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Google, Apple, IBM top list of most valuable brands

Brandz Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014In a report commissioned by WPP’s BrandZ, a list of the 100 most valuable brands has been released. Right there in the top five are four tech brands that have managed to dominate the list.

Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft take up the first four posts in that order. The steak of tech companies is then broken by the fifth spot, taken by McDonald’s.

Those aren’t the only technology specific companies that have taken a high position, however. Online marketplace Amazon is at #10. Tencent, a Chinese company that is the fifth biggest business in the world, has spot #14.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the perfect bridge between a tablet and a laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 3Today, during a press event which took place in New York City, Microsoft had announced the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet. Although there were just 7 months since the Surface Pro 2 announcement, Surface Pro 3 is an good update that will make the Surface brand tackle yet another segment: laptops.

At first, Surface Pro 3 is a bigger tablet with a 12-inch screen and a 3:2 aspect ratio HD display. The good news is that the bezels were also reduced so that now the new tablet looks a bit like the iPad Air. It looks like the displays had also been improved and now has a 2160 x 1440 resolution(Surface Pro 2 was 1080p). Microsoft says that this new display is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels and that “every screen is color calibrated at the factory, so you’ll see accurate, brilliant colors, great white points, and great contrast on every device”.

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The battle for graphene patents is tight

  • 16/05/2014 at 20:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

GrapheneGraphene is the latest big thing, an atom-thick, flexible material that could change the wave of displays and touchscreen technology. Which is exactly why companies like Google, Apple and Samsung are in a race to snatch up all the patents possible.

So far, the actual use of graphene is a ways off. Even the potential applications are purely theoretical, with most tentative ideas based more around ultra thin devices that can be folded to change the general purpose (think tablets into smartphones, and back again).

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FCC saves to public pressure, to revise proposed Net Neutrality plan

Tom Wheeler FCCAfter public outcry intensified by a coalition of tech giants like Google and Netflix, the FCC has announced they will be redrafting their proposal on Net Neutrality.

The original draft, which FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler refused to postpone despite non-partisan calls by both Democrats and Republics in the Senate, would have allowed ISP’s to charge content providers for preferential traffic speeds.

Now, the new draft will apparently make it so that each deal brokered by ISP’s and content providers is deemed “fair” by the FCC, and that no company is “put at a disadvantage”. It also looks at the issue of reclassification of the internet as a utility, which could completely shift the way it is sold, marketed and regulated.

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Major coalition for net neutrality announced amid FCC delays

  • 08/05/2014 at 20:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Net NeutralityThe same day that the FCC asked for a delay on a net neutrality proposal that could potentially give ISPs a way to charge for preferential treatment, a coalition between major tech giants has been announced to battle the issue.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft,  eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and Yahoo are leading the charge with the biggest yet collaboration to fight against the FCC’s proposed net neutrality laws.

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UN estimates 3 billion Internet users by 2015

  • 07/05/2014 at 18:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Tech EyeThe United Nations released a statement today with estimates on the coming six months internet user growth, globally. According to those numbers, there should be around 3 billion by the end of 2014.

Statistics have been gathered and presented by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a group that works to coordinate private and public sector efforts for global telecommunications access.

The majority of growth seems to be mobile, with an increase of almost 32%. A great deal of this is in Africa, where mobile broadband penetration is at its highest rates. In the Americas, two-thirds of the population should have regular online access before 2015 begins.

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Emails reveal a tight relationship between Google and NSA

Google Eyes LogoEmails revealed by Al Jazeera journalists are pointing to a closer working relationship between the NSA’s spying program and Google.

After the revelations began following the Edward Snowden document leaks, tech companies were quickly on the defensive. Google has been an especially vocal opponent of NSA spying, insisting that they only legally provided information on customers under valid court orders.

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