Daily Archives: November 25, 2011

Tech news from around the web:

Arabic has become the fastest-growing language on Twitter, TNW reports. A study by Paris-based agency Semiocast found that out of approximately 180m tweets posted on a daily basis in October 2011, 2.2m of them were posted in Arabic, against 30,000 in July 2010 and 99,000 October 2010. A sample of 5.6bn public tweets, gathered from July 2010 to October 2011, revealed that the top five languages in use on Twitter are English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Malay. Arabic comes in at number eight. Read more

HMV is entering the highly competitive digital video market with a new online rental service that takes on Apple’s iTunes and Teso’s Blinkbox.

Customers will be able to stream or download hundreds of movies, many released online at the same time as they go on sale on DVD, from hmvondemand.com. The struggling entertainment retailer already offers a digital music store, powered by 7digital, in which it owns a 50 per cent stake.

The content, website and billing for HMV’s on-demand service are provided by FilmFlex, a joint-venture between Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney Company, which also provides on-demand movies for Film4oD and Virgin Media. FilmFlex and HMV will share revenues from the service.

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If the growth of Android smartphones continues at its current rate, the world’s population will need much larger hands.

That is, if you look at screen sizes rather than units sold, although the staggering smartphone fact-of-the-month is that the number of Android devices activated has doubled from 100m to 200m over the past six months. Read more

With the holiday shopping season now underway this Black Friday in the US and the Christmas rush also begun in the UK and elsewhere,  there are many bargains to be had in tablets, laptops, digital cameras and big-screen TVs.

There are too many to list here (Retrevo is keeping tabs on some of them), but consider these 10 recommendations instead  for stocking fillers under $100 or £100, as the case may be. Read more