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Weekly Tech Wrap-up

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It’s that time again, time to review some of my cherry picked smaller stories of the week for those that might have missed them. This time round we’ve got an Adobe Flash update that doesn’t suck. OK, sucks a little less. Flash 10.1 beta was unleashed to the willing public with GPU video acceleration for certain Nvidia cards on Windows, but perhaps more importantly reduced CPU usage across all platforms. What does this mean? YouTube that doesn’t make your Mac or PC red-line that’s what. A step in the right direction Adobe, maybe Flash isn’t a lost cause after all. I’ve certainly seen some improvements on my netbook and Mac. Read On

Still don't understand what Google Wave does? Let Pulp Fiction teach you.

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I recently got an invite to Google Wave from our UK Editor, Sam.  After toying around in it for a little bit, I’m still confused as to how things will work out if I completely left email for Wave.  But now, watching the video above, I see how things could be more organized.  Oh and no. Marcellus Wallace doesn’t look like a bitch.

Google Wave now working on iPhone/Android (at your peril)

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Google Wave can now be used, for those lucky few of you who have a Wave invite, on the iPhone and Android devices. Going to Wave.Google.com pops up a screen telling you that your browser is not officially supported but you can proceed ‘at your peril':

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I can certify that it does indeed work for the majority, so if you’re on Wave and have either an iPhone or Android device head on over to Wave.Google.com for some mobile Waving action.

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Google Wave – Cutting through the hype

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google-wave-wallpaperSo, what’s all this Waving business all about and should you care? Well Wave is Google’s new communication project that is somewhat difficult to describe, but is based around an amalgamation of IM, email and real-time collaboration services. It’s currently in a closed beta, recently expanded to 100,000 testers (all invited manually if we’re to believe the buzz) and may revolutionise the way we communicate with our friends, co-workers and family across the internet. Read On

Google CEO Resigns from Apple's Board of Directors – But Why Did He Stay for So Long?

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Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.

“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

On the board for two years? I can’t imagine how uncomfortable Dr. Schmidt must have been on the board, especially taking into consideration Android and the upcoming Chrome OS. Granted, I have decided come up with a few plausible reasons for his staying on the board, in spite of the (inferred) awkwardness. No supplementary Photoshopped images or anything – I’d just much do this than answer hundreds of e-mails at work. Also, you’ll notice that I was not afraid to dodge Occam’s Razor:

(1) Shareholders. Shareholders. Shareholders.

(2) Dr. Schmidt and Steve Jobs are actually brothers and they must unite for the inevitable rise of the machines. Little did Jobs know that Schmidt – after all of this time – is the creator of the machine. Bill Gates shakes his head in disappointment.

(3) The “Board of Directors” is actually a contraption developed by Nikola Tesla. And though it appeared to be the prestigious Dr. Eric Schmidt on the Board the entire time, it was actually his unknown twin brother, Mr. Derek Schmidt. Everything was going fine until now. Now, it’s simply a magic trick gone wrong.

(4) After the announcement of Chrome OS, Jobs discovered that Dr. Schmidt was also planning to create a new video game. Jobs then miraculously found a way to trap Dr. Schmidt in said game. In an attempt to not shed any light on the matter, Apple tried their best to avoid jumping into any news cycles.

(5) Eric. I am your father. After he had searched his feelings, he knew it to be true.

Any other ideas?

Another reason to Jailbreak – GV Mobile

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IMG_0237So as well all know, Apple squashed the official Google voice app for the iPhone and removed GV Mobile, a 3rd party GV app from the App Store, probably due to pressure from the networks (here’s looking at you AT&T). Google said that they’ll look into creating a web app similar to the also blocked Google Latitude, Sean Kovacs however, the developer of GV Mobile, decided to jump ship and go around Apple to release GV Mobile for free on Cydia. Now available to all with a jailbroken iPhone, the app behaves identically to the App Store app and Sean has indicated that he’s going to continue to develop the app for Cydia.

So people who are sitting on the fence, another reason to jailbreak and pretty much due to the networks and not Apple. Thanks AT&T, you let us have it if you’re on a blackberry, Android handset or pretty much any other smartphone but you just hate your iPhone users enough to stop them.