Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: iTunes fraud, YouTube mobile, Firefox 4 beta
Friday 09 July 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending July 9 include reports of fraud in the iTunes store, new YouTube mobile site is better than native mobile applications, reports of devastatingly low sales for Microsoft's social networking-centric Kin handsets, and Google brings YouTube to the TV with "Leanback."
Apple had to deal with yet another PR nightmare this week. Blogs and online forums started to fill with consumer complaints about the fraudulent use of iTunes accounts to purchase applications and music. Apple later informed one blogger that "an extremely small percentage of users, about 400 of the 150 million iTunes users - that is less than 0.0003% of iTunes users, were impacted."
"YouTube Mobile Goes HTML5, Video Quality Beats Native Apps Hands Down" said bloggers reporting on Google's new YouTube mobile website. The updated site caters to touchscreen devices and improves the experience of browsing, searching and viewing HD videos on your mobile device.
Mozilla announces Firefox 4 beta, gets new look and features
Mozilla, maker of the second most popular web browser on the market, Firefox, announced the much awaited release of the Firefox 4 beta 1 this week. Bloggers applauded the release but warned Mozilla would need to continue to innovate in order to stay ahead of web browser rival Google Chrome.
Number of Kin devices sold devastatingly low
A "Microsoftie" reportedly told Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber the company had "sold a grand total of 503 Kins before they pulled the plug." The news quickly spread across the blogs until it was pointed out that there are around 8,800 people using a Kin-specific Facebook application. "500 or 10,000 sold, this was still a FAIL of epic proportions for Microsoft" said ZDNet.
Want to sit back and watch some classic YouTube content on your TV without having to get up every few minutes to search for the next video to watch? So do people at Google; which is why the company introduced YouTube Leanback. "There's no need to click, search, or browse, unless you want to, of course. Watching YouTube becomes as easy as watching TV" explained Google in a July 7 blog post.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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