Earlier today, Google began selling its highly anticipated Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone.
Unfortunately, as I can attest, it seems Google was not as prepared as they should have been for such a major launch.
Within minutes of the U.S. launch earlier this morning, would-be buyers were met with site errors, checkout errors, Google Wallet errors and timeouts, all before learning that their smartphone of choice was sold out. I myself tried unsuccessfully to checkout for an 8GB model for 15 minutes before learning it had sold out without me.
The 16GB model sold out within 20 minutes of Google opening the virtual doors, while the 8GB lasted a little bit longer.
Google’s new powerful device features a a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 320 ppi IPS+ LCD display, runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, has 2GB RAM, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wireless Charging. Google has also made the back of etched glass that sparkles as if it is different layers. The phone also includes a large 2100mAh and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 tech.
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Thanks to Tuesday’s elections, Hollywood will have lost six if not more House Representatives that all formerly backed SOPA, the controversial and rejected anti-piracy act.
Three co-sponsors of the Act lost their seats while the fourth retired, says Ars. The other two had withdrawn their support.
Altogether, there were 31 co-sponsors, with 8 withdrawing their support after the backlash. Three that are to be booted from Congress were all from Southern California districts. In some places, due to a redrawing, some incumbents actually had face each other.
After details of the bills (SOPA and ACTA) came to light last year, the Internet was instrumental in their demise. Major tech companies/sites like Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, eBay and Wikipedia all panned the bills and began campaigns to educate their users on the perils of SOPA. Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon said lawmakers collected 14 million names from citizens who wanted to protest the vote
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Redmond bets big on Windows 8.
At a launch event in New York, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky - who headed up the development of Windows 8 - showed off new hardware running the new operating system to members of the media and representatives from hardware partners. Sinofsky showed off devices made from firms including Acer, Lenovo and others, but dedicated quite a bit of time to Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
“One person called it historic, unique. It’s starting at $499 for the 32 GB version and we think that’s a pretty darn good price. It’s twice the amount of storage as a competing tablet for the same price,” Sinofsky said.
Later on, Panos Panay - who headed up the Surface development efforts at Microsoft - showed off some of the Surfaces abilities with multimedia, and its keyboard-packing ultra-thin case before intentionally dropping the device on the floor to show its durability.
Earlier, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had told Reuters that the company has re-imagined Windows and the entire PC industry. The firm has been struggling to deal with the growth of Apple and Google in the mobile space, and Windows 8’s Metro tiled user interface is designed as an alternative for consumers to the familiar Android and iOS platforms.
Getting Windows 8 tablets to compete effectively will take a lot of time and effort on Microsoft’s part. While the Surface has received excellent reviews for its design and features, the reaction to the selection of apps from the Windows Store has not been so positive, and there are also some concerns about the battery life. Microsoft is relying on developers to embrace the new platform quickly to make this less of an issue, but its late arrival is very evident.