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Breakfast Briefing: Nexus 4 sells out, IE10 Preview lands for Windows 7 and web access a basic right

Breakfast briefing

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 at 08:55

Today in tech news, we have an insight into phone launches, a lick of paint for Internet Explorer, how web access is a right for a Peeping Tom and another use for Twitter data.

Nexus 4 a UK sellout

Google’s Nexus 4 phone sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale, in a scramble that suggests either the company didn't anticipate such high demand or deliberately restricted handset availability to ensure "sold out" headlines. The Register reports that the Google Play site has changed the option on the phone from "Buy now" to "Notify me". It’s not quite the same as people queuing along Regent Street, is it though?

Microsoft releases IE 10 Preview for Windows 7

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7, after the browser was made available for Windows 8. The preview, unlike previous pre-release versions of the software, is actually intended for consumer use and is available from the Microsoft website.

The release comes on the same day as this month’s Patch Tuesday news, and Sophos’ Naked Security blog notes the update includes a patch for Macs, well Excel for Macs, at least.

Judge rules web access is a human right

Michael Jackson was recently convicted of using a smartphone camera hidden inside a rigged shampoo bottle to video a 14-year-old girl in a shower, but should still have the right to use the web, an Appeal Court Judge has ruled. According to The Telegraph, Jackson, 55, had been banned from the web under a previous ruling but the judge found it was "unreasonable nowadays to ban anyone from accessing the internet in their home". The man will instead have to make his internet browsing history available to the police.

Super computing the Twitter Global Heartbeat

Researchers in the US working on the Twitter Global Heartbeat project have posted a timeline graphic showing tweeting activity in relation to the US election. Gigaom reports that the work was carried out on the SG UV 2000 super computer - a 4,096-core beast with 64TB of cache-coherent shared memory.

According to the report, the researchers likened the process of studying the data to a telescope focused on the "post-demographic world where individuals could be processed directly in the flow of information rather than forcing them into a specific demographic cohort".

Alternatively, it’s an interesting use of data that ultimately begs the question: "Does anyone in Montana or North Dakota actually use Twitter?"

Google updates Shopping tools

Google has overhauled its Shopping service, with new features such as shared wishlists. The company, which has long penalised "vertical search" sites that are packed with products rather than information, has released a video, spotted by Engadget, explaining the new tools, including a 360-degree view of products you might want to buy. It’s worth a watch for being cheesier than a double portion of Double Gloucester, but the service is let down by the fact that few retailers have so far uploaded content to make the most of the features. It's absolutely not a price comparison site. Not at all, your honour.

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User comments

Web access is human right...

Surely trying to stop anyone using the internet these days, or even to monitor their use of it, is pretty much impossible. Even people with basic IT knowledge could get a cheap laptop and a 3G dongle and keep it somewhere hidden - how can any law enforcement agencies do anything about this? Surely they should stop bothering and instead put the effort into tracking down those responsible for websites hosting illegal content (extreme porn, etc).

By valeofyork on 14 Nov 2012

Easy solution.

"unreasonable nowadays to ban anyone from accessing the internet in their home"

Removing his right to be at liberty in his own home doesn't infringe his human right's though.

It's just a shame that he'd have a 'human' right to a spot of protection under Prison Rule 45 (formerly 43).

By synaptic_fire on 14 Nov 2012

Not for idiots

"It’s not quite the same as people queuing along Regent Street, is it though?"

It's true that when Microsoft released Windows 95 there were quite a few overexcited idiots who queued up for hours just so that they could be the first with the new OS.

But surely, that is not an intelligent way to judge the success of an OS or phone.

The ability to stir up a few fools who can't wait a day is neither a guide to a product's worth or long term popularity.

By qpw3141 on 14 Nov 2012

Web access human right

This article from Techdirt on 8-Nov-2012 is relevant "Judge Quickly (But Temporarily) Blocks New CA Law That Takes Away Anonymous Speech Rights":

http://revs.me/tweeeee

The idea being that if you're a registered sex offender in California you can't have anonymous speech. You can get on the list by urinating in public, and in all sorts of ways such as consensual under-age sex, and you're on the list for an excessively long time.

These are examples of well-intentioned law-makers implementing poorly thought-through measures on a highly emotional subject.

By revsorg on 14 Nov 2012

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