Google entered the smartphone wars as a vendor last week with the launch of the HTC-built Nexus One, a touchscreen-based handset it will sell directly to consumers.
The Nexus One, which uses Google’s Android mobile operating system and is described as a “superphone” by Google executives, seems designed as a direct competitor for Apple’s iPhone and the launch got me thinking about my current smartphone favourites.
The reports from Beijing of signs of popular Chinese sympathy with Google’s threat to pull out of the country, in protest at censorship, are fascinating. I wonder whether those photos of wreaths being laid outside Google headquarters in Beijing, could one day be as famous as the statue of liberty photos, taken in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, celebrities and aid organisations began making an unusual appeal to Americans: pick up your mobile phone and text.
Both the Red Cross and Yele Haiti, a charity founded by Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, are accepting donations via text that will be put towards relief funds for the devastated island nation. In just over 24 hours, more than $2m has been raised.
Anyone with a mobile phone can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross, or “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti. Users then get a text asking for confirmation, and with another “YES” text the donation is complete.
On a day when cyber-attacks are item number one in the tech news, it does not look like the most auspicious moment to launch a long-term alliance around cloud computing.
But for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, which said they would spend $250m over the next three years to extend their existing partnership deeper into cloud services, the timing makes perfect sense.
Alliances are hardening and battle lines are being drawn around the next computing platform. With Cisco moving steadily onto both companies’ turf, it’s a natural step to deepen one of the tech industry’s longer-standing partnerships.