Xiamoi recently hired Hugo Barra, former Vice President of Android Product Management, as the head of its international department and it looks like the bet is paying off for the Chinese powerhouse, which is now also the world's most valuable startup. The new head is aggressively looking to break into the international market and is getting his 'war chest' ready.
He told Bloomberg this Thursday that the company had already filed for 2,000 patents and was looking at fortifying its legal position further:
Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, has often rubbed other free software groups the wrong way when it came to open-source licenses. On July 15, Canonical, with support from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), have changed Ubuntu's licensing terms. The FSF states that Canonical's new intellectual property (IP) policies "unequivocally comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) and other free software licenses."
While Qualcomm enjoys a healthy hold over the mobile chip industry, regulators are wondering whether the US company has achieved its dominance in a fair manner. The company has already paid $975 million to escape an investigation into its monopolistic practises in China, but now the European Commission (EC) is on its case, today announcing it has opened two antitrust probes into the company.
Apple added an entry for the Canton Road Apple Store to its regional Hong Kong webpage on Wednesday, complete with a picture of the site showing a large decorated construction barricade.
The new location's temporary facade, which for some Far East store openings incorporates a statement art piece, was unveiled last week bearing a three-dimensional Apple logo sitting high above an embossed wave pattern.
A lack of connectivity options in devices like smartphones is clearly what stops location-based advertising from being the saviour of physical retailing.
That, or something like it, seems to be behind the Wi-Fi Alliance's “Wi-Fi Aware” project, announced at CES in January and now launching its product certification program.
Today, a phone will likely offer multiple methods of mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (with Bluetooth LE for beaconing) and NFC.