Sprint launched its new mobile Web service on Tuesday. Sprint Web adds a slight redesign and a couple of new features. Users will now have direct access to Google search for finding content across the entire Internet. What's more, Google search will now be the default search engine on Sprint phones. Sprint Web also adds an adaptive home page that will deliver personalized content based on the user's browsing. Sprint Web is available on more than 40 Sprint phones; current customers don't need to take any action to upgrade.
Although Chaudhary is a NYU film school graduate, the venue didn't provide a home court advantage. The audience -- a cross-section of New York's media community -- was attentive but critical. As became clear in the … Read more
"Old habits die hard. While consumers are out there spending countless hours on social networks, file sharing applications, chat, community sites, buying stuff, selling stuff and using multiple devices, some of us tradigital old fogies are still reaching for our beloved toolbox of the past in the hopes of getting their attention. While online user behavior tells us that people respond well to simplicity, we labor to create complexity in the form of experimental navigation … Read more
This week, Facebook took a number of strategic steps toward its goal of giving people the "power to share and make the world more open and connected." That's how founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the mission statement for Facebook.
With that mission statement, similar to Google's mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," Facebook is highlighting its noble aspirations, but underneath the "make the world a better place" is the fact that both Facebook and Google, as well as Yahoo, Microsoft, MySpace, and others … Read more
Correction, 12:05 p.m. PDT: This blog initially misspelled David Recordon's last name.
At the OSCON Open Source Convention Thursday morning, David Recordon officially announced the Open Web Foundation, the meta-standards organization mentioned briefly Wednesday during the Facebook F8 conference.
Recordon, Open Platforms Tech Lead at Six Apart, told me that the OWF's mission is to bring a legal framework, consistency, and communication to the various existing Web standards efforts now under way. As he notes, projects like OAuth and OpenID are similar but being run separately. OWF will provide frameworks that existing and new projects can … Read more
Consulting firm Accenture released software on Wednesday built to help companies improve energy efficiency and reduce waste. The Accenture Green Technology Suite measures the "green" aspects of a corporation's information technology practices, data centers, and office operations.
The company provides a Flash-based snapshot of the tools on its Web site.
"By implementing the specific, tailored green recommendations, organizations can achieve measurable environmental improvements that contribute to bottom line savings," said Steve Nunn, who heads Accenture's green IT programs.
I like her line on mainstream media vs. blogs: "Mainstream media have an attention deficit disorder, blogs have an obsessive compulsive disorder."
Customers affected by Sunday's outage of Amazon's Simple Storage Service, an online data storage plan, won't have to do anything to get credit for the hours-long glitch.
"We'll be announcing on the developer forum momentarily that we'll be waiving our standard SLA (service-level agreement) process and applying the appropriate service credit to all affected customers for the July billing period," the company said Monday evening in a statement about the S3 outage. "Customers will not need to send us an e-mail to request their credits, as these will be automatically applied. This … Read more
Amazon.com's Simple Storage Service, S3, spent a few hours Sunday in a big pothole on the road to the glorious cloud computing future, with an outage taking the storage system offline for several hours Sunday. Should we be surprised?
No. In short, the computing industry is making up what's called cloud computing as it goes along, often with a server and networking architecture that's one part improvisation to two parts proven best practice. Frankly, it's notable to me that some services are as reliable as they are.
Computing practices tend to gravitate toward one of … Read more
I posted a week ago about the problems with web anonymity. In a nutshell, people say things on the web under the cloak of real or imagined anonymity that they'd never say to someone's face. At least, not if they hoped to have friends for long.
Well, tonight I experienced one of the joys of web anonymity. I'm not a super-social person: I get on a plane and pray the person next to me doesn't want to talk. If he/she does, I glower at them until they think better of it. In this way, I'm sure I miss out on meeting lots of great people.
The web, however, lowers barriers to conversations that I (and others) would never have. Intriguingly, one of the people I chastised for making negative comments (though his comment really wasn't all that bad) apologized in the comments section of my blog. More intriguingly, a friend of his, Bethany, went a step further and IM'd an apology to me tonight. She proved to be a sweet, generous person, and any lingering ire I might have felt toward Brad dissipated.
What are the odds of that happening offline? You'd never be able to apologize to the person that you cut off in traffic because you're almost certainly never going to see them again. Online, everyone is a stranger...but also a potential friend.
The web, in short, perhaps gives vent to our less desirable traits, but it also affords an avenue to demonstrate the nobler side of our natures, which I believe prevails with most people.
So, thank you, Brad, and thank you, Bethany, for taking the time to demonstrate the other side of the web. … Read more