Consumers may have to start looking to the e-reader market to find an affordable full featured tablet soon. The Nook Color, currently priced at $249, is looking to get an update to Android 2.2 in January.
This update would bring pinch to zoom functionality on webpages, a new home page, and even access to the Android Market for apps. Hackers have already been tinkering with full-on Android on the Nook Color for a while now, but official support would definitely make the e-reader appeal to a wider audience that does not want to shell out the cash for a Galaxy Tab or iPad.
The rumblings have been going around for a couple months now, and now it looks like the Yahoo! Downsizing is official. The big time web company is laying off around 4% of their workforce, making the fourth time in three years that Yahoo! Has downsized their staff.
Around 600 people lost their jobs, but reports are showing that the severance packages were fairly lucrative. Reports of six week vacations and job placement have been reported, but that can't soften the blow of losing your job during the holidays much. Yahoo! has been losing their battle for search supremacy to Google and even Facebook.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 15th, 2010
- i3DSpeed, November 2010 @ ixbtlabs
- ASUS ENGTX460 Direct Cu @ Lostcircuits
- Hercules XPS 5.1 70 Slim Surround Sound Speaker System @ OverclockersHQ
- Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset @ Overclockers Online
- Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid-Tower Case @ Bigbruin
- Spire Savit 6003 case @ RBmods
- Noctua NH-C14 Lower Noise Heatsink @ Frostytech
- Noctua NH-C12P SE14 @ Tech Reaction
Facebook for Android has hit v1.5.0 and now includes Chat. The update also has various bug fixes and push notifications.
The various bug fixes are not detailed but Chat is the biggest feature, something the iOS app for the iPhone has included has peeved Android users until now! Go to the Android Market and manually update Facebook for the new version.
Are you the personal, family and friends tech support hotline? Most of us are, but Google in it's infinite wisdom is willing to lend you a hand.
Google's Tech Support Care Package lets you send your parents videos on tech subject such as how to change your desktop backround to cropping photos all the way to video chat.
I'm sure most of you figured that Google's CR-48 laptop wouldn't be around long before the Chrome OS was kicked aside for something different. It looks like Linux fans are the first to see their OS on the CR-48.
The developer switch hidden inside the laptop opens up the laptop for Ubuntu installation, although the developers were nice enough to let the Chrome OS hang around for dual boot fun. The handy walkthrough guide to getting Ubuntu on the CR-48 is here; check out the short demo video after the break.
Gizmodo have given Android's 2.3 OS a work through and are very impressed. The update doesn't bring fancy new updated features, functions or other stuff - it's just simple refinement.
They've said Google have slowed down and really taken a look inside Android and changed the way it looks, feels and responds. Most of the work in Android 2.3 will be experienced in Nexus One, T-Mobile G2 and the Nexus S which means most Android users might not even see the 'real' Android 2.3 experience.
NASA's Voyager 1 began it's journey in 1977 leaving Earth for the unknown. It has been surfing the solar winds for this entire time taking pictures along it's journey and slowly updating it's Facebook status update.
It's now on it's way out of our solar system and nearing the edge of the Heliopause (the official edge of our solar system). Voyager 1 is currently a staggering 10-billion miles away and it issuing out "solid zeroes" which means it's not detecting any more outward movement from solar winds.
For the first time ever - a man has been cured of HIV. The steps to reach the success nearly killed him but this success also opens a slight gap of hope to someday killing off the disease, permanently.
Timothy Ray Brown went through some pretty aggressive treatment consisting of chemotherapy that destroyed the majority of his immune cells, total body irradiation and finally a risky stem-cell transplant that nearly 1/3 of patients don't live through.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Kinect support for Forza 4. Forza 4 will still include support for the standard controller and various steering wheels, with Kinect being an optional bonus for those with the Kinect kit.
Forza 4 now stands as a confirmed hybrid title that will offer the Kinect support and is expected to be released in both standard and Limited Edition just like Forza 3.