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This is the week that was

by Retired Blogger on ‎12-12-2010 10:25 PM

Apple gears up to get some Nortel Patents, and some new formfactor iPads? Google has a big week in a whole lot of areas, and Gorilla Glass finally gets acknowledged for the wonder material that it is:


Apple

Apple quietly drops iOS jailbreak detection API
Apple has disabled, without explanation, a jailbreak detection API in iOS less than six months after introducing it. Device management vendors say the reasons for the decision are a mystery, but insist they can use alternatives to discover if an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad has been modified so they can load and modify applications outside of Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

Apple Reportedly Bidding to Purchase Nortel Patent Assets
Reuters reports that Nortel Networks, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is selling off all of its assets, is soliciting bidders for its extensive patent portfolio, and Apple is rumored to be one of the major players looking to acquire the rights as it seeks to beef up its arsenal in the increasingly-litigious mobile space.

Apple prepares new camera-toting iPads

Apple Inc is working on a smaller iPad tablet with built-in cameras that could ship early next year, according to manufacturers in Asia.

The launch of a new, smaller iPad would expand the iPhone and Macintosh computer maker's portfolio of tablet gadgets that has made waves across the global technology landscape and threatens the laptop market.

Makers of parts of the new iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, these sources said on Friday.


The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010
We’ve already highlighted the four apps that Apple has chosen as their “award winners” for 2010. But they’ve also highlighted the following: Overall Paid iPhone Apps, Overall Free iPhone Apps, Overall Grossing iPhone Apps, Overall Paid iPad Apps, Overall Free iPad Apps, Overall Grossing iPad Apps.

Google

Why Groupon Said No To Google's $6 Billion
Each and every Groupon board member stood to gain millions, hundreds of millions, or even more than a billion dollars by accepting Google's $6 billion offer to acquire the company.
Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky might have made as much as $600 million and $1.8 billion, respectively.
So how in a sane world could these people have told Google no?


Google Places blocked from using TripAdvisor reviews
Now here is an interesting development – Google is no longer able to stream in reviews from TripAdvisor to Places pages after the user review giant blocked it.
TripAdvisor confirmed the move today in an email, stating that while it continues to evaluate recent changes to Google Places it believes the user does not benefit with the “experience of selecting the right hotel”.


Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread
The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well.


On The Road With Cr-48: The Chrome Notebook Is Both Shiny And Tarnished

Every piece of technology has both good and bad attributes. Nothing is perfect. Not even the iPhone. (Well, at least not until that AT&T exclusivity ends.) But until three days ago, I had never used a product with attributes that are both insanely awesome and shockingly awful at the same time. Welcome into the world, Cr-48.

Now, Google has made it very clear that they don’t intend to release this product as it stands. As such, they’ve more or less asked those they’ve sent it to not to review it as a completed product. But it’s pretty much impossible to avoid talking about the hardware here because for most of us, it is the first and only gateway we’ve had into Chrome OS. Plus, there’s a lot of interest in this particular device among our readers, so I’m going to talk about it.


Google DoubleClick Caught Serving Malicious Ad
DoubleClick, the Google-owned ad technology, has been distributing malware in an online ad served through a number of websites, according to the security researcher who says he discovered the attack.

The malware infects users who visit a page where an infected banner ad is displayed. It’s installed as a drive-by download, meaning that users don’t have to click on the ad to be infected, they just have to visit a website when the ad appears on the page.



Microsoft

New Windows 8 user interface codenamed ‘Wind’?
Windows 8 will have two separate interfaces according to recent rumors.
Italian based windows8italia reports that Microsoft’s next-generation Windows operating system will be 32-bit and 64-bit with two separate interfaces. Windows8italia says that the main interface will be codenamed “Wind” and will initially only be supported by high-end notebook and desktop PCs with dedicated video cards. The site claims the interface will require around 170MB of video memory. “Wind” will only activate on 64-bit copies of Windows 8 and will be fully 3D.


Online

Hackers supporting WikiLeaks target Visa
After successfully taking down the MasterCard website Wednesday morning on behalf of WikiLeaks, the same group of hackers brought down the Visa website on Wednesday afternoon.
The group, called Anonymous, is following what it calls Operation Payback as part of an ongoing retaliation against those payment providers who denied service to WikiLeaks, after the whistle-blowing website released thousands of confidential documents obtained from the U.S. military and diplomatic service. Mashable has an excellent roundup of the previous activity related to Operation Payback (unofficially named Operation Avenge Assange) Both MasterCard and Visa suspended WikiLeaks use of their services on Tuesday.


ChromeDeck: TweetDeck Finally Comes To The Web As A Chrome App
You can get TweetDeck, the popular realtime stream reader, as a desktop client, on your iPhone and iPad, or Android phone. But up until now, there was no Web browser version (unlike Seesmic, which is best known as a browser-based app). Today, TweetDeck released its first Web client as a Chrome app in the new Chrome Webstore.


Hardware

BlackBerry PlayBook hands-on video demo
We promised a hands on demo video of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and that’s what you’re going to get from us — almost 10 minutes of 1080p joy. As we said previously, we were pretty impressed seeing the PlayBook demo’d in person right in front of us, and well, we could go on for days. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Gorilla Glass, the Smartphone’s Unsung Hero
What I’ve never understood is how that can be. The screens (and, on the iPhone 4, the back as well) are glass, for crying out loud. People carry their phones around in pockets with keys and change. People drop these things, toss them, scrape them. Why on earth don’t they get totally scratched up?

 


Your Turn
So, did I miss anything? What online story really got you going this week? Link to it in the comments!













Comments
by Exalted Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎12-14-2010 12:59 AM
by Retired Blogger on ‎12-14-2010 08:24 AM

Ah, yes, 'tis the season for the scam -- great finds! And yes, I've been approached by the White Van Stereo Speaker guys too... that one seems obvious but I guess there's one born every minute...

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

-- Brad

 

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