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TechEye's Week In Review: Top Picks

All the highlights from TechEye over this past week.

| Roundups News | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 5:06 pm

Hello TweakTown readers. It's us again, at TechEye, here to tell you about some of the movings and shakings from the last week.




We kicked off the week with a story about Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame. Wales, the Wikipedia founder, was travelling through one of the UK's airports when a customs official literally dropped her pencil with surprise. The bearded Wales was mistaken by the confused customs official who thought he was a rabble rouser called Julian Assange, of Wikileaks. He explained he wasn't and all was fine. Except with TechEye - he forced us to apologise because we mentioned something about a woman called Rachel Marsden, who was never Wales' girlfriend.


Apple took its usual approach to security this week, which is to say, it swiftly buried its head in the sand. An iOS developer unearthed a serious flaw in the App Store which meant a dodgy app could act maliciously. Developer Charlie Miller reported the problem to Apple, which thanked him by kicking him out of the iOS developer program. Apparently by pointing out a serious bug he had broken terms and conditions. He'll be showing off his findings in Taiwan soon.


As Google fights off antitrust allegations in the USA, it too is facing the courts in Europe. And, a little bird whispered to us, its once ally in the UK government, Minister of Everything Ed Vaizey is making a u-turn against Big G.


Vaizey once rubbished claims that Google was using its considerable influence to tinker with search results in a way that favoured the company, but he's starting to come around to the idea. The hearing in the European Commission, we're told, will be rather soon.


Intel's Mooly Eden's pet project, the Ultrabook isn't going to hit the ambitious market penetration figures as fast as Chipzilla hopes. Intel thought the Ultrabook would manage to break 40 percent market share in 2012, but analysts at IHS are predicting that's far more likely in 2015.


Weird goings-on at Japanese camera-maker Olympus. Earlier this week, Olympus bosses admitted an enormous losses cover-up after ousted CEO Michael Woodford uncovered a bizarre string of start-up buys in the Cayman Islands which were all quickly dissolved. Now, shareholders are demanding Woodford comes back but President Takayama doesn't seem to be shifting on his position. His position is: everything's Woodford's fault for discovering the discrepancies in the first place.


ARM Holdings luminary Tudor Brown has decided he's had enough. It's time for retirement, marking 21 years at the company. Brown's on a handsome salary so we doubt he'll be feeling the bite of a looming double-dip recession. More power to him - he has risen from the ashes of Acorn to transform the mobile industry with high-efficiency chips. He probably deserves a holiday.


Now, we know the dark, Satanic rumour mill turns out a lot of rumours. But this one sounds crazy yet plausible. Is Apple considering buying AMD? According to an industry watcher, speaking to TechEye, it makes perfect sense. Apple is X86. AMD and Apple's joint market share is too small to interest the antitrust officials. Apple could step away from being tied to a company, Intel, which is also tied so closely to rival Microsoft. Will it happen? Well, to be honest, we don't know.


That's all for now, TweakTown. Read this and more over at PS, here's our bible reading, Ye Second Booke of ARM - How King Brown maketh Gold from a single watt.

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