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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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”