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It’s no secret that both Sebastien and I purchased Nexus 7 devices from Google. We may have differing reasons for our purchases, but one reason we share in common is the desire to see how Google is performing in the tablet space. This is especially so with the Nexus, since it’s the flagship that’s guaranteed to run stock Android with no additives or preservatives.

The Nexus 7 is the first Nexus device I’ve owned, and I’ve come away quite impressed; read my thoughts on the Nexus 7 for more details on that. I’ve even been able to identify a few things that Google is doing well, and that Apple could stand to learn from. Items like widgets, and offline dictation, to name just a few…

Widgets

Widgets have been a key differentiating factor between Android and iOS from a very early age, but I always felt I understood why Apple avoided them. a). They tend to looked cluttered and messy, and b). Who really needs an Android styled clock widget when you have a clock on the status bar?

But the Nexus 7 made me realized that Widgets are more than just ugly clocks littering the Home screen just for the sake of claiming customizability. Widgets could actually be extremely useful; for example, the RSS widgets. Those are ridiculously nice, and I find myself using them all the time. As much as I’m always hitting up Reeder on my iPhone to stay updated with the latest feeds, having live updates right on my Home screen makes me a little jealous that this feature isn’t available on iOS.

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Qué hacer para que Google muestre tu foto en los resultados


 

Avatar de Marilí­n Gonzalo  | Bitelia

Quizás el nombre no te suene, pero seguramente lo has visto ya en alguna búsqueda que has hecho en Google. Desde hace unos meses Google ha empezado a implementar Google Authorship, una función por la cual los artículos que publicas se conectan con tu perfil de Google+, y de forma muy visible tu avatar aparece a la izquierda de cada uno de esos posts en los resultados de las búsquedas de Google.

El hecho de que el autor de un post tenga un nombre y una identidad lo hace mucho más valioso, y si además tiene una foto, es lógico que inspire más confianza… y también más clicks. Como desde Google mismo lo afirman, el hecho de que un post aparezca con el avatar de su autor hace que las visitas se multipliquen.

¿Cómo hacer para activar Google Authorship? Leer más “Qué hacer para que Google muestre tu foto en los resultados”

Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone

Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too.

It was a little less than a year ago that we broke the news that Google was working on a phone of its own – which was eventually revealed as the Nexus One. It was about that time, says out source, that Facebook first became concerned about the increasing power of the iPhone and Android platforms. And that awesome Facebook apps for those phones may not be enough to counter a long term competitive threat.

Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.

Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff.

Both have deep operating system experience.


Michael Arrington//techcrunch.com

Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too.

It was a little less than a year ago that we broke the news that Google was working on a phone of its own – which was eventually revealed as the Nexus One. It was about that time, says out source, that Facebook first became concerned about the increasing power of the iPhone and Android platforms. And that awesome Facebook apps for those phones may not be enough to counter a long term competitive threat.

Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.

Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff.

Both have deep operating system experience. Leer más “Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone”

Nexus One iguala capacidad de superordenador

Un grupo de investigadores demostró que el Nexus One podría igualar la capacidad de operación de una superordenador, mediante el desarrollo de una aplicación para el móvil basado en Google Android.

Nexus One comparable a superordenador mediante app

Investigadores del renombrado Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts (MIT) y el Centro de Computación Avanzada en Texas (TACC), realizaron una serie de simulaciones del alta fidelidad en el superordenador Ranger para generar un modelo reducido que luego fue transferido al smartphone. Los resultados de las operaciones fueron obtenidos al instante.

Esto es posible gracias a una técnica llamada “aproximación certificada de base reducida”, la cual permite en cierta manera reducir el trabajo del procesador del móvil, ya que se toman los valores más relevantes de un problema complejo, y se definen los límites inferior y superior.


Autor: Misael Aguilar

Un grupo de investigadores demostró que el Nexus One podría igualar la capacidad de operación de una superordenador, mediante el desarrollo de una aplicación para el móvil basado en Google Android.

Nexus One comparable a superordenador mediante app

Investigadores del renombrado Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts (MIT) y el Centro de Computación Avanzada en Texas (TACC), realizaron una serie de simulaciones del alta fidelidad en el superordenador Ranger para generar un modelo reducido que luego fue transferido al smartphone. Los resultados de las operaciones fueron obtenidos al instante.

