Archive for July, 2011

What’s all the hullabaloo over Google+

July 31, 2011

What's all the hullabaloo over Google+I understand that a new social media site is garnering lots of publicity but darned if I can figure out why.  There are all sorts of opinion pieces about whether people like circles better than friending or following on Facebook and Twitter.  Is Google+ going to be a good way to connect with clients, potential clients and business colleagues?  Well how can anyone tell if they can’t get in.

Mr. Iwata, Apple’s calling

July 30, 2011

Earnings season brought a lot of bad news for old-line cellphone makers with Blackberry, Nokia and Motorola all disappointing. Although results among game makers are more of a mixed bag, Nintendo’s latest mobile offering has flopped and hard, confirming the on-going shift to smartphones and tablets.

The morals police in China strip the sexy out of gaming expo

July 30, 2011

chinajoy showgirls 2010 biggerIn China, the police don’t just investigate and prevent crime, they also check hemlines.  During  the 2011 Chinajoy online gaming expo, the police were monitoring the exhibits female models and performers to make sure that they weren’t wearing anything that showed too much skin.  Something they obviously didn’t do at the 2010 show as you can see by the picture.

Steve Jobs for President! Bye Bye Obama

July 29, 2011

With the news that Apple is decidedly richer than the U.S. Government, isn’t it time we just did the obvious thing and installed Steve Jobs as President. Come on, we all know it makes perfect sense.

Motorola Xoom sales don’t

July 29, 2011

There was a time when the Razr was the hottest selling cellphone (OK, feature phone). And, although the Motorola Droid kicked off the Android revolution, the company’s smartphone sales today are anything but exciting. Now, the one-time mobile leader says that its Android tablet computer has fizzled, as well.

British government officials love belly-dancing but hate bad manners

July 29, 2011

British government officials love belly-dancing but hate bad mannersA British government department has revealed the websites most visited by its staff while at work. And while some of the popular sites are predictable, others are perhaps a little more revealing.

Fastest growing game platform? It ain’t Android

July 28, 2011

There hasn’t been a new console in more than five years and the most recent mobile release, Nintendo’s 3DS, hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm. For the world’s biggest game maker there’s no question where development effort and dollars is getting spent.

Spotify faces lawsuit from patent trolls

July 28, 2011

Spotify launched in the U.S. two weeks ago today. And it’s facing its first patent lawsuit at the hands of trolls.

Copyright laws: British court opens the floodgates

July 28, 2011

Copyright laws: British court opens the floodgatesA British court has ordered a leading Internet service provider to block access to a website that hosts no illegal content. It’s the first time such an order has been made, and it sets an incredibly dangerous precedent.

The White House Rickrolls a Twitter voter – Inappropriate and three years too late

July 27, 2011

The U.S. economy is pretty much screwed right now. Sorry, but it is. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all share a laugh over an Internet meme.

Students would trade sex for iPad

July 27, 2011

We’ve read about the kid who traded a kidney for one and the teenage girl that advertised her honor in exchange for an iPhone 4. Now, American college students are saying they’d give it up, too, but not in the way you’re thinking.

Frances’s piracy crackdown: no fines, no suspensions

July 27, 2011

Frances's piracy crackdown: no fines, no suspensionsThe organization policing France’s “three strikes and you’re out” copyright policy have announced that after nine months, not a single person has been punished. But 10 people have been summoned to explain their actions.

How to watch the companies watching you

July 26, 2011

Whether you take precautions or not, your activity on the internet is being tracked — call it a fact of life. That said, if you’re curious about who’s doing the tracking and what they’re after, there’s a Firefox plugin that can help you find out.

HTC will concede on Apple patents

July 26, 2011

It appears HTC is willing to concede the latest round in the smartphone patent wars to Apple. If Apple deigns to be gracious in victory, obviously.

Chief US cyber defender quits

July 26, 2011

Chief US cyber defender quitsThe head of the US Computer Emergency Response Team has resigned with immediate effect. There’s no public word on the reasons for Randy Vickers’ departure, though it does follow a string of high-profile online attacks.

Chinese authorities close some fake Apple Stores while others discovered worldwide

July 25, 2011

While Chinese authorities have closed some fake Apple Stores down, a great deal more have been discovered around the world. Poor Steve Jobs.

Google Plus asks ‘What’s in a name?’

July 25, 2011

Google+ asks 'What's in a name?'Google is continuing to experience problems with its policy of requiring Google+ users to register only with a real name. But it’s sparked debate about whether such a policy is valid in the first place.

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