Twitter ‘Following’ Bug Gets Fixed

A bug was recently revealed showing that users of Twitter can get any other user to follow them by tweeting “accept” followed by “@” and any Twitter user name. Twitter officially confirmed that the bug was real and immediately set about fixing it.

We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to ‘force’ other users to follow them. We re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we re aware and this too should shortly be resolved, wrote Twitter in its official blog. Of note: protected updates did not become public as a result of this bug.

Source: CNet

Prince Of Persia Actor Playing King Of Mist Peak In Fable III

Ben Kingsley has confirmed that he will be providing his voice for the upcoming Xbox 360 game Fable III. Kingsley (probably best known for starring in the biopic Gandhi) will also be playing the villainous Nizam in the upcoming game movie adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

“I’m a voice in a new video game shortly – Fable III. I’m a wonderful wizard character who is the king of Mist Peak, said Kingsley. “It’s very energizing and good for us actors to realize that [acting] is so diverse now. [Games] are as big a jump now as I suppose when cinema was invented, when people went from the stage to the cinema thinking: It’s not really acting, is it Now, it’s video games – and it is acting. It’s very demanding.”

Fellow British actors Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry and John Cleese will also be lending their voices to Fable III.

Source: CVG

Google’s Android Surpasses Apple’s IPhone

The NPD Group is reporting that sales of Android powered mobile handsets accounted for 28 percent of the smartphones purchased by U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010. This marks the first time that Google’s mobile OS has outsold Apple’s iPhone OS, which acquired a 21 percent share over the same period; RIM’s BlackBerry OS led overall with a 36 percent share.

“As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share, in order to compete with the iPhone, Verizon Wireless has expanded its buy-one-get-one offer beyond RIM devices to now include all of their smartphones, wrote NPD analyst Ross Rubin. Recent previews of BlackBerry 6, the recently announced acquisition of Palm by HP, and the pending release of Windows Phone 7 demonstrates the industry s willingness to make investments to address consumer demand for smartphones and other mobile devices. Carriers continue to offer attractive pricing for devices, but will need to present other data-plan options to attract more customers in the future.

IPad: Could It Replace Desktop PCs?

The iPad has been drummed up since it was first announced as the beginning of a new category the tablet computer. While some pundits have argued that the iPad will harpoon the sale of netbooks, that hasn’t occurred just yet.

The growth of netbooks from April 2008 to April 2009 was 641 percent; by contrast, the same period between 2009 and 2010 saw only 5 percent growth. It stands to reason, however, that growth would level off, and the category is still growing but that may not be the main story.

While the analysts are busy analyzing each other, everyone seems to have missed the real story in Huberty’s report, writes Mike Elgan. In addition to the netbook data, Huberty released another chart showing which other device categories iPad would ‘cannibalize’ (with some fava beans and a nice Chianti, no doubt). She wrote that 17 percent of iPad buyers are making their purchase instead of a handheld video game player; 28 percent instead of an e-book reader; and 41 percent instead of the iPad Touch. No surprises there, at least to me. Here’s the surprising bit: 27 percent of iPad purchases will be made instead of a desktop PC, and 44 percent instead of a laptop!

An anecdotal story from VP and global marketing CTO for EMC Corp Chuck Hollis says that his wife and three kids are fighting over who uses the iPad, leaving their desktop computers unused. Elgan said his own son is using the iPad in place of his laptop.

Regular desktop and laptop PCs have much more functionality than an iPad, between their programs, input and size options. But with these extra features comes complexity, more things that can go wrong and more upkeep.

This constant embrace of ‘more’ has made life way too complex. Just paying bills, getting kids into college and surviving in the modern world feels like a war against a bombardment of increasing complexity, writes Elgan. As a result, people have begun to gravitate toward simplicity. And that’s what’s going on with the iPad. iPads do less, but demand much, much less from you.

We geeks will always love our supercomputers. We like to tinker and enjoy problem-solving. But regular people just want to surf the Web, check in on Facebook friends, play some games and watch videos. And you don’t need a supercomputer to do that. No, I don’t think iPads have killed netbooks. But they will. And they’ll eat huge chunks out of the laptop and desktop market as well, concludes Elgan.

Source: Computerworld

Wi-Fi Future Standard Expected To Boost Speeds

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance announced that the latter will be allowed to build specs and standards to support Wi-Fi operation in the 60-GHz frequency band. Wi-Fi today operates in the 2.4-GHz and 5- GHz bands.

“Today’s Wi-Fi speeds are measured in the low hundreds of megabits per second,” says Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The 60-GHz band allows for significant boost in performance, so we are talking about speeds in the gigabits per second range.

Functionally, the move to 60 GHz could allow for speeds in the range of 1 gigabits per second to 6 gbps, compared to today’s theoretical maximum of 150 Mbps for 802.11n. This change could increase the speed of Wi-Fi tenfold.

“Wi-Fi in 60 GHz band could mean some compelling apps, such as those connecting your Blu-ray player to your TV or sharing uncompressed video in real time without any degradation,” says Figueroa.

60-GHz Wi-Fi could signal an end to wired Internet, but higher frequency waves mean a shorter range that doesn’t penetrate walls very well. The 60 GHz is like a beam of light you have to have line of sight but you can get multi-gigabit point-to point networking speeds with it, says Xavier Ortiz, an analyst at ABI Research.

Devices that can switch between current wireless standards and 60 GHz are expected to be available in two years.

Source: Wired

Social Site Foursquare Sees 40 Million Checkins

While most social network talk these days is dominated by Facebook and Twitter, the growth rate for Foursquare is notably increasing. The location-based social media site has recently received its 40 millionth checkin, meaning that it has doubled its total number of checkins in a little over a month and recently acquired over one million users.

The growth has no doubt been fueled by the hype surrounding the service and the rumors of a buyout. With Facebook set to integrate location-based features of its own, the site’s growth may be hampered if Facebook doesn’t integrate with the third-party service.

Source: Mashable

Iron Man 2 Strikes While It’s Still Hot

Iron Man 2 set its mark as the movie to beat this Summer, with an opening U.S. box office take of $133.6 million. The comic movie blockbuster has also sold about $194 million 12 days of release overseas, giving the film an overall total of $327.6 million.

“Audiences are responding to the continued unexpected nature of this franchise,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel. “Whether it’s the darker places we take Tony in this film, a fantastic new villain we didn’t pull back in any way from the spirit of the first movie.”

Despite the very solid release, Iron Man 2 did not beat The Dark Knight‘s record domestic opening of $158 million. However, the movie did beat its prequel, which opened with $98.6 million during its first weekend in theaters in 2008.

Source: New York Times

IPad 3G Sold Out In Certain Apple Stores

Demand for the iPad continues to be high, especially for the recently introduced 3G version. In fact, the iPad 3G has sold out in 13 U.S. cities, including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

Demand continues to exceed supply, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris, who noted that the company is working hard to ensure that supply catches up with demand for the device that sold one million units in four weeks.

It is speculated that the iPad’s large touch screens are the reason for the short supply. The iPad is still scheduled to release in nine major territories on May 28 , including the U.K., France, Germany and Canada, and countries that include Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

Source: Bloomberg

Google Chrome Faster Than Lightning

Home videos featuring Rube Goldberg machines are popular because of their quirky and inventive nature. In the spirit of that, Google has released a new promotional video comparing the speed of their Chrome Browser to a potato gun, sound and lightning created in a variety of odd machines.