Google announces AT&T-compatible Nexus One

Google’s Nexus One smartphone is the flagship of the Android fleet. Sold by Google itself via its online store, the phone was unveiled in January for use on the T-Mobile network, with future versions planned for other carriers. On Tuesday, the first of those took its bow as Google announced a Nexus One compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. Unlike the T-Mobile version of the Nexus One, the AT&T-compatible model isn’t available at a subsidy from the carrier. Customers have to buy the … [Read more...]

Opera Mini on the iPhone: First Impressions

While the browser didn't seem particularly zippy, it offers plenty of features that make it an appealing alternative to Safari. Here at South by Southwest Interactive, I finally got a little hands-on time with Opera Mini for the iPhone, which Opera started showing off last month at the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona. The Norwegian browser company told me that it's still putting the finishing touches on it and plans to submit it to the iPhone App Store real soon now. On every … [Read more...]

Platform Preview gives Web developers first taste of IE9

Microsoft today released the Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview to the public. The release is meant to demonstrate the capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 to Web developers while at the same time providing feedback to the IE9 team. Microsoft says it is committed to updating the Platform Preview to keep a more effective rhythm for discussion, and it will be updated every eight weeks or so. Microsoft will share feedback with standards-setting bodies in addition to using it for internal … [Read more...]

Google 99.9 Percent Certain of China Exit

Although still engaged in talks with the Chinese government over the issue of censorship of its Chinese-language search engine, signs are increasing that Google could soon close the search engine. According to Financial Times, with talks at an impasse, Google is 99.9 percent certain it will close down The company has gone so far to draw up detailed plans of its possible closure. It is a stance that is hardening on both sides. China's government has been warning Google's partners to … [Read more...]

New Google man slams Apple’s ‘Disneyfied walled garden’

Ex-Sun man Tim Bray has joined Google and started as he means to go on, with a blistering attack on the iPhone. Bray, the co-inventor of XML, was one of a number of Sun execs to jump ship after the company was taken over by Oracle. "I’d had an offer to stay with Oracle which I decided to decline; I’ll maybe tell the story when I can think about it without getting that weird spiking-blood-pressure sensation in my eyeballs," he says on his blog. Read more: … [Read more...]

Apple Sells 90,000 iPads in the First Day?

The iPad officially became available for pre-order earlier today and while plenty of you are still debating about whether or not to pre-order, it appears as if the device might already sold 51,000 units in just two hours via pre-order. Wow. If you’ve ever doubted how dedicated Apple fans are, the background on how these figures were determined will assuage any doubts. A group of particularly prudent Apple fans from the APPL Sanity Board at Investor Village decided to put together a … [Read more...]

Google may stop censoring China “within weeks”

Google to stop censoring web results in China? Google may cease its censorship of search results on the web in China over the next few weeks, according to slips from unnamed sources. While contacts for the WSJ claim the search engine giant may try to avoid leaving the Chinese market altogether, they say it would make several individual agreements with numerous Chinese agencies to operate parts of its business while letting it abandon the search site if the government refuses to allow … [Read more...]

Rumor: Multitasking coming to iPhone OS 4.0

"And it's about damn time!" Sorry, that was just my excited utterance upon reading Thursday morning's AppleInsider story about iPhone OS 4.0. It cites "people with a proven track record" in claiming that multitasking will finally make its debut. Multitasking, of course, refers to the operating system's ability to run more than one app at a time and let you switch between them at will, just like you can do in Windows, Mac OS, Android, Palm WebOS, and just about every other OS on the … [Read more...]

Apple Beware: Dell (With A Little Help From Amazon and Google) is Taking on iTunes

The formidable triumvirate of Amazon, Dell, and Google is apparently poised to give iTunes the first serious run for its money just as the iPad is about to take Apple’s downloadable media megastore where no computer has gone before. Engadget has posted two slides that appear to come from a Dell presentation showing that the Google Android-powered Dell Streak tablet will include access to over 300,000 e-books in the Kindle store, everything in the Amazon MP3 download store (over 11 million … [Read more...]

OnLive Streaming PC Gaming Service Launching In June

OnLive is a gaming service which promises to deliver high quality, graphics-intensive PC games straight to your crappy netbook, allowing them to run smoothly and at high resolution. The way it's been demonstrated to me is that you're basically networked into a powerful server cluster which handles all the intensive hardware grinding, and then it spits the data back at you in what amounts to a movie file, based on your actions. It's a little complicated, but the short story is: Your crappy PC … [Read more...]