Apple's market share in the >$1,000 retail computer segment is an astounding 66 percent, according to eWeek. While Apple is almost entirely alone in this segment of the market, it still speaks to Microsoft's increasingly fragile hold on its once indomitable market power.
But to truly get a sense for why Microsoft has never been weaker, consider where web development is going: MySpace and Facebook, according to new research from O'Reilly Media. The two web platforms have attracted tens of thousands of applications in the past year alone.
If you're a platform company, as … Read more
I am a big and vocal fan of Zappos.com for all things shoe. Huge selection, decent (if not bargain) prices, and free shipping. Returns are dead simple, and my love for Zappos has, at times, bordered on actual zealotry.
So, when the Gap Empire introduced Piperlime, I wasn't buying. It seemed like a Zappos rip-off with a more yuppie-friendly design scheme, and even though I'm a Banana Republic card holder and Gap Empire devotee, something about Piperlime just didn't work for me. Plus, they gave me the Web site hard sell--a constant barrage of coupons and … Read more
I've heard of death by a thousand cuts, but never cursors--that was until Firefly, a less-than-practical approach to letting your site visitors communicate with one another in real time. The service lets everyone see each other's cursors live as they zip around the page and lets them chat with one another via text. To strike up conversation, just start typing and a chat bubble will form above your cursor. Everyone's public chats are stored in a little queue, and frequent users can register to have their information and chat history saved to view at a later date.… Read more
Remember the movie The Game, with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn as unlikely brothers, shot before the backdrop of vertiginous San Francisco?
Well, here's a new interface for the city by the Bay: SFZero is "a new representation for the data that's already there. Your mind is full of inaccurate representations that are affecting the way you use the San Francisco data flow, steering you away from interaction and collaboration and toward unproductive reflexive data loops.
SFZero designers are working double shifts to engineer this next-generation interface that will bring you together with your cohabitants to experience … Read more
Registered users of Adobe software received the following note today in their in-boxes:Please take note that Adobe has discontinued development and sales of Adobe GoLive Web authoring software. This decision--effective April 28, 2008--was made so we can focus our development efforts and sales resources on Adobe Dreamweaver software, our Web design and development application. Dreamweaver plays a pivotal role in the Web and cross-media workflows supported by Adobe Creative Suite, as well as in Adobe's platform for Rich Internet Applications, including Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR. Concentrating on Dreamweaver will enable us to better serve the needs of … Read more
For a free Internet filter, K9 Web Blocker does its job well, providing a broad collection of options for customizing your remote Web supervision needs. The app comes with a handful or so of predesigned filters and an option to customize. With more than 50 categories for organizing Web sites, and the keyword-free proprietary K9 rating system, the Web monitoring and blocking aspects of the software functioned well. K9 also has categories for blocking sites that have been detected as potential malware threats. Equally impressive--and a little bit scary--was the log that detailed not just blocked Web sites but also … Read more
Network equipment maker Cisco Systems introduced a simpler, cheaper version of its high-end video conferencing system on Monday.
The new Telepresence System 500 is a less expensive version of the telepresence product Cisco launched in 2006. Cisco's telepresence system was developed using high-definition screens and cameras, array speakers, and high-speed Internet connections to provide crystal clear video conferences that could replace the need for executives to travel halfway around the world to meet with colleagues, partners, or customers. The idea is that if companies can conduct business virtually they can save a whole lot of money on traveling.
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