Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: AOL buys TechCrunch, PlayBook, Apple TV, Amazon tablet
Friday 01 October 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending October 1 include AOL's acquisition of technology blog TechCrunch, the unveiling of RIM's PlayBook tablet, Apple TV reviews, a deal between Facebook and Skype, and Amazon's Android app store.
AOL acquires TechCrunch
Early in the week rumors about a possible buy-out of technology blog TechCrunch started popping up in the blogs. Those rumors were soon confirmed as AOL revealed "TechCrunch and its associated properties and conferences will join the AOL Technology Network while retaining their editorial independence."
RIM reveals its PlayBook tablet
Research In Motion unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook, a feature-rich tablet aimed at the professional market. Bloggers were impressed by the tablet's technical specifications and RIM's forward-thinking approach to mobile computing, especially after the company failed to deliver with its recently announced flagship touchscreen smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch.
Apple TV reviews
Bloggers got their hands on the new Apple TV this week and posted reviews that revealed more information about the device. iFixit cracked open the new Apple TV to find 8GB of flash storage, 256MB of integrated RAM and "clues about the future of Apple's App Store."
Facebook and Skype integration
A report on website All Things Digital suggested that Facebook and Skype are currently negotiating a deal that would "include the integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect." Bloggers speculated that the changes would be coming very soon, and would most likely be implemented in a new version of Skype (5.0) expected to launch within weeks.
Amazon launching Android app store
Bloggers believe Amazon is set to launch an Android application store, and there may just be an Amazon Android Tablet in the works too. The application store launch is said to be coming very soon, possibly within the next week but will be for the US only.
Life & Style blogs
'Cheeky' Nando's under fire for apparently coming onto a customer on Twitter
10 ways we damage our teeth – without realising
Facebook Messenger sends 'creepily' precise location data, as revealed by Marauders Map Chrome extension
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
- 1 'Cheeky' Nando's under fire for apparently coming onto a customer on Twitter
- 2 Playboy model April Summers speaks out about being a victim of revenge porn
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 4 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
- 5 Man jumps into bear pen at zoo, fights bear and loses
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