High-tech hot topics in the blogs: Facebook Places, Xbox Live games, Chrome tablet
Friday 20 August 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending August 20 include the introduction of Facebook's location-based service, Microsoft previews Xbox LIVE games for its Windows Phone 7 devices, rumors about a Google Chrome OS tablet, Intel's acquisition of McAfee, and the death (or rise) of the internet.
Social networking site Facebook introduced Facebook Places this week, a new service that lets users share their location with others. The announcement restarted the longstanding debate about location-based privacy issues and had bloggers questioning how the service would change rival geolocation services such as Foursquare, Google Latitude and Gowalla.
Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7 handsets
Microsoft made headlines when it showed off some of the Xbox LIVE games that will be available on Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices in the near future. Engadget commented that Microsoft's launch strategy is "definitely looking pretty promising." Kotaku agreed saying, "it'll be launching with a surprisingly large and varied games lineup."
Google Chrome OS Tablet
The Download Squad's Lee Mathews caused a flurry of blog posts when he announced to the world Google was coming close to releasing their Chrome OS tablet in his article titled, "Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26." Mathews latter revealed that the hardware specifics he cited were "pure speculation - my source didn't have any details for me. Launch date and carrier he did have," which lead Engadget to question the entire article.
Intel buys McAfee
On August 19 Intel announced a deal that would see the computer component manufacturer purchase computer security company McAfee for $7.68 billion. The acquisition had some bloggers scratching their heads. Market researcher Forrester's Andrew Jaquith likened the deal to a "Horseless Carriage Vendor Buy[ing] Buggy-Whips" while Ars Technica's Peter Bright said "The purchase is a reflection of the growing importance of security" in the mobile device market.
The Web is dead. Long live the Internet.
It was a headline that caused controversy across the web, and Wired knew it would. Blogs erupted with discussions about whether the web was actually dead or if it was instead just evolving. As Gawker so succinctly wrote "Wired Says ‘The Web is Dead' - On Its Increasingly Profitable Website" while others were a little more defensive of their beloved internet saying, "Reports Of The Web's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated Through Lies ..." and "Is the Web Dying? It Doesn't Look That Way."
Life & Style blogs
Android One handsets launch in India: £65 apiece with cricket scores baked in
Students in the south east of England gain the most weight in their first year
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
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- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
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