Dashwire phases out service February 15
Dashwire gave warning late this week that its mobile sync service was ending February 15. The Windows Mobile-oriented service was recommending that users download and otherwise back up any content they had in cloud storage before servers were shut down and wiped. Despite active updates to the service having stopped years earlier, some users were still online, the company said in an e-mail.
HTC goes for kids' apps, buys iOS-friendly company
HTC made another in a string of company buyouts Tuesday as it acquired Zoodles maker Inquisitive Minds for $13 million. The deal will get it the creator of a child-oriented front end for smartphones and tablets that both lets parents manage the enviroment, such as blocking ads or setting play times, as well as giving them a central place for books, drawing, games, and videos. HTC noted that there were about two million users, although it didn't say what would happen to Zoodles after the deal.
HTC files countersuit versus Apple in US
HTC on Tuesday launched a countering lawsuit against Apple to try and slow a decision. The claim alleges that virtually all Apple hardware violates three patents that were granted between 2008 and 2010. They cover technologies such as a PDA-like interface, the OFDM wireless common to many devices, and modulating orderwires.
HTC takes on Dashwire for mobile syncing
HTC in detailing its July results revealed that it had bought Dashwire in what may be an attempt to replicate Apple's iCloud strategy. The Seattle-area company's Dashworks media and file syncing for multiple platforms would be directly rolled into Sense's fledgling cloud services. The new branch would keep its name but would become wholly owned by HTC.