Archive for the ‘News’ Category

What is Web 2.0?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Web 2.0 is being defined by some as the next generation in web based services whereas others believe the terms has no real meaning. Michael Wesh, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas University gives his take on the term in this video interview.

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Out with the old in with the new media

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Last year, almost 18,000 media employees lost their jobs—the biggest group of layoffs since the dotcom bubble burst in 2001, as reported on www.broadcastingandcable.com.

The article states that, some of the world’s biggest “old-media” companies—including MTV Networks (MTVN), NBC Universal, Disney and Discovery Communications—are axing staffers in handfuls and hundreds. In one of the biggest reductions, Time Warner’s AOL began cutting 5,000 employees in December, about 26% of its workforce.

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Beware the Backlash: A rising tide of disaffection towards design

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Article by Kevin McCullagh

There’s a storm brewing in designland. A backlash is gathering momentum, and what’s more, some of its chief dissidents are design’s leading lights.

Philippe Starck sheepishly peered out of the cover of December’s Icon magazine, under the ‘I killed design’ banner. In an Observer article a few months earlier Stephen Bailey, the fiery British design critic, exclaimed “When I hear the word ‘designer’, I reach for my chainsaw.”

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BBC splashes out £700k more on TV links

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

By Sally Peck and agencies

The BBC has spent another £700,000 of licence payers’ money replacing its on-screen links between programmes, it announced today.

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Google Zeitgeist

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires Google’s human and computing power together. Search statistics are automatically generated based on the millions of searches conducted on Google over a given period of time – weekly, monthly, and annually. With some help from humans, and a pigeon or two when they have time, these statistics and trends make their way from the depths of Google’s hard drives to become the Google Zeitgeist report.

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Microsoft shows off JPEG rival

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

SEATTLE–If it is up to Microsoft, the omnipresent JPEG image format will be replaced by Windows Media Photo.

The software maker detailed the new image format Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here. Windows Media Photo will be supported in Windows Vista and also be made available for Windows XP, Bill Crow, program manager for Windows Media Photo, said in a presentation.

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Firefox 3 Alpha 2

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 3 alpha 2 this morning. The new release follows Mozilla’s semi-regular 6 week test release pattern and in no way represents a finished product, but I decided to download the new alpha and see how things were coming along.

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Russian fishermen catch squeaking alien and eat it

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Village residents from the Rostov region of Russia caught a weird creature two weeks ago after a strong storm in the Sea of Azov. The shark-looking creature was producing strange squeaky sounds. The fishermen originally believed that they had caught an alien and decided to film the monster with the help of a cell phone camera. The footage clearly shows the creatures’ head, body and long tail. The bizarre catch was weighing almost 100 kilograms, the Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.

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Skills set for ‘digital plumbers’

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Britons keen for their homes to be digital playgrounds will soon be able to call on specially-trained tradesmen.An industry association has drawn up qualifications that recognise trade expertise in the technologies used in home entertainment and automation.

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New Yorks plans to ‘fine iPod users’

Friday, February 9th, 2007

You may be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but soon you may not be allowed to walk and listen to your iPod while crossing a street in major New York cities.

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