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Nokia is experiencing their fair share of problems, with a CEO possibly on the brink of stepping away and a next generation smartphone OS that's now delayed from Q2 2010 to Q3 2010. But here's some bright news: anyone who can create a webpage can now create an app for Symbian^3. That's Nokia's next gen OS, and while it won't ship to consumer devices for a few months now, it's good to see Nokia hopping on the app ball before they fall hopelessly behind Apple, Palm and Google. Symbian today announced the availability of its web application development tools, making application development on the Symbian platform as easy as creating a webpage; these new tools open up application development to creators... Read more...
Anyone who ever told you that a single company owning the market was a good thing had their head in the clouds. In the latest edition of "why competition works," the Barnes & Noble NOOK e-reader is seeing one of the most impressive updates in a long time, and we have to believe that this update wouldn't be nearly as robust without Amazon's Kindle, Spring Design's Alex and Apple's iPad sitting beside it on the virtual shelves. These days, consumers have lots of choices when it comes to buying an e-book reader and/or tablet, so without a nice feature set, it's easy to overlook one and head right for another. It's clear that B&N doesn't want their recently launched NOOK to become the one... Read more...
We've seen this problem before. Internet addiction has become a serious issue in some of the more well-connected nations, with South Korea, the UK and even China setting up Internet addiction therapy clinics in order to help people curb their use of the Web and re-connect with the real humans around them. So far, there hasn't been too much talk of a similar epidemic in the United States, but a new study is shedding light on what some would say is an obvious problem. Today, U.S. college students are more connected than ever, with near-everywhere Wi-Fi, always-on smartphones and a good excuse to be online most of the day (studying, of course!). Researchers at the University of Maryland surveyed... Read more...
Do you watch TV online? Even occasionally? All the time? If you're reading this now, there's a better than average chance that you have consumed at least one or two television shows in your lifetime online, and that number is growing fast. More and more people are looking to the Internet to get their entertainment fix, and the reasons are numerous. First, the Internet is more convenient. It's almost everywhere, whereas your 56" HDTV is understandably fixed in your living room. The second reason is cost: watching shows online requires only that you watch ads, whereas cable, satellite and other pay-TV options continue to get more and more expensive.One area that pay-TV companies seem to ignore... Read more...
Whoa, can it be true? Apparently it is. Of course, we're talking about Opera Mini becoming publicly available on the App Store, marking a huge, huge change in the way Apple handles certain software titles.In the past, Apple has been very quick to strike down any app submission that does "similar things" to apps that come pre-loaded on the iPhone, with a few exceptions. The Weather Channel and WeatherBug both have weather apps approved even though a Weather app arrives on the iPhone and iPod touch, but other than that, most everything else has seen a rejection. Developers have seen e-mail apps rejected due to being too similar to Apple's own Mail app, despite the fact that many users are longing... Read more...
3D may be popping up in just about every facet of consumer electronics these days (your next HDTV included), but so far, it managed to largely avoid tampering with the delicate Internet space. Of course, we all knew it wouldn't stay that way forever, and now a technology expert at Intel expects 3D to be a huge part of the way we interact with the Web within just five years. That means that by the time 2015 rolls around, the articles you're reading here will quite literally be popping off the screen and into your brain. It's the next wave of New Media (Web 3.0, even?), and now it looks like it's on a fast track to reality. We jest mostly, but there's some since to this logic. Look how much multi-media... Read more...
If you've managed to glance through any of our recent netbook reviews, you'd know that we're big fans of NVIDIA's Ion. This technology has enabled netbooks to handle multi-media in a way they never could using older integrated GPUs, and we honestly wish there were more options out there just like it. One area that often gets overlooked is just how important a GPU is when browsing the Web, particularly when viewing graphically intense sites like Bing Maps or YouTube HD. Believe it or not, the GPU is becoming a more and more important part of browsing as the Web advances, and that trend isn't slowing down soon.NVIDIA managed to get an early build of Internet Explorer 9 onto a pair of netbooks,... Read more...
