Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tech news from around the web:

Amazon is to unveil its new tablet computer, to be called the Kindle Fire, on Wednesday morning in New York, according to TechCrunch. The computer, which will be sold along side the existing range of e-ink Kindles, will not be ready to ship until the second week of November, TechCrunch claims. Read more

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Online games group PopCap could be getting ready to launch a series of casino-style games on Facebook according to GeekWire. New domain purchases, changes to a Facebook page and a recent trademark application for ‘Lucky GemCasino’ by PopCap have been cited by GeekWire as a shift to a casino offering. Read more

Chris Nuttall

This review will be short and sweet – just like the setup process of its subject – Linksys’s new Wireless-N Range Extender – the RE1000. There really isn’t much to the product or getting it to work, but the instant improvement it brought to a long-suffered problem makes it well worthy of a mention. Read more

sony s tablet

After using Sony’s cameras, consoles, e-readers, televisions and Walkman tape recorders over the years and enjoying its films, music and games, it’s nice to find a little of all of these inside its first tablet.

The Sony Tablet S, just launched, is an all-rounder of a device drawing its strengths from Sony Electronics’ diversity. It also has the trademark Sony style and the quirks that go with it. This is no plain vanilla tablet like many of its Android counterparts and it suffers less in comparison to the more mature iPad 2.

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It’s been a busy week for Facebook. After releasing a new look to users earlier in the week, Mark Zuckerberg announced at f8 that there are many more changes to come.

From timelines to tickers, and taking in on-site music-listening and movie-watching, it seemed that everyone had something to say about the latest updates coming to the social networking site. Read more

Joseph Menn

Yahoo’s investment bank is “fielding inquiries from multiple parties” about various options that could include a sale of all or some of the company, according to an all-hands email sent Friday by Yahoo’s founders and chairman. Read more

In a world of smartphones and tablet devices, Hewlett-Packard’s 12c is a relic of the 1980s. An electronic device with one fundamental function: financial calculations. And, by today’s standards, not even a particularly sophisticated financial calculator.

Yet this month, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special “Platinum” edition. The company is coy about figures but it is estimated to sell tens of thousands of these $70 calculators every year. It has never been out of production.

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Tech news from around the web:

Online music streaming group Spotify is to open up its nascent US service, chief executive Daniel Ek told TechCrunch. Spotify in the US will no longer be invite-only and essentially be free for a user’s first six months of using the service. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Thursday marked the announcement of a raft of media apps for Facebook – from Spotify and Hulu to the Washington Post.

But its social rivals LinkedIn and Twitter ought to go one radical step further and consider moving wholesale to the Facebook platform, according to Bill Nguyen, co-founder of the Color photo sharing service, which has now done just that. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Facebook has introduced a major redesign of its social feeds and users’ profiles at its annual  f8 event for developers in San Francisco.

In a keynote speech, Mark Zuckerberg, the social network’s founder,  also unveiled a big expansion of apps and categories on the service, including the introduction of music services where users can share what they are listening to with friends.  For thoughts and commentary on the main announcements as they happened, read our live blog of the event after the jump. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Sony has been giving the media a sneak peek of the biggest makeover in the short history of Home – the games platform and online virtual world accessible through the PlayStation 3.

Games are being placed front and centre in the redesign, which was announced last month and will be introduced in the autumn, and the Home environment itself will become a game with the introduction of quests. Read more

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Apple is expected to hold its next big media event on Tuesday October 4, where it will unveil the next iPhone model, according to AllThingsDigital. Meanwhile, Mashable reports that a remark made by Apple board member and former US Vice-President Al Gore at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in South Africa – “Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug.” – has sparked speculation of more than one iPhone5 model.

TechCrunch reports that a deleted tweet from Facebook creative director Ji Lee may point to a special feature in the social network’s long-anticipated music service. In a tweet that was deleted minutes after it was sent, Mr Lee wrote:

The “Listen with your friend” feature in ticker is blowing my mind. Listen to what your friends are listening. LIVE. 

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Chris Nuttall

Zynga reduced the odds of its IPO on Wednesday as it revealed worsening financial numbers and complained of market volatility.

The social gaming company is earning less but is still worth more, according to an amended IPO filing . Read more

Richard Waters

Hewlett-Packard’s executive suite looks like it’s in line for another upheaval: as the FT’s Joseph Menn reports, the company is considering showing CEO Léo Apotheker the door after less than a year.

But with all the comings and goings at the top, the company’s boardroom might be a better place to look to if the cycle of dysfunction is to end. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Spotify’s launch in the US has helped to boost its subscriber numbers by more than 400,000 in three months, according to its chief executive. Read more

If MiCloud had been launched this week in the US, it would have been just the latest entrant into the growing market of cloud-based services aimed at developers and small companies, a la Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud.

But the venture, a joint effort by MiTAC, one of the world’s biggest IT distribution and systems integrators, and Joyent, whose cloud services power LinkedIn, had its debut in Taiwan. There, it makes the claim of being the island’s first public cloud service. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Google+ is now open to the public, the Los Angeles Times reports. After 12 weeks of field trials, the social network is still technically in a ‘beta stage’ however, with nine new features being added this week and more planned for the future.

Location-based app Foursquare has just clocked up a billion check-ins, says TechCrunch. On top of this, Foursquare has launched a new version of its mobile app for the iPhone and Android handsets. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The BBC today unveils a new homepage, as one of the UK’s most popular websites begins a ground-up redesign. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Adobe has announced a new high-performance version of its Flash software, which it says will differentiate it further from the capabilities of HTML5 – the name for web technologies that are increasingly being used in its stead by developers.

Apple has notably rejected Flash for its iPhone and iPad, citing performance issues, but Adobe said the new Flash Player 11 would render games a thousand times faster than the current 10.3 release. Read more

As well as freeing us to share information, the web can also trap and entangle us if we give too much away.

In our openness on the internet and social networks, we have to remember that it is unwise, for example, to tempt thieves by posting pictures of our homes, announcing their location and writing a status message about going on holiday.

However, the double-edged nature of the technology means all may not be lost when our gadgets go missing.

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