There’s a new 3D desktop environment now available for Mac called BumpTop. Features include the ability to use multiple surfaces to store and organize your files. You can even alter the sizes of individual items. Check out the Video!
What’s up with Google phones?
Negative news is seeping in about lack of sales of Google mobile phones. The recent battle with China tends to be having an affect on Google’s ability to produce enough cell phones to satisfy sales orders. Reports of delays related to launches of Motorola and Samsung phones are spreading everywhere.
Indeed, Google stands to grow and profit by promoting its web services through mobile devices. But some analysts are questioning Google’s business decisions centered around mobile devices and their recently released Android OS. And the initial launch of the Nexus One did stir up some controversy when some customers complained that the phone didn’t work properly. But Google was well aware of what was going on and claim to have worked to resolve the issues quickly.
Despite a lackluster launch of the Nexus One and other Android packing phones, Google continues to launch new devices and work through its issues.
Written by Elizabeth Woyke; Edited by Bill Sorensen
News. Technology. Put them together and what do you get? Techmeme. Techmeme founder, Gabe Riviera, creates a way to aggregate technology news stories from the Web as they appear and put them on one page.
Recent top dog tech news sites include Digg and Slashdot. But for now, Techmeme, with its smart computer algorithm technology, has surprised their competitors and taken the top spot.
Not satisfied with just a website, Techmeme just launched a mobile site formatted especially for cell phones to appeal to demanding techies on the go who just have to know the latest news. And I mean right now!
Originally launched by Riviera in 2005, Techmeme now has three full time editors. “Techmeme…is profitable and has never accepted an outside investor”, says Rivera.
Written by Mark Millan;; Edited by Clint Davis
Source – LA Times
A proposal by Congressman Jared Polis to offer “foreigners with good ideas” is gaining interest in Silicon Valley where several tech company founders are immigrants according to research by Duke University.
The proposal would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to create a startup company that could possibly become “the next big thing” such as a Yahoo or Google and is part of a plan in the current overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Apparently, the U.S. is losing ground in technology and high-tech jobs to countries such as India and China because of the difficulties associated with securing a visa for foreign born entrepreneurs.
f approved, the proposal will grant foreign entrepreneurs a visa who can secure either $250,000 in venture capital that is primarily located in the U.S. or $100,000 from an angel investor. They will also need to show that their business would create at least five to ten jobs or create profit of at least $1million in revenue.
At this point, the requirements are not set in stone and can change at any time until the bill goes to the committee. Also, some fear that such a plan would hurt Americans who are in desperate need of jobs. Others say the opposite.
Nevertheless, many countries are trying to attract top high-tech entrepreneurs from around the world and some say the margin of those who would win visas in the U.S. compared to the large pool of applicants would be negligible.
Written by Maggie Shiels; Edited by Clint Davis
Source: BBC News
To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook
….“We decided we spent way too much time obsessing over Facebook and it would be better if we took a break from it,” Halley said.
By mutual agreement, the two friends now allow themselves to log on to Facebook on the first Saturday of every month — and only on that day.
Website Makeovers Revisited
We checked back in with six struggling Web sites that implemented redesign advice from our experts. See what’s working — and what still needs improvement.
Apple’s patent applications always provide an interesting peek into what Apple researchers have been working on. In one of the more interesting patent applications we’ve discovered, Apple appears to be researching 3D displays in which the user will be able to look around an object.
In order to view a 3D object from various angles on your screen at present, you are required to use the mouse or keyboard to manipulate the object. This might simply involve clicking and dragging to pan or rotate an object. While functional, Apple considers this to be unintuitive and potentially frustrating to new users.