Daily Archives: June 29, 2011

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 >>

Chris Nuttall

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 >>

RockMelt, the social web browser, has secured $30m in Series B funding from some of the biggest names in venture capital, and added Jim Breyer at Accel Partners and Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures to its board of directors as observers.

Both were brought on by early investor Marc Andreessen, partner at Andreessen Horowitz and founder of Netscape, the first widely used web browser. Read more >>