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Ford admits touchscreen defeat, puts the buttons and knobs back into Ford Sync
Bill Howard
ExtremeTech, February 20, 2014
Ford Sync is getting a new look. Again. This time Ford is adding more knobs and buttons to Ford Sync. At the same time, Ford says voice control will do more with fewer, shorter commands. More Sync-linked applications will be offered for your smartphone. Look for the changes on Ford’s major-redesign 2015 models, including the Ford Mustang sports car and the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Tags: Automotive, Hand-held,
Why Microsoft lost Ford Sync: Too costly, too slow, and too hard to use
Bill Howard
ExtremeTech, February 24, 2014
Ford is calling off the car connectivity relationship with Microsoft that produced Ford Sync. Ford instead will partner with Blackberry and use its QNX operating system. Worse for Microsoft, it’s possible other auto companies might bail on the company in the future. These automakers are looking for a technology partner that is able to lower their costs, improve performance and reliability, and get more third-party apps into the dash, and Microsoft hasn’t been pulling its weight.

Tags: Automotive, Hand-held,
NetSuite and Dell Team Up in the Cloud
Shira Ovide
The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2014
Two pioneers from different eras of computing are teaming up to drive their technology deeper into corporations.

The actors are Dell, which started selling PCs in the 1980s and now is also big supplier of server systems, and NetSuiteN +0.58%, which emerged in the 1990s as one of the first companies to sell business software as an online service. Each side believes the arrangement, under which the PC maker will sell NetSuite software to Dell customers, will transform its business.

Tags: Cloud-Computing,
What Makes Viber Attractive?
Juro Osawa
The Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2014
According to Rakuten, Viber has 300 million registered users, including more than 100 million monthly active users. That certainly makes it a big player among communication apps that offer free voice calls, text messaging and other social networking featrures.

But Viber also faces powerful competitors with overlapping services. As a free voice call service, Viber competes against Skype, which has been popular since the pre-smartphone era.

What’s Rakuten’s Plan for Viber? Ask
Sam Schechner
The Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2014
Rakuten’s purchase of messaging service Viber is just the latest signal of the Japanese e-commerce company’s ambitious global expansion plans -- and could be a sign of quicker expansion in the future.

Just ask one of Rakuten’s previous targets, founder Jacinto Roca.

After Rakuten bought the site in 2012, it quickly jumped into the UK market. Now, pushed by Rakuten, it is exploring launches in France, Germany and Italy as early as this year, Mr. Roca said.

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