terça-feira, 26 de outubro de 2010
Google TV is now out there in the wild. There’s no indication of how it’s selling just yet, but my hunch is that like early Android, it may be some time before sales really take off. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering that the platform is built on top of Android. But there aren’t a lot of apps and sites yet that are tailored for these new devices. They need more. And they know the way to get them. Free giveaways!
As they’ve announced on their Google TV blog today, the search giant is giving away 10,000 Google TV units to developers. Yes, 10,000.
The give-away started this morning at the Adobe MAX conference where they dished out 3,000 units. And it will continue over the next couple of weeks as Google will patrol the Google Code forums to look for developers who sound even remotely interested in developing for the platform. Or you can submit a request to get a unit for development.
As we’ve always said, the coolest thing about Google TV is that we don’t even know what the coolest thing about it will be. The experience is in the hands of its users and developers, and everyone is invited. Come play.
The Google TV unit being given away is the Logitech Revue, a device which normally sells for $300.
Sadly, this giveaway is U.S.-only for the time being. And yes, they want some sort of proof that you are actually a developer that plans to make an app or optimized site for the platform. I’m thinking about learning Java to build a solid fart app for the platform to get a free unit myself.
Update: Google wanted to make it clear that these units are meant to spur developers into making optimized sites for Google TV — not necessarily app developers (not yet at least).
AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- As Islamic militants escalate their war against the Russians in Dagestan, Ingushetia and other Caucasian republics, there is evidence that Arab jihadists, particularly Jordanians, are playing a leading role, as they did in the Chechen wars.
In recent months, Jordanian newspapers and Web sites have reported the death of several Jordanians fighting in Chechnya.
But it is the growing links between the Islamist fighters in the Caucasus and influential clerics in the Hashemite Kingdom and its environs who preach global jihad that are probably more important.
The well-known Jordanian jihadist ideologue Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi has gathered a following among the Caucasian Islamists, even corresponding with Arabic-speaking commanders who want to shift the conflict from a nationalist struggle into part of the global jihad.
Maqdisi is a powerful influence in Arab jihadist circles and since 2009 "has become an active promoter and propagandist of the jihadist movement in the North Caucasus," says Murad Batal al-Shishani of the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington think tank that tracks global terrorism.
Maqdisi achieved notoriety as the spiritual mentor of the ferocious al-Qaida leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zaraqwi.
PHOENIX, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A scheduled Arizona execution is on hold as attorneys for the condemned man and the state wrangle over the drugs to be used in the procedure, authorities said.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the suspension of the execution of convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, The Arizona Republic reported.
Arizona State Attorney General Terry Goddard says the state has appealed the suspension to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At issue is whether a drug to be used in Landrigan's execution could constitute cruel-and-unusual punishment, banned by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A nationwide shortage of a barbiturate used in lethal injection executions has raised questions about where the state obtained the drug, the Republic reported.
Arizona officials have confirmed the drug did not come from the only source approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a pharmaceutical firm near Chicago.
Landrigan's attorneys say they believe it came from overseas and so might not meet the quality-control standards assured by FDA approval.
If the drug were substandard, the attorneys argue, it could cause the condemned pain or suffering.
BREMERTON, Wash., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A 4-year-old boy playing with a semiautomatic shotgun in Washington State accidentally shot and wounded his mother, police said.
The 23-year-old woman was being treated at Tacoma General Hospital after Monday's shooting, The Seattle Times reported. Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Kitsap County sheriff said the wounds were caused by birdshot, the Kitsap Sun said.
Investigators say the boy was given a shotgun cartridge by his father, who was not home when his girlfriend was shot, the Sun said. He was playing with it and loaded it into the shotgun while his mother was on the phone with her back to him.
Wilson said the father apparently gave the boy the cartridge because he was interested in guns.
SACRAMENTO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was admitted to a California hospital for treatment of an infection, her campaign said Tuesday.
The infection was related to reconstructive surgery Fiorina underwent earlier this year following treatment for breast cancer, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Fiorina, 56, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer, was expected to return to the campaign trail in the near future. It was not disclosed where Fiorina was hospitalized of what symptoms she had developed.
"While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon," Fiorina's chief of staff, Deborah Bowker, said in a written statement.
Bowker told the newspaper Fiorina was being treated with antibiotics and remained cancer free.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief, said the whistle-blower Web site's leak of Iraq war documents is no real threat to soldiers or civilians in Iraq.
Assange told CNN's Larry King Live Monday that the 400,000 classified U.S. Defense Department documents WikiLeaks published last week showed the deaths of 109,000 Iraqis, including civilians and soldiers, approximately 15,000 people more than previously believed.
"This material doesn't mention any soldiers' names, doesn't mention any names of Iraqi civilians," Assange said of the released documents.
"The only thing at risk here is the reputations of the politicians and bureaucrats that put these soldiers into harm's way -- and who put Iraqis into harm's way," said Assange.
The Pentagon, however, said the leak could put U.S. forces in greater danger. Assange denied the accusation.
England's 2018 World Cup bid team has lodged a complaint with Fifa against the head of Russia's rival campaign over comments he made about London.
Russia 2018 chief executive Alexei Sorokin was quoted as criticising high crime rates and the drinking habits of young people in England's capital.
Fifa has strict rules prohibiting criticism of rival bids.
Sorokin said he had no intention to discredit bid rivals and is ready to apologise for any "misunderstanding".
"I can only apologise for this misunderstanding," he said. "We have the tapes of the interview and I know for a fact that I didn't break any rules.
"I did not try to hurt or discredit our bid rivals, there was no malice intended, I'm 100% sure of that".
England's complaint has been made against Sorokin rather than the Russian bid as a whole.
The controversy began last week when Russian paper Sport Express reported Sorokin to have said: "We do not enter into squabbles.
"It's no secret, for example, that London has the highest crime rate when compared with other European cities, and the highest level of alcohol consumption among young people".
Sorokin also criticised the British media for their coverage of Russia's bid as well as referring to Peter Odemwingie, the former Lokomotiv Moscow forward who was the subject of racial abuse before and after he left the Russian club for West Brom.
But Sorokin says Russia's bid team could explain themselves to governing body Fifa as well as England's bid team if necessary.