Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Web 2.0 wonders: Zooomr’s Kris Tate

Monday, April 9th, 2007
By Darren Waters
Technology editor, BBC News website
The web has evolved into an indispensable tool for our daily lives. But who are the people driving this growth? All this week the BBC News website is speaking to young, talented web pioneers working in Silicon Valley and beyond.
What do you do if you are a 17-year-old programming genius living in Seattle, in the US? Do you work for Microsoft, the largest software company in the world with billions of dollars in resources and a clear career path?

Or do you move away from your family, 800 miles south to San Francisco and single-handedly build a photo-sharing website that will eventually have 100,000 users around the world?

Kris Tate, a softly-spoken and impossibly polite teenager, did the latter.

Now 18 years old, Tate is the coding expert responsible for Zooomr, one of the most popular photo websites on the net.

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The Ad Generator

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

“The ad generator is a generative artwork that explores how advertising uses and manipulates language. Words and semantic structures from real corporate slogans are remixed and randomized to generate invented slogans. These slogans are then paired with related images from Flickr, thereby generating fake advertisements on the fly. By remixing corporate slogans, I intend to show how the language of advertising is both deeply meaningful, in that it represents real cultural values and desires, and yet utterly meaningless in that these ideas have no relationship to the products being sold. In using the Flickr images, the piece explores the relationship between language and image, and how meaning is constructed by the juxtaposition of the two.”

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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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Windows Vista: why Mac OS X will win

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Microsoft is losing consumer operating system market share to Apple for many reasons, but most of those reasons can be oversimplified thus: Mac OS is simple, and Windows is complicated.

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Eight reasons to think before buying an iPhone

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Apple made a big splash when it announced the iPhone last month. Many who watched Steve Jobs demonstrate the device thought, “That is so cool — I want it now!” But with its hefty price tag, restriction to a single carrier and departure from many traditional smart-phone features, buying the iPhone requires careful forethought.

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The Real Genius of Apple’s iPhone

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Incorporating the existing Mac OS X operating system into the unit is a major step forward, one which Adaptive Path President and usability expert Jesse James Garrett reckons will provide a major headache for competitors. “Apple has been able to work backwards from its own OS, making adjustments to work on a smaller screen,” he says. “This is not functionality that you can tack onto the existing phone operating…

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Little online enthusiasm for Vista

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Many bloggers see themselves as iconoclastic Mac owners so perhaps it isn’t surprising to find little enthusiasm for Bill Gates’ latest invention on the internet.

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Packet Garden

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Packet Garden captures information about how you use the internet and uses this stored information to grow a private world you can later explore.

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Can’t Touch This

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Working all but alone from his hardware-strewn office, Jeff Han is about to change the face of computing. Not even the big boys are likely to catch him.

Jefferson Han, a pale, bespectacled engineer dressed in Manhattan black, faced the thousand or so attendees on the first day of TED 2006, the annual technology, entertainment, and design conference in Monterey, California. The 30-year-old was little more than a curiosity at the confab, where, as its ad copy goes, “the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration.” And on that day, the thinkers and doers included Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) gazillionaires Sergey Brin and Larry Page, e-tail amazon Jeff Bezos, and Bill Joy, who helped code Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW) from scratch. Titans of technology. It was enough to make anyone feel a bit small.

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Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Since we posted about the Linksys iPhone (owned by Cisco Systems) we knew that Cisco and Apple were on a collision course. While many see the recent iPhone line release as a cheap attempt from Linksys to put the “iPhone” trademark in use before Apple, it turns out that Cisco acquired the iPhone name in 2000, when they bought InfoGear.

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