

HTC Droid DNA Announced With 5-inch Full 1080p Display

HTC’s newest Verizon smartphone offering, the HTC Droid DNA, is available for pre-order now and expected to ship no later than November 21st.  The device features an impressive 5-inch display with full 1080p resolution, a quad-core processor, and a 2.1 megapixel camera with 2 GB of RAM behind it all.  The device is expected to be available on contract for $199.

AMD Hires JP Morgan to Explore Options for the Future

Microprocessor manufacturer AMD has had its fair share of financial troubles lately and the company has turned to JP Morgan Chase Bank to help it evaluate options for the future.  The company already announced its intention to lay off 15% of its workforce last month and, as earnings continue to fall, the possibility of outright selling the company’s assets is on the table.  Still, AMD’s board insists it is committed to the task of pursuing long-term growth and enhancing shareholder value so the final result of this collaboration is anyone’s guess.

Google Fiber Installations Underway in Kansas City

With Google’s new fiber optic infrastructure finally in place throughout Kansas City, the company has begun home installations this week and is presently in the process of bringing high-speed fiber optic service to households in select neighborhoods.  The company’s blog includes a detailed overview of the installation process for new customers including a video that explains the basics of the technology as well as the individual steps needed to begin service.  The service includes both high-speed Internet as well as cable television and includes a wireless router/gateway.

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