The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Reports have surfaced from the US that Google's GrandCentral will be rebranded Google Voice and offer a range of Google-like services – searching, text conversion, archiving – for the voicemail messages that will reside in the Google cloud.
Here at TechWorld we love portable computing. If we wanted to be pedantic we could say we love portable information management. And information management is performed with many different types of computers.
Call me a Luddite, but I'm yet to jump on the microblogging bandwagon. It's not that I don't see the value in it, it's just that I'm cautious about relying on a third-party to manage my information. On the surface it may seem harmless enough, but here's my basic dilemma. I start using Twitter, Facebook, etc, for regular “status”, or information, updates and – having agreed to their “we own all your data” terms of service at sign up – I begin to rely on them as a means of communication.
Yesterday Nokia announced its first “mass-market” Symbian touch phone, the 5800 XpressMusic, which will be commercially available in Australia in March. The release coincides with Nokia's impressive Comes With Music service that allows unlimited downloads of songs to the 5800 or a registered PC for a designated contract period of 12 or 18 months.
I participated in a radio interview this morning with ABC Adelaide on the topic of a universal mobile phone chargers. The GSM-A's recent announcement that most of the world's handset makers (by number and by volume of phones sold) will standardise on micro-USB for charging, and, presumably, for data transfer to and from a computer, is a long overdue win for consumers.
Yesterday was arguably the first significant tech announcement for 2009 with HTC, Google and Optus announcing the G1 Dream phone will be available in Australia later this month.
I keep hearing all this depressing news about the state of the economy in 2009 - a hell of a way to begin a New Year.
Like many Linux users I was impressed to see the recent developments in porting Linux, and more specifically Google’s Linux-based Android OS, to Apple’s iPhone.
Stop for a second and think about the IT industry. Think about it, name me another industry that can produce companies which rise out of nowhere to take on the world, sink into obscurity for about a decade, rise again to become the shining star of the industry, and complete the circle by alienating itself from the developers of its core technologies. This is the industry that breeds companies like Novell.
This week Sun Microsystems stepped up to the commodity storage plate and said it will begin offering multi-terabyte systems running its open source storage stack, from the operating system to the management software.