Monthly Archives: November 2010
Acer is not necessarily the top PC technology maker, but techies are excited about the announcement of two tablets and a smartphone that will run on Google’s Android operating systems. The devices boast amazing screen resolution quality, unparalleled gaming capabilities and high definition cameras, which may leave their competition scrambling to keep up.
If you thought that Cyber Mondays originated because online retailers offered drastic deals the Monday after Thanksgiving, think again. It didn’t start that way at all; rather it began with consumers—who liked to shop online from work. Normally, Mondays are good retail days for online businesses anyway, and typically, a Monday in December is usually when online retailers see their highest single day profit for the year, but it isn’t traditionally on “cyber Monday”.
Netflix Inc’s stock went up past all expectation on Monday after it unveiled the nation’s first streaming only subscription plan. This will allow subscribers to rent movies and their favorite TV shows exclusively over the internet. Now they don’t even have to bother with waiting on an actual DVD to get into their mailbox anymore.
Apple’s latest operating system update brings folders, multitasking and more to the iPad, keeping it ahead of the newest string of competitors on the tablet industry. iOS 4.2, available for download today, boasts AirPrint – a feature that allows users to print wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It also features AirPlay, which connects the device to the new Apple TV, allowing users to stream videos, slideshows and games wirelessly to their televisions. Additionally, the new Game Center brings connectivity between the various Apple devices. This turns the gaming experience into a multiplayer platform.
It is pretty telling when the CEO of MySpace, Mike Jones, refers to his company, not as a social networking site, which most of us thought it is, but as, "one of the largest entertainment experiences on the Web."
A squeal rang out from fashionistas across the country as Google announced a new way to shop for clothes online: Boutiques.com. The site opened for business on Wednesday.
A movement instigated by Jimmy Kimmel is taking root. The late night host declared today to be the National Unfriend Day of 2010. Apparently, he is as sick as everyone else of people he barely knows constantly inviting him to pointless quizzes, personality games, sucky band sites, and random pictures of guys who look like the cast of Jersey Shore. National Unfriend Day even has an official soundtrack based on Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson’s cover of “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.”
Facebook has entered into more direct competition with Google, adding an additional “messaging” feature that will act like e-mail and provide users with a @facebook.com address. While the media has deemed this move as the “Gmail killer,” Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg disagreed.
San Francisco start up Path has release their new eponymously named app, Path, hoping to solve our problem of simply having too many friends on Facebook. According to their own blog, they claim that, “Path is the personal network. The personal network doesn’t replace your existing social network—it augments them.” What this means is that it has no intention or capability to compete with Facebook or Twitter; it just wants to be useful to (mainly) those who use their Smartphone to update their social network page.
The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops brought gamers out of the wood workings. The game easily shattered one day sales records on Tuesday set previously by the games predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The game grossed around $360 million in day one sales across the United States and the United Kingdom for a total of 5.6 million sold across all platforms – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS.