Week of 10/31/11 – Tech News Roundup

This was a heavy week for new product launches and major revisions of existing products.

After months of private beta, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz launched Asana, a collaboration tool.

Milk (Kevin Rose’s new company) launched their new iPhone app called OINK. This app allows you to rate anything: a hamburger in a local restaurant, a TV show, your favorite tea, a salad, etc.

Massive Health, a mobile health startup that had been in stealth mode for several months, launched an app called The Eatery. Someone on Twitter described it as “Hot or Not for your Mac ‘N Cheese“. You post photos of your food and people rate the food on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the healthiest. The Eatery keeps track of your food scores and gives you a rating of how you’ve been eating this week.

Ex-Engadet editor Joshua Topolsky launched a new gadget site from called The Verge.

Yahoo launched a couple of iPad apps: Livestand (Flipboard competitor) and IntoNow (video discovery).

Apple released GarageBand for the iPhone. ($4.99 on iTunes)

Jawbone started selling the Up  – a $99 wristband that tracks your fitness and your sleeping habits. Up includes an iPhone app that tracks your eating habits by encouraging you to take photos of your food and asking you how you felt a couple of hours after eating.

Sphero, a robotic ball that you can control using a smartphone – is available for pre-order ($129).

The Ball. Evolved. from GoSphero on Vimeo.

And finally, Google made a couple of Gmail announcements. First, they rolled out a new, cleaned up version of Gmail. Overall, the new design was pretty well received, although some people complained that the spacing of messages was too wide. If you prefer the spacing from the old design, you can change it using the Display Density setting.

The other Gmail announcement was a mess. On November 2nd, Google announced their rumored Gmail app for iPhone. Within minutes of the announcement, people were complaining about an error message that shows up when you log in. There were also complaints that the app itself was underwhelming. Google ended up pulling the app from the App Store and almost a week later, the app still isn’t available, causing some people to wonder:

How long does it take to fix a Push Notification bug? /cc @
@parislemon
MG Siegler

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Week of 10/3/11 – Roundup

It’s almost pointless to do a roundup for this week because there really was just one story – the death of Steve Jobs. There have been hundreds of pieces written in the past few days reflecting on the life of Steve Jobs and the impact that he had on so many of us. Here’s a small fraction of the remembrances & reactions to the passing of a great man whose impact will be felt for many, many years.

It feels like a month ago, but it was just earlier this week that Apple announced the iPhone 4S earlier this week. I posted a roundup of links from that event. The 4S will be on sale in stores at 8 am on October 14th and you can pre-order it now.
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  • Raiders owner and NFL icon Al Davis passes away at age 82
  • The Yankees and Phillies are eliminated from the MLB playoffs. Remaining teams: Rangers, Tigers, Cardinals, Brewers. Incredibly, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard tears his achilles tendon when he makes the last out of the game.
  • The Raiders get an emotional win over the Houston Texans.
  • The 49ers are for real. They destroy Tampa Bay 48-3. Three TD passes for Alex Smith. The Niners haven’t scored this many points in a game since December, 2003.

iPhone 4S Announcement – Roundup

Today, Apple announced the iPhone 4S, a launch date for iOS 5 (Oct 12), the new Find My Friends app, the Siri personal assistant, and updates to the iPad Nano and iPod Touch. Here’s a roundup of links from today’s announcements and reactions from around the web. I won’t be buying the new iPhone 4S (I just upgraded to an iPhone 4 earlier this year) but I’m looking forward to the iOS 5 update.

More coverage on TechMeme.

Week of 9/26/11 – Roundup

Apple announces iPhone 5 event, Amazon announces the Kindle Fire, everybody freaks out about Facebook “frictionless sharing”, Google releases shared circles, Disney Appmates turns the iPad into an interactive playmate, Health 2.0 conference, and an amazing end to the 2011 MLB regular season.

Hopefully I’ll make this weekly roundup a regular thing.

TECH

Watch Jeff Bezos introduce the Kindle Fire in New York City on Sep 28th.

Thanks Robert Scoble for including me in your Geeks Circle.

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  • My Giants were eliminated from the playoffs after winning the World Series last year. Watch the Giants’ year-end video here.
    • Watch the press conference with Giants GM Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy where they talk about their plans for the offseason and preparations for 2012.
  • The last day of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season may have been the most exciting day of non-playoff baseball in history. Two teams – the Red Sox and the Braves – that had insurmountable leads for the wildcard spots in early September were eliminated in dramatic fashion. The New York Times had an interesting post about how improbable this ending was for the Red Sox. Here is a video from MLB with highlights from all 4 games.