pbahra writes: The rather splendidly named Jolicloud, both the name of a French start up and its operating system, is launching its first netbook, the Jolibook, on Friday. Jolicloud is a flavour of Ubuntu, designed to blur the distinction between desktop and web apps. The company's CEO was keen to stress that this was more than just another netbook launch, and that the Jolicloud represents a different approach to computing. He describes the Microsoft model — where you buy a computer, then you have to buy Office, and then anti-virus software, and then more and more as the “old model”. Instead, users are expected to pay for some content and for online cloud storage. The details of the launch are still under wraps, but I can tell you it will be very competitively priced — under most rival netbooks yet delivering a pretty powerful package — with a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 processor and featuring a 250GB hard drive. The whole thing is HTML5-based.
pbahra writes: The UK is to develop a hub of digital and technological expertise in London to rival the US's Silicon Valley says the UK's new coalition government. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to claim that his blueprint for technology, which is being launched today in East London, will "set Britain on the path of becoming the most attractive place in the world to start and invest in innovative technology companies." Mr. Cameron will set out fundamental changes to U.K. immigration law to entice well-funded overseas entrepreneurs, and revisions to intellectual property laws to make them “fit for the internet age”. The program is expected to tie up with the infrastructure being developed for the 2012 Olympic Games. The initiative has been given the backing of some of the US major technology players, including Intel, Google, Facebook and Cisco.
pbahra writes: Ford is taking a big step in the creation of fully digital dashboards in their auto-mobiles with the introduction of a second generation of its digital system — Sync. It aims to redesign the entire user interface of the dashboard with color-coded touch screens, better voice recognition and five-way control pads on the steering wheel. This new system redefines the way you control in-car entertainment and climate settings; permits personalization of things like instrument-cluster gauges; and even lets you set up a Wi-Fi network in the car.
pbahra writes: Nokia looks increasingly alone in its support for the Symbian smartphone platform, even as the global handset market leader is launching new devices based on an upgraded version of the system, which should be better able to match rival software. Apart from Nokia, which builds most of its smartphones around Symbian, phone vendors like Samsung and Sony Ericsson have also made use of the open-source system in their devices. But these two have now put their Symbian development on hold, focusing instead on other platforms such as the ever more popular Android. Is this the beginning of the end for the Symbian mobile platform?