- Google Announces API Console
The new Google API Console lets you manage your API uses across all your applications and websites.
- iOS 4.2 Gold Master release seeded to developers
iOS 4.2 has gone Gold Master and can be used by all iOS developers to create consistent apps across iPhones, iPod touches & iPads.
Apple urges to submit new iOS 4.2 apps soon, so they are available in the app store, once the software update gets pushed to all the devices.
- eBay + Paypal + Facebook Connect = Group Gift-Buying
In an attempt to capitalize on the rise of?social commerce, online auction behemoth eBay launched its Group Gifts service today, enabling users to source the power of their social networks to collectively purchase gifts.
- Video comparison between HTC 7 Trophy (left) and the Samsung Omnia 7 (right)
- Internet Explorer 9 just beat everyone in HTML5 compliance
Internet Explorer 9 just beat Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari in a?compliance test.
- Microsoft unveils new IE9 Developer Preview and Test Drive site
Microsoft is continuing to push on its?Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) project, hoping to continue early momentum that has brought some new sheen to the venerable brand.
The company is releasing a new Developer Preview, the 6th for IE9, and a new Test Drive website to allow the masses to interact with the underlying technology of the browser without committing to using it.
- New in Google Maps for Android: Updated reviews, search filters, and Latitude real-time updating
Google has announced a new set of features for Google Maps for Android, allowing smartphone users to search for Place reviews, change specific filters on search results and update their Latitude locations in real-time.
- Twitter Debuts Official App for Windows Phone
Twitter has just announced an official mobile app for Windows Phone. The application is available immediately for all Windows Phone 7 devices.
Twitter also?says this app is particularly fast and brings users all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter.?
- Electrostatic feedback: how future touchscreens might shock us
Toshiba and Senseng have developed a prototype of an electrostatic variant of vibrotactile feedback for touchscreens in other words, they’ve developed a way for users of smartphones, tablets and other touchscreens to get tactile feedback from their devices using static.
- Flickr Now Lets You Sign Up With Your Google Account
Flickr announced today that Google would be its first partner in its introduction of?OpenID for new account signups. Starting today, anyone can sign up for a new Flickr account using their Google account.
- Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool
When we talked to Adobe’s Paul Gubbay about how?the company sees Flash and HTML5, he made it clear that Adobe is very interested in supporting both platforms.
At Adobe’s MAX conference the other night, that message was made manifest with a live demonstration of a?Flash to HTML5 conversion tool, which is currently in the works. The tool is incredibly impressive in that it can convert full Flash animation into HTML5 on the fly.
- Myspace Accused Of Ripping Off Stealth Startup Pinterest
This morning?Pinterest co-founders Ben Silberman, Paul Sciarra and Yashwanth Nelapati woke up to a barrage of?tweets,?So @myspace has completely ripped off @pinterest. It really pisses me off when an old, tired hack tries to undermine hardworking inovators. [sic]?Myspace revealed its new redesign last night and Pinterest users quickly picked up on the similarities between the two site aesthetics, leading to an?intense Twitter debate.
- Sencha Takes On Flash With HTML5 Animator
Sencha is making a big bet on HTML5. The company, which was formerly known as Ext JS, raised a hefty?$14 million round led by Sequoia Capital in June. Since then it has been perfecting its HTML5 framework Sencha Touch a framework that lets you build mobile web apps for iOS and Android that feel?almost native and are also cross-platform. And today, the company is adding another big addition to its product suite:?Sencha Animator.
- Flickr takes a Twitter cue; introduces suggested friends and Facebook contacts
Given that, from the start, Flickr was intended to be a social photo sharing platform, the latest move from the company comes as no surprise.
According to the?Flickr blog, the site is introducing a People You May Know feature.
- Apple holding “secret summit” with select iOS devs next week
Business Insider is reporting that Apple is set to hold a?secret iOS developer summit next week. The event apparently begins next Tuesday and will run for three days. While Business Insider doesn’t have any firm details yet, they speculate that the purpose of the summit is to improve the quality of apps on iOS devices in order to stave off competition from Google’s Android App Store.
- Google makes some design changes to Gmail in mobile Safari
The first change is a that scrolling now mimics the speed of your swiping on the screen, making longer messages easier to read through. The second change is that the toolbars within Gmail are now locked while you scroll (they used to appear after you were finished scrolling).
- Google donates $5 million to promote journalism
Google has donated $5 million to non-profit organizations promoting new forms of journalism, including $2 million to the Knight Foundation, which will but $1 million of that toward the the Knight News Challenge.
- PayPal Announces Micropayment System and Facebook Partnership
The company calls PayPal for Digital Goods the online equivalent of dropping a quarter in the slot to buy a newspaper or play a video game. With a few lines of code, developers can integrate PayPal micropayments into their websites.
- Google Docs’ New Charts Editor Adds Timelines, Org Charts, and Better Data Visualization
Google Docs just rolled out a new Charts Editor that brings some impressive new tools to Google-Docs-built charts. Those new features include organizational charts, annotated timelines, and a motion chart for visualizing data over time. They’ve also given an all-around facelift to their regular old charts.
