Posts Tagged ‘internet’
  • 15toFame.com: Now everyone has a chance at 15 minutes of pure fame.
    by Mike
    Posted December 31st, 2009 at 7:43 am
    At some point or another in our lives, we've all sought out some way to become famous. Whether we were motivated by monetary dreams to the simple love of attention or anything in between, fame is one of those things that so many seek out yet fall short of. For good reason too. It's hard getting noticed and appealing to a wide group of people. So how do you get your foot in the door? A new site 15toFame looks to be a new tool in the tech minded individuals of the coming decade. The approa...
  • Oh the horror: Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 get delayed.
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 11:51 am
    I thought the holidays were supposed to be happy times? If you're a Mozilla/Firefox, this certainly won't be the case as Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 have gotten fresh "delayed" stickers slapped across their faces. Bugs and other under the hood hoopala is no doubt the root cause. (What else would it be?) Unfortunately, a late 2009 release for 3.6 has now become "Q1 2010" with Firefox 4 looking even more disappointing -- "late 2010/early 2011". Dear god. I'm all for quality, double and triple chec...
  • Feeling bored? Control some clever chaps Christmas tree via Twitter.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    While the tweeting Kegerator is a clever, geeky way to interact with a chilled brew, other even more interactive possibilities exist for Twitter. Moving away from actual consumption, how about controlling something via Twitter? I bring you the "Tweet Tree". This clever combination of old and new employs Twitter as the means to let ordinary citizens such as you and I to control a Christmas tree's lights from anywhere in the world. Built upon a relatively cheap $35 web platform, making yo...
  • Firefox 4 design gets updated. Possibilities ensue…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 am
    If you had to pick a favorite browser, which one would it be: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera.....Internet Explorer? Apparently the answer to that question is increasingly becoming Firefox. Over the last several quarters, Firefox has been gaining ground on the old giant (IE) so much so that according to recent reports, Firefox now commends more marketshare than IE7 -- no small feat. Naturally, a browser that is growing larger by the day would obviously attract some attention concerning a fresh...
  • Android catching up to iPhone, slowly eating off everyone’s plates.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am
    The iPhone may still be the defacto standard when it comes to anything in the consumer smartphone realm, but Android would like to remind you that they aren't giving up. In fact, according to the latest AdMob reports, Android is actually biting away at Apple's share as well as making mad grabs from a few other OS's dinner plates. The chart shows Apple still maintains a 2 : 1 lead as far as OS market share goes, however, Android is again closing that gap. Of all the members present, Symbia...
  • A bunch of Iranian wacko extremists who butcher the English language “take control” of Twitter.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 9:12 am
    Unless you live at 120 Rock Ln., you've no doubt heard about Twitter's "hijack" at least twice this morning. Late last night a group claiming to be the "Iranian Cyber Army" exploited a hole in security around Twitter's DNS records which led to the events that unfolded. The events of course weren't anything too sinister -- a simple picture and some propaganda jargon saying we're the best you're not. Really deep stuff. I should be more worried but I find myself more cynical than ever, though n...
  • Internet/Web apps to take over the mobile sphere in the long run…
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:37 pm
    Smartphones and app stores are the current crack for geeks alike. Back in 2007 however, Apple tried to set a very different precedent by abandoning the traditional native app model and focusing on web apps. That attempt ultimately failed as end users wanted the features native apps provided and weren't too fond of web apps' meager functionality. As the mobile web and mobile browser constantly evolve, would a web app/browser combo once again have a chance at unseating native apps? "Yes" say...
  • iHeart Radio coming to a Droid near you just in time for the holidays!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Pandora, Last.fm, and Spotify are cool and all, but sometimes you want a more online radio type of service. For that, iHeart Radio is your app. Already available on iPhone and BlackBerry, iHeart Radio is simple to use web radio app that allows you to find the exact type of radio station or stations you want be navigating by genre. With over 350+ of america's favorite radio stations, those looking to tune into the infamous radio stations that we so often hear about on TV, movies, and the media...
  • iCloud launches iCloud Premium complete with 100GB online storage.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    Online storage and "cloud" services are all the rage these days. With business looking to cut costs and move data storage offsite as well as consumers looking for easier and more convenient ways to share/store their information for easy accessibility may have found iCloud's basic package at 3GB total storage a bit anemic. But the great thing about iCloud was that it wasn't just about storage. Web apps covering multiple spheres including work and play allow consumers to get their work done and...
  • HTML5 making iPhone devs second guess native apps and frustrating app approval process.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    Even though Apple's App Store continually gets knocked for god awful delays in getting apps approved, updates issued, etc., Apple will never close down the actual approval process. Sad as it is, it's just something we'll have to live with. But devs who don't want to deal with App Store woes have a new tool in their arsenal -- HTML5. The iPhone's Safari browser supports HTML5. What's the big deal? HTML5 allows web pages and web apps to act and display extremely close to what an actual na...
  • Sony to adopt Xbox Live-esque subscription model?
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 8:13 am
    Before you freak out and wet yourself, make it known that there is nothing concrete about any of this. It is merely a theoretical assumption and think pot of ideas... Recently Nikkei Japan asked Sony executive VP Masayuki Chatani about how Sony maintained the cost of running the PSN network -- a free online gaming network. Several options were highlighted with the most interesting being "single-payment packaged software" as well as the possibility of monthly fees or per-item charges. Kee...
  • Bing iPhone app hands down classiest, nicest Microsoft designed product ever.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    Say what you will about Microsoft and Bing (ok, both are questionable) but Redmond's ultra new Bing search app for iPhone is hot -- at least visually speaking that is. While the styling is simplistic yet modern and basically feels right at home on the iPhone platform, it is actually pretty lust worth from someone with an eye for visual candy. I'm curious to see how many times (if multiple attempts were needed) to get a design tat was up to Apple's standards before they'd approve it. Speaking ...
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