The week in gadgets

17 Jan 2011

A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

HP may release webOS netbooks

A HP training video has let slip that its upcoming webOS may run on netbooks, along with tablet computers and smartphones.

According to PreCentral, the video was made to educate resellers on key selling points of HP’s upcoming products.

The transcript of the video suggests that webOS will be able to run on a phone, slate and a netbook and that each gadget could “talk to each other” and share information.

HP acquired Palm to get this operating system in order to move into the smartphone and tablet market.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 released

Mozilla has released its latest beta of Firefox 4.

The newest beta features an overhaul of the bookmarks and history code, which allows Firefox 4 to start up and bookmark links faster.

The beta has now enabled per-compartment garbage collection, which reduces work done during animations.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 is now available from Mozilla’s website.

The Social Network dominates the Golden Globes

The Social Network, a film loosely based on the founding of Facebook, dominated last night’s Golden Globes awards ceremony.

The film walked away with four awards, including Best Motion Picture (Drama.)

The Social Network’s producer Scott Rudin thanked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his “willingness to allow (the filmmakers) to use his life and work as a metaphor through which to tell a story about communication and the way we relate to each other.”

The movie also won Best Screenplay and Best Original Score, with the film’s director, David Fincher picking up an award for Best Director.

The Social Network gained critical acclaim on its release and is tipped to win big at the Oscars. The film generated controversy, as it was claimed that the story was inaccurate in how Facebook was actually founded.