TechZone360 Week in Review

By Steve Anderson October 06, 2012

It's always a busy week when it comes to technology and gadgets, and nowhere is that more readily evident than in TechZone360. With lots of news coming in on a regular basis, there’s some serious ground to cover. So settle in and let's run down another amazing week in technology with TechZone360's Week in Review!

To start the week off, we had a look at just what precisely the U.N. had to do with regulating international telecommunications. While many Internet engineering firms had been raising alarm at the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) plans to launch the World Conference on International Telecommunications, the ITU's Secretary-General was quick to release response that the conference was not intended to, nor was it particularly able to take control of the natural development of the Internet as a whole.

Next, we took a closer look at the upcoming influx of tablets by Windows 8, set to hit the market on a range of dates. Specifically, we examined the differences between X86 and ARM processors contained within those devices, as well as ways to determine just which product was right for each individual user. Further, there was a note on an upcoming AMD release suggested to provide the best of both worlds, coupling elements of the X86 power and performance and the ARM price structure to produce a new whole that may destabilize the Windows 8 tablet market when it emerges.

Next, we had a look at another unexpected phenomenon, specifically a week that was fraught with technological issues crossing the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown. Governor Brown was left to tackle not only the issue of permits for self-driving cars, but legislatures geared toward addressing snooping bosses in the workplace and the issue of digital text books for students. The large amount of technological issues for the Governor to tackle came as something of a relief to many who were tiring of seeing California lose in terms of technological development, as Silicon Valley finds itself increasingly under fire by competitors in other states.

Next was an item of massive import, as one of the largest mobile phone providers in the United States, T-Mobile, combined with MetroPCS. MetroPCS would operate under the T-Mobile name, and the resulting combination would provide an augmented 4G network and a faster overall rollout of the 4G LTE concept, which all the other networks have been aggressively pursuing themselves. Issues of bandwidth have weighed heavily on users for some time now, so seeing T-Mobile take this step should be particularly comforting to both shareholders and customers.

Lastly, we saw the impact of a new app released just in time for the first Presidential debate in the United States between current President Barack Obama and republican challenger Mitt Romney. The React Labs: Educate app looked to provide a rapid response to the debate from users, and provide it, it did. While the results of the React Labs: Educate polling had some telling results, it is the existence of the app itself that provides the most interest.

There's little information out there about real-time reaction to political debates, so getting that data was welcome to political science researchers.

There's always plenty of news when it comes to technology and gadgets, and our global online community is constantly in the hunt for more. So join us back here next week for more news, and every weekend for our Week in Review coverage.

Contributing TechZone360 Writer

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