Daily Cuppa: Nexus Q halted, Windows 8 green-lit, judge explodes

It's just one more day until it's Friday. Let's get you through it with the daily cuppa.

We're not quite to the weekend yet, but hopefully some of the announcements from overnight will help get you through Thursday.

In a surprise move, Google has yanked its Nexus Q media player from pre-order , telling those that had already signed up for one that they'll get a free "preview" device while it makes some more improvements. ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes wrote that it's probably because Google strangled itself on the Nexus Q's US$299 price tag, which now looks exorbitant next to the likes of the Nexus 7.

And the tablet market is looking even worse. Combined with the Kindle Fire's competitive pricing, Kingsley-Hughes thinks that Amazon and Google may have irrevocably harmed the market by creating a race to see who can create the cheapest device. The problem with this is that lower profits tend to mean that less money is pumped into research and development, but on the surface, that might not be so much of an issue for those who only care about getting a cheap tablet.

How you buy one of those tablets, on the other hand, is still a problem. Google Wallet has now gone cloud-based in order to support all major credit and debit cards. What this means is that, instead of storing payment cards in the secure storage area on phones, they are stored in the cloud and by doing so, banks can get on board Wallet in a matter of weeks. The bad news is that there's still no word about whether Wallet will finally make it to Australia, without users having to resort to an obscure hack to get it on their devices.

And speaking of hacking devices, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced it will bring Android Ice Cream Sandwich to its tiny device . There are some preview videos of it under development, but it looks like it will be some time before it is a polished product.

In other camps, Microsoft has now officially completed the development stage of Windows 8 . It has begun to send the finalised product to its OEM and manufacturing partners, meaning people should be able to pick up Windows 8 online on 26 October. Other partners, such as MSDN and TechNet subscribers, will get their hands on Windows 8 a little earlier.

The software giant also appears to be attempting to smooth things over with Motorola in its patent spat. Microsoft's top lawyer wrote in a blog post that "patent peace will be found through good faith engagement" and that a "lasting solution of these disputes will not be reached by leaking settlement positions through the press".

Microsoft isn't the only party that had a lawsuit disappointed after having information leaked to the media. Samsung recently attempted to submit data on one of its older smartphones in the US Apple v. Samsung case, as evidence that it did not copy the iPhone design. When that was refused, Samsung took it upon itself to leak the information to the media in an official press release. Judge Lucy Koh, who is overseeing the case in the US, was understandably furious.


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