This Week on the Web
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Friday, October 7, 2011 9:01:55 AM
It was a big week in technology news. The untimely death of Apple's Steve Jobs overshadowed nearly everything else that happened earlier, including the unveiling of Apple's iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, the Steve Jobs news also looked like an opportunity to fraudsters, who immediately started scams involving everything from "free" iPads, MacBooks and iPhones to supposedly exclusive footage from Jobs' funeral. Think before you click if one of these so-called special offers comes your way!
While not as high on the media radar this week, here are some other stories worth checking out:
- India announced a low-cost tablet for the masses aimed at bringing more of the country's population online. Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the computer has a color touch screen and not much in the way of internal memory, though it does have capacity for up to 32 GB of external storage.
- In response to a major security flaw discovered in its Android phones, HTC moved to reassure users that an over-the-air patch was on the way, advising users to be cautious of app permissions in the meantime.
- Industry sources claimed that Sony is moving to buy out Ericsson and take full control of the mobile-handset joint venture in what is believed to be an effort to better integrate Sony's other technology strengths in gaming, cameras and music players into its phones.
- The EU looked set to approve Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, which was announced in May of this year and approved by US Federal Trade Commission in June
- Could there be an alternative to Google Maps in the works from Intel?
- And finally, to wrap up the week on a robot-related note, here is a video of a four-armed robot which looks like it's performing surgery... but is actually peeling a grape ! (It's cooler than it sounds - honestly.)
Have a great weekend!