Around the IT Industry 6/18-6/23

by Modis on June 15, 2012

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Looking Forward to Windows Phone 8? Keep Waiting.

Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 8 has recently been confirmed to not support existing smartphone platforms. This means that no matter what smartphone you currently own, even if it is top-of-the-line, will not be able to upgrade to the new operating system. The reason for this is simple: The Windows Phone 8 platform is built around an entirely new architecture and abandons the aging Windows CE framework that current phones are still using over a decade later.

Microsoft’s Surface Could Rival Apple’s Top Items

The unveiling of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet understandably has Apple on edge. The new platform boasts cutting-edge hardware and a litany of features to match. The design is minimalistic and versatile, with the ability to have the tablet’s layout adapt to the orientation it is deployed in and adjust dynamically. If Microsoft is able to carry out its promise to rival the iPad’s price point at release, it may just become the new king of the tablet world.

Oracle Loses Lawsuit vs. Google

Java developer Oracle sought a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against Internet mega-corp Google under the allegation that Google’s Android operating system unlawfully made use of Oracle’s Java scripting language. The judge’s ruling, however, was that the structure of the commands used by Java could not be copyrighted at all. At this time, Oracle intends to appeal the larger claims in its case against Google.

Google to Change Google Product Search to Paid-Placement Google Shopping

The versatile online shopping tool known as Google Product Search is going away in favor of a new model called Google Shopping which will list only items that retailers have paid to have featured on the service. Google states that the reason for this change is so that outdated prices or discontinued items will no longer populate the search results and so that retailers can have more control over the way their items are presented to the Internet marketplace.

FBI Opposed to IPv6 Transition

In the wake of the recent world transition to the new IPv6 Internet addressing format, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations is up in arms about how the new format is being rolled out and how it may impact law enforcement agencies’ ability to track IP addresses to their sources. With the pool of IP addresses available now into the almost incomprehensibly vast total of 340 undecillion, address blocks assigned by providers to corporations and private users will be commensurately larger and more difficult to trace.

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