Google launched its often controversial Street View service in 25 cities in England today. The images were taken from Google cars driving around Britain's roads last summer. This makes England the 7th country to receive Street View maps.
Opinion - Technology is a beautiful thing, and I am one of the biggest advocates of free speech, open forums, blogging, social networking and the ability to utilize the Internet as a medium to deliver your work, your opinions and your views. Internet technology, however, is something that should be used carefully and treated with respect. At its best and worst it can bring individuals wealth, fame and popularity. Unfortunately it can also cause significant harm.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has had an amazing day on the stock market. Whereas the average volume of daily shares traded is three million, IBM's recent interest in the company has sent the trading volume to 162.1 million, up 5400% in one day. In addition, the stock price continues north, closing up $3.92 on the day at $8.89, which is 78.9% increase.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel Corporation are currently in a dispute regarding a potential x86 cross licensing agreement breach. Earlier in the month AMD and its partner Advanced Technology Investment Company established GlobalFoundries, a joint venture which would produce microprocessors for AMD among other chips utilizing equipment and technologies from AMD. Intel feels that the use of the equipment by GlobalFoundries for the production of x86 chips is a breach in a cross-licensing agreement between AMD and Intel.
is apparently not outside the effects of the economic decline after all. The trend started last holiday season with a deceleration in Mac sales and has now spilled
over into January and, according to the latest stats, February as well. It's causing watchers to ponder a question of Apple: How low can you go?
Journalism is changing. On Tuesday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos is planning to conduct an interview with the former presidential candidate, John McCain, for his show This Week. I would say that typically, even chatting on Twitter can be quite a pain due to its 140-character limit. However in this instance with such a limited form of communications and two players typically long-winded, it should be quite interesting to see how a full interview with the former presidential candidate plays out.
Cybersquatting is the act of registering a domain name like gogole.com or micrsofot.com, hoping to capitalize on the common misspellings of popular websites. According to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in 2008 a record number of complaints were filed about this "abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet".
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and sponsored by the center's National Center for Health Statistics, indicates that almost 15 percent of U.S. households have abandoned their home phone service in favor of wireless service only -- leaving people with no landlines as backup, according to Reuters.
Perhaps taking a cue from the recent Yahoo success, Google will also bring a personal advertising campaign to your browser. A tailored advertising frenzy will soon be provided to you free of charge by Google, based not only on the web sites you visit, but also from cookies Google will leave on your computer to aid in further refinement and a new plug-in which will make the data persistent -- though you will have some control over how much Google does this.
Analyst Opinion - When I was at a vendor event recently, the guys there were making a big deal about all of the power saving features their parts had achieved, indicating energy savings at the component level now exceed 70% over previous generations. These were desktop PC parts, and when I asked about the power savings at the wall I got the usual “we have no control over the inefficiencies of power supplies” answer, and then it struck me: With all those wonderful power saving parts at the component level, how many of them were completely eaten up by massively inefficient power supplies? The reality is this: People buying notebook and desktop PCs aren’t given anything but an occasional EnergyStar sticker (which doesn’t appear to mean much) to help them make energy smart choices. I believe it's well past time for something more.
More individuals visit and utilize social networking websites and blogs rather than web based email, claims a report issued by Nielsen Online, a firm which tracks time spent online visiting different websites. This new data marks a change in the direction of the Internet and communication by its users.
On Thursday, IDC updated its PC shipment forecast stating that shipments would decline much further in 2009 prior to gradually recovering in 2010. Computer manufacturers should expect shipments to decline by 4.5 percent in 2009, upgrading the forecast of 3.8 percent which was previously made in December. Over the next five years, the US market looks to decline and only increase by 3.4% overall, mostly in 2012 and 2013. However, the world-wide market looks to explode by over 50% increase between now and 2013, beginning an up-surge in 2010.
With the inauguration, major awards shows, X-Games and other major events occurring recently it is no shock that users took to YouTube to catch up on things missed and to check out the videos they want to see again. It's even less surprising that YouTube has much to be excited about, as the company surpassed the 100 million viewer mark in the United States alone, making them the #3 most visited website on the Internet (and also #3 in U.S.), and #3 in most traffic, accounting for around 17% of all Internet traffic world-wide. This gives an idea as to the demand and growth of the online video industry.
Analyst Opinion - Do you know anyone who owns an Amazon Kindle 2 ebook
reader? Me neither. How’s about the original Kindle? Same thing. As
much as I want to cheer for Amazon to do for ebooks what Apple did for
music, I can’t get excited about the current state of the ebook reader
art. Simply saying they’re too expensive is almost too easy. But the
cheap geek in me can’t ignore the fact that $359 for a device that
doesn’t do a whole lot beyond allow you to read is a pretty steep price
when your average netbook or low-end laptop does infinitely more.
An organization called IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) publishes a root zone database, which lists all top-level domains, such as .com, .org and .net. TGdaily has compiled this list into a reference chart which describes each domain, or its country of association. Typically commercial uses in other countries will be prefixed with ".com" or ".co", as in ".co.uk" being a .com-like address for the United Kingdom. However, sometimes they go simply with their country's extension, as in Coca-Cola Canada (www.cocacola.ca).
Ever wonder what the oldest registered .com domain is on the Internet? After all, they haven't always existed. In fact, it was just 24 years ago this month that the oldest domain was registered. It was www.symbolics.com, owned by the Symbolics, Inc. company who, back in the day, was a leading software development firm with software projects designed back in the 1980s which appear very much like modern software designs seen today. For example, they had developed a fully object-oriented operating system called Genera, which today still exists as Open Genera, for Alpha CPUs. Their domain was registered on March 15, 1985 -- when the Internet was brand new. EXTRA: Slideshow
In a project currently being introduced in Ghana, Phillips has entered into a partnership with KITE, a non-profit organization from Ghana, in an attempt to bring artificial light to villages lacking in electricity.
It's being reported that for 2009, the Bishop of Modena, in northern Italy, has asked young Italians to give up sending text messages on Fridays, as well as using Facebook and iPods. As an alternative to the traditional giving up of chocolate and other certain other foods or activities, the Italian priest is instead asking youthful members of the congregation to give up aspects of technology for Lent, meaning no text messaging (the average Italian posts 50 texts each month), no social networking, no music listening and mobile video watching. Other priests are asking older members to abstain from using their cars and playing video games, in addition to giving up Facebook, MP3 players and texting.
Opinion – You have to admit that there is a pattern. For the third time
in two years, Apple announces a new computer with a processor that
officially does not yet exist. Today it is the upcoming Xeon X5580 CPU
with Nehalem-EP core. Does Apple get preferential treatment from Intel?
Or is Apple simply Apple and does not care about non-disclosure
agreements and the rest of the industry?
In an interview with Advertising Age, Jeff Bewkes, chief executive of Time Warner discussed a concept the company has deemed TV Anywhere. The goal of the initiative is to start an industry wide revolution, taking back the cable industry and maintaining television networks simultaneously. "This is not just for the cable industry," he said. "It's about keeping the health of all these fantastic networks while making them available at no extra charge on the online platform."