Facebook’s strategy for global domination: Shame Google

Social networking giant Facebook was caught playing dirty. It is revealed by Don Lyons that Facebook have engaged top PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, to plant negative news about Google. Facebook confirmed this and stated the following reasons for the engagement:

First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.

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Dancing Google doodle, Martha Graham-esque inspired

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Another day, another beautiful doodle by Google, celebrating the birthday of the legendary American dancer choreographer, Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991).

The impressive piece of animation is created by a famous artist Ryan Woodward, in collaboration with dancers and choreographers from the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York. The doodle features a series of beautiful animated movements to spell out “Google”.

The Graham’s doodle is a sprite animation. When you are at Google search homepage, a single dancer image will appear. A large image sprite (see below) loads in the background and needs to be loaded first before the animation starts. The entire animation is CSS3 sprite technique to hide the large image at specific parts to create animation effect, according to this article (accessed May 11 2011).

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Most likely the most beautiful Google Doodles in 2011?

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I adore the Google Doodles appearing on Google search page today. Google commemorating the birthday of the famous British author of children book, Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September 1988). According to this Wikipedia entry, Mr Hargreaves’ books’ simple and silly stories, with bright-coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, have been part of popular culture for over 25 years, with sales over 85 million worldwide in 20 languages..

Here are the 16 beautifully designed Google Doodles, inspired by Hargreaves’ Mr Men (click to enlarge):

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Meanwhile, Motorola launches world’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet XOOM in Malaysia

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Amidst the excitement over the release of the iPad 2 in Malaysia, Maxis has announced the availability of the eagerly anticipated Motorola XOOM tablet, the world’s first device to run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, from 6th May 2011 onwards, albeit only the Wi-Fi version for now.

The XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

At an exclusive launch at the Ciao Ristorante in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, T. Kugan, Vice-President of Product, Device and Innovation at Maxis said, “Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the coveted Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in Malaysia. User experience will definitely be enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest and fastest 3G broadband footprint in Malaysia, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

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Google Android desired by consumers; Apple iOS attracted more mobile developers

Android smartphones are becoming more desirable than the iPhones in the US smartphone market, according to the latest survey report by The Nielsen Company. 31% of the respondents in the latest January-March 2011 survey they are planning to get an Android smartphones as their next smartphone, an increase from 26% recorded in July-September 2010. Both RIM and Microsoft came in distant third and fourth, with 11% and 6% respectively.

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Location-Based Services and Privacy Violations by Apple iPhones and Google Androids

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Imagine a room, a command center of sorts, illuminated by dozens of monitors in front of which nameless observers sit scrutinizing the data displayed before them. On the room walls are bigger displays; one showing the map of the country, some showing overhead views of several cities while others track the movements of selected individuals, identified only as numerics. On the door we see an emblem; not the crest of the Central Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency… but an Apple.

This imagery is not from Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State, but rather it was what came to my mind when I read about the discovery made by two security researchers – Pete Warden, Founder of Data Science Toolkit and Alasdair Allan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter, that the Apple’s iOS 4.x mobile operating system records the user’s location for iPhone and iPad into a hidden file on the devices, named “consolidated.db”.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S absolute power entertains absolutely

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Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Google Nexus S a well endowed communication device.

The Google Nexus S benefits from a powerful 1Ghz processor and the intuitive Android 2.3 operating system to make it an excellent gaming and multimedia device. For all your gaming/app needs, there is only one place to look: the Android Market.

A Market for all your needs

Apple has the App Store on the iPhone, Google has the Android Market on the Android. And just like Apple, Google has made the market accessible both on the phone as well as the desktop. One advantage the desktop version of the Android Market has over the iTunes Store is that any app/game you choose will be synced up with your phone wirelessly, i.e. just choose which device you’d like to download your new app to (it retains a list of all Android devices your account has been set up on), it will just automatically begin downloading onto it. Less clicks to get your new app up and running compared to Apple’s.

It should be noted that a Google Account is required to access the Android Market. If you already have one synced to your Android phone, just log in and you’re set.

The Android Market has a great selection of apps for your every need, from audio players to news widgets to converters to religious references. It also has a growing number of games to choose from. And yes, Angry Birds is available on the Android Market and best of all, it’s free! And Angry Birds on the Google Nexus S’ 4” Super AMOLED screen is simply breathtaking.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S a well endowed communications device

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Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Pure, Unadulterated Google caress of the Nexus S.

As pointed out in the previous parts of our review, we have discovered that the Google Nexus S is well endowed both in its looks as well as under the hood. The presence of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread powering its user interface is also something that makes the Google Nexus S an over all attractive choice in the ever expanding smartphone market. But how does it perform as a communications device?

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Papa’s got a brand new bag…

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Yep, a Maxis bag.

But it’s what’s inside it that’s got us giddy like schoolboys.

The Google Nexus S.

The successor of Nexus One, Nexus S is Google’s second exclusive phone that is developed by Samsung. In addition, it is the first mobile device that is running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with 480 x 800 resolution and a contour display with curved glass screen. Other features of the Nexus S include a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a 16GB internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera and supports Near Field Communication (NFC).

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