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
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
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
Between Google envisaging our computing future through a browser on its Chromebook machines and Apple accustoming us to app-filled screens, the familiar PC desktop and its installed software appear to be under threat.
Now SweetLabs, a San Diego start-up, has come up with the idea of planting something of a Trojan Horse called Pokki in our taskbars and attacking the traditional desktop with web apps that empower a new generation of developers. Read more