Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, rang the NASDAQ opening bell along with NASDAQ president and CEO, Robert Greifeld. Supposedly the start of a new era, November 30 has come and gone as quickly as any other day in my memory. Not even a ten page advert in the Metro. A pity really. Microsoft thought that Windows Live Search deserved a quadruple page spread the other day, over the front page, the second page the back page and the second to back page. Hopes obviously aren't riding high at Vista. As usual though, Microsoft are banking on the businesses to lead the way, suggesting that all business will see their productivity soar with the new operating system in place. If only it were that simple.
Joining Ballmer at NASDAQ MarketSite was Michael Wolf, president and chief oprating officer of MTV Networks. “In the highly competitive and fast-moving media and entertainment industry, our advantage comes from our people,” Wolf said. “These new products provide rich collaboration tools and powerful information-discovery capabilities that will help our employees be more productive and more creative. This will strengthen our competitive edge, and that’s why we’ll deploy the new products to 3,000 desktops in the coming six months.”
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Yahoo! TV has been around for quite some time, but when I heard that an all-new, Yahoo! TV had been released, I simply had to go and check it out. Yahoo! TV 2 has some rather interesting new additions to the already content-rich service it provides. Yahoo’s TV service is truly great. Best of all, unlike many other services, this thing really works! It allows you to surf the comprehensive listings with ease and quickly pick out interesting programs you might like. With extensive details branching out from the listing itself, you can find out additional information about the programs, the cast and the producer. Read more...
For once, even the almighty Google has to fail. It’s not often that we see offsprings of the company, particularly highly anticipated ones, just like Google Answers, die such a horrific death. The truth though is, that with Yahoo! Answers offering to pay people, and its existing current success, coupled with the fact that there are 101 other Web 2.0 start-ups out there, promising to do the same, there really was never any hope for Google Answers. Having been in development for over 4 years, Google has admitted that there is ‘no point’ in continuing development of the service. Read more about how Google might face eventual death...
YouTube Mobile is now, we’re hearing, readily available to the public! After months of shrouded suspicion and speculation amongst Web 2.0, Internet, Media and Mobile Technology analysts alike. And yes, it’s thanks to Verizon, as many had predicted. YouTube promised that YouTube mobile would be available within a year, but, according to the companies, the service is ready for launch as soon as next month! Read more about YouTube going mobile...
This is how to make money online, without paying for the info. If all Internet marketers were as kind as the man who produced this, and gave quality content like this away for free, all of us would have quitted our day jobs and would now be following the superb advice in eBooks like this. This is the one. The eBook or read more...
According to The American Marketing Association, many top social networking sites could be losing out on billions of dollars in extra cash, by not selling products, such as gadgets and gifts through their sites. According to the association, Facebook, MySpace and other major hitting social networks are missing the possible extra profits that they could be raking in. Carry on reading this article...
This is brilliant! At least, if I was a pro-hacker, it would be. I know that some of you out there are much more skilled than myself in this area. Simple, easy rules. No “dirty hacking”. So don't DDOS the site. Just simply change the picture on his site with another picture, preferably from the root user’s home directory. Follow the incstructions given on the website. Post on his forums, buss along an e-mail, place a .txt file in the home directory, with shipping information inside and he'll hop along to his nearest Best Buy and ship you one of these babies free of charge, world wide. Just for hacking his site! If you do this before January 2007 of course. Hackers, there's a deadline here, but good luck to you all! Remember, there's a next-gen console at stake! This is big stuff. Run Along. There is hacking to be done. News via Your NEWB.
What are they doing? Well, they're looking in general, at teenagers and kids around the world. Everyithing from photography, to podcasting and Shakespeare to music, the BBC are making a real effort to find out what us young people think, and for that matter, care. The eight day program, by the BBC World Service, will be based on BBC Radio Five Live (Link to online tune-in). Chris Vallance, from BBC Radio Kent, and popular website, Pods & Blogs, invited me to go and find out more. Stay tuned. More coming soon!