Esto es posible gracias a una técnica llamada “aproximación certificada de base reducida”, la cual permite en cierta manera reducir el trabajo del procesador del móvil, ya que se toman los valores más relevantes de un problema complejo, y se definen los límites inferior y superior. Leer más “Nexus One iguala capacidad de superordenador”

Google adelanta lanzamiento de su tablet con Chrome OS

Todo parece indicar que Google planea adelantar el lanzamiento de su tablet con OS Chrome, esto según una fuente anónima cercana al corporativo, tentativamente la fecha sería el 26 de noviembre de este año.

Google lanza su tablet el 26 noviembre

Y es que el éxito del iPad ha sido tal que le ha significado un impacto inmediato en las ganancias de Apple, que los de Goolge ya no quieren esperar más para participar en este sector de mercado que ha sido un boom. Un mercado en el que ya están participando varias empresas como Asus, RIM y MSI.

Esta fecha coincide con el conocido Black Friday en los Estados Unidos, el cual es el día más importante para los compradores en la nación americana, sobre todo en lo electrónico, durante el cual se pueden ver rebajas de más del 50%. Por lo que todo apunta a que puede representar una competencia para Apple. A menos que esta sorprenda con alguna nueva versión.


Autor: Misael Aguilar

Todo parece indicar que Google planea adelantar el lanzamiento de su tablet con OS Chrome, esto según una fuente anónima cercana al corporativo, tentativamente la fecha sería el 26 de noviembre de este año.

Google lanza su tablet el 26 noviembre

Y es que el éxito del iPad ha sido tal que le ha significado un impacto inmediato en las ganancias de Apple, que los de Goolge ya no quieren esperar más para participar en este sector de mercado que ha sido un boom. Un mercado en el que ya están participando varias empresas como Asus, RIM y MSI.

Esta fecha coincide con el conocido Black Friday en los Estados Unidos, el cual es el día más importante para los compradores en la nación americana, sobre todo en lo electrónico, durante el cual se pueden ver rebajas de más del 50%. Por lo que todo apunta a que puede representar una competencia para Apple. A menos que esta sorprenda con alguna nueva versión. Leer más “Google adelanta lanzamiento de su tablet con Chrome OS”

Designer’s Guide to Supporting Multiple Android Device Screens

Author Nick August
Unlike iPhones, Android devices do not have the same company developing both the software and hardware.

This leads to different combinations of screen sizes, resolutions and DPIs and creates quite a challenge when designing and developing for these devices. While the iPhone 3G/S and iPhone 4 have different resolutions and DPI, they share the same screen size and the resolutions follow the same aspect ratio. Therefore, an image can be created to fit the iPhone 4’s specifications and be nicely down-scaled to the iPhone 3G/S. Credit to Steve Jobs for planning ahead and designing his phone with developers in mind.

For some reason, manufactures using the Android OS on their phones did not give us the same luxury. This leaves businesses with two choices – they can either choose not to develop for Android, and willfully miss out on a quarter of the market, OR push forward and learn. Sounds like a necessary evil, doesn’t it? But don’t worry! There is common ground when designing & developing for the extremely versatile world of Android.


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Author Nick August
Unlike iPhones, Android devices do not have the same company developing both the software and hardware.

This leads to different combinations of screen sizes, resolutions and DPIs and creates quite a challenge when designing and developing for these devices.  While the iPhone 3G/S and iPhone 4 have different resolutions and DPI, they share the same screen size and the resolutions follow the same aspect ratio.  Therefore, an image can be created to fit the iPhone 4’s specifications and be nicely down-scaled to the iPhone 3G/S.  Credit to Steve Jobs for planning ahead and designing his phone with developers in mind.

For some reason, manufactures using the Android OS on their phones did not give us the same luxury.  This leaves businesses with two choices – they can either choose not to develop for Android, and willfully miss out on a quarter of the market, OR push forward and learn.  Sounds like a necessary evil, doesn’t it?  But don’t worry!  There is common ground when designing & developing for the extremely versatile world of Android. Leer más “Designer’s Guide to Supporting Multiple Android Device Screens”

Smartphone Faceoff: HTC EVO 4G vs. iPhone 4

Ben Parr

This Web Faceoff series is supported by Buick.

Last week in our Web Faceoff series, we asked you, the readers, to help us answer a question: Where do you get more of your news: Twitter or newspapers?

