Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

Roku, a tiny company next to its Silicon Valley neighbour Apple, has had to move fast to stay ahead and survive in the face of Apple TV – a set-top box that was revamped last year to challenge its own established product.

Where Roku had led with Netflix streaming and other internet content channels, competitors followed, and this makes the Roku 2, just announced, an interesting product in terms of showing where Apple and Roku’s other bigger rivals are likely to go in future.

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Tech news from around the web:

Google has announced that it is to use its own data to detect malware viruses targeting its users, Techcrunch reports. From today, the online search giant will use Google Search results pages to warn users if their computers are infected with a specific form of malware.

Chinese search engine Baidu has launched an internet browser designed to compete with Internet Explorer and Chrome, The Wall Street Journal says. The program’s home page will display links to software applications and popular websites, such as the Weibo microblog service. Read more

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Sonos is rebranding its wireless music system and introducing a smaller, more affordable speaker as it reaches out to mass-market consumers and emerging markets.

The Southern California company has announced the Play:3, a $300 speaker, and cut the price of its ZoneBridge (rebranded as Bridge) wireless transmitter from $99 to $49. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Roku, a tiny company next to its Silicon Valley neighbour Apple, has had to move fast to stay ahead and survive in the face of Apple TV – a set-top box that was revamped last year to challenge Roku’s own established product.

Where Roku had led with Netflix streaming and other internet content channels, competitors followed, and this makes the Roku 2, just announced, an interesting product in terms of showing where Apple and Roku’s other bigger rivals are likely to go in future. Read more

Lenovo has announced its first family of tablets, with two being launched under the IdeaPad brand along with a ThinkPad tablet that uses Google’s Android 3.1 operating system.

Lenovo had recently released LePad, a 10in Android tablet that can dock with a laptop base, in China only, but rumours of these new tablets for the US had been rife for months and the ThinkPad version (pictured) looked the most interesting of the three when I was shown them recently.

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Chris Nuttall

Lenovo has announced its first family of tablets, with two being launched under the IdeaPad brand along with a ThinkPad tablet that uses Google’s Android 3.1 operating system. Lenovo had recently released LePad, a 10in Android tablet that can dock with a laptop base, in China only, but rumours of these new tablets for the US had been rife for months and the ThinkPad version looked the most interesting of the three when I was shown them recently. Read more

When Google launches its “g.co” URL shortener on Tuesday, the internet search company will be moving into an exclusive new internet neighbourhood.

Beyondbrics is calling it Alphabet City. Twitter, Amazon, Overstock and GoDaddy have already moved in, snapping up teensy URLs such as a.co, t.co and x.co for a premium.

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