In an effort to create more cohesive branding, the Android Market has now become Google Play. They are positioning Play as "a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet."
This re-branding isn't just limited to the Android Market. Most of the related apps and services have had their logos updated and names modified to go along with the Play theme. Google Music, for example, is now rocking a set of gold headphones for your home screen and is now known as Play Music. The music.google.com site now redirects to play.google.com/music.
While many baffled by this move, it seems like a good look to make the Google brand the focus rather than the more specific Android name. These are cloud-based offerings that are also accessible from your browser as well as many non-android devices.
Motorola Must Give Up Android Info
U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner in Chicago has ruled this week that Motorola must turn over information about the development of Google’s Android operating system. The ruling, related to the patent lawsuit between Motorola and Apple, includes a demand for information about Google’s pending $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. What seems weird in this case is that Google officially has nothing to do with this lawsuit and Motorola says as much in their response to the order:
"Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections."
The "Resolutionary" New iPad
You read that right! The new iPad is out and it is absolutely "resolutionary." Presumably, this term refers to the new iPad's "stunning" Retina display. To put it all in a nutshell, the new iPad is identical to the iPad 2 except that it's pretty much faster in any way you can think of and has the latest in display technologies. It features the processor from the iPhone 4S, but also sports 4G LTE support. There is also a 5MP camera.
This latest device update from Apple is probably not the mind-blowing launch event many had expected, but it's still a step up and seems to have been received about the same as the iPhone 4S launch. You may also wonder why I haven't said "iPad 3." Well, that's because there is no such device. The new iPad is what it's called (probably until they drop the next one) and it seems to be all about branding. As RWW points out, "for the majority of the people who buy it, it will be their first iPad - not their second or third. Who wants to start a revolution with no. 3?"
Whether you were blown away by the new iPad or not, it's likely most Apple fans have already pre-ordered it (which gets you delivery by 3/16 at the time of this writing) and those that are not fans will continue to not care.
iOS 5.1 Software Update
The latest iOS Software Update brings a few notable improvements and fixes over iOS 5.0.1. Siri is now able to say she can't help you in Japanese. You can also delete individual photos from your Photostream rather than being forced to reset the entire stream. The Camera app is now available on the lock screen for all devices (slide it up, don't try to tap it) and the camera app itself has been updated on iPad. The AT&T network status indicator has also been updated to show 4G, but this doesn't necessarily mean you're running at 4G speeds.
via Apple Support
Is Google+ Actually Failing?
It seems as though there is a coordinated attack going on to make Google's social network look like a failure. While it's been repeatedly reported that it's a ghost town, I see nothing but activity in my own circles. Of course, I could be in the minority. To combat these reports, Google has decided to release some tracking numbers to counter these reports and attempt to fix their image.
“Not only is Google Plus not a ghost town,” Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president for engineering, said in an interview at the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, “we have never seen anything grow this fast. Ever.”
via NY Times
Netflix Dealing with Cable Companies?
Is Netflix moving to the dark side? While it has been one of the primary services for those trying to cut the cable, it seems that Netflix may be looking to forge a partnership with Big Cable. Netflix has taken a few hits and is looking for a way to stabilize. I must say, I'm not all that interested to see how such a partnership would affect those trying to escape huge cable bills. Case in point, you need cable service to use HBO Go. I shudder to think that Netflix could go that route.