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
DNA hope on schizophrenia: Research breakthrough points at over 100 genes
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
Man takes most pointless Uber cab ride of all time
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- 1 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 2 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 3 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Man takes most pointless Uber cab ride of all time
- 5 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
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