Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tech news from around the web:

Malware targeted towards phones running on the Android operating system continues to be on the rise, TechCrunch reports. According to McAfee’s security report for the third quarter, the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped nearly 37 per cent since last quarter. This follows a 76 percent rise in Android malware in the second quarter. Read more

Joseph Menn

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers, which was dragged into creating the top-level domain .xxx for adult web addresses under threat of litigation, has now been sued for doing so. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Staggering fact of the week for me was the news at the Google music launch that the number of Android devices has doubled in the past six months – from 100m activated to 200m.

Add another one to that total. I have just registered the latest and greatest Android smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – the first to feature the new Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version of Android. Read more

David Gelles

President Barack Obama famously used Twitter to energise his followers during the 2008 campaign. Now Mitt Romney, a leading candidate for the Republican nomination, is seeking to conjure up the same magic. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Mark Zuckerberg said in September that Facebook’s new sharing tools for music, video and news would “transform” the media world, with the social network “rethinking the whole way the news industry works”.

A few weeks in, there are early hints he might be right. Music services such as Spotify and Deezer had shared 1.5bn “listens” as of last week, while Rdio has seen a 30-fold increase in new user registrations from Facebook.

But the transformation is not necessarily what Facebook’s founder or his new partners in the news industry might have expected. A surge of Facebook traffic to years-old stories may be forcing news sites to reassess the importance of, well, news. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Citigroup’s research department says that Amazon is set to follow on from the launch of its Kindle Fire tablet computer with its own mobile phone, AllThingsDigital says. Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney writes:

Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12. Based on our supply chain check, we believe FIH is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon. However, we believe that Amazon will pay NRE (non-recurring engineering fees) to FIH but the device and multiple components will actually be manufactured by Hon Hai’s TMS business group (the same business group that makes Amazon’s E-reader and the 8.9” Amazon tablet).

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Chris Nuttall

DataSift’s full launch this week comes in the nick of time for those seeking to filter out trends and sentiments in Twitter’s ever-expanding tweet stream.

Nick Halstead, DataSift and TweetMeme founder, says Apple’s integration of Twitter in iOS5 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has sent traffic soaring in recent weeks. Read more

Chris Nuttall

No tablet maker has made much of a dent in the iPad’s share of the market, so why should we expect more from a couple of eReader makers looking to expand beyond books?

Price is the key reason. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are more than 50 per cent cheaper than the cheapest iPad and could win a new audience looking for value and pure content consumption, if only in the US. I have had a limited time using both in their launch week and initial thoughts are after the jump. Read more

Toshiba Portégé Z835 

Toshiba Portégé Z835

Competition in the Ultrabook category of laptops resembles a runway cat fight among skinny supermodels, as these thin and light devices battle it out over looks and vital statistics. The models from Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard, and a hybrid alternative from Asus, all excel but the right option will depend on your needs.

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Chris Nuttall

Zynga has announced that Owen Van Natta, the former Facebook executive and chief executive of MySpace, has resigned from his position as Chief Business Officer at the leading social gaming company ahead of its IPO, surrendering 4.64m share options in the process.

The news came in a regulatory filing detailing management changes and new numbers on users – the kind of detail requested by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a public offering nears. Read more

Joseph Menn

The FBI must work more closely with the major US intelligence agencies in order to combat  threats in cyberspace, its director said on Thursday, likening the government response to that against terrorism. Read more

Richard Waters

The collapse in solar panel prices has not been bad news for everyone: installers are having a field day. But how do you create a large-scale business quickly in an industry that has always favoured local operators?

US solar installer Sungevity has one answer – it is about to venture into Europe, making it the first to make the move. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Facebook is pursuing legal action after it claimed it had identified the perpetrator of a virus which saw the site flooded with pornographic and violent images, TNW reports. The social network said in a statement:

In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working with our legal team to ensure appropriate consequences follow.

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Richard Waters

The latest analysis of Google+ traffic from Experian Hitwise provides some evidence as to why claims that the new social network is dead in the water are premature. Among the findings: Google+ users are coming back more often and staying longer. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Google has unveiled a new online music store after reaching deals with three of the Big Four record companies.  At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, it announced EMI, Universal and Sony were part of the new Google music service, with no agreement having been reached with Warner Music.

The existing “Music beta by Google” service had allowed users to upload their music to Google’s cloud and access it through a browser or an Android app.  The new service replaces it and adds a store and the ability to share music bought – for one play – with friends. But it is only open to US residents.  Our live coverage of Google’s unveiling of its upgraded service is after the jump. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Sony Music, the recently acquired EMI, and Universal Music are all expected to offer MP3 downloads on Google’s music service, which the online search group is scheduled to unveil on Wednesday, Billboard reports. A person with knowledge of the negotiations leading up to the launch of Google Music told Billboard that Warner Music Group is still in talks to join the service. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Hewlett-Packard has made a weighty entry into the Ultrabook category with its Folio 13 laptop.

At 3.3lbs, it seems positively obese next to rival machines from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba, which like the 13.3in MacBook Air they try to emulate, all come in at under 3lbs. But there is a reason for its heavyweight proportions. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Want to make your Wi-Fi more private, much faster and better at sending media from device to device? Well, a trio of announcements on Tuesday should add up to such improvements.

First, Google has introduced a simple solution to prevent your personal Wi-Fi hotspot being included in the database it compiles for location services. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Facebook users are becoming increasingly concerned over a hack that turns their newsfeeds into a stream of hardcore pornography and gory pictures, ZDNet reports. The source of the hack is yet to be discovered, however Gawker speculates that an Anonymous ‘Guy Fawkes Virus’ could be to blame. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the co-founders of social network Diaspora, has died at the age of 22, TechCrunch reports. Started by four students at New York University, Diaspora is an open-source social network and was set up as an alternative to companies such as Facebook. Read more