What another crazy week. I’m still late with this week’s CTW, but not as late as last time. We’ve had a number of new and interesting products pop up – not least of which would be the new Blackberry Playbook device. This 7″ tablet looks to take on the iPad in a big way. So , time to dive and and look at what’s new in tech this week.
TechCrunch is Sold to AOL – The monster deal of the week in Tech. Technology Startup blog TechCrunch was purchased this week by AOL. Some are saying this is the end of blogging as we know it. Coverage: TheBlogHearald, Scoble
RIM unleashes a new Tablet called Playbook – The new 7″ inch tablet will run an Operating System called QNX (planned for future Blackberries?) and include a front and back facing camera, multitasking, a 1ghz processor, Flash support and a massive 1gb of RAM. Full specs and details can be found here. Expect this sometime early next year. Coverage: SlashGear, AllThingsDigital
Facebook Skype – Word is that Facebook and Skype are planning to announce a “wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect. It’s not clear what this will be, but its seems that if Facebook can’t buy Skype, they’ll join them. Coverage: BGR
Google New – If you are a fan of tracking new stuff that Google releases, the newly released Google New site will keep you up-to-date on everything this company releases. Or, you could just stay tuned to this site to find out what’s most important. There are usually too many new Google features to really keep track of. Coverage: Ghacks
Openoffice now LibreOffice – This is a possible re-birth of the free office package that has been great, but not great enough to unseat the Microsoft dominated Office package. With Google Docs and other applications, this is an application that may not last. More: here, CRN
DropBox on the Blackberry – You can now use your Blackberry device to get into your DropBox data using the free service. Download the Blackberry app here. Coverage: BlackberrySync
Super WiFi – Though not the products just yet, the spectrum that will be used for new Wi-Fi products (called white space) has been approved by the FCC in the US. Coverage: Gizmodo, TechFlash
Facebook Page Browser – That feature I mentioned in an earlier Calwell Tech Weekly? Well, Facebook finally released this new feature called “Discover Facebook Pages“. Essentially is a one-stop like-fest, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Windows Live Spaces is Dead – The blogging platform used by many to… umm. blog, is now been killed by Microsoft. Brutal. More information on this can be found on ZDnet, WinSupersite, DownloadSquad, Slashdot
Traditional Media In Decline this week:
– 60 Minutes comes to YouTube, and likely only in the US. The long-running CBS show will be launching a YouTube channel and first-run episodes directly to the online video streaming service. Coverage: Google Tutor.
– WhoCrashed – I’ve seen this before, but never really had it when the moment called for it. If you are in the post-crash glow of a dead-ish Windows box – this may help.