The Internet can be a pretty scary place, and apparently it can be pretty addicting too. Not that we're too worried about you checking back here for the 40th time today, but if you've found yourself having a tough time disconnecting in London, there might be some help just around the block. If you're willing to shuttle over and accept it. A new Internet addiction clinic has opened up in England's most famous city, as a private London hospital has launched what is said to be the nation's first dedicated technology addiction service. What's most comical about an otherwise serious venture is that the service is aimed at so-called "screenagers," which are teens that just can't seem to pry themselves... Read more...
At first, we suspected this was all a joke. And in the end, it may wind up being exactly that. But right now, there's a real possibility that the Internet could be nominated to wind the next Nobel Peace Prize. You may be chuckling right now, but don't be surprised if this idea doesn't gain a huge amount of traction. There's seems to be quite a bit of political discord going on right now, and individuals may end liking the idea of supporting an entity rather than a human, and have you ever met someone who actually despised the Internet? Is that even possible? A new website has been established to rally Mr. Internet as the lead contender for the next Prize, with "Internet For Peace" urging visitors... Read more...
Promising to change the Internet as we know it? Far too many companies say this without any real meaning behind it, but Cisco might actually have something that could truly revolutionize the way we enjoy the world wide web. But as with most things that have a Cisco label, it will basically all be done behind the scenes. The CRS-3 Carrier Routing System was introduced today by the company, and it's supposedly "designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond." Those are some pretty bold words, but Cisco's new solution has over 12x the traffic... Read more...
Broadband Internet. It's a luxury that many of us take for granted, and if it goes out even for a few minutes, we get up in arms about the outage. We expect it to always be there, and we expect it to always work perfectly. Frankly, we don't give a single thought as to how life was pre-broadband. In fact, we probably complain more often than not that our upload speeds are too limited and our ping times are still too high. My, how spoiled we have become. Or have we?According to a new global survey of 27,000 adults in 26 countries for the BBC World Service, just under 80% of Internet users believed that the Web gave them "greater freedom," while 90% said it was "a good place to learn." What's more... Read more...
According to the online survey of Web users and experts, more than three-quarters believe the Internet will make people smarter in the next 10 years. Additionally, most respondents thought the Internet would improve reading and writing skills by 2020. The survey was conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University in North Carolina and the Pew Internet and American Life project. "Three out of four experts said our use of the Internet enhances and augments human intelligence, and two-thirds said use of the Internet has improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge," said study co-author Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet Center. The survey gathered... Read more...
The relationship between Boxee and Hulu has been strained ever since early 2009, when Hulu suddenly and unexpectedly removed its content from being available to Boxee users. If you're not aware, Boxee is merely a software overlay that acts as a portal to web content; it essentially opens content from web sites the same way a typical web browser would, but for whatever reason, Boxee claims that NBC Universal (who owns Hulu content) requested that all Hulu content be yanked from Boxee. Strangely, not much has been said about the ordeal since 2009. Call it the Cold War of Content, if you will. Recently, the United States Congress become an unexpected venue for the discussion surrounding the deadlock... Read more...
We've covered Apple's forthcoming iPad with a pretty good level of detail, but one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is Flash. Or, the lack thereof, we should say. Steve Jobs was adamant on stage during his iPad introduction that the browsing experience was best in class, but when we think about browsing, we think Flash. Adobe's Flash helps to push content from Hulu, a number of TV networks and it powers a multitude of sites on the web today.Apple's iPhone has never supported Flash, and existing owners are none too happy about it. The only reason Apple gets a pass is that Mobile Safari is so stellar otherwise. In almost every non-Flash scenario, Mobile Safari beats out any other mobile... Read more...
Oh, boy. Now we've gone and done it. Yes, we've taken the Internet where it has never gone before, and we guess the only logical "next step" is to plant a wireless router on Mars and let the extraterrestrial that live there start tweeting to us. Believe it or not, the World Wide Web is now completely inaccurate in terms of naming convention. It's more like the Universe Wide Web. This past week, an American astronaut sent the first actual tweet from space, proving that Internet access on the International Space Station was finally live. NASA's own TJ Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish the connection for the past little while (around a month), and he just now got everything... Read more...
