The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (5/04)

Google TV may be on the way

Google is planning to launch Google TV later this month according to news reports, with the Google I/O conference on 19-20 May tipped to be the most likely date for the big announcement.  Google TV (so far officially unnamed) will operate on the Google Android operating system, and would add Internet applications such as web searches and other Internet content to video entertainment. The Google software for set-top boxes could give consumers an alternative to cable/satellite packages now available. Revenue would be raised from the web-based ads, which would reach a far wider audience than they do at present. If the concept is successful, it could change the face of TV, turning every set equipped with the software into an Internet terminal.

Apple iPad Reaches ‘One Million Sold’ Twice as Fast as iPhone

Apple announced on Monday that it has sold over one million iPad devices over the internet and in its retail outlets, following the Friday release of the 3G version of the device, which can connect to the internet either via cellular data networks in addition to WiFi. Naysayers who jokingly derided the device as a large iPhone with no phone function have been proven wrong about people not wanting exactly that — a testament to the powerful allure of these devices, which sit in a new category of computing somewhere between the smartphone and the netbook. “One million iPads in 28 days — that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Demand continues to exceed supply,” he claimed, “and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

03mobile_span-popup Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

Owners of iPhones and other smartphones are watching long episodes and sometimes complete films, so a growing number of media companies are vying for people’s mobile attention spans.

Some of the biggest local TV station owners in the United States have announced a joint venture to transmit their content to viewers on the go. It is most likely years away from operation.

Why Twitter Is the Future of New

Twitter is a surprisingly interconnected network and an effective way to filter quality information, thanks to retweeting, concludes an analysis by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology of the entire downloaded contents of Twitter for July 2009. “Individual users have the power to dictate which information is important and should spread by the form of a retweet … In a way we are witnessing the emergence of collective intelligence,” according to Kwak et al.

Marvel Brings “Iron Man” to the iPhone

Marvel Entertainment and Zumobi have teamed up to bring a new Iron Man application to the iPhone and iPod touch. The free application is more than just a tie-in for the upcoming Iron Man 2 movie, it’s an app designed to keep fans connected to the entire Iron Man universe, provide video clips, downloadable wallpapers, access to movie tickets and more. We got a chance to talk to both Marvel and Zumobi about the app, its development and future plans to bring Marvel properties to mobile devices.

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