Top tech headlines: BlackBerry PlayBook reviews, death of Flip camcorders, Windows Phone 'Mango'
Friday 15 April 2011
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending April 15 include the end for Cisco's Flip camcorders, reviews of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, developer previews of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone software, and Google's first quarter 2011 report.
Cisco kills Flip Video Cameras
Cisco pulled the plug on its popular handheld Flip digital video cameras, the top-selling camcorder brand in the US, stating consumer cameras are no longer part of the company's overall strategy. Bloggers were shocked ("my jaw hit the floor" on hearing the news, said one journalist) and lamented the decision but added, "Why buy a cheap camcorder if you could buy an iPod Nano that shot video, too?"
BlackBerry PlayBook Reviews
Reviews of the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry PlayBook tablets revealed that RIM is racing its iPad competitor to the market prematurely in fear of missing out on the tablet craze. While the 7" BlackBerry Playbook tablet is light, portable and sports a user interface that is getting rave reviews, it is missing key features such as native email, calendar and messaging apps, a standalone 3G or 4G network connection and out-of-the-box support for additional applications, said reviewers.
Microsoft IE10 preview
Microsoft unveiled a developer preview of its next-generation browser, Internet Explorer 10, at its MIX 11 developer conference. IE10 is based on the HTML5 standard and adds support for new web standards such as CSS3 Gradient Backgrounds, and CSS multi-column layout modules.
Windows Phone multitasking, updates
During the MIX 11 developer conference, Microsoft showed off new features from the next version of its Windows Phone software, dubbed "Mango." The updates include multitasking and deeper application integration within the phone's operating system, and will give developers access to the device's camera and sensors so they can create more feature-rich apps.
Google first quarter 2011 results
Google announced its Q1 earnings. The company spent more than expected on hiring and marketing causing its profit to fall short of estimates and its shares to drop. Google also noted in its earnings call that Android app downloads were up by 50 percent from Q42010; there are now 3 billion Android apps installed around the globe, and 350,000 Android devices are activated every day.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Ebola: NYC doctor Craig Spencer tests positive for disease after returning from west Africa
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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