Google has been accused of monopolistic search practices

The Verge reports that the “European Union has formally accused Google of illegal, monopolistic practices.” Apparently the search giant had been prioritizing their own products and services within search results. The EU believes that by doing this they drove traffic away from competitors.

Google could be fined as much ” as 10% of its yearly earnings”.

Are these monopolistic practices or is Google simply utilizing something that belongs to them for their benefit?

What do you think?

McCormick, Rick. “EU Formally Accuses Google of Monopolistic Search Practices.” The Verge. The Verge, 15 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

The Future of Batteries

Batteries, just like many other technologies, are shrinking in size while holding a greater charge than its bulkier predecessors, because of the capabilities of Lithium-Ion batteries. This same trend is continuing with the newest technology, Aluminum- Ion batteries. According to a study done by Stanford scientists, Aluminum-Ion batteries charge much faster, and hold a much greater charge than Lithium-Ion batteries, but they only produce an output of 2 V with a weak energy density, so scientists will have to improve upon that before the technology may become mass produced. Another cool property of Aluminum-Ion batteries is that even after thousand of charges there was no capacity decay, and with Lithium Ion batteries their capacity almost fully decays after a few hundred charges. This new technology, in my opinion, is going to revolutionize the future of our technology.

Here is the link to the study done by Stanford.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature14340.html

Microsoft Surface 3! An iPad competitor?

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Source: Microsoft

Microsoft quietly announced and released the successor to the Surface 2 (RT) earlier this week. It was a strange move as it comes nearly a year after the Surface Pro 3 release. The Surface 3 is very similar to the Surface Pro 3 in terms of aesthetics but it has major differences to keep itself apart. The Surface 3 has a 10.8 inch 1920×1280 screen, slightly smaller and lower res than the Surface Pro 3. It comes with a less powerful Intel Atom processor similar to the recently announce Macbook but this time around it will run full Windows 8.1 and 10 upon release instead of the weak and not very usable Windows RT. The price point starts at $499 which is Microsoft’s attempt to¬†reach a lower priced market.

This new Surface looks promising, however the compromises made in order to slash the price seem too great. The friction based kickstand from the Surface Pro 3 is gone, replacing it is a 3 position kickstand which brings back the problems of previous Surfaces of lap use. The Atom processor is limited but capable, and wether or not the 10.8 inch screen is either laptop or tablet focused depends on users opinions. and battery life has yet to be proven.

Is Surface 3 a tablet competitor or laptop competitor? Also wasn’t the Surface Pro 3 supposed be the table and laptop replacement? It was for some, then what place or purpose aside of being cheaper does this Surface have? Lastly is it a year too late as we may see a Surface Pro 4 this year?

What do you think?