30 November 2009

Google gears up for world domination

Google has once again made waves as it announced the acquisition of a Gizmo5, a small company which makes the software that lets users make voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone calls from their computers and mobile phones, not unlike Skype. Funny… Last month Skype was in talks to acquire Gizmo5. It was a perfect backup plan in case all that IP litigation …

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27 November 2009

Are you pondering what I’m pondering?

I believe the above quote from the much loved cartoon Pinky and the Brain aptly sums the feelings surrounding the latest case of GoogleGate. The news relating to Google displaying images deemed to be of a racist nature, instantly provoked cries for the public to be better protected against such exposure; Indeed for a company whose revered moto is “don’t …

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25 November 2009

Windows 7 – A record setting first month

Windows 7 has now been available to the public for a little more than a month and I thought I would tell you about some interesting facts I gathered whilst using Microsoft’s latest OS. Firstly, just 4 days after it’s release, The Guardian saw more computers using Windows 7 than computers using Linux to access its website, for the first …

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25 November 2009

Love without borders

Given the prevalence of social networking sites and MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) communities, it is not surprising that there are people falling in love. Dating sites have been around for as long as the @ symbol has made sense to anybody, enabling people to enjoy the benefits of a relationship without the added pressure that sex and constant companionship brings. I …

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24 November 2009

Twitter launching commercial accounts – but with what?

… As is being reported online this week, Twitter founder Biz Stone has told the BBC that the micro-blogging site will be rolling out paid-for commercial accounts from next year. But before you tweeting brands start to get worried, you needn’t – these changes won’t mean that brands and companies HAVE to pay to be on Twitter, just that there …

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24 November 2009

Stop. Think. Post!

According to new reports, a Canadian-woman lost her long-term health benefits because of pictures she posted on Facebook. The woman’s insurance company apparently accessed her Facebook profile and used posted pictures to build a case against her. This reaffirms my position that there is no such thing as guaranteed privacy in any social media network. I won’t even allow ‘privacy …

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24 November 2009

Inspiration – How do you get yours?

Whenever a great idea for design pops into your head, the chances are you’ve been inspired by something you have seen or heard. This is how design trends are formed – an imitation with a twist, taking the best elements of design A, a dash of design B and adding in your own creative mix. What gives us inspiration? This …

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23 November 2009

Bing + News Corp < Trust?

As Bing and News Corporation plot to make up the ground they conceded when neither took the internet seriously, does today’s news that they are eyeing a pact do them any favours? Their concerns are well founded. Murdoch has recently been telling anyone that would listen that, as a reaction to flagging newspaper sales and falling advertising revenues, his publications …

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23 November 2009

Google, Microsoft, Newscorp – whose news is it anyway?

Another day, another chapter in the exciting story of Newscorp vs Google – summarised nicely by Neil in his post “Do no evil? Now who is playing dirty?” – so I won’t go over the details again here. Apart from the obvious arguements of who is right and wrong, who is stealing whose revenues and what is best for the …

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