Acer Launching App Store for Windows, Android, Windows Mobile and Chrome

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web#Web Development Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Have we reached app store saturation yet? Apparently not. PC manufacturer Acer has just announced plans to launch its own application store designed for all the operating systems is supports, including Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Google’s Android platform and Google Chrome. The new store will launch mid-year for the first three platforms listed, with apps for Chrome set to launch later on. Although no exact time frame was given, the Chrome apps are likely to appear by the third or fourth quarter of 2010 to coincide with the debut of Acer’s line of Chrome OS netbooks, a group that will account for 10% of Acer’s ultra-portable PCs. The Acer App StoreAcer, currently the world’s second-largest computer vendor, mentioned the application store among a series of initiatives designed to boost the company’s profitability, according to a report on Bloomberg.com. From what it sounds like, Acer is glomming onto every major tech trend with plans that include everything from an e-reader to a Tablet PC. In fact, Acer chairman J.T. Want even admits this is the case: “We’d like to proactively purse any opportunity,” he said. One of those opportunities is the new Acer application store, an online venture that will offer hundreds of different applications, both free and paid. However, the company wouldn’t share pricing details or name developers, noted the Bloomberg story. Although application stores are typically associated with mobile phones, Acer wouldn’t be the first vendor to launch an applications store designed for use on PCs. Earlier this month, chip maker Intel launched the AppUp site, an application store designed specifically for netbook computers. Interestingly enough, AppUp is meant to be a white-label offering that PC manufacturers can customize to their own needs. At the time of its launch at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel announced several partnerships with other PC makers to bring the AppUp store to consumers. Included among those launch partners was Acer. Gianpiero Morbello, Acer’s worldwide marketing VP said that by accessing the AppUp catalog, their company would be able to distribute “innovative software downloads to Acer Atom processor-based netbook customers and move to easily support additional Acer customers on any device powered by an Intel processor.” So Is This Yet Another App Store?However, despite the sparse details surrounding the upcoming Acer app store, it does sound like the manufacturer is planning their own venture of sorts. Intel’s store only supports Windows netbooks and the Moblin Linux operating system – not mobile devices like Windows Mobile or Google Android and definitely not Google’s new netbook OS, Google Chrome.Intel confirms that the previously announced joint venture is still on, with their company providing behind-the-scenes support for infrastructure, testing, and validation of apps. And while Intel isn’t privy to Acer’s other plans, it does appear that this would be a separate store from whatever Acer is envisioning for the other platforms outside of Atom-based netbooks. It’s understandable that Acer wants to generate some hype surrounding their products by offering an app store to their customers, but at this point they may be simply confusing the issue. Many of the platforms Acer plans to support already offer their own application stores – even Google’s Chrome OS, the Web-based operating system set to launch by year-end. And, of course, one could argue that the Internet itself has been the app store for Windows computers for many years now. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Dhule lynching: 23 held, CM announces compensation

first_imgA day after five persons of a nomadic community were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child-lifters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of each of the deceased.“I appeal to the residents not to believe unverified rumours circulating over social media or to take the law into their own hands. We have taken serious cognisance of this unfortunate incident,” Mr. Fadnavis said, speaking along the sidelines of a function in Nashik district.Meanwhile, 23 persons were taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.The deceased, identified as, Bharat Shankar Bhosale,45, his brother Dadarao Shankar Bhosale, Raju Bhosale and Bharat Malwe,47, (all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil), and Anagu Ingole (from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe) were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on suspicion of being child lifters. The victims belonged to the Gosavi nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for almsIn Satara district, members of the nomadic Bhatkya Vimykta community staged a protest, against the State government, demanding that the compensation be increased to ₹10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased.Uneasy calmAn uneasy calm prevailed in Rainpada hamlet, where the vigilante action occurred. According to reports, a number of villagers have fled the area after the lynchings.Earlier, the kin of the deceased refused to accept the bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.They later relented following the announcement of compensation. M. Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said that the bodies of the victims had been sent to Mangalvedhe for their last rites.“No government authority has come to meet us since the incident. We demand justice for our loved ones,” said Santosh Bhosale, son of the deceased Dadarao Bhosale.“The mob that had gathered on Sunday to mete out vigilante justice was already on the edge, owing to rumours about alleged child-lifters doing the rounds on social media for the past few days,” said a senior police official from Dhule.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar, who visited the district on Monday morning, promised stern action against the culprits.“I appeal to everybody not to believe in posts circulated over social media. No one should take the law in their hands,” said Mr. Kesarkar.The Dhule lynchings also elicited sharp condemnation from Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan.Mr. Chavan attributed the incident to the “failure” of the State Home Department — a portfolio being held by Mr. Fadnavis.last_img read more

Railways not to give money to CWG OC, but to Sports Ministry

first_imgWith the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee being mired in corruption allegations, the Railways has decided against giving it sponsorship worth Rs 100 crore and instead allocate it to the Sports Ministry.”We will give it (sponsorship money) to the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry and it is upto them to carry forward,” Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in New Delhi.The Railways, lead partner of the Commonwealth Games, had committed Rs 100 crore as sponsorship money. However, after allegations of corruption were levelled against top officials of the Games Organising Committee, the Railways withheld the amount.”The issue has been resolved now and the MoU will be signed shortly,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.However, the official clarified that the sponsorship money of Rs 100 crore will not be entirely cash.While railways have already launched a Commonwealth Games train showcasing the Games, it is planning to run special trains to Agra and Jaipur and other places for visitors during the Games.Besides railways have also launched a special logo for the Games which is being used in all Games related events.”So launching of these trains will also be taken into account as part of the sponsorhsip amount,” said the official.last_img read more