The fact that the BBC do care, and aren't just trying to get 'down with the kids', really does matter. It shows how much the world has changed. Not just in the past few decades, but you can look at recent events, to see how much the world, and the Internet has changed in the past few years, even months. Who would have thought, that YouTube, a site that didn't even exist 18 months ago, would now, according to Alexa, be the Internet's 8th most visited? The world is changing. Media is changing. Life is changing. The winds of change are blowing, once again... We all know what happened last time someone said that!
TheGorb. I’m loving the name. But I’m not really sure what to think of the service… It seems okay so far though! Well, TheGorb is a rather new concept in the Web 2.0 startups zone. It is, in short, a site that collects and aggregates various opinions from multiple sources about a person’s conduct and reputation. It then goes on to deliver a reasonably reliable result of what others think about you on the internet as a whole. It’s a tough game out there, but the ability to measure a person’s conduct based on other user’s opinions about them is certainly a tool that will help you. Read more...
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Can’t be bothered shelling out top a top level domain? Want something that actually works and has 100% uptime? Want a domain that is actually free? Well, now could your chance! CO.NR is dishing out free domains all round, left, right and center. I’ve already grabbed my snazzy domain, Tech.co.nr, and have been very impressed with it so far. Not once, in three months, has the company behind the domain let me down. I’ve had 100% uptime, and the customer service is second to none. Read more...
Site News: In the meantime, I'll let you know, that I've been approached by a major TV, Internet & Radio network. Everyone in the world will have heard of 'em. What do they want? Well, they're planning to interview me, live on air. I can't say any more right now, but things are hopeful. I'll let you know as soon as I'm allowed to say more, but it's all confidential right now. But trust me, this is BIG! Wish me luck! Like I said, I'll give you further details when I get them myself.
Automattic, the company powering the almighty blogging software that is WordPress, and the enterprise RSS experts, KnowNow have just very recently, reported that a partnership with WordPress has indeed happened! It is reported, at the KnowNow blog, that the two companies, that is to say Automattic and KnowNow will be offering a joint product, designed specifically for Wordpress blogs that reads and blogs feeds of websites, both public and private. Read more...
DropBoks. Free. Practical. Easy. Speedy. Useful. They’re just some of the words I’d choose to describe the little website that allows you to have your own private hosting space on the net in seconds. Free hosting isn’t usually this good or reliable, but this, ladies and gentlemen, is one for the history books. Why though? Read more...
The website creator created by the creators of SecondLife is Ajaxified! Rezzible, the spiffy, easy website creator that is sweeping the nation, is without a shadow of a doubt, the best Web 2.0 startup I’ve seen this year. We’ve seen some pretty darn impressive stuff, but this is great! Read more...
How much do you think you’re worth? Want some figures to back it up? SalaryScout is more than just a useful tool, but also a persuasive plus-point to back you up in any dispute over pay. Dubbed merely a ‘research tool’, SalaryScout deserves a lot more mainstream attention and recognition than it’s received. Still, the ability of SalaryScout, is that it can help you ‘determine more precisely how much your skills and abilities are worth.’ This may be useful for anybody who is in any postition anyway. Read more...
When Google logos start showing up around MySpace, you know that something big is happening. It’s not just that though, MySapce has gone red! Now they’ve gone red though, it seems it’s not without glitches. An IE7 & FF2 flaw is leaving many people stranded without MySpace accounts aswell! It seems that hackers have taken control! Read more...
Microsoft’s third quarter had plummeted, sending the company into debt. Thousands of staff based in the USA had been layed off and things were looking increasingly worse for the company. Google on the other hand, were now making their way into global domination. It was estimated that 80% of blogs were powered by Google. That 50% of e-mails were processed, scanned and monitored by Google (a figure ever increasing), and that the company’s operating system was now the first choice for over 40% of the country (another figure, growing at an average rate of 34% a month). Firefox, the free browser, created by Mozilla, was also doing great, with a now estimated use of 52%, putting it for the first time, as the market leader. Google had purchased Wikipedia and Internet domination was becoming ever more likely. YouTube was going strong as ever and Google.com had climbed to the No. 1 Alexa spot.
