According to some rumors, Google wants to offer a tablet for those with shallower pockets, priced at around $99. The tablet would be similar to the current Nexus 7, produced by Asus, but it would have weaker hardware. How did we reach the hardware characteristics? On the web appeared a GLBenchmark for a certain tablet under the name "Asus ME172V", which some consider to be a future entry-level Nexus 7 (or one that has been assigned the name) from Asus’ workshops.
Although it was rumored (and possibly shown off at CES 2012) the long awaited Nexus 7 (I wonder is the Tyrell corporation was involved) 7-inch tablet from Google is coming today to be officially launched during the Google I/O conference. The new tablet will feature 1GB of RAM and a quad (quint?) core Tegra 3 under the screen. For capacity you will get either 8 or 16GB and all of the usual trimmings (no 3G though). The pricing and size would indicate it is intended to rival both the iPad and the Kindle Fire.
*** Update It is live, real and you can buy this new tablet from Google and Asus!***
Although Google is probably the leader in internet advertising they are now taking their cues from Facebook. According to Google’s new terms and conditions they are giving themselves the rights to any images you post for advertisements. After Facebook’s recent slap on the wrist for illegally using the images of their users for advertising Facebook used the ruling to make important changes to their data usage policy which ensured they would still be able to use the data they wanted. It would seem that others were looking into this and are now making changes to follow Facebook’s lead.
Users of Google Reader, which is an online RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news reader, received the message that the service will stop working on first of July this year. This is part of Google's announced spring cleaning, even though people did not expect that the Reader will be the victim of it.
We have talked before about an app called Flipboard which is one of the best news readers for smartphones and tablets. The problem so far is that there is not really any good alternative for Android. Sure there is Google’s Currents but that is slow to refresh and rather bulky. Now Android users can rejoice as with the Galaxy III from Samsung we can see Flipboard from android for the first time. For those of you that do not want to wait on the app you can always head over to the XDA forums and grab it early.
Japanese scientists Isao Echizen from the National Institute of Informatics and his colleague Seiichi Gohshi from Kogakuin University, believe that the Google Glass and smart surveillance cameras with computer algorithms that allow for face recognition in the future play a major role in the withdrawal of the last havens of our privacy, and therefore began to develop a system that would successfully fight against it last year.
There are sometimes items that show up in the market that seem to point to something on the horizon that could be quite interesting. Although when we first saw the news that Facebook had picked up another Apple employee (this time the UI designer for iWeb and Numbers) we did not think much about it. Now however, there is something else that is on the horizon and that seems to counter some information that we had before about a possible Facebook phone. This is the news that RIM might be considering selling off their handset business.
It is always a bad day when you find out there is a problem. Even if it is as simple as your coffee pot not working (ok bad choice for many). Things are made worse when you find out it is a problem that just cannot easily be fixed or worked around. This is the case in a new Android based vulnerability that was discovered by Blue Box Security (the same guys that found the Master Key issue) a few months ago.
Microsoft has released results relating to the most popular search terms on its search engine, Bing. According to these results news relating to the iPhone 5 was in first place. Apple's new mobile phone overtook the presidential elections in the U.S., the London Olympics, and storm Sandy, who follow in this order on the list of most searched for news. In addition to the iPhone, from the technological innovations, in ninth place on the list was the Kindle Fire HD while tenth place belongs to Facebook's initial public offering of shares.
Google has released a new update of its browser Chrome 29, which will come to all users via the automatic update mechanism in the next day or two. If you do not want to wait - click on the menu and select "About Google Chrome" to start the upgrade manually.