At least among Mashable’s (Mashable) readers, social media was the clear winner. Twitter dominated the faceoff with 1,005 (52%) while newspapers as a whole only garnered 418 (22%). 282 of you said neither, while another 211 voted that both were equal sources of news.

This week, we’re jumping away from social media and into smartphones. In the past, we’ve compared the iPhone 3GS to the Nexus One and even the iPhone prototype to the Droid Incredible. However, in honor of the launch of the iPhone 4, we thought it was time to revisit the iPhone vs. Android (Android) debate.


This Web Faceoff series is supported by Buick.

Last week in our Web Faceoff series, we asked you, the readers, to help us answer a question: Where do you get more of your news: Twitter or newspapers?

At least among Mashable’s (Mashable) readers, social media was the clear winner. Twitter dominated the faceoff with 1,005 (52%) while newspapers as a whole only garnered 418 (22%). 282 of you said neither, while another 211 voted that both were equal sources of news.

This week, we’re jumping away from social media and into smartphones. In the past, we’ve compared the iPhone 3GS to the Nexus One and even the iPhone prototype to the Droid Incredible. However, in honor of the launch of the iPhone 4, we thought it was time to revisit the iPhone vs. Android (Android) debate.

Which phone do you prefer: HTC Evo or iPhone 4? (Poll Closed)

Total Votes: 9,327 Leer más “Smartphone Faceoff: HTC EVO 4G vs. iPhone 4”

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2010

Welcome to this week’s better late than never edition of the Week in Review! Monday we learned that HTC was planning to move from the hard to get Super AMOLED screen for its Desire and Nexus One smartphones to a Super LCD. The catch is that both screens will be used and apparently, there will be no way for the buyer to tell what screen they are getting.

HTC Desire Review SlashGear 16 540×499

Acer’s Stream smartphone has been graced with an official launch date for the UK. The Stream will launch on August 9 and pack a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and a 5MP camera. The handset will cost the equivalent of $615 in the UK. A sweet new camera app was unveiled Monday that takes photos people shoot at the same angle as historical photos and superimposes the historical photos over the top. The software was invented at MIT.

LG announced this week that it can’t meet the demand from Apple for screens of the iPad and iPhone. Despite that fact, LG is apparently thinking about making production cutbacks and says meeting demand won’t happen until 2011. The DMCA was updated early in the week and ruled that jailbreaking and unlocking of smartphones like the iPhone was legal under fair use. This may bring the unlocking firms that are underground into the limelight.


By Shane McGlaun

Welcome to this week’s better late than never edition of the Week in Review! Monday we learned that HTC was planning to move from the hard to get Super AMOLED screen for its Desire and Nexus One smartphones to a Super LCD. The catch is that both screens will be used and apparently, there will be no way for the buyer to tell what screen they are getting.

HTC Desire Review SlashGear 16 540x499

Acer’s Stream smartphone has been graced with an official launch date for the UK. The Stream will launch on August 9 and pack a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and a 5MP camera. The handset will cost the equivalent of $615 in the UK. A sweet new camera app was unveiled Monday that takes photos people shoot at the same angle as historical photos and superimposes the historical photos over the top. The software was invented at MIT.

LG announced this week that it can’t meet the demand from Apple for screens of the iPad and iPhone. Despite that fact, LG is apparently thinking about making production cutbacks and says meeting demand won’t happen until 2011. The DMCA was updated early in the week and ruled that jailbreaking and unlocking of smartphones like the iPhone was legal under fair use. This may bring the unlocking firms that are underground into the limelight. Leer más “SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2010”

Updated: Final countdown begins for Dell Streak tablet launch

Aharon Etengoff

The final countdown for the long-awaited launch of Dell’s Streak tablet has begun. The device – which hits the steamy streets sometime this summer – is expected to carry a $300 price tag contingent upon a 2 year service contract with AT&T.

So, holding your nose and signing a deal with the rather unpopular carrier is probably your best bet, because an unsubsidized tablet will set you back a whopping $550.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvCVDi4No2Y&feature=player_embedded

Still, as Brad Linder of Lilliputing points out, the contract-free Streak costs just $50 less than an unsubsidized iPhone 4.

“And it’s just $20 more than Google was asking for an unsubsidized Nexus One phone. [Yes], that might seem like a lot of money, since the Apple iPad starts at just $499.

