T-Mobile's G1 smartphone may not have been the iPhone killer some were expecting, but there's no doubt Google's open-source Android platform is here to stay. So what does the future hold for Android?
According to Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow a staggering 900 percent in 2009, driven by widespread vendor and developer support. Coming in a distant second (in terms of growth), Apple iPhone OS will see a 79 percent growth rate in the same time period.
"The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the US in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009," said Tom Kang, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79% annually in 2009."
Thanks to its low-cost licensing model, mostly open-source structure, and support for cloud services, Android has the potential to be a major force in the smartphone market by the end of the year.
Like, OMG! Netbooks are soooo cute! But "once you get beyond how cute they are, you'll find that netbooks can do a lot more than check your mail." For example, they can help you 'Get healthier' (tech tip #2) by tracking exercise and food intake at free online sites, and to 'Eat better' (tech tip #3) by finding recipes online. You can even 'Get Organized' (tech tip #4), because "Remember the Milk is a free, tweakable online task manager." Or use a netbook to 'Chill out' (tech tip #5).
These are all real tech tips, and they're all listed on Della, Dell's new microsite dedicated to helping women shop for notebooks without focusing on all those manly GHz and GB abbreviations. The new site pays particular attention to the Dell Mini 10 and Studio notebooks, making it a point to convince women that these laptops won't cramp their stylish lifestyle.
Last year several geek-inspired words made it into the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, including 'webinar', 'netroots', 'pretexting', 'fanboy', and 'malware'. Whether Merriam-Webster choose to recognize it or not, 'noob' might soon become a real English term as well, as determined by the Global Language Monitor (GLM).
"The widespread popularity of English as a second language in Asia has brought about the most fertile period of word generation since William Shakespeare's time with new terms coined on average every 98 minutes, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports.
It takes using a word 25,000 times by media outlets and social networking sites for the GLM to acknowledge it, and the race is on to become the one millionth English word. Other possible entries include 'defollow,' 'defriend,' 'greenwashing,' 'and chiconomics.'
This anti-zombie kit came in the mail today, courtesy of PopCap and their latest Plant vs Zombies game. We're not sure if it's going to be effective, but we're definitely curious. The seed has been planted and the tin pot now sits by the window, absorbing the awesome power of the sun. Observe the seed standing guard for the inevitable undead apocalypse after the jump.
The release of the FBI’s surveillance programs budget for 2010 has revealed some pretty interesting new programs, one of which fall under the “awesome code name” category.
The budget shows that the FBI is in the process of developing a new “Advanced Electronic Surveillance” program, which is funded at $233.9 million in 2010. It will have 133 employees, 15 of whom are agents.
Along with this, another program named “Going Dark,” will provide support to the electronic surveillance program by collecting intelligence and evidence. “The term 'Going Dark' does not refer to a specific capability, but is a program name for the part of the FBI, Operational Technology Division's (OTD) lawful interception program which is shared with other law enforcement agencies,” stated an FBI spokesman.
In Norway, Lyse has quickly become the largest fiber-to-the-home provider thanks to their innovative new business model that asks their customers to preregister before any fiber is dug, and then offers then $400 savings if they dig up their own trench from the street to their home. So far, 80 percent of their customers have taken them up the offer.
According to Herbjørn Tjeltveit of Lyse, “They (the customer) can arrange things just the way they want,” which has made for happier customers. Evidently, Nordic folk have issues with a corporation digging through their meticulously planted flower gardens.
All this support has given Lyse some breathing room as well – having jumped from 500 to 130,000 customers in just over a year, they’ve got quite a bit of money to use for infrastructure. Word is that they’re already testing both 100Mbps and 1,000Mbps connections.
According to the website for the Missouri University School of Journalism, “Effective Fall 2009, students majoring in Journalism at Missouri are required to have either an iPod Touch (the minimum requirement) or iPhone to allow for the delivery of freshman-orientation information as well as course material. Students will electronically download such material to either of those devices from iTunes University, a no-cost component of the iTunes Store.”
On top of this, undergraduate students will be required to have wireless laptops, with Microsoft Office installed. “Students are encouraged to acquire wireless laptop technology from Apple, which the School has designated as its preferred provider,” continues the website.
And, for those that prefer a Windows machine, “That's an option, but it's one we do not recommend unless you plan to make a career of computer-assisted reporting. By the time you purchase photo, audio and video software for a PC, you probably will have spent more than you would if buying a comparable Apple Computer. Buy a PC if you prefer to do so, but make sure it is wireless and has Microsoft Office. Almost 100 percent of last year's freshmen chose Apple computers.”
As if going to school wasn’t expensive enough, now it would seem that the Apple tax is a requirement. Oh well, what’s another few grand on top of the 40 or so that you’re spending on a year’s tuition?
Is it time to put a shiny new Windows 7-based computer on your holiday shopping list? Yes, it is. Redmond has finally made it official - Windows 7 is coming out this year. In an interview with Cnet's Ina Fried, Microsoft Senior VP Bill Veghte confirmed that "We [Microsoft] are tracking well to a Windows 7 holiday."
So, what makes it possible to roll out Windows 7 early? Veghte points to a couple of factors:
Excellent early feedback from Windows 7 RC
Higher level of partner support for Windows 7, notably from graphics chip vendors as well as those already receiving Windows 7 logo certification
To learn more, keep an eye on the Microsoft Tech-Ed 2009 conference opening today in Los Angeles. If you're using Windows 7 RC as your primary OS, how close do you think it is to being "ready to roll?" Join us after the jump and tell us.
Budding astronomers who have trouble finding Orion's Belt (or any constellation) may soon get some help from Google, providing the struggling star gazer carries an Android-based cell phone. That's because the search giant plans to release a new mobile phone application called Star Droid, although no launch date has yet been set.
"There are lots of great applications being produced all the time so you will just have to watch this space," a Google spokeswoman said.
Not a whole lot is known about the upcoming application, but according to the UK's Telegraph, Star Droid will use GPS technology to compare the position of the phone to that of existing maps of space. Nametags will accompany stars and planets as seen through the phone's viewfinder.
Word on the web is that Star Droid will be a free download from the Android Market.
Citing "sources familiar with the case," Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators believe Intel illegally paid computer makers to postpone or cancel the launch of AMD-based products.
An official statement from the EU regulators is expected to come this Wednesday, at which time it will have decided on an appropriate fine. There's been no indication so far of what amount it might be, however the largest fine ever handed out by the European Commission was 479 million euros, or $655 million, to Microsoft in 2004 for allegedly freezing out rivals in server software and products.
According to the report, EU execs will say that Intel gave rebates to computer makers in exchange for restricting the use of AMD chips, while also providing other incentives to retailers to sell just Intel-based systems. Sources say the ruling will order Intel to end the alleged illegal rebates by a certain date.