They say life begins at forty. As we stand at the cusp of the semantic Web, that adage certainly holds true for the ‘Net. To mark the fortieth anniversary of the Internet, the Computer History Museum brings us an eyewitness account of how it all began. [Read more…]
Archives for October 2009
When Google introduced Google Wave in an eighty-minute presentation, many people were confused. When Google tried to explain Google Wave in eight minutes, many people were still confused. In fact, there’s a whole Web site listing things easier to understand than Wave.
If you’re one of those confused people, this fanmade Google Wave video will make the wonders of the service crystal clear. From chat to media to polls to games to playback, let Samuel L. Jackson show you how it’s done. Google Wave Cinema presents: Pulp Fiction.
Online book retailer Barnes & Noble, which earlier in the month launched its nook ebook reader, has been collaborating with Adobe to standardise the EPUB ebook and content protection standards.
It means that users aren’t restricted to using a nook to read books purchased at the B&N store, but can also use e-reader software for iPhone, PC, BlackBerry and more, as well as access content copy-protected by Adobe technology. [Read more…]
The road to application approval hasn’t always been smooth, with apps approved and then pulled, or outright banned on rather shaky grounds, but that hasn’t stopped Apple powering to 100,000 approved apps in the iTunes App Store.
The web site Appshopper.com has counted 102,485 approved applications and 93,659 available.
That’s a mind-boggling number, and unfortunately says nothing about the quality of those applications. Bear in mind that there are many variations on the same theme, and some (a lot) of them are complete and utter rubbish. [Read more…]
I hear a lot of old media types whine about how newspaper and magazine closings aren’t “fair” to veteran journalists, about how search engines don’t provide media outlets “fair” compensation.
Well, guess what: life isn’t fair. Adapt.
Technology doesn’t care how hard you worked to climb the old media heirarchy. New media maven Gary Vaynerchuk said it best in a recent talk: tech has no feelings.
Forget paying per gigabyte, trying paying per site. This awesome infographic shows us in no uncertain terms what your Internet access pricing will look like, should the enemies of net neutrality have their way.
If you still know any idiots buying into the telcos’ propaganda about “network management”, show them this chart. The way it’s worded in perfect marketingese, it may as well be a leaked document from an actual telco.
(Via Mr. Baby Man.)