Telegraph Technology round-up: week 1

Mark Zuckerberg. Kind of a big deal, so I've heard. Image: SOCIALisBETTER
Mark Zuckerberg. Kind of a big deal. Image: SOCIALisBETTER

This week I’ve been lucky enough to spend the first of two weeks at The Telegraph on the technology desk. Matt Warman, the Consumer Technology editor, and Christopher Williams, the Technology Correspondent, have given me lots of things to do, which is exactly what I wanted.

I’ve managed to get a few bylines and here they are:

Probably the highlight of the week was live blogging the Facebook Home/HTC First launch. It was my first experience of live blogging. It was thoroughly enjoyable, if it a bit manic when the man himself, Mark Zuckerberg, was talking. Doubling up on a live blog such as a launch, which focuses on one person speaking, allows one person to follow the speech closely while the other brings in reaction and useful content from around your site, the wider web and social media. It also gives you the freedom to write slightly more informally than you would in a news story.

Jumping back to when the “Facebook phone” was just a brief invite from the social media giant to “come see our new home on Android”, this leaked photo appeared online the night before.

This is a follow-up to the Facebook Home live blog. One of the interesting points that came out of the announcement was that ads won’t immediately appear on the Cover Feed of Facebook Home. We’ll see whether and how Facebook can bring them in without annoying users.

Switching to BlackBerry, this story reports that the pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10, which returns to the QWERTY keyboard for the newly-renamed company, are now open.

A futuristic story now: “Li-Fi” could become a reality in homes and offices many years from now. Imagine your alarm clock powering your phone’s internet, very, very quickly.

The 4G network is going to expand in Britain this year after the auction, but there are concerns that it will interfere with digital TV. A new study suggests the impact won’t be as bad as first feared.

Finally, in a phenomenal case of nominative determinism, Charlie Kindel, a former Microsoft boss, has joined Amazon.

So that was week one. I’m already looking forward to next week!



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