Have you been "Scroogled yet" yet? Don't know? And did you know that Microsoft is already working on the next new Windows? Of course you did. But what might it be? And might it be called Windows Blue? There is also a new version of Microsoft's Skye out the door for iOS. Is it good enough to ditch FaceTime? Last on Microsoft this week, we've heard that Outlook.com has now surpassed 25 million users. 925 million more and it will have caught up to where Facebook currently sits.
While we are in the process of talking about large numbers, it turns out that women continue to make substantial headway in technology management roles, and more specifically their numbers are on the rise in the mobile market segment. Maybe one of them will even take up as CEO of Groupon someday. Not this week though. Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was in the hot seat all week, with rumors out that he might be booted out of the company he founded. It didn't happen, but he's by no means safe and secure.
Speaking of new things, we often wonder how Apple is doing on the Apple Television front. This week we had the chance to hear what Piper Jeffrey's Apple analyst thinks - which we've noted, along with our own commentary. Don't look for it under the tree this year though. Apple is also working on some possibly very cool wireless charging technology as well. And count on Apple working to better its Maps app. To do so it fired the manager in charge of the project this week, bringing in new leadership to make it happen.
For those of you out there who thought that Apple may be losing its way, well - you were wrong. A new study boldly proclaims that the iPhone 5 is now the number one smartphone in the United States.
How's Your Cloud and Online Privacy and Security Doing?
You write an email. You send it off. It may be harmless, but maybe, just maybe it isn’t. Either way it's sitting on your phone. So may a bunch of other stuff that may seem possibly harmless. Maybe. Is it time you thought about it? Yes. Is your smartphone a safe harbor? Most likely not. It may be that the government or other federal or state or local agencies want the info. Find out what is going on.
Meanwhile, it may be a good idea to think twice about retweeting. Why? You may get sued. It may be time to get yourself tweet or Internet insurance. Really. Further on the social media front, you may be surprised to learn that the government of Tajikistan has decided to block the country’s citizens’ access to Facebook. Perhaps it will now become a tourist attraction for that reason.
There are certain constants that we can count on when it comes to the Internet. Among them, no matter what changes Facebook makes to its policies, users will complain. And once again, they have, although this time something is different. Tajikistan may be a good place to go if you hate Facebook's privacy policies. These days it isn’t uncommon for probation officers to take frequent ganders at offenders’ private Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts to ensure they aren’t doing anything that could land them back in the big house. Tajikistan may be on to something worth considering (we're kidding).
There is a lot of new cloud-based innovation coming our way. But be careful with what you do in that cloud. The North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon say it’s possible to conduct large-scale cloud computing tasks anonymously – for free – by abusing cloud-based browsers such as Amazon Silk, Cloud Browse, Opera Mini and Puffin, according to media reports.
We'll wrap up this week's review by asking some serious questions. Are you aware that smartphones are possibly the future of home energy conservation? Are you aware that there are many experts who believe that the death of the landline may prove to be the most highly disruptive force to hit US-based communications services? All that talk about mobility taking over may not necessarily be the smartest thing we can make happen. At least not yet. And are you aware that the "industrial Internet" - at least according to General Electric - may lead to the elimination of $150 billion in waste? There is a budget saving number if ever we heard one.
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