Each Monday, I cover the tech trends, gadgets, business services, and apps of note. The goal is to highlight not just consumer flash-in-the-pan ideas, but actual developments that could impact your business. Post in comments if you spot other essential headlines!
1. Google goes dark for two minutes
Is there any question the folks in charge of data center operations at Google might be looking for a new job soon? On Friday, the Internet juggernaut experienced a relatively short interruption--to all of its services. Google.com, Gmail, and other apps did not work. The outage only lasted two minutes, but one report said 40 percent of all Internet traffic stopped. For start-ups, it's a good reminder to take a long look at your IT operations and what it would cost your company if your services went dark for a few minutes.
2. Samsung's mega phone
There's another phablet coming out, and this time, it's even bigger. The Samsung Galaxy Mega sports a 6.3-inch screen and an 8 megapixel rear camera for video chats. The Galaxy Note has just a 5.3-inch screen, so the Mega is edging closer to the size of a small tablet like the iPad Mini (which has a 7-inch screen).
3. Oculus Rift starts a store
Oculus Rift is a lesson in how to build up anticipation. The virtual reality headset, which turns existing 3D games into virtual worlds, is not even available yet, but the company has slowly teased more and more details. Now, there's a new store where you can browse the games that will be available when the product ships... someday.
4. GoSquared gets a facelift
Last week, GoSquared announced a redesigned dashboard for its site analytics tool. Now, you can get a taste for how it all works. The site helps small businesses analyze not just who clicks into a site and from where, but also how long they stay and even how far they scroll down on a Web page. I'm now testing it for a full review.
5. The iPhone will go high and low
The WSJ is reporting that Apple has ordered its supplier to start shipping a high-end iPhone, which might be called the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 5S, and a new budget model, which might be called the iPhone 5C. This is an important story to track for start-ups because it means new apps to use, a reminder to plan your phone upgrade strategy, and the potential to kick off another round of consumer purchases.