When writing about Apple in the past we have certainly seen trends that would lead us to believe they like being the bully on the block that isn't particularly concerned about its employees, customers, or business partners. That's why the fact that Apple is willing to address issues with Google, Adobe, and even some of their product defects comes as quite a welcome surprise.
Take the following, many of which have been discussed on the show at some point. Excerpts after the break.
YouTube announced this weekend that it has finished tests some of its live streaming capabilities with several of its content partners, and looks to take the feature and roll it out to the rest of the site (if successful).
Starting at 8:00 a.m. PT, (Monday, September 13th) we will begin a limited trial of a new live streaming platform in conjunction with four of our partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera.
YouTube's done this in the past, specifically a live segment with President Obama earlier this year. The goal with this leg of testing was that there would be enough live user interaction across the content partners to really tax some of the platform, essentially trying to see if the tech could hold up across multiple live feeds.
YouTube is considering another phase of testing with ten new partners and could possibly give it to all YouTube users in the future. It'll be interesting to see if this move propels the Google-owned video service to the level it wants to be at - the center for all online video-related content.
Have you been to a Best Buy recently? We haven't either. If you do happen to make that sad stroll into the price tagged store and venture your way over to the PC section (it's that tiny aisle behind the 17 foot Apple wall) you'll see a $50 prepaid Intel card. Intel calls it the Processor Performance Upgrade Card. We call it EA Has Infiltrated Our Beloved PC Manufacturers' Heads and Brainwashed Them.
What ever could this card be for? Hit the break to find out.
Hey, you there! Did you buy the new Xbox 360 4GB system so you could play your awesomely new cool game Halo: Reach? You did? That's so great! You didn't want to play the co-op mode though, the feature that drew so many new and old players alike to the latest Bungie title, right? Oh, you did? You won't be able to play. I'm so sorry.
What am I talking about? Follow the break for more!
Let me clarify by saying the actual model is probably not called DSi but I mean look at it...two identical touch screens, one on top and the other on the bottom. Enough said. There isn't much technical data at the moment but we do know the dual touch screen laptop is sporting a 15" display and the Intel Core i5 CPU which clocks in at 2.67GHz. The screens are swappable should you feel the need to shake things up but our first glimpse at this possibly awesome laptop leaves up with more questions than answers. According to the source it is still slow and buggy but will make it to market in fall 2011 if development continues smoothly.
I'm hesitant to say that I'm looking at the future of laptops here simply because laptops in general have fallen behind the curve over the past 7 years and they really need to catch up. For example, with anything but a netbook battery life is just plain sad even with high capacity batteries. No laptop can handle more than 8GB of RAM or support more than one monitor(or at least do it well). Hard drives, especially 5400rpm drives, bottle neck the entire system and last but not least where is USB 3.0? I don't want to sound too upset and dual screens do offer a possible and convenient solution to lack of screen area and multi-monitor support which would be a step in the right direction. What do you think?
Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft exec who headed up the 18.6 billion dollar business division is now the current CEO for Nokia. This is a strategic move for Nokia to try and reverse some of the market erosion they are experiencing in the smartphone market. Blackberry, iPhone, and Android phones have been giving Nokia a hard time these past couple years and former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been on the chopping block for 4 years now.
Despite a loss in market share, Nokia still remains the world's largest wireless phone company with 36% of the total global market at the end of the second quarter but it's down from its peak in 2007 at 46%. Most of that 46% comes from their dominance of the European and Asian markets but elsewhere their presence is relatively weak.
For more on Nokia and their CEO requirements, hit the break.