In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the new Nokia Lumia 925, Telefónica choosing Office 365 and Yammer for its 130,000 employees, an update on "WindowsBlue" (now known as Windows 8.1) and a cross-company partnership with Paramount Pictures around the highly anticipated “Star Trek Into Darkness” film.
Something to behold: The Nokia Lumia 925. The folks at Nokia are not messing around. Less than a week after unveiling the Lumia 928 – the Windows Phone 8 device that became available on Verizon on Thursday – the Finnish phone maker on Tuesday lifted the curtain on the Lumia 925. The Lumia 925 makes its debut in June on Europe’s Vodafone network, then heads to China Mobile and China Unicom. It’s scheduled to launch on T-Mobile in the U.S. later this year, according to Nokia. The phone will cost around 469 euros before taxes and subsidies in Europe. Head on over to the Windows Phone Blog to get the rest of this story and to learn more about an update coming to Windows Phone 8 later this summer. Also, check out the video below that shows off some of the Lumia 925’s finer points. On the app front, we’d like to draw your attention to two new apps hit the Windows Phone Store this week - Angry Birds Rio and Zinio. Check ‘em out.
This week we shared resources for students who are starting their career search. This included tips to stand out and stories of Microsoft employees. We also hosted a Facebook Chat with Microsoft University Recruiter, Kimberly Wagner, and Imagine Cup and MSP Alumni, Wilson To, who now works in tech.
Today, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced the “End Anonymous Patents Act,” which would require disclosure of the real party in interest of a patent upon issuance or, in cases where patents are transferred, within a short time after acquisition.
The bill is a significant step forward in addressing one of the problems of the current U.S. patent system: recording ownership in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s assignment database is at present voluntary. The result of this is that records of patent ownership are often inaccurate and incomplete.
“Some patent owners take advantage of this obscurity to try to hide what they own for tactical advantage in licensing negotiations or to avoid complying with patent licensing commitments,” writes Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez in a blog post today over on Microsoft on the Issues.
It’s that time of year – caps are tossed in the air, marking a future of promise, opportunity and – job hunting. That’s why yesterday, students from around the world joined a live Facebook chat for a chance to get career advice from Microsoft University Recruiter Kimberly Wagner and Wilson To, an Imagine Cup and MSP alumnus who now works for Caradigm, a Microsoft and GE Healthcare Company.
The chat, which was hosted by the Microsoft Student Experience team, fielded questions that ran the gamut, from resumes to internships to learning how to develop apps. There was something for just about everyone.
Dell has announced three new workstation PCs in its existing Dell Precision workstation lineup.