Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Thursday 27 January 2011, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at techgeek.com.au.
Here’s what we are watching:
- Google has just released details and screenshots of its new Tablet-focused version of Android, version 3.0 – and we will soon write-up a full post on techgeek.com.au about the changes.
- Facebook has launched a new feature in an effort to protect data, on Data Privacy Day. The new feature will lock your profile if you happen to login in multiple places in a couple of hours – say if you logged in from San Francisco and then your profile was logged in from Australia a couple of hours later, physically impossible – but technically possible.
- Twitter has quietly launched a new “Connections” section, showing the followers who also follow that Twitter account, and what both of you follow.
- A new report by BGR is saying that, via multiple sources at RIM, that the company’s new tablet – The Playbook – will run Google Android applications as it looks for a Java Virtual Machine to put in its OS. The biggest contender, and will allow such a feature, is the Dalvik Virtual Machine – the same one Android uses currently.
- After back-and-forth complaining then supporting about the Kinect hacks and modifications, the company has written a new blog post hinting at its official consent for people to modify the code. “We’ve also witnessed how Kinect has inspired others to explore the potential of NUI, and we’re excited about the potential that others see in this technology,” a spokesperson wrote for the company.
- Diggnation’s Kevin Rose is saying that Yahoo had actually contacted Digg – the company he co-founded – if they would buy Delicious. He says he would like to buy the company from Yahoo, but no word on when this will happen – or will it ever? (Please save it!!)
- Lady Gaga becoming Creative Director at Polaroid? That’s old news. Intel has hired Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am as the new “Director of Creative Innovation” for the company, that will include collaborations in “many creative and technology endeavors across the “compute continuum” that may include such devices as laptops, smart phones and tablets.” Music is also on the agenda.
- According to rumours, Facebook is set to get into the phones arena with two new HTC-produced phones to be announced at Mobile World Congress in February. The company has refused to comment on speculation.
- And finally; Gmail has a new feature – a new favicon indicator that dynamically updates based on how many unread emails you have. While there has been a plugin for it for years, it allows it to be constantly updated via Chrome’s Pin Tab feature. You can activate it in the Labs section in the settings.