Welcome to the first Week in Review of 2011! I hope your hangover is gone and you had a good time this weekend! Last week was an eventful one leading up to CES 2011 kicking off this month and lots of cool stuff turned up. A British DJ created a cool set of records that when overlapped form the CMYK logo. I want them and I don’t even know what kind of music the artist makes.
We've already told you what to expect from 2011 and the imminent CES 2011 show next week, courtesy of Tim Bajarin's excellent editorial, but it wouldn't be fair to the departing twelve months to let them pass without a SlashGear wrap-up. 2010 has seen its share of highs along with a fair few worrying lows, with Apple extending its much-coveted brand to include a best-selling tablet, Android growth bursting through the roof, and privacy becoming the buzzword seldom from headlines.
It seems that the hacker group going by the name Anonymous may not have been as anonymous in their DDoS attacks leveled against perceived enemies of WikiLeaks as they thought. The hacker group ran a massive DDoS attack against a number of websites that stopped working with WikiLeaks after the site came under significant fire for posting government documents.
As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.
Behold! As Verizon confirms plans for a Motorola LTE device in 2011! Behold! As we're sent mysterious images of what might be the HTC Incredible HD, aka HTC Mecha, aka a 4G LTE device! Marvel! As Microsoft is tipped to be announcing ARM chip compatibility in a new version of Windows OS at the beginning of 2011. Marvel! As the iPad is praised at a surrogate for Jesus Christ. Rally! As voices from across the internet speak up for and against the FCC Net Neutrality Vote today. Rally! As Motorola sets a countdown until its brand new tablet is revealed at CES. Know the truth! With Chris as he columns about how Tegra 2 Isn’t Enough. Know the truth! By checking out the FULL LIST of WINNERS from our SlashGear / Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway - it might be you! And finally check out with great interest Vince's full Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook review!
Behold as the UK attempts to block all your pornz while Google extends you free phone calls with Gmail Google Voice through 2011. See as Notion Ink sells out of Adam amidst video demos and big-time internet hype. Check out the FULL LIST of WINNERS from our SlashGear / Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway - it might be you! Finally, Vince busts out a full fledged Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook review. Believe it!
UK government ambitions to make porn blocks mandatory and force individual users to actively request access to XXX content have been described as "technically not possible" by ISPs, with warnings that the end result of following such a path is "a walled garden of sites the government is happy for you to see" according to ISP Timico CTO Trefor Davies. The plans - which are intended to "protect children" according to UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey - have also been criticized by digital liberties activists as an attempt to sneak in "generalised censorship through the back door."
In a controversial move, TIME magazine declared Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year. Only TIME magazine can do something controversial by avoiding controversy. I'm speaking, of course, of the more obvious pick for Person of the Year, Julian Assange. With the WikiLeaks dump still fresh and flowing, there is certainly an argument to make that Assange had more effect on the world than Zuckerberg. But I think that Time magazine got this one right.
TIME magazine has named Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year 2010, suggesting that the site which "started out as a lark" has now gone on to change "the way human beings relate to each other." The news will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to those who see Facebook's growth eroding real-world interpersonal relationships and point to the ways the site leverages its users' personal data for financial reward.