- 10,000 Websites Integrate with Facebook Every Day
COO Sheryl Sandberg revealed on stage was that 10,000 websites integrate with Facebook every day. That’s 3.65 million new websites per year, and you can’t forget that tens of millions of websites are already utilizing?Facebook Connect or the?Facebook Open Graph.
- Appcelerator and PayPal Team Up for Mobile Commerce
At the?PayPal X Conference today,?Appcelerator?makers of the cross-platform mobile development tool?Titanium?announced that it has just entered into a partnership with PayPal to bring a mobile commerce solution to both PayPal merchants and Titanium developers.
- Macworld posts MacBook Air benchmark results
The folks at?Macworld ran some formal benchmark tests on both the 11.6-inch and the 13-inch Airs, comparing them to their predecessors and even a 13-inch MacBook Pro. The results may surprise you. To begin, the?Speedmark 6.5 score doubled when comparing the 13-inch 1.86GHz MacBook Air and the 2009 13-inch 1.86GHz MacBook Air (Speedmark is Macworld’s benchmark test suite). Most of the gains were made over drive-based tests, as the new Air’s flash storage was able to show off a bit. Duplicating a 1GB file on the new Air took 13 seconds; compare that to 69 seconds on the model from 2009. Likewise, compressing a 2GB folder was 21% faster on the new Air.
- Twitter Hits 300 Employees As The Search For A New Office Continues
This past June, we?noted that Twitter had zoomed past 200 employees basically doubling in just six months. The rapid hiring pace continues at the startup, though not quite as quickly. The company has just hired their 300th employee a?tweet confirms today.
- After Ten Years, LimeWire Capitulates To The Music Industry
The music industry lawyers just put another notch on their wall. After ten years of existence, peer-to-peer music sharing serviceLimeWire is joining Napster, Kazaa, and all the rest. It will abide by a court-ordered injunction today and begin to disable the file-sharing and music-searching features of its P2P software. Years of?legal battles and the prospects of paying?astronomical fines finally did the service in.
- Top 5 TED Talks On Tech
Everyone needs a little inspiration now and again, and there is usually no better place to go than to TED to catch up on what the world’s real visionaries are working on. TED regularly hosts brilliant people from around the globe to talk about their ideas for the future.
- Google is giving away 10,000 Google TVs to lucky developers
Want a Google TV filled with all that Android goodness, but don’t want to pay for it? You may be in luck, that is you might be if you went to the right conferences or have some serious programming chops.If you attended the Adobe MAX conference, you should have been a part of Google’s 3,000 unit giveaway. If you missed it, circle back and raise Cain, free stuff is too important to miss. Secondly, if you are a member of the Google Code community, Google is going to be calling your digits to ship you a device.
What if none of that applies to you? You can always submit an entry to the Google TV Web Developer Promotion, to be considered for a free Google TV. Really, if you want to develop for the new platform do yourself a favor and get started without paying hard cash.
- Facebook rolls out a new design and features for Pages management
Manage a Facebook page? Chances are that you’ve been frustrated at one time or another with trying to change things on it, even as simple as editing a name of a page. In answer to that frustration, Facebook has (it seems)?just rolled out new page management tools.
- How To: Avoid Getting Fleeced By Firesheep
Over the last 24 hours the world has been abuzz with talk about a small Firefox extension. Usually Firefox extensions don’ make headlines, but in this case one did. Why? This extension is called?Firesheep, and it’s scary.
- Today we’re somehow in between yesterdays geek fight between Apple and Google over the openess and/or integration of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating system and tonights Apple event.
Developer Joe Hewitt, who for example built the great Firefox Extension Firebug and the first few versions of the great Facebook iPhone App, has now joined in to the discussion via Twitter.
How does Android get away with the “open” claim when the source isn’t public until major releases, and no one outside Google can check in?
Until Android is read/write open, it’s no different than iOS to me. Open source means sharing control with the community, not show and tell.
Check his Twitter stream for all of his statements. So why is this interesting? Well, firstly Joe Hewitt has given up on developing the Facebook iPhone client because of a lack of choice over the whole process, but he didn’t stop working for Facebook and rumors say he’s in charge of developing an official Android client for Facebook. So now he’s equally frustrated with the state of things over at iOS’s biggest rival. We’ll see if any more voices appear but for the time being it seems like the “open claims” of the Android folks didn’t hold for very long and in my personal opinion enduser satisfaction probably ranks higher than having an OS that can be compiled yourself and in this field Apple still holds the crown. I – as a geek – might enjoy hacking my devices and tweaking every little aspect of the platform, but for the average user it’s much more important to find the applications you want to use easily and without much set up effort which is still easier with a unified platform like iOS in contrast to the fragmented multi incarnations of Android on different carriers and handheld platforms.
- The other big thing is of course Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event that will be held this evening which will probably announce a new version of OS X together with some Mac centric product announcements. I wont go into speculating what exactly will be announced though.
- In other news: App Stores seem to be popping up all over the place:
- Google’s Chrome App Store launch seems to be imminent.
- Mozilla Jumps into the App Store Game, But Can It Compete with Google?
Mozilla calls the proposed ecosystemOpen Web Apps? and has laid out both technical documentation and key design principles for apps to qualify as Open Web Apps.
- HP offers a Video Walkthrough of webOS 2.0