Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chris Nuttall

Raising awareness about energy management was always going to be a slow burner of a project, no pun intended, for Google and Microsoft. But, within days of Google announcing the closure of its PowerMeter service, Microsoft has announced Hohm will be discontinued. Both were only two years old. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Groupon competitor LivingSocial is considering a $1bn initial public offering, according to PaidContent. The IPO could value the social shopping site, which expects to generate $1bn in revenue this year, at $10bn-$15bn.

Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer Leo Apotheker has said the computer manufacturer is in talks to license its WebOS mobile software, says Bloomberg.  WebOS would give hardware makers a choice beyond Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows software as they seek to challenge Apple’s hold over the smartphone and tablet markets. Read more

When the media were first shown the HP TouchPad in February, we were not allowed to touch it, ironically.

Well, from hands off to hands on. The long awaited tablet goes on sale on Friday in the US, France and Germany and I have been trying it out for the past week. Some video first impressions after the jump, ahead of a review in this Friday’s Personal Technology column.  Read more

Chris Nuttall

When the media were first shown the HP TouchPad in February, we were not allowed to touch it, ironically.

Well, from hands off to hands on, the long awaited tablet goes on sale on Friday in the US, France and Germany and I have been trying it out for the past week. Some video first impressions after the jump, ahead of a review in this Friday’s Personal Technology column. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The big tablet event of the week is Friday’s launch of the HP TouchPad, while the little tablet event is represented by today’s unveiling of the LeapPad, a $100 device for kids aged four to nine. I was sceptical when I was first shown it – why do kids need their own tablet when I have seen toddlers use the iPad more adeptly than me? – but LeapFrog, the educational innovator from the San Francisco Bay Area, gave me some compelling reasons for its existence. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

A big part of Google’s pitch for its new social networking service is that it’s easier for users to manage who sees what they post on the site.

Privacy has never been a strong suit for either Facebook or Google, but the Circles feature on Google+ is a simpler way to categorise groups of friends than is available on Facebook. Users are given the option of which Circles of contacts to share a piece of content with, each and every time they post something. Google has today been able to bathe in the rare warmth of widespread praise for its approach to privacy.

But this is a beta and there are going to be bugs. One appears to be in Google+’s “resharing” feature, which works a little like a retweet on Twitter or reblogging on Tumblr. Read more

The big tablet event of the week is Friday’s launch of the HP TouchPad, while the little tablet event is represented by today’s unveiling of the LeapPad, a $100 device for kids aged four to nine.

I was sceptical when I was first shown it – why do kids need their own tablet when I have seen toddlers use the iPad more adeptly than me? – but LeapFrog, the educational innovator from the San Francisco Bay Area, gave me some compelling reasons for its existence.

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Three things irritate me about Biz Stone’s announcement that he will step back from running Twitter.

1) He doesn’t know the difference between “it” and “it’s”. (Too much time reading his followers’ tweets, I suspect). Read more

Video chat, and a neat way of differentiating between contacts, colleagues and friends, give Google+ unique functionality, but digital media correspondent Tim Bradsaw is not convinced that it will be enough to attract people away from Facebook. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Lawyers for Paul Ceglia, who is claiming he is entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg’s multibillion-dollar stake in Faceboo,k have quit, according to the Los Angeles Times. DLA Piper confirmed in a statement that it withdrew from the case. Mr Ceglia’s new consel is San Diego’s Jeffrey Lake. Read more