Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: new design for Twitter, YouTube live streaming, IE9
Friday 17 September 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending September 17 include Twitter's new user interface, YouTube tests live streaming, Microsoft makes IE9 beta available for download, Apple announces it's bringing wireless printing to i-devices in November and Windows Phone 7 devices to be GSM-only in 2010.
Twitter's website gets a new design and user interface
The biggest, and perhaps most unexpected news to hit the blogs this week was the announcement of Twitter's newly redesigned website and web-based user interface. Bloggers explained that while it might just look like a small aesthetic makeover on the surface, Twitter's changes will increase the amount of time social networkers spend on the website and encourage people who don't want to tweet to stay and consume multimedia content posted there.
YouTube tests live streaming
Video-sharing website YouTube started testing its long-rumored live streaming platform, shining the light on a future of direct-to-you live event broadcasts and a plethora of live streaming TV channels. Bloggers were excited by the potential of the service and asked, "Is Google About To Kill Another Industry?"
Internet Explorer 9 beta available for download
The blogs filled with headlines when Microsoft announced the beta version of its newest internet browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), has been made available for download. Bloggers called it a "huge step forward" and the "most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken."
Apple announces AirPrint for iPod touch, iPad and iPhone
Apple revealed that the next version of its iOS operating system, iOS 4.2, will support wireless printing from iPad, iPod touch and iPhone devices. The feature, called AirPrint, enables iOS devices to automatically connect with compatible printers via a local WiFi network. Once connected, users can print directly from their device without needing to download and install software.
Windows Phone 7 phones GSM only in 2010
An article on Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices written by Bloomberg's Dina Bass and Amy Thomson got US-based blogger's knickers in a knot. According to the article, Verizon Wireless has said it will not sell any WP7 devices in 2010. Further inquiries by bloggers found that Microsoft will only release GSM versions of WP7 handsets in 2010.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Far-right organisation has defended its actions on Facebook
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Dear young men: The old stereotypes of what it is to be a 'man' are a load of rubbish
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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