Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tech news from around the web:

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has become the centre of bid speculation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft and Nokia had, in recent months, considered the idea of making a joint bid for RIM, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper. Meanwhile, Reuters says that online retailer Amazon had hired an investment bank in the summer to review a potential merger, but did not make a formal offer. 

When Thierry Breton, chief executive of Atos, said the IT services company would ban use of internal email by 2014, it caused a sensation across the media, with commentators describing the idea as either “brave”, “stupid” or doomed to failure.

But in fact, a number of companies have been quietly moving away from using email as the primary way of communicating within the company. 

Tech news from around the web:

Apple has applied for a patent for a self-service kiosk that would read customers’  mobile devices and give them recommendations on accessories and apps, according to Mashable. The kiosk could be installed in Apple Stores and Best Buy outlets, Mashable speculates. 

Facebook’s engineers and executive team moved into their new offices in Menlo Park today, finalizing the company’s move from its old campus in nearby Palo Alto, and punctuating a fresh round of differences with its new neighbors.

The first dispute: traffic.

As Facebook prepares for a hiring boom that will fill its new offices on 1 Hacker Way with more than 9,000 employees, nearly triple its current roster, local residents and politicians are panicking about traffic jams and car pollution. 

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Facebook’s Android mobile app has overtaken the daily active user count of its iPhone app, TechCrunch reports. The Android app is now registering  58.3m daily active users compared to the iPhone app’s 57.4m. 

Video game software sales this holiday season have been driven by hardcore gamers buying the latest sequels such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but there are some innovative and family-focused titles out there and new ways of viewing them.


Chris Nuttall

Zynga employees showed up for work in their hundreds at least three hours early on Friday – encouragement perhaps for all its new shareholders on its opening day on the market that the social gaming company is already working hard to provide a return on their investment.

However, the 5am start was more of an excuse to celebrate Zynga’s IPO – the Nasdaq had moved its “opening bell” button for the start of trading to Zynga HQ – the first time it had come to San Francisco for such a ceremony. 

A month after sites such as Tumblr and Reddit encouraged their users to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, the fight against SOPA returned this week. 

Tech news from around the web:

Google’s Chrome 15 has replaced Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as the world’s most popular browser edition, Computer World reports. During the last two weeks of November and the first week of December, according to data from StatCounter, Chrome 15 accounted for 24% of the global browser usage market, compared to IE8′s 22.9%. This is the first time that IE8 had not held the top spot since early 2010 and the first time a non-Microsoft application has led the list. 

Chris Nuttall

Sony got plenty of whoops and cheers from an audience of gamers when it unveiled its PlayStation 3D Display at the annual E3 convention in June.

It sounded so cool. Here was a custom 3D monitor built for gamers at under $500 (£410), with a pair of the necessary glasses thrown in.