Wireless music streaming and web-wide social networks dominate tech headlines
Friday 01 April 2011
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending April 1 include the launch of Amazon Cloud Player, Google's new +1 social network, iPhone 5 delays and WWDC, Android Market in-app billing, and the removal of the "#DickBar" from Twitter's iOS app.
Amazon Cloud Player
Amazon launched a new cloud-based music streaming platform in the US, getting a head-start on both Apple and Google in the coveted music streaming business. Customers can store up to 5GB of their music collection in Amazon's Cloud Drive storage for free while the Amazon Cloud Player provides over-the-air music streaming.
Google +1 web-wide social network
"It's called +1 - the digital shorthand for 'this is pretty cool,'" said Google when unveiling its new +1 recommendation feature this week. +1 is Google's version of the Facebook "like" button or Twitter's "retweet" feature. It's being rolled out as a feature to help people further personalize web searches but the +1 button will soon start to appear on websites around the web.
Apple WWDC sells out, iPhone 5 delay
The 2011 edition of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sold out within a day of its announcement despite growing rumors that the iPhone 5 won't be announced at this year's event. WWDC will "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," said Apple while bloggers hinted that this year's iPhone might have a later-than-usual release in August or September.
Android Market in-app billing launched
Google launched in-app billing for apps in its Android Market, helping app developers further monetize their free and paid apps with "try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models."
'A bar walks into an app' and gets removed
Twitter removed the controversial QuickBar - or as bloggers liked to call it, the "#DickBar" - from its iOS app. Twitter proclaimed the QuickBar "feature" was originally implemented in the app to "help users discover what's happening in the broader world beyond people they already follow." The black bar showed Twitter's current trends but was permanently fixed to the main timeline, a feature which irritated many of the app's most vocal users.
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
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 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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