Monthly Archives: July 2011

Logitech cut the price on Sunday of its Logitech Revue set-top box by 60 per cent to $99.99 from $249.99 in another sign that Google TV has failed to catch on with consumers.

There are no indications that, as is often the case, the price cut presages a new Google TV unit from Logitech, which is the only company currently offering a standalone Google TV box. The Revue was launched last October at $300, but suffered “negative” sales in Logitech’s June quarter.

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Chris Nuttall

Logitech has cut the price of its Logitech Revue set-top box by 60 per cent to $99.99 from $249.99 in another sign that Google TV has failed to catch on with consumers. There are no indications that, as is often the case, the price cut presages a new Google TV unit from Logitech, which is the only company currently offering a standalone Google TV box. The Revue was launched last October at $300. Read more

“Can I play a game on it?” Any parent with a smartphone or tablet has heard his or her child ask this. With all that mobile devices are capable of doing, smartphones and tablets are also driving the rise in mobile gaming.

This week, new research revealed growing revenue in mobile gaming. The shift in consumer behaviour has had a negative impact on console maker Nintendo, which cut its profit outlook for the year. Read more

Joseph Menn

A London court granted a warrant on Friday for the extended detention of a teenager suspected of being a leader and spokesman for the hacking group Lulz SecurityRead more

Apple’s Lion operating system and its incarnation in the new MacBook Air are the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, which can be read here.

It wasn’t possible to cover all of the 250 new Lion features in the column, Apple has a full list here and there’s a rundown of some of the main ones I tried after the jump.

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I felt a bit of a simpleton for loving the kickstand on the HTC Evo 4G more than many of its far more sophisticated features, but such love is more justified with the new Motorola Photon.

You see, rather than just propping up the device to watch video on an airline tray table, this 4G Android smartphone has an “intelligent” kickstand, which means it can do rather more.

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Chris Nuttall

I felt a bit of a simpleton for loving the kickstand on the HTC Evo 4G more than many of its far more sophisticated features, but such love is more justified with the new Motorola Photon. You see, rather than just propping up the device to watch video on an airline tray table, this 4G Android smartphone has an “intelligent” kickstand, which means it can do rather more. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Google’s Android operating system now claims the largest share of the US consumer smartphone market with 39 per cent, according to June figures from market researchers Nielsen. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 per cent, while RIM Blackberry is at 20 per cent. Apple, however,  is the top smartphone manufacturer in the US. HTC, meanwhile, holds a 14 per cent share of the market. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Apple’s Lion operating system and its incarnation in the new MacBook Air are the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, which can be read here. It wasn’t possible to cover all of the 250 new Lion features in the column, Apple has a full list here and there’s a rundown of some of the main ones I tried after the jump. Read more

Joseph Menn

South Korean regulators said they are investigating the most massive loss of user data ever in the most wired country on earth. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Airbnb, the online service that helps homeowners rent out their houses to holidaymakers, is to strengthen its safety and security guidelines after a customer’s house was vandalised and ransacked by a renter, Techcrunch reports. A statement from chief executive Brian Chesky says the company, which hit a billion-dollar valuation in a recent fundraising, will now beef up its customer support, client education and safety functions. Read more

Joseph Menn

As UK police said they arrested the alleged second of four co-founders of the hacking supergroup Lulz Security, one of those still at large branched out into a legal form of protest, promoting a boycott of PayPal. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The last space shuttle has flown and instead of reaching for the stars, some former Nasa employees are reaching for the clouds instead with new startups. The latest, Nebula, emerged from stealth mode this morning, led by Chris Kemp, Nasa’s chief technology officer until last March, and funded by an impressive list of investors – Google’s original backers and VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. Read more

I used to think Mark Zuckerberg’s achievement with Facebook was a fabulous inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. Now I’m not so sure.

I’m not referring to his alleged ethical failings, as highlighted in The Social Network. Rather, I am concerned that he sets an example of meteoric success that virtually no one else will ever be able to repeat. But wannabes are trying to copy him, and consequently squandering their careers on false hopes. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Fox Broadcasting is to impose an eight-day delay on TV episodes it previously made available on its website and Hulu.com 24 hours after their initial broadcast unless the viewer is a subscriber to a participating multichannel distributor, Variety.com reports. Users logging on to either Hulu.com or the broadcaster’s site will have provide proof of their subscription to watch a programme such as The Simpsons and Family Guy the day after it is broadcast. Read more

Chris Nuttall

A bit of a shooting match is shaping up in the video game business for later this year as Electronic Arts continues to sound bullish about Battlefield 3, a title that will take on Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 during the holiday season. EA said during its earnings announcement on Tuesday that preorders for the title were 10 times that of its predecessor, Battlefield Bad Company 2, which has sold more than 9m units to date. Read more

Maija Palmer

Hand holding ipadWhat a difference two years makes.  In 2009 my colleague Tim Bradshaw wrote about the advertising industry’s early experiments with augmented reality and the FT printed an AR image on its pages to give readers a practical demonstration.

We printed another augmented reality image on Tuesday, and the difference between the two projects has been like moving from black and white silent film to colour television. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The start-up Jumio has emerged from stealth mode to take a swipe at credit cards, with a payment method that uses a webcam or a phone’s camera. Netswipe involves holding up a credit card to a camera, where its details and authenticity are recognised by Jumio’s software. The code on the back of the card is then entered by PC mouse-clicking or smartphone touchscreen-tapping an on-screen keypad. Read more

Is it a mouse? Is it a calculator? Actually, Canon’s X Mark I Mouse Lite is both, plus a numeric keypad as well.

Targetted at travelling business professionals that miss a full-size keyboard and separate numeric keypad on their laptops, the Canon mouse comes in black or white and will sell for around $60 when it becomes available in the US in August.

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Chris Nuttall

Is it a mouse? Is it a calculator? Actually, Canon’s X Mark I Mouse Lite is both, plus a numeric keypad as well. Targetted at travelling business professionals that miss a full-size keyboard and separate numeric keypad on their laptops, the Canon mouse comes in black or white and will sell for around $60 when it becomes available in the US in August. Read more