Archive for July, 2012

Is Hotmail Hotter Now That It’s Outlook.com?

July 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Goodbye, Hotmail. Microsoft is giving its 16-year-old Web-email service a total overhaul and a new name. And the results are impressive. Starting this week, it will be called Outlook.com. This is part of a new Microsoft strategy to use “Outlook” as the name for all its email offerings. I’ve been using a pre-release version of this new email service for the past seven days and it includes dozens of smart features that simplify the otherwise-exasperating process of managing your email inbox. Examples include optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of emails in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com. The new Web-email service also incorporates social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, displaying profile photos and status updates alongside email messages. And yes, you’ll have the option of getting a new, @Outlook.com address, though you can also opt to stick with your @hotmail.com address. Though Hotmail is still the leading Web email service world-wide with over 325 million users, according to comScore Inc., Yahoo and Google’s Gmail dominate in the U.S. This is just one of many dramatic moves at Microsoft this summer.

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Game of Thrones: NBC’s Olympic Ratings Momentum Is Unstoppable

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NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics continues to deliver huge ratings , topping the Beijing numbers for the fourth night in a row. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data,

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Game of Thrones: NBC’s Ratings Momentum is Unstoppable

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NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics continues to deliver huge ratings , topping the Beijing numbers for the fourth night in a row. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data,

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Author Gore Vidal dies

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Legit News: Was knows for best-selling novels 'Burr,' 'Myra,' more

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Live: Samsung Says Apple Didn’t Invent the Rectangle

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Responding to charges that it copied the iPhone and iPad, Samsung lawyers on Tuesday told a federal jury that the design of the iPhone is less revolutionary than Apple would have them believe. “There’s more to the story than what you just heard,” Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven told the jury, beginning his opening statement. He showed other phones that predate the iPhone and have large rectangular screens taking up most of the area, most notably the LG Prada phone from 2006. “Apple didn’t invent that,” he said. “That was already out there.” There is a difference, Verhoeven said, between commercial success and inventing something. Verhoeven also showed an HP and Fidler tablet from years before the iPad that featured a large rectangular screen with rounded corners. Earlier in the day, the same jury heard Apple lawyers argue that Samsung chose the easy rode and copied Apple rather than innovating in response to the iPhone and iPad. In the highly-watched case , Apple is seeking billions of dollars in damges for patent and trade dress infringement, while Samsung has denied it copied the products and further charges Apple’s wireless products use its patented technology. Apple, in its opening, showed a series of Samsung designs that predated the iPhone and some that came after. Samsung countered that Apple showed only part of the story, noting that Samsung had large rectangular phones before the iPhone and makes non-rectangular ones today. “Unlike Apple that makes only one kind of phone,” Verhoeven said, “Samsung makes all kinds of phones for all kinds of people.” There has been an evolution in technology, Verhoeven said, with technology allowing for more features. “As that functionality increased, the entire industry moved to (larger screens).” No one, he said, was going to want to want to watch movies on tiny screens, so screens got bigger. “It’s not just samsung,” Verhoeven said. “The evidence will show it is the entire industry.” Verhoeven said that Samsung isn’t trying to say that the iPhone wasn’t successful or even that it wasn’t inspiring. It inspired the industry and inspired competition, he said. “Everybody does it in the commercial marketplace,” he said, adding “There’s nothing wrong with that.” Update, 11:38 a.m.: Verhoeven giving an update on Samsung’s participation in the mobile industry. He notes that the company has been in the market since 1991 long before Apple.

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Cable biz struggles with divergent online strategies

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Technology News: Execs say inconsistency in program availability impedes growth

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Live: Apple and Samsung Get Their First Chance to Address the Jury

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With a jury picked , Samsung and Apple are getting their first opportunity to make their case in the landmark patent infringement trial in San Jose. Both companies are suing one another for patent infringement, with Apple seeking billions of dollars in damages as well as an injunction against the Samsung phones and tablets it says are “slavishly copying” the iPhone and iPad. Samsung denies those allegations and is counter-suing Apple, charging the iPad, iPhone and iPod infringe on patents it has for core wireless technologies. Opening arguments are expected later on Monday. First the jury, and the rest of us, will have to sit through what I am sure will be a fascinating 18-minute video from the judicial system providing an overview on patents and patent law. Among the rulings overnight, it looks like Samsung won’t be able to show exhibits making reference to Sony’s influence on the iPhone, at least as part of its opening argument. That point has been the subject of significant dispute in the case . The jury is due in around 9 a.m. and AllThingsD will have live updates with the highlights, though we will try to spare you the truly boring stuff (and there is a lot of that). For those that are just getting up to speed, here’s our handy cheat sheet to the case .

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Reports: Icahn divests from MGM

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Top News: Reaches deal to sell stake for $590 mil

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Discovery Communications Plans Q3 Hibernation

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Don't expect a lot of new content on the Discovery Channel until after Shark Week, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav told investors and journalists on the company's second quarter earnings call Tuesday morning. "We're holding back a number of our premieres because we feel that the Olympics right now has a significant amount of cultural momentum," said Zaslav. "We've tried to be conservative here in our approach." Zaslav admitted to some "choppiness at TLC and Discovery" (both saw viewership declines) and praised the company's international presence and its new favorite child, Investigation Discovery (ID), which helped to bring up the conglomerate's volume average in the upfront.

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Galaxy Nexus Sales Will Continue — For Now

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Looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone will remain on sale in the United States for at least another few weeks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday continued the temporary stay of the injunction Apple won against sales of the Galaxy Nexus back in June . The continuation order extends a stay granted by the court in early July most likely until August 20, the date of a now expedited appeal hearing. For Samsung, which is currently slugging it out with Apple in another legal battle that kicked off today in a San Jose, Calif. , this is a small bit of good news. Sales of the Galaxy Nexus, which it co-developed with Google, can continue uninterrupted for the time being while the appeals court decides on whether to grant a stay for the entire duration of the appellate proceeding. And that gives Samsung more time to sell off whatever Nexus inventory it has already accumulated in the States, while it works to prove that the unified search patent that Apple has asserted against it has been improperly interpreted, or is outright invalid. One sign of the Nexus’ diminishing appeal: Best Buy is offering the phone on Verizon for free with a two-year contract.

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