Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chris Nuttall

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

Tech news from around the web:

  • Groupon, owner of the biggest coupon website, has said it has started an online group-buying service in China, Bloomberg reports. The new Gaopeng.com site will initially cover Beijing and Shanghai before expanding to other major Chinese cities.

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Chris Nuttall

In between responding to hundreds of emails, I’m covering the Inbox Love event down in Silicon Valley.
I’m not sure whether it should be love or hate. A lot of the discussion here at this conference on the future of email is about information overload and the most entertaining talk of the day was entitled “Fear and Loathing in Las Inbox” Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Google has announced changes to its search algorithm to combat ‘content farms’ – sites that that gaining top listings in spite of having ‘shallow’ or ‘low-quality’ content. ‘Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible,’ Google writes in its blog. ‘This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time.’

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Chris Nuttall

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

Tech news from around the web:

  • Spotify, the European music streaming service is ‘a few weeks away’ from inking a deal for US rights to songs from Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, people familiar with the talks have told Reuters. However, Spotify could end up launching without Warner Music Group, the number three music label group, says one person close to the talks.

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Chris Nuttall

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

Chris Nuttall

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.

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