Words from Nerds #89: Googlicious

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Nerd News:

  • Google introduces Gingerbread, a.k.a. Android 2.3. Not on any phones yet. Tablet support coming in 2011 with Honeycomb.
  • Acer and Samsung Chrome notebooks will go on sale mid-2011. Started the Chrome notebook Cr-48 Pilot program to get early developer feedback on the non-branded device. Seeding with 11 businesses (American Airlines, Kraft, Logitech, the DoD and others) and consumers (FaceBook fan page promotion, YouTube videos, and all attendees at conference)
  • Google unveils the Nexus S smartphone (but not from Blade Runner)(as were Android phones and Star Wars)
  • Do we need another e-bookstore? Google thinks so and unveils the Google Bookstore. Here’s the pitch.
  • Comcast responds to Apple TV and Google TV by offering new internet-TV combo with one box called Xcalibur
  • The FCC scores “broadband” connections, and ⅔ of the 90MM Americans probably don’t have it: 4 Mbps down AND 1 Mbps up.
Nerd History:
  • December 15, 1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • December 17, 1903 – The Wright Brothers make their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • December 7, 1963 – Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game by its inventor, director, Tony Verna.
  • December 9, 1968 – Doug Engelbart demos the first personal computer and mouse.
  • December 16, 1997 – An episode of Pokémon, “Dennō Senshi Porygon“, aired in Japan induces seizures in hundreds of Japanese children

Undiscussed news:

  • And the silly Microsoft Office version of the Founding Fathers. (from Bruce S.)
  • Navy fires a new, cool weapon: 33 Megajoule rail gun.
  • Christmas tree infographic at Gizmodo.
  • 45 minutes of space shuttles ascents.