Droid and Android, ICANN Votes, Win 7 Residue
The world got another smartphone this week with Motorola's Droid, available from Verizon. Google rolled out Android 2.0 as well. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers finally voted to allow non-Latin characters in domain names, and Windows 7 news continued apace, among other things. So read on and Happy Halloween everyone (see number 10).
1. Motorola Droid review, Motorola Droid vs. Apple iPhone 3GS: finally, a contender?, Droid: Motorola's savior or Google's false profit? and Android 2.0: The iPhone killer at last: We're topping the list with a range of IDG's coverage of the Motorola Droid this week because we know that our readers just cannot get enough smartphone news, especially if that news gives rise to speculation that the iPhone now has serious competition (nevermind that in the U.S. at least our favored BlackBerry still, if barely, rules the market).
2. Google releases Android 2.0 SDK, spills on features, Android 2.0: Your complete primer and Google Maps Navigation: Free and easy: Google released its "substantial" Android 2.0 update, including a cool new maps application (that is available in Motorola's Droid handset).
3. ICANN to allow non-Latin characters in domain names: ICANN finally got with the "worldwide" part of the Web and agreed to allow non-Latin languages in domain names
4. Microsoft confirms Windows 7 install trick is legal, Microsoft trumpets Windows 7 support options, response speed, Unfinished Windows 7 feature turns laptops into Wi-Fi hotspots, Windows 7: Choosing the right version, 32-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 7? and Windows 7 security: 5 things you should know: We knew there would be a lot of residual news related to last week's Windows 7 launch, though our crystal ball was a bit dim on just what that news would be. Now we know and so here it is, along with some handy tips on how to decide which version of the new Microsoft OS to obtain, including some thoughts on 32-bit versus 64-bit, and security considerations.
5. Oracle sheds new light on future of Sun technologies: Oracle continues to, albeit slowly, offer details on its plans for Sun Microsystems technologies that it will acquire when (if?) the European Commission gives its nod to the deal.
6. Gartner joins GAO in raising flu network congestion fears, 4 swine flu scams making the rounds and Harvard Medical School develops swine flu iPhone app: If the swine-flu pandemic leads to a lot of employees telecommuting when they feel well enough to work but not quite well enough to commute network problems could ensue, analyst firm Gartner said, echoing a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that said federal agencies are not prepared in that event. In other IT news related to the novel H1N1 virus, Harvard Medical School has developed an iPhone app that disseminates information about the flu and scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic to try to lure people into schemes.
7. Password reset e-mail is new Facebook virus, Twitter users tricked by new phising attack and New spam: Your bank has failed, download this Trojan: We thought we'd lump the these security stories together because they all fall under the heading of things that companies will not do or that you, as an Internet user, should not do. Facebook will not contact you, unsolicited, out of the blue to say that it has reset your password. If you are a Twitter user and you receive a weird direct message that wants you to go to a Twitter log-in page, you should not provide your log-in information -- it's a scam! And, finally, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. does not contact individual bank users to tell them that their banks have failed. The FDIC never sends unsolicited e-mail and its URL does not end with what is obviously another domain name. Following the link will download a Trojan that turns your computer into a bot.
8. Report: Former AMD CEO Ruiz was source in scandal: The stunning news of the week was a Wall Street Journal report that former Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz allegedly shared confidential information with a Wall Street trader involved in an insider-trading scandal.
9. Yahoo, Microsoft need more time to close ad search deal: Another round from the story that refuses to go away -- Yahoo and Microsoft have not been able to finalize their ad-search deal by a set deadline, so they have extended the deadline for an unspecified period. (There's a trick we would like to try with some of our deadlines.)
10. Come as you aren't: 10 geek costumes for Halloween and Halloween treats at Network World: Oh, to be sure there was other IT news this week of note, but Saturday is Halloween and we're in the mood for a little fun. So were ITWorld, which assembled 10 entertaining "geek" costumes, and Network World, which put together a treat bag for readers.