“But bear in mind, the $499 iPad doesn’t have a 3G modem and it can’t make phone calls. At $549, the unsubsidized Dell Streak is actually pretty typical for an unsubsidized smartphone.”

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Streak – which does not support T-Mobile’s 3G bands – will only be shipping with Android 1.6.


Dell Mini 5
Image via Wikipedia

Aharon Etengoff

The final countdown for the long-awaited launch of Dell’s Streak tablet has begun. The device – which hits the steamy streets sometime this summer – is expected to carry a $300 price tag contingent upon a 2 year service contract with AT&T.

So, holding your nose and signing a deal with the rather unpopular carrier is probably your best bet, because an unsubsidized tablet will set you back a whopping $550.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvCVDi4No2Y&feature=player_embedded

Still, as Brad Linder of Lilliputing points out, the contract-free Streak costs just $50 less than an unsubsidized iPhone 4.

“And it’s just $20 more than Google was asking for an unsubsidized Nexus One phone. [Yes], that might seem like a lot of money, since the Apple iPad starts at just $499.

“But bear in mind, the $499 iPad doesn’t have a 3G modem and it can’t make phone calls. At $549, the unsubsidized Dell Streak is actually pretty typical for an unsubsidized smartphone.”

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Streak – which does not support T-Mobile’s 3G bands – will only be shipping with Android 1.6. Leer más “Updated: Final countdown begins for Dell Streak tablet launch”

Google to Discontinue Nexus One

Now, Google is discontinuing the Nexus One altogether. On July 16, the company announced that it received its final order from the phone’s manufacturer, HTC. [Más…]

The Android ecosystem as a whole is in no danger. There are a host of phones available running on that platform. By one measure, Android is even outpacing iOS. But the Nexus One was the Google phone, as opposed to simply an Android phone. Perhaps Google has found manufacturing and marketing hardware is outside their comfort zone.

nexus_one_logo_jan09.jpgLike all situations in which a product is gone forever, it’s not gone forever. Customers will still be able to buy the Nexus One in Europe and developers will be able to lay their hands on it for the time being.


Written by Curt Hopkins


nexus_one_logo.pngDespite coming in second in ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 Best of the Web poll, the sales numbers for Google‘s Nexus One were dismal. In the same amount of time it took Apple to sell 1 million iPhones, Google only sold 135,000 of the Android-powered Nexus.

Now, Google is discontinuing the Nexus One altogether. On July 16, the company announced that it received its final order from the phone’s manufacturer, HTC. Leer más “Google to Discontinue Nexus One”

Testing the Android Waters

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News and Nati Harnik/Associated Press Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google, holding an iPhone in 2008 and an Android phone in 2010.

I’ve seen it a thousand times: Sit down for coffee or a meeting and those in attendance automatically reach for their cellphones and place them on the table. It’s almost like a subconscious signal that says ‘I’ll be sitting here for a while.’

Several years ago, the phones splayed out in front of me tended to be a mishmash of shapes and sizes: flip phones, clamshells, candybars and sliders. But then these phones started to be replaced by something else, a slick phone with a glossy screen, curved black or white back and the precise incision of an Apple logo: iPhones.

Recently, the mobile buffet has been changing again. This time, some iPhones are being replaced by a family of cellphones running Google’s Android operating system.


By NICK BILTON

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Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News and Nati Harnik/Associated Press Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google, holding an iPhone in 2008 and an Android phone in 2010.

I’ve seen it a thousand times: Sit down for coffee or a meeting and those in attendance automatically reach for their cellphones and place them on the table. It’s almost like a subconscious signal that says ‘I’ll be sitting here for a while.’

Several years ago, the phones splayed out in front of me tended to be a mishmash of shapes and sizes: flip phones, clamshells, candybars and sliders. But then these phones started to be replaced by something else, a slick phone with a glossy screen, curved black or white back and the precise incision of an Apple logo: iPhones.

Recently, the mobile buffet has been changing again. This time, some iPhones are being replaced by a family of cellphones running Google’s Android operating system. Leer más “Testing the Android Waters”

Guest post: Can a startup think global without boarding a plane?

by Guest Author

This is a guest post by Richard Leyland, an entrepreneur and writer with a particular focus on the future of work. Richard is also the founder of WorkSnug, the location-based service for mobile workers.

