TECH cocktail Week in Review 11/13/2009

November 15, 2009

3:07 pm

Each week we, here at TECH cocktail, will be collecting technology and social media related news stories on a more “worldly” level and doing a recap on what we find cool and interesting.  While we want to definitely grow our small niche communities and provide ongoing tech news from each of them, we thought a weekly recap might be good as well.  On that note, if any of our community members has some cool news to share, please don’t hesitate to send us a link on twitter ( @TECHcocktail) and we will be sure to pick it up.

On that note, lets get on with the recap.

Probably the biggest story in the mobile space over the last week was the much anticipated release of the Verizon DROID.  It is Verizon’s first release of a phone on the Google Android platform, and it surely will not be the last.  I picked up the phone last Friday when it came out and I am in love with it.  I threw my iPhone in my glovebox of the car and have not looked back since.  I will be doing a more thorough  review for you, I am still getting used to it.  I read a good review by David Pogue over in his column on The NY Times.  He is a pretty ardent Apple Fan Boy and he has good things to say about it.

Speaking of Verizon and the DROID … AT&T is not very happy with some recent ads Verizon has been running slandering AT&T’s network.  Personally I think it is pretty funny, and being a converted iPhone user I can say that one of the major reasons I gave up the iPhone was the network.  It was horrible.  Let the legal battles begin.

Google went ahead and gave everyone an early Holiday gift and will be offering free wifi at over 49 airports across the us throughout the holiday season !  They worked with Boingo and the various wi-fi providers to buy up the usage from now until January 15th.  Pretty sweet deal while you are traveling this holiday season.  Thanks Google !

One of my favorite apps when I did use the iPhone was Tweetdeck.  The ability to have multiple “panes” that mimicked your desktop environment was great for keeping abreast of what you wanted to on Twitter.  This week they published their first update into the Itunes App Store adding LOTS of great features.  Here is a short list of what you can expect to see once you update

  • Video tweeting via integration with 12seconds (record video and send to Twitter or Facebook using 12seconds platform)
  • Facebook integration (updates, FB columns, wall posts, etc.)
  • Landscape composing (for those with stumbly thumbs)
  • Trending Topics to see what’s happening RIGHT NOW
  • Save Draft for later
  • Bit.ly support

In the “Be careful” category this week, the Twitter account which was labeled MSNBC Headlines seems to have gotten hijacked and someone sent out some not so nice tweets … It turns out MSNBC stated that they were never in control of that account.  As stated in the Techcrunch post, you really need to be minding your online corporate brand and NOT let this happen to you.

And finally for this week, there is a bit of a dust up at Facebook, as the lead iPhone developer Joe Hewitt said it was time he moved on to other things.  But more surprisingly was his stated reason that he could no longer stand dealing with the App Store approval process and the closed nature of the iPhone.  This is another of the reasons I went to an Android platform, the ability to install what I want to on my phone, not what Apple tells me I can.  In any case Nick Cubrilovic has a good post about the situation that is a good read.
I suppose that is all for this week.  Next week we will look for some suggestions from all of you as to what the “hot” topics of the week are.  Until then have a great and safe weekend.

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at jjg3photo.com/.

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