By Harry McCracken | Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm
Time for a new Technologizer feature: a handy wrap-up of the stuff we wrote about all week long. I’m cheerfully borrowing the idea from Andrew Sullivan, and hope you’ll discover (or rediscover) some worthwhile reading…
Jared reviewed InstantJam, a Guitar Hero-like Facebook game that uses music you already own. He also concluded that yes, the iPad is hurting netbook sales.
Ed explained why the “Facebook Dislike button” was dangerous.
I relayed the sad news that e-readers were dead.
Jared wrote about controversy over a video game that lets players fight as the Taliban.
Jared put together some facts on the first wave of Windows Phone 7 games.
Ed reported that the BlackBerry Torch’s initial sales didn’t seem to be breaking any records. He also covered a Wisconsin college’s report on the technohabits of today’s youth.
Jared wrote about music app Grooveshark’s short time on the iTunes App Store.
I celebrated the unexpected return of Microsoft Flight (Simulator).
I also shared my notes after using a remote-presence robot as my doppelganger for a week.
Jared analyzed Sony’s pricing strategy for PlayStstion Move.
I maintained that there was nothing newsworthy about Wired’s “The Web is Dead” story, since nearly all famous technologies, products, and companies were already goners.
I also worried that a Chrome OS tablet without local apps would be a bad idea.
Ed spoke approvingly of the value of pay-as-you-go wireless broadband.
Jacqueline reported from the launch of Fujifilm’s second-generation 3D camera.
Jared wrote about Gmail’s slick new iPad interface.
I said I liked the clarity of identity on Facebook Places more than the vagueness at Foursquare.
I reviewed a local-information service called Bizzy–I thought it was intriguing but found that it needed more info on more businesses.
We borrowed a post by Zatz Not Funny’s Mari Sibley on Android graphics apps.
Jared wondered if Other OS, a Linux for the PlayStation 3, might make its return.
Ed noted that Bank of America is testing a system that lets customers use their phones to make payments for stuff. He also reported that HP plans to ship a Windows tablet this year and a Web OS one early in 2011.
Jared contended that the notion that iPads are incapable of being used to create stuff (espoused by an LG honcho) is a myth.
I noted that Best Buy plans to have tablets in stock for the holidays that aren’t iPads (but not thirty-two different models).