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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”