As large as the search engine Google may be; as large the influence of Google’s technology has played in many of our lives, their operations have always been kept a secret. We get the rare basking opportunity to hear from someone behind the spam team, or to check out pictures of those horrifying real Google Cars, but we’ve never gotten to see how all of this is made possible.
Nobody actually likes Internet Explorer, it’s simply convinient to use as it come pre installed with windows. And usually there is a good reason, buggy slow browser with low compability, but now Microsoft seems to have done one good thing. Internet Explorer 10 will be the first browser to have Do Not Track as default, quite different from Google’s Chrome that send information to google without your consent. So this might be a small step towards anonymity being a right on the internet.
“While Apple generates more than $575 in profit for every iOS device, and according to estimates in 2007 Apple earned more than $800 on every iPhone sold through ATT, Horace Dediu reports that Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, earning only $1.70 per year, per Android device — explaining how Apple is sucking up two thirds of the profit in the mobile phone business. Dediu’s starting point is a settlement offer Google made to Oracle of $2.8 million and 0.515% of Android revenues on an ongoing basis. His assumption is that those numbers represent Google’s revenue from Android to date. ‘If this is the case,’ writes Dediu, ‘We have a significant breakthrough in understanding the economics of Android and the overall mobile platform strategy of Google.’ Of course profitability is not the only reason Google is in the mobile phone business. ‘P&L considerations were not the only (or even at all) factors in investment for Google. Having a hedge against hegemony of potential rivals, having a means to learn and develop new business and having a role in defining the post-PC computing paradigm are all probably bigger considerations than profitability,’ writes Dediu. ‘My guess is that Android is not a bad business. But it’s also not a great one.’”
Augumented reality glasses, read text messages, google things, watch the news. All without even lifting your hands. Sounds pretty sci fi to me, in other words awesome. But does google think we will all go around with google glasses in the future? Maybe maybe not, either way the idea is cool. (more…)