In the mean-time, Google had started offering their free broadband initiative and now had news stations broadcasting world wide. Though all of this was great, there were constantly Web 3.0 services striving to push further into Google’s dominating grasp and markets. The Internet was becoming an expanding factor in day-to-day lives. As were the people behind it.
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We know that USB is perfect for Evil Robot Snowmen, USB Thumbdrives and of course the George Foreman iGrill... but were you aware that USB can ROCK! with a screaming speed-metal guitar solo? Neither did we, that is until we got our hands on this amazing iAXE USB powered electric guitar. Simply plug the iAXE into any available USB port, jack in some headphones and commence to rock using the included software which simulates different amps and effect pedals. The iAXE is a full size professional guitar so having some guitar playing skillz might help.
Ever since Mr. Stringer took the helm last year at Sony, the struggling if still formidable electronics giant, the world has been hearing about how the coming PlayStation 3 would save the company, or at least revitalize it. Even after Microsoft took the lead in the video-game wars a year ago with its innovative and powerful Xbox 360, Sony blithely insisted that the PS3 would leapfrog all competition to deliver an unsurpassed level of fun.
Put bluntly, Sony has failed to deliver on that promise.
Measured in megaflops, gigabytes and other technical benchmarks, the PlayStation 3 is certainly the world’s most powerful game console. It falls far short, however, of providing the world’s most engaging overall entertainment experience. There is a big difference, and Sony seems to have confused one for the other.
The PS3, which was introduced in North America on Friday with a hefty $599 price tag for the top version, certainly delivers gorgeous graphics. But they are not discernibly prettier than the Xbox 360’s. More important, the whole PlayStation 3 system is surprisingly clunky to use and simply does not provide many basic functions that users have come to expect, especially online.
I have spent more than 30 hours using the PlayStation 3 over the last week or so and may have played more different games on the system — 13 — than probably anyone outside of Sony itself. Sony did not activate the PS3’s online service until just before the Friday debut. Over the weekend a clear sense of disappointment with the PlayStation 3 emerged from many gamers.
“What’s weird is that the PS3 was originally supposed to come out in the spring, and here it came out in the fall, and it still doesn’t feel finished,” Christopher Grant, managing editor of Joystiq, one of the world’s biggest video-game blogs, said on the telephone Saturday night. “It’s really not the all-star showing they should have had at launch. Sony is playing catch-up in a lot of ways now, not just in terms of sales but in terms of the basic functionality and usability of the system.”
Sadly for Sony, the best way to explain how the PlayStation 3 falls short is to explain how different it is to use than its main competition, Xbox 360. When I reviewed the 360 last year, I wrote: “Twelve minutes after opening the box, I had created my nickname, was in a game of Quake 4 and thought, ‘This can’t be this easy.’ ”
I never felt that way using the PlayStation 3. With the PS3, 12 minutes after opening the box I realized that Sony inexplicably does not include cables to connect the machine to a high-definition television. Keep in mind that one of Sony’s main selling points has been that the PS3 plays Blu-Ray high-definition movie discs. But high-definiton cables? Sold separately. The Xbox 360, by contrast, ships with one cable that can connect to either a standard or high-definition set.
Then, before you are even using the PS3, you have to connect the “wireless” controller to the base unit with a USB cable so they can recognize each other. If you bring your PS3 controller to a friend’s house, you’ll have to plug back in again. The 360’s wireless controllers are always just that, wireless.
If there is one thing one would expect Sony to get perfect, though, it would be music. Wrong. Sure, you can plug in your digital music player and the PS3 will play the tunes. But as soon as you go into a game, the music stops. By contrast, one of the things I’ve always enjoyed most on the Xbox 360 is being able to listen to my own music while playing Pebble Beach or driving my virtual Ferrari. Doesn’t seem too complicated, but the PS3 can’t do it.
