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A quick burst of 14 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
iPhone vs. Android vs. BlackBerry >> C-Section Comics
"This is how smartphone users see each other".
Google TV's Chaotic Interface >> David Pogue - NYTimes.com
You may guess how this goes from the title, but anyway: "This much is clear: Google TV may be interesting to technophiles, but it's not for average people. On the great timeline of television history, Google TV takes an enormous step in the wrong direction: toward complexity.
"For starters, it requires a mouse and keyboard. That's right. For your TV. Hope you weren't going for that rustic look in your TV room."
Nokia's biggest problem is not Apple and the iPhone >> Strand Consulting
"It will be interesting to see whether Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop will be better at communicating than Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo - whose degree in law most certainly did not contribute to his communication skills.
"There is no doubt that Stephen Elop's background from Macromedia has given him a great deal of experience in communicating with the American press, although the American press does seem to constantly paint a very one-sided picture of the mobile market. Many American journalists hardly realise that there is a mobile market outside the USA, regardless of the fact that the American mobile market is only 7% of a global mobile market that is still totally dominated by Nokia in all areas."
Some Android devices not officially supported for now >> Rovio [Angry Birds] blog
Lists 18 handsets, including soem popular ones (HTC Wildfire, HTC Hero) that aren't "officially supported" by Angry Birds. Also anything running Android 1.6 or below. Next game: Angry Angry Birds Users.
EMusic signs Universal, aims for the mainstream >> Los Angeles Times
"..with new songs costing 69 cents to 89 cents, and those more than a year old selling for 49 cents...that's still a discount from other MP3 stores, but the change makes EMusic look like a down-market alternative to iTunes -- a place to look for discounts on older tracks. In other words, the price EMusic paid for expanding its catalog is a reduction in the value that it provides to subscribers. "
EMusic, if you didn't know, dates to 1998 - older than Napster.
A dark trend runs through this year's Web 2.0 tech summit >> San Jose Mercury News
"The fear that ran through the seventh annual Web 2.0 Summit is that the days when the Internet was a playground for startups with unlimited potential are disappearing. Instead, we are moving into an era dominated by a handful of new Internet titans more interested in fighting each other for power and influence than in delighting users with new innovations."
You just know that in four years' time this will look ridiculous. Facebook and Twitter were barely on the radar in 2006. Now? And so on.
Air Force Warns Troops: Don't 'Check In' to Wars >> Foxnews.com
FourSquare and Gowalla will be disappointed.
Departmental Computer Software: 17 Nov 2010: Written answers and statements >> TheyWorkForYou.com
Government used Excel for a program. Why, if open source spreadsheets are available? "The only software that implements the file format sufficiently for the model to run is Microsoft Excel for PCs 2007 and 2010, and Microsoft Excel for Macs 2011. The reason is that the model includes "structured references" and these have not been implemented by open source Excel alternatives. Structured references were implemented in the "Excel to Ruby programming language" convertor which was released by the Department under an open source licence as part of the source code for the web version of the 2050 Calculator."
Score draw on the open source front, then.
Dell's devices head resigns >> Asymco
Horace Dedlu digs up an old quote from when Ron Garriques (the "devices head" who's just left Dell) had just left Motorola: "That particular slam was directed at a young guy named Ron Garriques, who headed that division, which is most of Motorola's business today, before high-tailing it out of Motorola just before the you-know-what hit the fan. Garriques today is part of the crack team turning around Dell."
Well, he's not part of the crack team, and Dell announced its quarterly numbers on Thursday night, with analysts hardly sticking champagne in the fridge at the prospect.
The staggering size of iOS's game collection >> The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Don't look at the first graph (well, do, but gloss over it) but continue to the bottom, where the statistics suggest there are about as many Flash games as iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) games. That's in just two years, of course.
The Web Is Reborn >> Technology Review
Bobbie Johnson looks at where HTML5 came from, what it can do, and where it might go. The graphs are very informative too.
"Chrome Experiments is a showcase for creative web experiments, the vast majority of which are built with the latest open technologies, including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. All of them were made and submitted by talented artists and programmers from around the world."
Ed Vaizey to meet with network operators to discuss fibre tax >> Think Broadband
Intriguing: having gone back on the Conservative manifesto pledge to review the tax on fibre, it seems like Ed Vaizey is heading back that way. He's the communications minister, but anything involving money is a Treasury topic..
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