Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: iPhone 4 antenna problems, Kin phones canceled, Google acquires ITA, Windows 8
Friday 02 July 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending July 2 include Microsoft pulling the plug on its Kin phones, the most successful product launch in Apple's history is plagued by ongoing troubles with the newly-designed antenna, plans for Microsoft's Windows 8 are leaked, and Google rethinks its strategy in China and gets into the flight data organization business.
Microsoft kills Kin series phones
After just a few very short months on the shelves, Microsoft announced it was killing its Kin series phones. The Sharp-manufactured phones were targeted at young, social networking-addicted consumers and ran a cut-down version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.
iPhone 4 sales reports, Verizon rumors
This week Apple announced it had broken all its previous records to sell over 1.7 million iPhone 4's in just three days. It is the most successful product to be launched in Apple's history, despite blogger's (and consumer's) grievances with the new iPhone 4 antenna system. In other iPhone news, Bloomberg added to the ongoing Apple-Verizon rumor mill this week with their article titled, "Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January".
Consumers take legal action over iPhone antenna, Apple recruits antenna engineers
Apple's iPhone 4 antenna problems escalated into "Death Grip hysteria" this week as law firms encouraged disgruntled consumers to join a class action lawsuit against the company. Meanwhile bloggers spotted job ads for "antenna engineers" at Apple and an email exchange between "Steve Jobs" and an angry consumer made headlines around the web. Apple PR later claimed "it was not Steve Jobs in the email exchange."
Windows 8 plans leaked
An Italian blog stumbled upon slides showing Microsoft's future plans for their Windows 8 OS this week and the news quickly spread through the English-language blogs. The slides showed "everything from customer target audiences to the Windows 8 developer market to the Windows 8 product cycle and much, much more" reported a Microsoft-centric blog called Microsoft Kitchen.
Google rethinks China strategy, launches into cheap flights search, is rumored to be building new social network
As usual it's been a busy week for Google. The company decided to rethink their approach to filtering web results in China and stopped automatically redirecting Chinese users to Google's Hong Kong site. Rumors started flowing about a Google-made social networking service, and on Friday the company announced it had acquired ITA, a company specializing in "organizing airline data, including flight times, availability and prices." Google plans to use the acquisition to develop flight search tools that make it easier for consumers to find cheap flights.
Life & Style blogs
Google Maps hides image of Android robot urinating on Apple in surprisingly insolent Easter egg
KickassTorrents down: new Isle of Man domain taken offline just hours after launch
Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
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