Daily Archives: January 20, 2011

Lovefilm’s £200m takeover by Amazon has reopened the usual debate about European tech start-ups.

Sure, it’s a great exit for Lovefilm’s management and investors. But as one entrepreneur friend said to me upon hearing the news: “Yet another one gone to the USA then.” Read more

Jawbone, those clever people who make cool Bluetooth headsets, have come up with a new use for the accelerometer – the sensor we came to know after its inclusion in the Wii’s motion controller. Apparently accelerometers can detect seismic vibrations as well as motion, so Jawbone’s new Era headset responds to the vibration of tapping it twice when you want to pick up a call. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • LivingSocial’s latest coupon offer, a $20 Amazon.com gift card for half the price, grabbed the attention of shoppers around the web.  CenterNetworks reports that by 8:00pm EST the site’s purchased counter hit 1 million.
  • In a blog post, Facebook announced its mobile app, Facebook for Feature Phones. The app, primarily for non-smartphone users, will work on more than 2,500 devices and will provide users a “great mobile experience no matter what type of phone.” The company has also partnered with 14 mobile carriers worldwide to offer free data access for the first 90 days after the launch.

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Wireless technologies have always seemed a black art to me. From Bluetooth to Wi-Fi to 3G, mysterious signal dropouts and connection failures seem to occur at regular intervals. So finding the perfect home Wi-Fi router has been like a search for the Holy Grail, and it hasn’t exactly ended with Cisco’s latest product – the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual Band N Router. Read more