Monday, August 31, 2009

Semimonthly Tech News - August 16-31, 2009

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Liquidation Events (Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs)
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Semimonthly Tech News - August 1-15, 2009

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Semimonthly Tech News - August 1-15, 2009

Google

  • Google's Schmidt Resigns Apple's Board
  • Google Woos Business Users With Billboard Ad Campaign: An editorial on the Motley Fool
    called the strategy "just dumb", "worst idea yet", and "downright nonsensical". I definitely wouldn't go that far. I think the move makes sense, it makes Google Apps seem more mainstream and recognizable, which is necessary for it to gain adoption in businesses and large enterprises while competing against Microsoft. Anyway, all the press and buzz about the irony of the ad campaign has probably already gotten more attention than the actual billboard ads themselves.
Twitter
  • Twitter had two outages due to denial-of-service attacks
  • ESPN, NFL And U.S. Marines Crack Down On Twitter Use: Seems like an overreaction to me, but as with any new technology it takes some adjustments and getting used to. I think it should be treated like any other communication tool. Obviously if you are bashing your boss/team/company, they won't be happy about it, regardless of whether if it's on Twitter, Facebook, a blog, a web site, on a phone call, or in a public place. Likewise, discretion and professionalism should be used when discussing any rumors or potentially confidential/sensitive information.
  • Study: Twitter is 40 percent 'pointless babble'
Facebook
GM
  • General Motors to sell used cars on eBay
  • GM Claims Chevrolet Volt Will Get 230 MPG: Many others have already questioned/criticized the MPG claim, google it if you want full details. Basically the 230 number is not particularly meaningful because actual gas usage will depend entirely on the usage pattern and how much the electric power can be utilized (i.e. short trips with recharging in between vs. long trips).
Shot Down
Launches, Releases, New Features
Milestones
  • Tesla turns profit in July for the first time: I think that is great news. This is impressive with the current state of the economy, considering they have only been selling the high-end roadster, while the less expensive sedan is still under development.
Liquidation Events (Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs)
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Zune HD available for pre-order, iPod Touch feature comparison

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The Microsoft Zune HD digital media player is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other retail sites (Best Buy, Walmart). The release date is September 15, 2009.

Pricing is as follows:

New features include:
  • 3.3 inch OLED display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 480x272 resolution
  • Touch screen with multi-touch navigation and onscreen keyboard
  • Internet Explorer web browser
  • HD radio tuner
  • HD video output (720p)
  • Nvidia Tegra chipset
Here is a comparison between the Zune HD and iPod Touch (2nd Generation).

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Zune HD 16GB - BlackZune HD 32GB - PlatinumiPod Touch 8GB (2nd Generation)iPod Touch 16GB (2nd Generation)iPod Touch 32GB (2nd Generation)

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Price$219.99$289.99$229$299$399

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Price on Amazon$219.99$289.99$214.99$274.95$369.00

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Capacity16GB32GB8GB16GB32GB

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Size / Dimensions4.0 x 2.1 x 0.35 inches4.1 x 2.4 x 0.33 inches

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102.1 x 52.7 x 8.9 mm110 x 61.8 x 8.5 mm

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Weight2.6 ounces4.05 ounces

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74 grams115 grams

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ScreenOLEDLCD

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Screen Size3.3-inch3.5-inch

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Screen Resolution480x272480x320

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Multi-touch NavigationYesYes

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Touchscreen KeyboardYesYes

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Audio Formats SupportedMP3, AAC, WMA, WMA Pro 2-channel, WMA LosslessMP3, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV

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Podcast SupportYesYes

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RadioHD Radio Receiver Built-inNo

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Image File Types SupportedJPEGJPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), PNG

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Video Formats SupportedH.264, MPEG-4, WMVH.264, MPEG-4

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Video OutputYes, 720p HD (AV Dock sold separately)Yes (AV cable / dock sold separately)

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GamesYesYes

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Wi-fiYesYes

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Internet BrowserInternet ExplorerSafari

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Wireless SyncYesNo

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Wireless StreamingYes, audio only?No

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Wireless DownloadsYes, Zune MarketplaceYes, iTunes Store

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Battery Life33 hours for music, or 8.5 hours of video36 hours for music, or 6 hours of video

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AccelerometerYesYes

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Volume ControlsYes, hardware volume rocker, left sideYes, left side

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Built-in SpeakerUnknownYes

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BluetoothUnknownYes, Stereo (with iPhone OS 3.0)

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Included AppsE-mail, calendar, contacts, notes, clock, calculator, weather, maps, stocks, YouTube

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App StoreYes

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Smart PlaylistsYes, plus Genius feature