In that sense it often feels as if the PlayStation 3 can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. In the PS3’s online store (which feels like a slow Web page) you can access movie trailers and trial versions of new games, but when you actually download the 600-megabyte files, you’ll be stuck watching a progress bar crawl across the screen for 20 or 40 minutes. Astonishingly, you can’t download in the background while you go do something that’s more fun (like play a game). On the Xbox 360, not only are files downloaded seamlessly in the background, but you can also shut off the machine, turn it on later, and the download will resume automatically.
The PS3’s whole online experience feels tacked-on and unpolished. On the Xbox 360 each user has a single unified friends list, so you can track your friends and communicate with them easily, no matter what game you are in. On the PlayStation 3 most games have their own separate friends list and some have no friends function at all. There is a master list as well, but in order to communicate with anyone on it, you have to quit the game you are playing.
There are some high points. The multi-player battles in Resistance: Fall of Man are excellent. The arcade-style action in the downloadable Blast Factor is suitably frantic.
But the list of the PS3’s disappointments remains, from its undersupported voice chat to its maddening cellphone-like text messaging system. (In frustration I ended up plugging in a USB keyboard.) Overall, Sony seems to have put a lot of effort into cramming as much silicon horsepower under the hood as possible but to have forgotten that all the transistors in the world can’t make someone smile.
And so it is a bit of a shock to realize that on the video game front Microsoft and Sony are moving in exactly the opposite directions one might expect given their roots. Microsoft, the prototypical PC company, has made the Xbox 360 into a powerful but intuitive, welcoming, people-friendly system. Sony’s PlayStation 3, on the other hand, often feels like a brawny but somewhat recalcitrant specialized computer. (Sony is even telling users to wait for future software patches to fix some of the PS3’s deficiencies.) The thing is, if people want to use a computer, they’ll use a computer.
Through the decades of the Walkman and the Trinitron television, Sony was renowned as the global master of easy-to-use, seamlessly powerful consumer electronics. But recently Sony seems to have lost its way, first in digital music players, in which it ceded the ergonomic high ground to Apple’s iPod, and now in home-game consoles. For now Sony’s technologists seem to have won out over the people who study fun.
As a practical matter, given the limited quantities Sony has been able to manufacture, the PlayStation 3 will surely remain sold out throughout the holiday season. If you can’t find one, don’t fret. Sony still has a lot of work to do. As Mr. Grant of Joystiq put it: “Maybe in six months it’ll be finished. Maybe by next fall I’ll be able to do all the cool stuff. I’m still kind of waiting.”
Gamers today demand an excellent story in their games; they need to know what’s at stake, and why they should care. Excitement tops the list of desired emotions, but they want to be scared, too. They want the rush that comes from being scared by an enemy or trapped in a dark room and escaping with their lives. The goal of this ad is to establish Marcus Fenix as the hero of the Gears of War trilogy. The intention is to create emotional connection with him that is lacking in typical third-person action title marketing, by communicating a sense of desperation, loneliness, overwhelming odds, and the ultimate futility of the situation he faces.” via YourNEWB.
Most of you have heard of Michael Cheney. The multi-gazillionaire who I wrote about the other week? Well guess what? I scored a world exclusive interview with him at Profy.com. This is big stuff people! Right from the mouth of the master himself! :O
myTripz, apart from having a funky multi-colored logo, is a great social network which connects people world-wide. Rather than just being a cheap MySpace rip-off though, myTripz is a themed network, with users sharing experiences of days out, displaying photos of where they’ve been and recommending places for others to visit. The community feel there is great, with everyone dying to write about both the positive and the negative sides of things. If you think that your country won’t be included, you might get quite a shock. There’s a very extensive list of countries where the users come from, growing by the hour!
