Monthly Archives: September 2010

From the FT’s beyondbrics blog
An Indian vegatable seller arranges vegatables as she speaks on a cellular phone at a roadside vegatable market in AllahabadIn India, some 600m people own mobile phones but just 60m have access to broadband internet. Hewlett-Packard is aiming to bridge that gap with apps that can access the web from any cell phone using voice and text messaging.

Continue reading “Can the world’s poor text their way out of poverty?”

Chris Nuttall

The web has been getting a makeover this month with the introduction of Internet Explorer 9, Google Instant and a new Twitter.

Richard Waters covered the beta introduction of IE9 and the launch of Google Instant and @Tim – Tim Bradshaw – had some thoughts on the new Twitter website. All of these developments are wrapped up and reviewed in this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section Read more

Chris Nuttall

AMD has followed Intel in warning that revenues suffered in the third quarter due to slackening consumer demand.

The news on Thursday reinforced the view that PC makers and their microprocessor partners have suffered a tough “back to school” season. With tablets, eReaders and smartphones exciting the consumer imagination more than laptops, it could be an equally tough holiday season ahead. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Roku is a feisty and fleet-footed Silicon Valley company that has been running ahead of a flood of internet-connected devices threatening to engulf its tiny set-top box.

With its new lineup just launched, Roku stays out in front on price and content and gets in just ahead of its biggest challenger to date – Apple TV, which is due to go on sale by the end of the month. Read more

From the FT’s beyondbrics blog

Chinese entrepreneurs like to talk about ‘Win-Win’ – deals or situations that benefit both sides. But Jack Ma, one of the country’s most iconic business leaders, is finding himself stuck in what can only be described as a lose-lose situation. Read more

Chris Nuttall

HP is extending its platform for touch-enabled computing with the release of its fourth-generation TouchSmart software and the launch of an Apps Center for free and subscription-based applications.

Owners of its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs will be able to get the upgrade later this year and it is installed on a new version of its TouchSmart PC, the 310, available on Wednesday in the US. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Techcrunch reported over the weekend that Facebook is working on its own mobile phone, which will tightly integrate its social networking features into the device.

Facebook has said that it is “not building a phone”.

But Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington is standing by his story, noting that Apple doesn’t directly operate its own mobile manufacturing equipment either.

If the idea of a Facebook phone sounds familiar, perhaps you read FT Tech Blog’s post from February. If Techcrunch’s story is true, our crystal ball seems to have been working particularly well back then. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The brief surge of interest in Chatroulette this year suggests we’re all a little intrigued at what a person might look like on the end of a connection.

But does that mean video calling on phones, the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, is finally going to catch on with the mainstream consumer or just become another passing fad? Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook has today launched its check-in feature, Places, in the UK.

In keeping with Facebook’s cookie-cutter approach to international product rollout, it’s identical to the US version, albeit using a local provider of location information.

But the social network’s ambitions for location-based information don’t stop there. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Of the 16 social and media technologies making their debut at the Demo conference in Silicon Valley, Bump.com was perhaps the most intriguing and original idea.

It’s social networking through your US number plate, or license plate as it’s called here – with possibilities for dating, car talk, safety messages and receiving offers all wrapped up in your bumper. Read more