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This is the week that was

by Retired Blogger on ‎11-14-2010 08:29 PM

Once again a busy week. Apple aficionados anticipate an iPad upgrade, only to be put on hold, Facebook taunts us with FMail, and battle royale breaks out between 4Chan and Tumblr...


Apple

Ping comes to iPad
Apple today updated the backend of their iPad iTunes application to add Ping support. Ping support was added to the iPhone right around the iOS 4.1 launch so this means we’re close to the iOS 4.2 launch. The full Ping experience is present as a tab on the iPad iTunes app and it includes your feed, who you follow, who follows you, a look at your profile, and even a section dedicated to concerts.

iPAD SURVEY RESULTS: Everything You Need To Know About How People Use The iPad
We recently surveyed Apple iPad owners to find out how they use their tablets.

The answers have implications for web publishers, app designers, and other gadget makers.

Based on responses from more than 500 iPad owners, here's what we've learned:


New Claim of iOS 4.2 Launch on November 24th as Revised iPad Build Surfaces
Rumored release dates for iOS 4.2 continue to fly fast and furious, with The Telegraph now reporting that the update is set to launch on November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States.The iOS 4.2 software update had been expected today, but Apple has delayed it release until Nov 24, a reliable source has told the Telegraph.

Apple has refused to comment on the speculation, stating only that it had said the software update would be released in November.


The iPad is Getting Its First Major Software Update: Here's What's New in iOS 4.2
Since its launch in early April, the iPad has only received minor bugfix updates while the iPhone and iPad touch got a major update with iOS 4 in June. Apple promised to bring the iPad up to par with its smaller brethren in November and all signs point towards the release of iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch this week. For the iPad, this update introduces a number of major new features, including multitasking, folders and a unified inbox for your email, as well as support for wireless printing and AirPlay.

Microsoft

Xbox used for games only 60 percent of the time
Speaking to attendees of BMO Capital Markets Digital Entertainment Conference in New York, Dennis Durkin, corporate vice president and chief operating and financial officer of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, said that 40 percent of Xbox Live members in the U.S. are spending their time on the console on non-gaming activities. That includes things like watching streaming movies on Netflix, listening to music content on the Zune and Last.fm apps, and eyeballing friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Microsoft Sells 40K Windows 7 Phones
As big-splash debuts go, Microsoft's(MSFT_) Windows Phone 7 launch at AT&T(T_) and T-Mobile didn't exactly make waves Monday.

Even with a glitzy media intro last month hosted by champion inside-seller and company chief Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, which spent a reported $100 million on the phone's advertising campaign, sold a mere 40,000 Windows 7 phones Monday, according to a market research source who tracks phone sales.


Google

What’s That Torrent Thing Google Keeps Suggesting?
Due to BitTorrent’s popularity, a movie title followed by the word ‘torrent’ is often the first suggestion, before words such as trailer, review and soundtrack. This isn’t a decision made by the Google staffers, but a reflection of the fact that more people search for ‘torrent’ in combination with a movie title (or music and software tiles) than these other words.

Beyond Instant results: Instant Previews
With Google Instant you get results as fast as you type, but your search doesn’t stop there. Once you get results back, you choose a site to visit based on the information in each result—like the title, a snippet of text and the URL. Over time we’ve made steadyimprovements to our search results and snippets to help you pick a great page. Now we’re making a leap to image-based snapshots—a new kind of visual search result we call “Instant Previews” which makes it even faster to choose the right result.



Online

How Facebook Could Beat Google to Win the Net
Google slayed Microsoft and Yahoo in the battle for search supremacy but it has been slowly losing momentum in what may turn out to be the real war — the one for the display ad revenues — to an unlikely foe: the dorm-room-born Facebook.

You’ve Got FMail
The news on Monday appears to be that Facebook will reinvent email. TechCrunch says it’s the long awaited Gmail killer. Others say it’s Gmail inventor Paul Buchheit’s project since he came to Facebook in the FriendFeed acquisition. Paul says he hasn’t been working on that, but rather the Big Freaking Zip File app where we can download all our Facebook bits. And anyway, he’s gone — off to Y Combinator to continue his angel investing. And I’m gone — from email. Have been for a while now.

Facebook’s Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming On Monday
Back in February we wrote about Facebook’s secret Project Titan — a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”. Now we’ve heard from sources that this is indeed what’s coming on Monday during Facebook’s special event, alongside personal @facebook.com email addresses for users.

The REAL connection speeds for Internet users across the world (charts)

How fast are Internet connections across the world? How fast are they in your country?

This article examines the real-world connection speeds for people in the top 50 countries on the Internet, i.e. the countries with the most Internet users.

 


FarmVille is Still the Most Popular Facebook App - But #2 is a Surprise

Over 16 million people watered their FarmVille crops yesterday. While AppData's Facebook app top 10 is mostly populated by games like Zynga's popular farming game, Texas HoldEm Poker, FrontierVille and Café World, Microsoft's instant messenger app Windows Live Messenger is the second most popular app in this list with over 9 million daily active users.

 

4chan Wages War on Tumblr: Whoever Wins, We All Lose (Updated)

At 5pm today the unruly message board 4chan plans to take down the blogging platform Tumblr. 4chan has successfully cowed everyone from Gene Simmons to the Tea Party, but they may have finally met their match.



Hardware

HP Slate 500 sees 'extraordinary demand,' experiences six-week shipping delay
Yes, the HP Slate 500 is officially backordered, less than a month after its enterprisingdebut, and Hewlett-Packard claims it's because of "extraordinary demand," a phrase that's presently not quantifiable. The long and short of it, though, is that you're not getting one by Yuletide if you purchase the pricey portable today, as you'll have to wait six weeks until they're ready to ship out. Still, if your budding business bought in on day one, there's still a chance it might arrive in time -- ours is due to our door in early December, if that gives you any idea. We've pinged HP for comment, and hope to hear back soon. We'll be sure to let you know just how "extraordinary" those sales numbers might be.

The Phone Call Is Dead
In the tech industry saying that something is dead actually means “It’s on the decline.” And yes, the phone call is on an inexorable decline.

My original title for this post was “The Phone Call Will Be Dead In __ Years” but as consumer inertia is somehow still keeping our parent company Aol in the dialup business,  I thought it might be prudent not to include an ETA on the death of the call.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: A Pocketable Train Wreck
Put simply, the Galaxy Tab is the first post-iPad tablet that matters, because it's the first tablet that's trying to be legitimate competition. It aims to break a lot of ground. Powered by iOS's biggest rival, the Tab essentially kicks off the next generation of tablets. And, at the size of a paperback, it's one of the first to seriously test how well a seven-inch tablet really works. There's a lot riding on this thing.


 


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 ‎11-14-2010 08:53 PM
by Retired Blogger on ‎11-15-2010 12:29 PM

Heh, nice...fake singers and fake iPhone stunguns...well done! :smileyhappy:

 

-- Brad

 

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