Nokia Unveils N1 Tablet, Google Has The Right To Free Speech, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Twitter indexes all tweets, Netflix heads Down Under, Nokia Z Launcher opens up, and mocking dumb start-ups with Smart Pipe.
The Nokia N1 Is A Lollipop Tablet
After teasing a big reveal for 24 hours, Nokia has unveiled the new N1 tablet. Manufactured by Foxconn, the Nokia N1 is a 7.9-inch tablet powered by Android 5.0 (Lollipop) . It features a 64-bit quad-core processor, a 2048 x 1536 high resolution display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and two cameras; 8-megapixels at the rear, and 5-megapixels at the front.
This is very much an Android version of the iPad mini 3, which is unsurprising given the involvement of Foxconn. One key difference between the Nokia N1 and Apple’s smallest tablet is pricing: the Nokia N1 has a MSRP of $250, whereas the iPad mini 3 starts at $399.
What differentiates this from the rash of other Android tablets already on the market is, according to Nokia, the Z Launcher. This intelligent Android launcher , which predicts what apps users will want to access at various times of the day, is now available for all Android devices (4.1 and over). Which somewhat lessens the impact of the USP of the Nokia N1.
The Nokia N1 will initially be sold in China at the beginning of 2015, with selected European markets then added to the roster. There is no word yet on any potential release in North America.
Google Has The Right To Free Speech
Lenny Bruce would OD all over again if he saw the lazy, non-satirical, “jokes” that comics moaning about free-speech are doing.
— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) November 6, 2014
If our recent debate on net neutrality proved anything, it’s that everybody has the right to free speech. But should Google also be awarded that right if it means the company’s search results are allegedly skewed to harm its competition?
A San Francisco court has ruled in favor of Google having the right to free speech, essentially giving the company the freedom to do what it wants with its own search results. This judgement was made in a case involving CoastNews, a website which claims Google pushed it down in its search results in order to harm it as a potential competitor.
Google responded to this claim with an anti-SLAPP motion, which challenges lawsuits on the basis of protecting free speech. Ruling in the search giant’s favor, Judge Ernest Goldsmith claimed Google’s conduct was “constitutionally protected.”
Twitter Completes Indexing All Tweets
just setting up my twttr
— Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
Twitter has completed indexing all public tweets made since 2006. Twitter has published a long blog post detailing how they accomplished this, but all the average user needs to know is that search results will now contain tweets dating all the way back to the beginning of Twitter .
Netflix Is Heading Down Under
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— Netflix US (@netflix) November 18, 2014
Netflix is heading Down Under, with the streaming media service set to bring its catalog of movies and television shows to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.
There is no word yet on exactly what content will be available at launch, but Netflix originals such as Bojack Horseman, House Of Cards, and Arrested Development are guaranteed to be included. Bonza.
Nokia’s Z Launcher App Is In Open Beta
As mentioned above, one of the key selling points of the new Nokia N1 tablet is Z Launcher, designed to make using Android easier. Brilliantly, to coincide with the unveiling of the N1, Nokia has moved Z Launcher to an open beta. Which means anyone with an Android device running Android 4.1 or newer can download and install Z Launcher for themselves.
Nokia’s Z Launcher for Android is now available through Google Play. Do bear in mind that this Android launcher is still in beta, so it may not function exactly as advertised.
Everybody Needs A Smart Pipe
And finally, not all start-ups are bad , but almost all pitches by start-ups are terrible. This parody of an infomercial by Adult Swim relentlessly mocks the various tropes companies invariably use to sell us on a new product or service.
There are some truths hidden within the barrage of buzzwords too. Namely, that if a product or service is free then you should expect to have your data sold as a commodity, and that social networking will be a part of this new product, no matter what. [H/T Gawker]
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