Just ahead of an updated iPad, Motorola has come out with the best Android tablet to date to keep Apple up to the mark. The Xoom features Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, which represents a big leap forward in terms of an interface purpose-designed for a larger tablet screen. The Xoom was the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more
Intel and Apple raised a storm on Thursday for a new connection standard called Thunderbolt – formerly codenamed Light Peak. It sounds lightning fast and it is – with data transfer speeds of 10 gigabits per second. But it is not being widely embraced initially and competes with the more generally supported USB 3.0 standard. That provides an ample 5Gb/s of connectivity – 10 times as fast as the previous USB 2.0 generation. Read more
For a few days at least, the iPad may have met its match in Motorola’s Xoom tablet, launched on Thursday, initially on the Verizon Wireless network in the US. There will be a full review of this first device to run the Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system for tablets in Friday’s Personal Technology column in the FT, but for some first thoughts on the Xoom, see my video review after the jump. Read more
Google dealt the latest blow in its ongoing battle with Facebook, this time striking again in the fight over user data. The latest Android update for the Nexus S phone removes the ability to integrate Facebook contacts into the handset’s address book. Read more
Apple has shown its usual disdain for other events and companies’ plans in choosing to launch its second-generation iPad at the same time and next door to where Nintendo could make its own big announcement next Wednesday. It is not inconceivable that a Wii 2 could be unveiled at the same time as an iPad 2, with Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chief executive, delivering the main keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
- Apple is lowering its minimum spend from advertisers on its iAds advertising platform from $1m to $500,000, says AllThingsDigital. The move, which follows the first run of iAd campaigns, is designed to appeal to smaller-scale advertisers who originally couldn’t afford the platform.