Matthew Guay at How to Geek writes a good tutorial on how to install Android SDK and hence have a working Android emulator on your PC (full article at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21831/how-to-test-drive-google-android-on-your-pc-without-buying-a-phone/).
Worth a look if you don’t know which OS to choose or if you plan to develop applications.
Chris Davies at Slash gear (http://www.slashgear.com/author/chris/) and timothy (http://www.monkey.org/~timothy/) at slashdot report that “[…] Google has announced that it expects the first Chrome OS netbooks to launch in late fall, with Sundar Pichai – head of the Chrome project – using Computex 2010 to narrow down the previous “second half of 2010″ window. As the search giant has hinted at previously, they plan on being careful in how Chrome OS is delivered; “We will be selective on how we come to market because we want to deliver a great user experience,” Pinchai said, “we’re thinking on both the hardware and software levels. […] (full articles at http://www.slashgear.com/google-chrome-os-confirmed-for-late-fall-2010-0287952/ and at http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/06/02/1230255/Googles-Chrome-OS-to-Launch-In-Fall).
I’m quite curious to see the final release of Google OS and discover if will be a complete breakthrough (just like other Big G’s products) or just Google POV on what an OS should be.
John C Abell at Wired (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/author/johncabell/) reports that “[…]
Skype on Saturday released an upgrade to its iPhone app that allows calls to be made and received under AT&T’s 3G network, but there’s a catch — they won’t be free for very long, even for Skype-to-Skype calls or for people who have all-you-can-eat calling plans with the internet telephony company.
No specific pricing or even timeline was announced, but the release notes of version 2.0.0 (to the right) say this feature will be free only “until at least the end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee. […]” (full story at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/skype-over-3g-comes-to-the-iphone-its-not-all-good-news/).
I think that Skype model is not quite new, but follows same path of some free activities for the masses and some paying for the heavy or advanced users.
But I also think that, if the model followed by apple will be the same of Google Voice, Skype will be banned from App Store.
I don’t like this last solution, but I would expect it from Apple.
The only difference that could lead to a different end is that Skype hasn’t got a mobile OS to be fought by Apple.
For the moment.
This post also as a comment at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/skype-over-3g-comes-to-the-iphone-its-not-all-good-news/comment-page-1/#comment-48232
the oracle at Lockergnome writes an article on Microsoft reporting former employee impressions on different topics, including Redmond’s inability to produce a serious breahtrough in tablets (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/02/05/microsoft-isn%e2%80%99t-going-anywhere-soon-%e2%80%93-it%e2%80%99s-called-inertia/).
In my opinion, a couple of factors affect Microsoft:
a) first of all, the “winner inertia” started when acquired (and is still maintaining) the “de facto” monopoly of os and offic applications. This situation doesn’t help people innovating and, in consequence, doesn’t bring a winning product (both software or hardware) to the market
b) Microsoft not being able of introducing (and communicating) a style, a unique “flavour” that differentiates from competitors (such as Apple user interface)
Joe Wilcox at beta news and may others write reviews on Google presentation of new mobile phone Nexus One (full story at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Google-soars-past-Apple-and-Microsoft-with-Nexus-One-superphone/1262730999?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bn+%28Betanews+Full+Content+Feed+-+BN%29).
I cannot be so enthusiast of Google new launch, because, as far as Mobile phones are going to become more and more Personal computer substitutes, interoperability between platforms is the key to not be fooled.
An IMHO all players are pursuing a “mine is better” strategy.
Google phone is awesome, but is one more player in a too crowded space.
Hope, that we will reach a standardization similar to the one we have in PC market, because otherwise will be a step back.
This post as a comment also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/01/05/google-nexus-one-not-at-all-what-some-of-us-were-hoping-it-would-be/#comment-199323 and at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/01/its-official-go.php
Dan Nosowitz at Gizmodo writes an article telling that for a Microsoft engineer data, upgrading with many applications and mid ranged hardware to Windows 7 could take up to 21 hours (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5358025/worst-case-scenario-windows-7-upgrade-can-take-21-hours). Same thing does Emil Protalinski at Ars Technica (full article at http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/microsoft-upgrade-to-windows-7-can-take-up-to-a-day.ars).
In my opinion is, again, the demonstration that sometimes software (and especially OSes) are thought and engineered without consciousness of user capabilities.
Ok 650Gb of datas are a lot of bytes, but space counted in Terabytes is not a so remote idea.
Ok is a worst case scenario, but also in high end scenario hardware we are talking of a range form 8 to 10 hours.
Maybe people could like to migrate to Windows 7, but maybe they cannot afford all the time and money needed.
How far seem to me those time where a complete OS stood in 16-20 or 48kb (no mistake, kilo not giga or tera… 🙂 ).
This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5358025/worst-case-scenario-windows-7-upgrade-can-take-21-hours and at http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/microsoft-upgrade-to-windows-7-can-take-up-to-a-day.ars?comments=2&comment_id=125007341041
Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article on the exit of Google CEO from Apple Board (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/04/apple-and-google-is-the-love-gone).
Yes Ron It’s the end of a love, because of money and power.
It’s the same old story: Apple and Google went in love because both were innovative and against (or at least not for) Microsoft monopoly.
But when both of them realized that there’s no second place in Mobile Economy (Mobile, Browsers, OS,…), then a love ended.
This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/04/apple-and-google-is-the-love-gone/#comment-187614
Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article reporting FCC move on Apple in order to clarify their beahviour with Google and so does Chris Foresman at Ars technica (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/01/fcc-to-apple-and-att-why-arent-you-playing-nice-with-google/and at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/08/fcc-probes-google-voice-rejection-att-denies-involvement.ars).
I think that despite the fact that asking this specific question (simplified: why are you behaving like this with Google) is quite tautologic because everybody knows the answer, Apple has built their reinassance on many things (innovation, usability, trendiness) but most of all on a proprietary-strongly fortified-OS and commercial partnership.
Unfortunately Google is not among those partnership and is trying to enter the same market of the mother of all cash cows: iPhone.
FCC has the due (and so does) to permit a freedom of choice (and access to Google voice) also to Apple customers.
This post also as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/01/fcc-to-apple-and-att-why-arent-you-playing-nice-with-google/#comment-187533 and at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=709009080041&r=919001280041#919001280041
Matt Hartley at Lockergnome writes an article on possible Microsoft option to change the way they do things (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2009/07/23/does-microsoft-need-to-rethink-their-niche/).
In my opinion Microsoft approached the market by a monopolistic point of view.
Due to their position they were able to influence and in some way drive both technology and hardware changes.
Now market is changing and new players (see Google and Linux), are entering with a wider market share.
This, as an effect, brings a necessary shift in market and organization approach.
In my opinion Its’s not an option for Microsoft to take this challenge.
This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2009/07/23/does-microsoft-need-to-rethink-their-niche/#comment-178175