(Relaxnews) – Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending October 14 include iOS 5 and iPhone 4S reviews, the release of Facebookâ€™s long-awaited iPad app, iPhone 4s pre-orders and first-day sales, disruptions to BlackBerryâ€™s services and Netflix backflip on DVD rentals.
iOS 5 and iPhone 4S reviews
Reviews of the brand new iPhone 4S and Appleâ€™s latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, filled the web this week but Appleâ€™s “personal assistant” Siri stole the show. “Despite Siri, the iPhone 4S isn’t a dramatic game-changer like some previous iPhones,” said Walt Mossberg for The Wall Street Journal while This Is My Next wrote “The iPhone 4S is an astoundingly good phone.â€ Gizmodo called Siri â€œpretty damn impressiveâ€ and The New York Times said Siri was â€œCrazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.â€
Facebook releases long-awaited iPad app
Facebook finally introduced the Facebook for iPad app providing tablet users with a full screen, tailor-made social network experience. Facebook-using iPad owners rejoiced while bloggers insinuated that the app had been delayed because Apple and Facebook were arguing over in-app payments.
iPhone 4S pre-orders top 1 million, people start queuing at Apple stores
Bloggers may have initially dubbed the iPhone 4S a “disappointment” but the phone has proven to be a hit with consumers. First-day pre-orders for the device surpassed one million units in just 24 hours (which is close to double its first-day iPhone 4 pre-order record of 600,000 units). There was also no shortage of people prepared to camp out overnight and wait hours in lines to be the first to get their hands on the brand new device.
Widespread BlackBerry service disruptions anger smartphone owners
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion had a tough week with system glitches causing widespread outages, lasting several days, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, the United States, Canada and Latin America. Thousands of exasperated BlackBerry owners swamped Twitter with complaints about email, messaging and internet outages on their Research In Motion-made smartphones while bloggers quipped that “BlackBerry Picked the Wrong Day to Die.”
Netflix backflips, says it wonâ€™t launch separate DVD rental site Qwikster
After announcing that Netflix would split its DVD-by-mail rental and online streaming services into two separate companies, CEO Reed Hastings revealed that he had changed his mind and that DVDs would be staying at netflix.com. “This means no change: one website, one account, one passwordâ€¦ in other words, no Qwikster,” said Hastings, causing bloggers to question “Should Reed Hastings resign from Netflix?”