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Friday
Mar042011

Isn't It Ironic? 'Unplug Day' Gets Smartphone App

Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- If you're a smartphone-toting technophile chances are you're used to "checking in." But a new application wants to give you a way to "check out" -- at least for the next 24 hours.

To help people observe the second annual "National Day of Unplugging," which starts at sundown Friday, the non-profit Jewish network Reboot launched a smartphone application to remind people to turn off their phones and send messages to friends about their decision to go off the grid.

"We're not anti-technology. We completely recognize the value and importance of technology in today's world in connecting people and for work," said Amelia Klein, program director for Reboot. But "people are saturated with technology, it consumes our lives ... The Sabbath Manifesto and the National Day of Unplugging asks people to take stock of their lives … take a pause from our frenetic existence, unplug and reconnect with the things most important to us."

The Sabbath Manifesto "Check Out" app, is like the "inverse" of location-based social network Foursquare, said Klein.

Instead of letting friends know that you've arrived at a particular place, the app automates outgoing messages to Twitter and Facebook to tell friends that you're taking a temporary break from technology.

The irony of using a high-tech app to promote a no-tech day is not lost on its founders.

"We realize the irony of using social media to get the word out but it's been successful for us in reaching a wide audience and encouraging people to unplug," said Klein.

The app is available for Android phones, Blackberrys and iPhones by texting REBOOT to 738674.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

Google Reveals One Pass System, 10-Percent Fee

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) - A day after Apple shared its new App Store subscription plan, Google unveiled its new online charging service.

The One Pass system will allow users to get online content for a 10-percent commission fee, compared to Apple's system, which takes a 30-percent cut from publishers.

Google has said the system will work over multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

"Publishers can customise how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them," Lee Shirani, the company's director of business product management, wrote in a blog post.

The system will see a primary launch in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

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Sunday
Oct312010

Apple Sues Motorola Over Smartphone Software

Photo Courtesy - PR Newswire(NEW YORK) -- Apple has filed a lawsuit against Motorola claiming the rival technology company is violating Apple's patents on smartphone software.  The nine-page complaint follows Motorola asking a judge in Delaware on Oct. 11 to rule that it doesn't infringe on Apple patents and to rule the patents invalid.  It's the latest chapter in the high-tech tit-for-tat battle between the two.

Bloomberg.com reports that Apple's suit, filed in Wisconsin Friday, involves three patents linked to the Droid, Devour i1, Charm, Backflip and Cliq.  The nine-page complaint lists three Apple patents it says Motorola is violating with its phones and the software applications controlling those devices.

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