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Title: Episode #66 - Google, Apple & WebOS 2.0
Post by: Zeus on September 13, 2010, 05:21:23 PM
We have just posted up Episode #66 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and more.

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Apple ends free iPhone 4 case program (http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/news/article.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20100910&id=12028861) 3:50
In an effort to save a few bucks to try and improve their overall impression on the community, Apple is saying that the Antenna (non)issue of the iPhone 4 is even smaller than they though and they are pulling the free case program at the end of the month.  Make sure you order yours in order to “stick it to the man.”

Android keeps growing their market share (http://www.intomobile.com/2010/09/09/android-10k-apps-market-80k/) 10:54
Although Apple has over 250,000 Apps, Android now has over 80,000 and they’ve added another 10,000 in the last month alone.  With Android making 27% of smartphone sales to Apple’s 23% in North America – things are looking good for Google – and HTC as they are one of the leading providers of Android-based phones.

HP(alm)’s WebOS 2.0 (http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/will-webos-2-0-let-hp-cross-swords-with-apple/) 15:33
Palm was the company behind the original WebOS, and while this seemed like a good idea at the time, the Palm Pixie and Palm Pre just couldn’t crack into the RIM/Apple/Android market.  Now that HP bought Palm – they see a way in – WebOS 2.0 on PDA/Phones.  Let’s face it, Apple is not a good business platform like RIM and HP may be able to resurrect some functionality and following from their old PDA-roots and make something happen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. Apple iPad (http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/samsung-galaxy-tab-vs-apple-ipad/) 24:37
I found this comparison a little interesting as Digital Trends compares these two platforms.  The Galaxy Tab is smaller and weighs almost half as much as the iPad – it has a couple of cameras, a MicroSD card slot and more.  The iPad has Apps, a better battery and a better screen.  More comparisons at the link above.

Google Instant Search could Kill Bing (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Google-Instant-Search-Could-Kill-Microsofts-Bing10-Reasons-Why-761967/) 30:28
While I don’t think that Google Instant Search will kill Bing, Bing will be in trouble if they don’t continue to innovate.  That is what kills every Microsoft product – lack of innovation.  Here’s hoping that we can keep some major competition in search.  Come on MS – step it up.

Acer’s creator calls Apple products “Mutant Viruses” (http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/09/09/acer.chief.thinks.of.ipad.and.iphone.as.plagues/) 39:00
While Acer makes a good point in some of their analysis – saying that some competition is a mutant virus is not a great way to make people like you.  They also say that US-based PC Builders will disappear – and I do agree on that – but only because of the Apple/Mutant Virus.

DVD Kiosks will start to slowly fade in 2012? (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_gadg/20100910/tc_ytech_gadg/ytech_gadg_tc3594) 43:24
I’ll start by saying this story is region-specific.  In the USA, DVD Kiosks will start to fade in a year or two, but in Canada and other countries where we don’t have universal access to 8Mbps+ broadband, these Kiosks will probably still continue to do well.  Unlike Blockbuster (http://www.vancouversun.com/news/thewest/Blockbuster+plans+bankruptcy+September+media+reports/3451092/story.html) – losing 1.1Bn last year.  Ouch.

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Title: Re: Episode #66 - Google, Apple & WebOS 2.0
Post by: Krab on September 13, 2010, 05:48:30 PM
I didn't think Bing was really alive to begin with  :o The best thing they've done was give out free t-shirts en masse.
Title: Re: Episode #66 - Google, Apple & WebOS 2.0
Post by: Zeus on September 14, 2010, 07:02:26 AM
Bing video search and picture search is still 2nd to none.  They have live previews if you mouse over video - it's great for quick-searching your favorite hockey hits and such.  Give it a try.  I find it has more relevant results as well.
Title: Re: Episode #66 - Google, Apple & WebOS 2.0
Post by: Krab on September 15, 2010, 03:25:30 PM
The image search is pretty good after Google decided to use a new system, I'll admit, but in terms of video searching, I like to see the description, views, upload date, etc. so Bing or Google doesn't cut out for me.
Title: Re: Episode #66 - Google, Apple & WebOS 2.0
Post by: Fujitsu on September 15, 2010, 04:19:08 PM
The new Google image search is better for sure, but I'm going to agree with Zeus (not that I want to), Bing's Video search is very good with the "mouse-over preview" option.