Cyanogen wants to break Android grip with Microsoft

CyanogenCyanogen, which wants to break Android’s dependence on Google, has signed a partnership with Microsoft.

The big idea is to bundle Microsoft services into the Cyanogen OS including “Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.”

Cyanogen started as an aftermarket Android ROM maker, but then It got an outside CEO, Kirk McMaster, who wanted to “take Android away from Google.”

Cyanogen want to supply its Android distribution to OEMs as a kind of outsourced software house, and currently Cyanogen OS powers the OnePlus One.… Read the rest

Microsoft and Yahoo change search agreement

constitutionSoftware giant Microsoft and foundering search engine Yahoo have amended a 2009 search partnership, so that Yahoo has more control over how search results are displayed on desktops and mobile devices.

The 10-year search partnership, crafted by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, allowed the companies to amend or terminate it after five years.… Read the rest

Chinese seize control of geek icon

cover_derbyGeek icon Segway has been bought out by a Chinese backed start-up called Ninebot.

Ninebot is backed by the mobile outfit Xiaomi and makes electric-powered personal transportation products.

Segway made a two-wheeler upright scooter which looked so daft that it became a bit of a running joke – especially when they became popular amongst security staff in malls who could not be bothered walking anywhere.… Read the rest

Sharp bailout deal agreed

sharp2Japan’s Sharp and its main banks are about to agree on a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan which involves splitting off its ailing smartphone display business.

This will be Sharp’s second major bailout in three years.  Under the deal Sharp’s lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, will inject a combined $1.7 billion in a debt-for-equity swap.… Read the rest