Security firm Imperva, by examining 32 million passwords that were posted to the Internet after a security breach at RockYou.com, has come up with a list of the most common passwords chosen by consumers. The results are not pretty, except for hackers, as the most popular password is 123456. It was bad enough that RockYou saw fit to store the passwords in clear text, and that they were extracted through a SQL Injection vulnerability. But the choices that end users made for their passwords show that people still have a long way to go in terms of security.   Image Credit, Flickr User See-ming Lee The report (.PDF), states that the top 20 passwords were: Password (followed by number of... Read more...
Stating that things "just got real" wouldn't even begin to do this situation justice. Google, which has maintained a Chinese search portal (Google.cn) since 2006, has just upended the nation's stronghold on content, and while it remains to be seen if any other search engines will follow suit, there's no denying that serious attention is now being given to a matter that has remained in the shadows for far too long. After a "targeted attack" on Google's corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property, the search giant began to think long and hard about its relationship with the country. Google also maintains offices in China, and it has stated... Read more...
Hulu recently signed an agreement with Warner Music Group to provide music videos, live concerts, and artist interviews. Artist pages and channels will also be featured on Hulu. The band Muse already has a page on the site. "We're pleased to be working with Hulu as we expand our premium ad-supported video strategy to provide our artists with a customized and flexible approach to marketing and monetizing their music," Warner Music executive vice president Michael Nash said in a statement. Although Hulu primarily offers full-length television shows and movies for free, it has recently begun expanding its offerings. For instance, last month Hulu signed its first major music label, EMI Music. Currently,... Read more...
Who knows if this whole "end of an ordeal" has anything to do with the current season, but it looks like the European Union is in the giving mood. Today, the EU announced that it would be dropping the pending charges against Microsoft regarding its decision to force Internet Explorer upon poor, lost European Windows 7 buyers. If you'll think back, the EU was putting pressure on Microsoft for months to give users a choice when it came to selecting their browser.After lots of work and a few rejections, it seems the two have finally reached a compromise. The Union will be walking away from the antitrust charges that it was filing after Microsoft agreed to give buyers (in Europe) a choice of up to... Read more...
As Google continues on its path to world domination, it's more than just Offline Gmail and Chrome OS getting attention. Just in time for the holidays, Google has announced that its Chrome Web browser is now available (in beta form, of course) for those "other" operating systems. You know, Mac and Linux! We kid, we kid. Chrome has only been out for a few months over on the Windows side, and while it hasn't garnered the kind of following that Firefox has quite yet, we're guessing it will only be a matter of time before those figures start to go Google's way. Google is attempting to bring a "first-class browser for the Mac," and given that Apple itself is dabbling in the browser world with Safari,... Read more...
What a couple of years it has been for Boxee. Granted, 2008 and 2009 hasn't been the easiest years for startups to gain funding and solicit business, but somehow Boxee has struck a chord with consumers. It just so happened to surface at the right time in order to take the world by storm, and by and large it has yet to let go. It's a simple concept--a software portal that enables PC users to easily surf to their favorite Web-based content. Think of it as a DVR guide, but instead of working with hundreds of cable channels, it sifts through dozens of Internet channels. And considering that the vast majority of Web content is still free (though laden with advertising), it's no surprise that consumers... Read more...
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google and YouTube are looking to add widely sought-after films from major studios to its service. Unlike other content on YouTube, however, most of these videos will cost money and will only be available to rent. If Google and major movie studios can reach an agreement, both sides would stand to benefit. Google would have the opportunity to test whether it can persuade millions of its users to pay for premium content on YouTube, while Hollywood studios may be able to offset dwindling DVD sales with online revenue. Certainly YouTube’s broad audience—it had nearly 428 million global visitors in June according to comScore—could provide the studios with a way... Read more...
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