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Unfortunately, this milestone occurred just a few months too late in order to be included in the 50 Most Significant Moments In Internet History, but you can rest assured that it'll be high on the list of the Top 100. According to digital research firm comScore, the total number of Internet users across the globe has just surpassed the one billion mark.Not surprisingly, China is pegged as have the largest population of Internet surfers, with nearly 180 million people going online in December of 2008. Following closely behind was the United States with 163 million, and taking a distant third was... Read more...
Social-networking giant Facebook is continuing to grow like mad. In fact, the company grew its active membership total from 90 million users in early July to 120 million now, according to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer. While speaking at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference, Sandberg also noted, “We got more (members) in the last three months than in the first three years of our existence.”If you consider the current population of the world is estimated to be about 6.7 billion, then almost 2% of the world’s population has a Facebook account. Facebook isn’t calling it quits,... Read more...
AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership - New ATI FirePro™ V8700 graphics accelerator designed for ultra high-end professionals; ATI FirePro™ V3750 graphics accelerator delivers superior performance for entry-level 3D users -Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) — Sept. 11, 2008 — Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) professionals who require maximum performance from their workstations can turn to AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the powerful new ATI FirePro™ V8700 graphics accelerator, which provides a 40 percent... Read more...
This smacks somewhat of those old blindfold taste tests you see on commerials.  It goes a little something like this...  "I hate Diet Coke."  "Here, try this new soda!""Wow, it's great!""That was Diet Coke!""Ooops!"   In a similar move, Microsoft took Windows XP fans and showed them a new OS, "Mojave."  What's interesting is that this "new" OS wasn't really new at all... Spurred by an e-mail from someone deep in the marketing ranks, Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put... Read more...
In the latest results from market research company, Ipsos's quarterly study of the U.S. online video market, Ipsos found that most users are willing to accept advertising within free, online video content. The percentage of folks who find the inclusion of advertising in their free streaming or downloaded videos acceptable, however, depends significantly on the type and length of the content. Of the different video types included in the study, full-length TV shows had the highest acceptance rate of people who felt that it is at least somewhat reasonable to expect advertising, such as commercials,... Read more...
A study detailed in Nature exposes the local nature of humans: we like to hang around our homes. But that's not what caught our interest. It's the way the study was conducted.Researchers used cell phone towers to track individuals' locations whenever they made or received phone calls and text messages over six months. In a second set of records, researchers took another 206 cell phones that had tracking devices in them and got records for their locations every two hours over a week's time period.The study was based on cell phone records from a private company, whose name also was not disclosed.Study... Read more...
Pure Digital came out of nowhere last year with one of the hottest consumer electronics devices on the market. Their compact Flip Camcorder cost just $149,  had four buttons and a hatch for a couple of alkaline batteries, took pretty good quality video, and plugged right into your USB port to download the video bits of your life. Simple, easy, fun, and inexpensive quickly added up to almost a million units sold, and an instant 20 percent market share. They even let you upload your video direct to YouTube with the software interface included. Pure Digital isn't resting on its success, though;... Read more...
NetApplications.com's Market Share reports a large spike in the percentage of Windows users using Apples' Safari browser for the months of March and April. They theorize that this signifiant spike is a direct result of Apple's sneaky approach of getting Windows users to unwittingly install Safari 3.1 and have it automatically set as the default browser:"On March 18th, Apple released the Safari 3.1 web browser for Windows and the Mac. With the release, Apple also included Safari 3.1 with Apple's Software Update service on Windows. It was labeled as an update with the option to install pre-selected.... Read more...
Microsoft has already indicated there is going to be a six week wait for Windows Vista SP1 because of driver issues.  Even without that, they seem to have issues with just the prerequisite downloads for SP1.In most cases, they reported that the final update hung while displaying the message "Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 - 0% Complete," which was followed by a reboot of the PC. Which was followed by another reboot, and another. "[It] reboots ad infinitum," said Frank Melk on the Microsoft support newsgroup. A smaller number reported a different problem: After the update, their computer refused... Read more...
In addition to WoW's recent announcement that they've sucked 10 million paying customers into the world of Azeroth, it seems that a player in the world of online piracy has reached the same milestone.  Sweden's own Pirate Bay has topped 10 million unique and simultaneous peer-to-peer users.“Let's consider these staggering numbers. 10 million simultaneous users represents a number never duplicated by any file-sharing entity. The largest P2P networks, such as FastTrack and eDonkey2000, both topped out with approximately 5 million users. Gnutella, fronted by LimeWire, is more difficult to calculate,... Read more...
Some users of online community Facebook are complaining that  Facebook's latest marketing widget, called Beacon,  allows other users to see what you're buying online from vendors participating in the program. They feel it's an invasion of their privacy. You're allowed to opt out of the process,  and given two opportunities to do so for each automatic listing, but there doesn't seem to be any way to opt out of the program entirely. The idea is that if users see a friend buy or do something, they'd take that action as an endorsement for a movie, a band or a soft drink.But it also raises... Read more...
For years there has been concern over just who has been using peer to peer networks that offer illicit copies of copyrighted material.  Not all of those concerns come from copyright holders or their agents.In fact it seems that there is, and has been, a large concern from those using P2P networks.  It might seem strange on the surface for alleged pirates to be worried about spies in their midst, but there are lots of people who claim to have reasons to want to use P2P networks that seem reasonable such as: backups for lost discs, etc.Here's the scoop:“For years, P2P communities have suspected... Read more...
Will Poole is tasked with leading Microsoft's push into emerging markets like China, South America, and Africa. His job is simple, really: Find Microsoft another billion computer users. He outlined his approach in a question and answer meeting, touching on interesting approaches to get technology to very poor and isolated places, including making a workable computer out of readily available electronic devices.(Q.) How close is that to being a product? You take the phone that people are already getting, hook it up to the TV they already have and you've got a computer. The phones that we use today... Read more...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently made some interesting claims about Microsoft code appearing in various Linux distributions, especially Red Hat.  Now he's made a comment that all Red Hat users 'owe' Microsoft.  He hasn't put a dollar amount on what they owe, or made his claims on exactly why 100% clear.  All we know is that the claim has to do with 'borrowed' code, a term that Microsoft themselves aren't exactly unfamiliar with.This isn't the first time that Microsoft has made such claims about Linux, in fact the Redmond software firm ranks only behind SCO when it comes to organizations... Read more...
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