Archive for Oct 27, 2010

HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

Take a bit of notice and remember last spring when the talk of the town was the fact that Apple was pushing for HTML5 to be the standard for video on the web. Opposite what? Adobe's flash player. Where a year ago basically everything you saw as far as video was based in flash, now the standard has all but completely switched over to HTML5 - to a point.

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Sylvester Cann Captures President Barack Obama in an iPad

Sylvester Cann Captures President Barack Obama in an iPad

Last week, at a rally in Seattle for Sentator Patty Murray, the most calm, cool, collected dude in the world Sylvester Cann, wearing a Shepard Fairey Obama HOPE t-shirt, held up his iPad to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and asked for an autograph. As Cann notes, this might be the first digital signature a president has ever made (doubt it), almost certainly the first presidential autograph ever signed on an iPad, and unless we're talking finger painting - the first presidential autograph ever signed with the president's finger instead of a writing tool.

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Google on Purchasing Android Inc: “Best Deal Ever”

Google on Purchasing Android Inc: “Best Deal Ever”

For those of you that don't know, Android and its mobile operating system was once separate from Google. In 2005, Google "quietly" acquired Android for what's estimated to be around $50 million USD - a good hunk of their acquisition money that year, the whole lump being somewhere around $130 million. Now, at a panel at the 16th annual Stanford Accel Symposium, vice president of corporate development at Google David Lawee said that the pickup of Android was Google's "best deal ever."

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LimeWire Ordered to Shut Down Forever

LimeWire Ordered to Shut Down Forever

After a four-year legal fight with US record labels, LimeWire loses! Starting in 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began a lawsuit against LimeWire filesharing service, saying that by facilitating the illegal trade of music, movies, and other media, it infringed the copyright of its clients. They've won, and now the LimeWire site has been forced offline by a US court. ...But there's more.

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Why the White iPhone 4 is Delayed (the real reason)

Why the White iPhone 4 is Delayed (the real reason)

It's leaky! What a strange thing, I'd never have guessed. Sources talking to Cult of Mac tell of a problem with the camera on the phone. The camera works fine, but the white color of the iPhone creates a situation where light leaks in through the case to mess up the photos - this is said to happen especially when the flash is used. Yuck! Don't want none of that business, right?

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Google Street View Inquiry in the US is Over

Google Street View Inquiry in the US is Over

Regulators in the USA have ended their inquiry of the data grab by Google's Street View cars. Today the FCT Federal Trade Commission stated in a letter to Google that it was officially ending its inquiry with no penalties whatsoever. The FTC made sure to note that Google's appointing of a director of privacy for engineering and product management plus training of empoyees on privacy and building a formal privacy review were good, and that they'd have cookies and milk at a tea party thrown just for them.*

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Netflix Commits to Pay Hollywood Studios at Least $1.2 Billion for Streaming Content

Netflix Commits to Pay Hollywood Studios at Least $1.2 Billion for Streaming Content

Netflix was awesome and basically revolutionary when it was first formed. What do you mean I can rent movies without going to the video store? That's crazy! Then it got even more awesome with streaming content. What do you mean I can just watch everything I ever wanted without even walking to my mailbox? That's crazy! Now here's the tab. Reed Hastings' Netflix has committed to paying Hollywood studios at least $1.2 billion USD for the rights to play new films streaming online.

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The Myth of the Apple Bias

The Myth of the Apple Bias

If you work for a Web site that covers consumer electronics, eventually you are going to be accused of two things: having an Apple bias and trying to destroy Finland. The backlash against Apple coverage is exquisite, as far as baseless Internet accusations go. It's not quite on the level of 9/11 conspiracy nutjobs or the racist and homophobic bigots you'll find scouring YouTube comments, but it does have its own patterns. Beyond simple bias, I've seen numerous Web sites accused of taking actual bribes and payments from Apple. Are these accusations completely without merit? The answer is complicated.

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White iPhone 4 secretly cancelled; Apple treading water until iPhone 5?

White iPhone 4 secretly cancelled; Apple treading water until iPhone 5?

Apple has already confirmed that we shouldn't expect a white iPhone 4 until spring 2011, but now there's speculation that the Cupertino company doesn't intend to release the pale smartphone at all.  BGR's source has heard that Apple has internally canned the white iPhone 4, and that normally talkative manufacturers are refusing to comment on the talk of it being a case of production delays.

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Sprint Q3 2010 finances out: subscribers up but still $911m net loss

Sprint Q3 2010 finances out: subscribers up but still $911m net loss

Sprint is the latest US carrier to report its Q3 2010 financial results, and while they still lag behind Verizon and AT&T in terms of sheer numbers, it's a solid quarter for the CDMA network.  That's solid in terms of previous years, of course; Sprint still managed a net loss of $911m on net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, but at least they added 644,000 subscribers (the biggest number since 2006).

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PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

The PandaBoard Cortex-A9 OMAP4 developer board we mentioned at the start of the month has gone on sale, priced at a reasonable $174.  Based around a dual-core 1GHz chip with 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, the PandaBoard supports 1080p 30fps output via HDMI and is intended to allow developers to whip up OMAP4-compatible apps in Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

Video demo after the cut

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PlayStation Phone leak prompts Sony denial and general confusion

PlayStation Phone leak prompts Sony denial and general confusion

It should come as little surprise, but the supposedly leaked Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone photos from earlier are already prompting controversy.  NowGamer pestered Sony for an official comment, and were apparently initially told the leak was "definitely fake"; the company then backtracked, asked that the quote be taken down, and returned to the usual party line of "We do not comment on rumour and speculation."

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