Last year I founded a tech company in the augmented reality space. We’re doing pretty well. What began as me, an idea and a laptop is now a company with five people, plus a small army of freelancers and contractors. From roots in London we’ve now launched in sixteen cities across nine countries and two continents. We can reasonably claim to be global.

But we don’t fly. More than that, our founding principles make a public commitment that we won’t fly in the course of our business.


This is a guest post by Richard Leyland, an entrepreneur and writer with a particular focus on the future of work. Richard is also the founder of WorkSnug, the location-based service for mobile workers.

Last year I founded a tech company in the augmented reality space. We’re doing pretty well. What began as me, an idea and a laptop is now a company with five people, plus a small army of freelancers and contractors. From roots in London we’ve now launched in sixteen cities across nine countries and two continents. We can reasonably claim to be global.

But we don’t fly. More than that, our founding principles make a public commitment that we won’t fly in the course of our business. Leer más “Guest post: Can a startup think global without boarding a plane?”

50 empresas más innovadoras del mundo en 2010

Como cada año, la revista Fast Company publica un ranking con las 50 empresas innovadoras en el mundo, basándose en muy distintos criterios.

En 2010 Facebook ha dado un salto exponencial desde el puesto 15 al número 1, y puede estar llamado a sustituir al correo electrónico. Mientras, la tienda online Amazon se ha reinventado para pasar del puesto 9 al puesto 1, diversificando su cartera de productos desde los libros a música, videojuegos, e-books, etc. Les acompaña en el podio una empresa asidua en I+D como es Apple, que escala un puesto hasta el tercer lugar. Google queda éste año cuarta, fuera del podio.

Pero no todas las empresas son tecnológicas. Empresas como Walmart (9), Nike (13), Disney (20), o Frito-Lay (28) son empresas con muy poca incidencia tecnológica pero decididamente innovadoras, según Fast Company.


Como cada año, la revista Fast Company publica un ranking con las 50 empresas innovadoras en el mundo, basándose en muy distintos criterios.

En 2010 Facebook ha dado un salto exponencial desde el puesto 15 al número 1, y puede estar llamado a sustituir al correo electrónico. Mientras, la tienda online Amazon se ha reinventado para pasar del puesto 9 al puesto 1, diversificando su cartera de productos desde los libros a música, videojuegos, e-books, etc. Les acompaña en el podio una empresa asidua en I+D como es Apple, que escala un puesto hasta el tercer lugar. Google queda éste año cuarta, fuera del podio.

Pero no todas las empresas son tecnológicas. Empresas como Walmart (9), Nike (13), Disney (20), o Frito-Lay (28) son empresas con muy poca incidencia tecnológica pero decididamente innovadoras, según Fast Company. Leer más “50 empresas más innovadoras del mundo en 2010”

A pesar de aumentar ganancias Google baja en Wall Street

Google, que manejha casi dos tercios de todas las bùsquedas en Internet, ha tenido uno de los trimestres más ajetreados de toda su historia. Escaló su conflicto con el gobierno chino por la censura a su motor abandonando sus operaciones en el continente y direccionando a los usuarios chinos hacia su motor de búsquedas instalado en HongKong.


Más allá de sus batallas con Apple, Microsoft y China, Google obtiene siempre muy buenos resultados con su negocio de publicidad online. Pero los analistas quieren más.

Ayer jueves superò las expectativas al informar que su ingreso neto en el primer trimestre creció más de 37% con respecto al mismo perìodo el año pasado. Las ventas crecieron 23%, también en comparacion con 2009.

Sin embargo, la acción cayó 5% después del cierre de ayer porque los resultados fueron inferiores a los que esperaban los analistas.
Jordan Rohan, analista de Thomas Weisel Partners, dijo que las cifras publicadas por Google “carecían del elemento sorpresa” y que, dada el alza reciente del mercado, “los inversores están buscando papeles con gran impulso ascendente”.

Uno de los factores que limitan el crecimiento de las ganancias de Google es la expansión de sus propias operiaciones. Contrató 800 empleados en el trimestre, el mayor aumento en dos años.

Google, que manejha casi dos tercios de todas las bùsquedas en Internet, ha tenido uno de los trimestres más ajetreados de toda su historia. Escaló su conflicto con el gobierno chino por la censura a su motor abandonando sus operaciones en el continente y direccionando a los usuarios chinos hacia su motor de búsquedas instalado en HongKong. Leer más “A pesar de aumentar ganancias Google baja en Wall Street”