Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: MacBook Air, Facebook privacy breach, WP7 reviews
Friday 22 October 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending October 22 include the unveiling of new super-slim MacBook Air laptops, Facebook involved in another privacy breach, reviews of Windows Phone 7 devices start to roll in, Apple posts Q4 results, and RIM and Android respond to Apple's claims.
MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion and iLife '11
During Apple's October 20 press conference the company unveiled the ultra-thin 11 and 13 inch MacBook Air laptops, an updated iLife '11 application suite and previewed the next version of its operating system, Mac OS X Lion.
Facebook privacy breach
The Wall Street Journal got bloggers around the web fired up over claims that "Top-Ranked [Facebook] Applications Transmit Personal IDs." Bloggers were divided over the revelations. Some asked "Did the Wall Street Journal Overreact to Facebook Privacy 'Breach'?" while others wrote that "Facebook Can't Be Trusted" and that Facebook is no different from other sites as "Public Facebook Information Is Part of Larger Online Data Gray Market."
Windows Phone 7 reviews
Reporters weighed up their thoughts and posted reviews of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices. Tech journalists called the handsets and Microsoft's WP7 OS "Novel But Lacking," "bold and fresh," "not as mature as Android or iPhone," "still missing multiple key features" and "potentially the most tectonic shift in mobile since the launch of iPhone and Android."
Apple quarterly financial results
Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Apple's earnings call to announce the company had posted a record revenue of $20.34 billion and to talk about rival smartphone and tablet makers. Bloggers half jokingly proposed that Apple could purchase Facebook with its billions of dollars in cash. During the earnings call Jobs also killed off any rumors about Apple developing a 7 inch iPad.
RIM, Google respond to Apple's "Distortion Field"
Research in Motion (RIM) and Google's Andy Rubin responded to Apple CEO Steve Job's comments about 7 inch tablets, Flash, openness and mobile shipments. "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience," wrote RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie.
Life & Style blogs
Android One handsets launch in India: £65 apiece with cricket scores baked in
Students in the south east of England gain the most weight in their first year
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
Bulletproof Coffee: is adding butter to your coffee a good way to start the day?
Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
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