Archive for November 25, 2007

Motorola dominates U.S. mobile phone sales

Posted: November 25, 2007 in Tech

U.S. consumers shelled out $3.2 billion to purchase 38 million cellphones in the third quarter of this year, which is up 47% from the same period one year ago, according to a report released by NPD.

According to NPD, Motorola phones was the most popular brand in Q3, accounting for 31% of all units shipped. LG came in second with a 17% share, followed by Samsung with 16%, Nokia with 11% and Sanyo with 4%.

Apple to pay $10M to settle dispute

Posted: November 25, 2007 in Tech

Burst.com announced that Apple has agreed to pay $10 million, settling a patent infringement lawsuit involving almost two years of litigation.

The suit, which alleged that Apple had infringed four patents for compression of compressed audio and video files in iTunes, iLife, QuickTime and the iPod.

Burst.com had also settled a similar case with Microsoft for US$60 million in 2006.

Google search market share now at 60%

Posted: November 25, 2007 in Tech

Google expanded its search market share in October, while all of its competitors lost ground. Market research firm Comscore estimates Google’s October core search market share at 58.5%, up from 57.0% in September.

Yahoo maintained its #2 position but dropped 0.8 points to 22.9% and Microsoft lost 0.6 points to 9.7%. Ask.com remained at an estimated share of 4.7% and Time Warner’s sites (which include AOL) declined 0.1 points to 4.2%, according to Comscore.

Novell announced a new initiative to increase revenue and profitability for solution providers and consulting partners who specialize in selling Novell technologies.

Among other benefits, Novell will offer enhanced partner education, joint marketing opportunities, and free technical support for those partners demonstrating expertise in selling and supporting Novell software. Novell is also creating a new partner executive sales team which will be dedicated to, and compensated on, partner success. Working with Novell now gives partners even more compelling options for delivering IT value to their customers.

Opera Mobile, has been recognized as the best mobile browser for both Windows-based Pocket PC and Smartphones at the 2007 Best Software Awards by Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine.

Judges of the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine’s 2007 Best Software Awards praised Opera Mobile for its tabbed browsing (Pocket PC), dual viewing modes, page rendering capabilities and Flash support. These features, according to one of the judges, make Opera Mobile “the best desktop-like browser for smartphones when compared to Internet Explorer.”