Signing up is easy. Give simply your name, e-mail and password, and off you go! Simply click the link in the verification e-mail and your account is up and running. Despite there being few members, the myTripz community is making the most of things, before inevitably, a rush of spam accounts attack the site. At the moment, there are some thoughtful reviews and comments on various places. After verifying your account is real and filling in some additional information (e.g. Hometown, Photo, Birthday and Interests), then you’re ready to go. Once set-up, you can invite your friends, start sharing info, send some messages, make some friends, join groups and pimp your layout. It’s not just reviews on days out though or holidays, you can review anything from clubs, restaurants and hotels to safari parks, nature reserves and beaches. myTripz clearly has tonnes of potential that it’s sitting on, and not utilizing, so it will be interesting to see how it fares up against some of it’s bigger competitors. via MOMB via me on Profy.com.
Yahoo and Microsoft have now joined Google in the new format standard, Sitemaps. Many sites use sitemaps as a quick way of getting indexed my Google fast, and now that Microsoft and Yahoo have joined the craze, indexing will never have been easier. The beauty of sitemaps lies in simplicity. Simply create a sitemap once, then it updates in line with your new pages and the search engines index you speedy quick. What does this mean? Well, like I said, speedy indexing of dynamic pages and their static conuterparts alike. All a Sitemap is, is just a simple XML file, meaning that even a novice can create a sitemap, and the benefits are instantly available and noticable.
Sitemaps caters for the needs of those who have complex URLs, but wish for their articles to be relevantly searched and found for. E-commerce sites like Amazon can now keep wary buyers on standby, alerting them the instant they get a new product, say the PS3, in stock. Tim Mayer from Yahoo, has been quoted by GigaOM saying that the Sitemaps format is currently “very simplistic, but it could be expanded to include meta information about URLs and geo-location data”. This would be extremely cool, and useful for users and webmasters alike. The future is rapidly changing. It was only just over a year ago that Google launched the Sitemaps concept. Now that other search engines, beside Google have taken it up, should hopefully mean that this can become the Web 2.0 unified indexing standard. via me on Profy.com. Profy rocks, so click that link anyway.
It’s true. The rumors have been confirmed. Skype is going mobile! But not in quite the way you might have expected it! Skype has been hacked. Officially.
TalkPlus, the startup which raised a whopping $5.5 million in funding from Menlo Ventures has now released a video onto the net, showing how they’ve hacked Skype to make it mobile! You’ve probably read many articles before now, on how Skype are planning to release a mobile version within the next few weeks, but it’s never happened. Time after time, we’ve heard these rumours. But now, TalkPLus have figured out, how using a Java Application, you can make Skype In/Out calls on your mobile. This could become a powerful tool for any travelling businessman/blogger/marketer, mainly because no special Skype software is needed. Just your phone and the small, background app. Not a full blown service download. The video I mentioned can be found here, at The Skype Journal, but it doesn’t quite look like it’s ready for public release. It’s quite possible there will be some restrictions on what phones are compatible, but all in all, this looks like a very, very promising start to what is sure to become people’s new, mobile companion.
The Skype Journal points out the fact that the team behind TalkPlus has managed to complete the complicated task of “engineering a server without Skype components that talks to the Skype network as if it were a Skype client using Skype’s own language.” Quite an impressive feat! Or so it seems. Nobody knows how they’ve managed it, but once public release happens, some clever hacker is bound to figure it out. The side-effects of this upon Skype will could be hugmungous. GigaOM point out that, “Right now, Skype-Out minutes are free woth TalkPlus. Their revenue is from licensing, and from an annual 30 euro fee for Skype-In. Why buy a Skype-In number if TalkPlus can do the job?” I’m very hyped up about this admittedly, despite the fact that I’ve only recently become a Skype member. This could very well be the first step for Skype Mobile however. We may see, in the long-run, that many people adopt this. Skype owners, Ebay, might even get involved in this, chipping in to the service, or fighting against it. Who knows! But it’s not public yet, so don’t get giddy over nothing. The beta launches in two weeks! Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Skype is going mobile! via me on Profy.com.