New Nexus 7 tablet launches Google into ‘ecosystem’ wars

Long rendered mere commodities with their manufacturing now largely done in labour-rich China and southeast Asia, computing hardware has now become just low-cost components in increasingly cloud-based software “ecosystems” the likes of which were first spectacularly consumerised by Apple in its now cyber-ubiquitous iTunes retail network. But software and Net firms are coming in hard […]

US Stop Online Piracy Act pits Silicon Valley vs mainstream media

A bill is currently being debated in the United States House of Representatives that seeks to implement measures that will enable the US Government to control Americans’ access to “foreign” Web sites. The bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been criticised by big-name Internet business including the likes of Google, Twitter, and […]

Is the iPhone and iPad the new Macintosh?

Recall back in the early eighties when the Macintosh came out. It was the coolest computing device, with its then revolutionary point-and-click graphical user interface (GUI) and compact stylish exterior that could pass off as a trendy furniture piece in any artiste’s living room. Alongside it in what was then the Wild Wild West personal […]

Google puts a solid back on cloud computing with the Chromebook

Google’s motto for its new line of “Chromebooks” is “you can do everything on the Web”. Chromebooks are laptops designed to be constantly connected to the Net and run all applications from the “cloud”. The cloud refers to a service hosted by Google that will deliver applications for use on these Chromebooks via the Net. […]