Web 2.0 – Taking the power of the few to the masses

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The advent of Web 2.0 has become one of the most thrilling developments in the evolutionary history of the internet. The power of the big business was liberated and brought into the hands of the users who now demand more from the web. From total satisfaction to sharing personal thought, the web has evolved so much that it is by no means any similar to the initial design and concept.
Having video blogs and blogs that earn money for that fact is making people realize that the web is more that just someplace to get mp3′s from and that they could now take the web with them all over the place. Ultra-mobile PC’s, laptops, PDA’s and even your lowly 3G mobile phone can now keep you in touch with the internet all the time.
Web development has evolved into an art with advertising now responsible for most profits of search engines and more traditional businesses. From your local hardware tot he furniture shop, they all have in one form or the other a web based ad system that gives them a bit more exposure.
But there is a dark side in all the developments that we have seen over these few years, privacy and identity theft have risen to such high levels that major law enforcement agencies have been forced to create specific offices just to deal with them. The many problems with information (classified and personal) being either lost or stolen have also risen so much that the UK and US government have had to redefine the way information is handled and transported to and from secure facilities. One of the biggest weak points that has continued to plague the privacy issue is that we humans are still the ones responsible for the loss or leakage of such information. Lost data CD’s, complacent behavior that makes us lenient in our handling of information is still one of the most vulnerable points in any IT system.
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The world and the internet has truly evolved into something wonderful that allows people from across the world to get hold of information when and where ever they want it. Let us just hope that we, the creators of all this technology does not get obsolete as many of the technologies that have gone before us have faded into history.

New Innovations – A Fun Way To Create Them

Posted By Faye

Date: January 22nd, 2015



How do you dream up new innovations? There are many ways. One of the most fun, though, is the modifying-word list. It all begins with the question, “What if it was…?”

You may have heard of this problem-solving, idea-generating technique before. The basic idea is to start with a particular problem or product and ask “What if it was bigger… smaller… cheaper… more expensive… less complicated… more complicated… more colorful?” and so on. The words are from a list that you work your way through for each problem or invention.

This is an easy way to come up with ideas for new innovations. Suppose you make refrigerators, for example, and need a new product. You ask “What if it was smaller?” A thermos-sized cooler operated by a small battery comes to mind. “What if it was cooler?” makes you think about the fact that the heat removed blows into the room, fighting against the air conditioning in the summer. Perhaps you could design a refrigerator that vents the hot air outside. Each word has the potential to give you a new idea.

What if you don’t have a specific problem or project in mind, though? What if you are just looking for a new innovation in any areas to work on, or you just like to invent things as a mental exercise? In that case, there is another way to use a modifying-word list, and it may be even more fun. Just start with the word instead of the thing or idea. Then apply the modifying word to everything you can think of.

For example, if you start with the word “easier,” you just look around at things and ask, “What if it was easier?”

Lights. It would be easier to turn them on in the dark if they were voice-activated.

Plants. Sell a line of plants that are almost impossible to kill, for those of us that can’t seem to keep house plants alive.

Democracy. Maybe a publishing company should make an interesting guidebook to democracy. Perhaps secure online voting would make it easier than going to the polls.

Brainpower. Three deep breaths always wakes up my brain. I bet it would work better if I had a small and easy to use oxygen dispenser.

To get in the habit of using this technique, you can either use the traditional technique – write down a few items and create innovations in your mind using the word list. Or you can try this other version – pick a modifier, like “more common,” and apply it to everything you see today, asking, “What if it was more common?” You never know what ideas and innovations will come to mind.

The New Innovations Word List

What if it was… easier… more difficult… larger… smaller… farther away… closer… sooner… later… softer… harder… poorer… richer… higher… lower… longer… shorter… certain… uncertain… newer… older… divided… combined… more common… less common… faster… slower… better… worse… cheaper… more expensive… hotter… colder… added to… subtracted from… unchanged… imaginary?

The list above is a basic one. You can start with that, but there are hundreds of idea-generating words you could add to it. Any adjectives, descriptive phrases, or words that can change your perspective can be potentially useful for stimulating ideas for new innovations.

Discover the 5 Most Popular Innovative Companies for your Business

Posted By Marie

Date: January 15th, 2015

Category: Information

It is important to keep your business always on top of the market place, and with this technological age, it’s vital that your business use a premier provider of software and application development and web hosting infrastructure. In this article we will share you the top most popular innovative web companies that can help achieve all your business goals and maintain significant competitive advantage among others.

1. Twitter – an awesome tool to promote and grow your business in the World Wide Web. This microblogging phenom adds 10,000 users a day, and has boasted more than 200 million users today. You can find huge potential clients or customers for your business with Twitter, no doubt!

2. Facebook – A social network that everyone loves to hate (but secretly loves anyways) has now over 150 million active users and is still continue growing. It is the king of all web 2.0 sites.

3. Google – With Google Docs and the new Chrome browser, the search titan continues to take aim at Microsoft.

4. Tumblr – A free micro blogging platform that can help your business spread awareness about your brand easily. It’s like a combination of Twitter and Facebook, where you can also post and share images, videos, audios and short pieces of writing.

5. Digg – More than 35 million visitors per month submit 20,000 stories a day to the site. A recent $29 million financing round will keep the crowd thumbing through the downturn.

Meebo

Posted By editor

Date: January 8th, 2015

Category: Information

Instant Messengers are one of the greatest innovations in the internet that it ever had. The only problem with it was that they seem to be limited to their own clients. However, with the rise of 3rd party IM clients like meebo, the walls of division are coming down.

