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Tech News: Apple TV Vs. Intel TV


Plus, why 2013 might be BlackBerry's year.

This column brings you the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on the world of technology every day.

Link: Apple TV Vs. Intel TV
"What we know: Not a whole lot. According to a report this week from the Wall Street Journal, the group in charge of Intel's (NASDAQ:INTL) TV strategy, dubbed Intel Media, is run by Erik Huggers, a corporate VP who once worked for the BBC and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). A set-top box may be in the works touting speech and face recognition, as well as social features, making for more of a "shared experience" with multiple users. Intel's also kicking around an idea called the 'virtual operator,' which would basically offer TV channels in Internet bundles similar to the way they're offered today."

Link: Microsoft Wins Out Over Apple and Google, Acquires Home Entertainment and Automation Company R2 Studios
"Late last year, it was reported that Microsoft, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) were all speaking to id8 Group R2 Studios Inc. about a potential acquisition of the startup, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has indeed sealed the deal. R2 is a home automation and entertainment media startup, founded by Blake Krikorian, former founder of Sling Media. Microsoft hopes to use the startup's resources, tech and personnel to enhance its Xbox division."

Link: Santa likes Android? iPad Web Traffic Share Drops 7.1% After Christmas
"Looks like Santa likes green robots with colorful googly eyes.

"Web advertising and analytics company Chitika said today that after Christmas, iPad's share of Web traffic dropped 7.14 percent. Apple's tablet family had accounted for 86 percent of all tablet-driven web traffic in the first part of December, but this dropped to 78.9 percent in the days immediately following Christmas as gift recipients started using their new devices."

Link: Judge Tosses Apple's 'False Advertising' Claim Against Amazon
"Part of Apple's App Store court case has been tossed out of the courtroom, a judge ruling that 'false advertising' cannot be used as a claim against online retailer Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).

"According to Reuters, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled in Oakland, California that Apple cannot use the claim of 'false advertising' within its complaint, dismissing the idea that Amazon is using the term 'App Store' to try and confuse consumers into thinking that somehow the online retailer's Android store is somehow affiliated with Apple's iOS variant."

Link: Why 2013 is RIM's BlackBerry Year
"The iPhone isn't that great and the Android OS is woefully insecure. Come January 30, if mobile users take a hard look at their devices and then look at the new BlackBerry 10 (NASDAQ:RIMM), RIM could be in for a windfall

"As we look ahead to the rest of 2013, it's becoming increasingly clear that the New Year provides an unprecedented opportunity for RIM and BlackBerry to make a huge comeback."
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