Meebo is an instant messaging software that runs inside a Web browser, as AIM Express, which supports multiple IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Jabber and Google Talk. Meebo makes instant messaging services more accessible to users who are unable or unwilling to download the software necessary to implement them.

It has a ton of great features like changing your wallpaper and themes, however it won’t tbe able to do the features specific for Yahoo Messenger and the other lot.

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How To Get Cheap Textbooks

Posted By Faye

Date: December 31st, 2014

Category: Information

College textbooks nowadays are extremely expensive because of all the research and effort that goes into the whole writing and production process. Either way, the students will eventually be forced to make these purchases but they do not necessarily have to shell out a truckload of cash to get it. There are many ways to reduce your textbook expenses, you just need to put in a little more effort and think out of the box.

One way to easily get cheap textbooks is to look for those who rent out their old ones. Nowadays, there are people who make a living out of collecting used textbooks and renting them out to students. Sometimes even, the school has its own program for this to help out students who are living on a budget. It’s definitely much cheaper than having to purchase brand new books plus you can easily return it so it does not take up space in your home.

Another way to get cheap textbooks is to contact the publishing houses. More often than not, they can sell you the books at wholesale price and easily cut off at least ten percent off its suggested retail price.
Of course the best way to get cheap textbooks is to simply borrow it from a friend who took the course in the past. It’s actually free and the easiest way to go about this problem.

At any rate, the point is that you do now have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a brand new textbook. A little resourcefulness and perseverance can go along way in helping save up on your textbook expenses.

WiFi….what exactly is it?

Posted By spikyemrys

Date: December 24th, 2014

Category: innovation

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WiFi is a term derived from the phrase Wireless Fidelity. It is a popular wireless internet technology developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is supported by a majority of mobile phones, modern personal computers, and the latest game consoles.To describe WiFi entirely would take several long articles. Instead, here is a short list of the purpose Wi-Fi intends to fulfill.a)      WiFi is intended to easily enable access to information b)      WiFi was made for the purpose of ensuring compatibility and coexistence.c)       It was created to eliminate the need for cabling and wiring.d)      In the process, it also got rid the need for plugs, sockets, adaptors, switches, and connectors.

The Mobile Internet Gets Better

Posted By editor

Date: December 17th, 2014

Category: innovation


The mobile internet browsing experience is so bad these days: text-heavy, very little images, slow, and cumbersome. This was more likely due to both the smartphone’s hardware and integrated web browser. With the introduction of better and more technologically capable smartphones, most expect some improvements with the browser as well. Well, here comes Skyfire to make your mobile web viewing so much better.

The new mobile browser brings the true internet (like you’d experience from your desktop or laptop computer) to Windows Mobile smartphones. Flash-advertisements, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook – any and all web-pages load in speedy fashion thanks to Skyfire’s behind-the-scenes server-magic. With integrated Flash support, animated/interactive advertisements come to life, embedded videos play in the browser, and Flash-based web-pages are finally viewable.

Available for Windows Mobile 5 and 6. It can be integrated whether your smartphone is touch or non-touchscreen. It is currently still under beta testing.
More info on this site.

Prezi

Posted By Jonette

Date: December 10th, 2014

Category: innovation

There is more to presentations than just Powerpoint.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Microsoft Powerpoint has been our old faithful and go-to for presentations. Whether it be a pitch for a game or movie, a project proposal for your company’s next big product, or even just your history or book report for school, Powerpoint has held our hands and provided us with fonts, transition effects, and templates even our stodgiest grandparents would find agreeable. (Admit it, you still think the Curtain Call and Kimono themes were really pretty.)

Now, if you feel you’ve pretty much outgrown the bullet points that zoom by and the ultra! Colored! WordArt! That came with the program, perhaps it’s time to add some sophistication to your presentations. Reader, meet Prezi.

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Prezi is a great presentation tool that will encourage you to think large and think structurally. Quite literally, it asks you to first think of the big picture for your presentation, and then go from section to section, zooming in and out along the way. It’s a very intuitive and effective tool you can use to wow your clients, your teacher, or even just your parents. With the right ideas, Prezi takes you a long way.

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Four steps in SEO article writing

Posted By Faye

Date: December 3rd, 2014

Category: Information

Articles can help a business to gain exposure, improve its rankings within the search results and direct more suitable traffic to its web pages. Articles can be extremely helpful for many reasons but only articles which are appropriately and thoughtfully written will be productive. To make sure all of your articles are effectively written there is a process which in our experience as a search engine optimisation company is helpful to follow.

Research is the first thing that must be done when going to write an article for your business. You need to find a topic relevant to your company that you wish to discuss and explore in your article and then find out as much information as you can about it. You need to have a sound knowledge and understanding of what of you are going to write about so you can provide your readers with accurate and useful information. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft Unveils Updates For Smartphones

Posted By Faye

Date: November 26th, 2014

Category: Announcement

The growing work and personal needs of users of software giant Microsoft Corp. revealed the launch of certain enhancements to Smartphone in order to improve. They designed to improved desktop-grade Web browsing to Windows Mobile phones by the company unveiled the latest Internet Explorer Mobile. The updated windows Mobile Software, Windows Mobile 6.1 is being introduced by Microsoft.It allows users to easily view full-screen Web pages and multimedia on the Web with a Smartphone it is the latest Internet Explorer Mobile. The new Internet Explorer Mobile provides a new mobile Internet experience to people; it is by using the latest standards and technologies. Mobile phone partners in the third quarter by the new version will be made.