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Open source E-commerce

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“9 kick ass Open source E-commerce platforms reviewed
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With e-commerce webdesign really starting to take off, its never been more important to choose a platform which suits you as a developer (i.e. one that you can support) and one that will provide your clients with the features that they need to run a successful online shop.

There are a number of ways of getting a shop online, and we’ve focused primarily on open source e-commerce platforms here”…. <More>

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Gartner’s Top Ten Disruptive Technologies to 2012

“According to Gartner, within the next five years, information will be presented via new user interfaces such as organic light-emitting displays, digital paper and billboards, holographic and 3D imaging and smart fabric. By 2010, it will cost less than US$1 to add a three-axis accelerometer – which allows a device, such as Nintendo’s Wii controller, to sense when and how it is being moved – to a piece of electronic equipment. “Acceleration and attitude (tilt) can be combined with technologies such as wireless to perform functions such as ‘touch to exchange business cards,'” said Mr Cearley

Gartner Fellow David Cearley named the top ten disruptive technologies 2008 to 2012 as:

– Multicore and hybrid processors

– Virtualisation and fabric computing

– Social networks and social software

– Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms

– Web mashups

– User Interface

– Ubiquitous computing

– Contextual computing

– Augmented reality

– Semantics”…. <More>

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Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

Question: “Ubiquitous connectivity – WiFi ? WiMax ? or Cellular?

What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

Part of Answer # 1

“What do you see as the next coming up technology for ubiquitous connectivity? WiFi or WiMax or 3G or EVDO ? Any other ? Will the emergence of this technology be region specific ? If so, which one is likely to be the one in Asia, US and Europe ?

“The big question is – can WiMAX catch up w or replace Cellular adoption and maturity? Intel and Samsung would like to make it the big connect-anywhere feature for new UMPC’s, but I note that for instance Sprint just delayed its planned US rollout – so we have to wait and see.

Korean WiBro is a Govt supported service up and running, and I have heard that Indian operators will now look to WiMAX for gaining cheap RoW into cities and across slums areas instead of trenching-in fiber”….   Via Linked In Answers

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10 Online Operating Systems Reviewed

“While we’re waiting for Google to launch its own Google OS (if the rumours are true, of course), I’ve checked out 10 web operating systems and what they can do. Not many of them feel like finished and fully usable products, but there are some true gems among them.
Admit it: you didn’t think there were that many WebOSes around, did you?”… <Full Article>

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GeneTree: Linkedin FaceBook Style Via Your DNA

A cool website Facebook Style with a DNA Social Networking Twist…..>>

“For a fee of £73, GeneTree will analyse a mouth swab and compare it with the 100,000 DNA samples and 6m ancestral records on its database.

“Suddenly, people are able to find and communicate with relatives they never knew they had from all over the world, and discover their deep ancestral roots.” …. <Article>

Instructions For Collecting Your DNA Sample for processing Via GeneTree

“Please follow these directions carefully:

1.Don’t eat or drink one hour before the sample collection (preferred, not mandatory).

2.Open the GenetiRinse container and pour mouthwash into your mouth. DO NOT SWALLOW.

3.Swish the mouthwash vigorously in your mouth for AT LEAST 45 seconds.

4.Spit the mouthwash slowly back into the container. Tightly replace the lid on the container.

5.Place container in plastic bag with white paper square and seal tightly.

6.Write your name and mark your gender in the proper box of the plastic bag.

7.Place paperwork (signed consent form and 4-generation pedigree*) into the pocket on the back of the bag.

8. Return the bag to the GeneTree box in which the materials arrived. Place the box in the mail within 24 hours of completing the DNA sample. Follow the instructions for re-sealing on the box.

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Web 3.0’s Rich Internet Applications

An excellent article by RIApedia that outlines the increased use of RIAs on the web… “The use of an RIA typically results in higher checkout numbers – in terms of the amount that people buy and the number of people who successfully checkout”… <More>

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How To Replace Google? Or Why Techmeme & Facebook Will Kick Google’s Butt

First Robert Scoble’s video explanations for his claim as to why mahalo, techmeme, and facebook will kick google’s butt in four years and  follow up with a rebuttal by Muhammad Saleem’s Blog [Social Media Strategy for New Media Entrepreneurs] >>> “mahalo, techmeme, and facebook will kick google’s butt in four years may provide us an interesting look at where the future of search may lie, it certainly isn’t correct in its central hypothesis. in fact, the argument he makes is not far from the older argument that wikipedia will kill google (google share of search has increased over 130 percent since that claim)…

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3D Brwosing- SpaceTime Software

 

You can Watch a demo of the interface above adn the software is still in Beta and needs a powerful PC.. for a review see excerpt Via  Renderosity  “When it comes to computers, the technology has reached a point where we have opened doors for nearly any possibility you can imagine, especially when it comes to 3D graphics. It was obvious it was only a matter of time before people started using 3D technology on the web. If you’ve been keeping up with the news you may remember an article about using 3D software to create environments to be used inside your browser (if you have used TruePlace to browse the Renderosity 3D Gallery you are familiar with that technology). Although SpaceTime doesn’t use 3D technology that way, it does offer a very interesting way to look at the web”…. <Full Article>

The SpaceTime browser is a software designed to work as a “virtual desktop” for web browsing (please note this has nothing to do with the “virtual desktop managers” that everybody should be familiar with).

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Ponoko: Manufactures Your Product Idea Online

 “Ponoko is the world’s first personal manufacturing platform. It’s the online space for a community of creators and consumers to use a global network of digital manufacturing hardware to co-create, make and trade individualized product ideas on demand.The ponoko.com marketplace connects creators, consumers, digital manufacturing hardware and service providers to promote, make and trade products on Ponoko and social networking websites”…. <More>

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Will VuDu Leapfrog Apple TV and Netflix?


“Truth is, life is teeming with opportunities to see movies: movie theaters, video stores, DVD-by-mail services, TV movie channels, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, Xbox 360, iTunes, Internet downloads, hotel rooms, airplanes and so on.

But according to the team at Vudu, all of those outlets are flawed.

Video stores: you have to drive back and forth, and the movie you want might be out of stock. Netflix and Blockbuster by mail: you have to wait a day or two for each movie to arrive. Pay-per-view, video-on-demand, Xbox, iTunes and hotel rooms: puny movie selections. Internet downloads: they arrive on your computer, not your TV.

Vudu’s new $400 movie box, to be available at month’s end, has none of those problems. It’s a little black box (about 7 by 9 by 2 inches) that connects to your TV and to the Internet through a high-speed link — and it comes darned close to putting a video store in your house. Its built-in hard drive permits your choice of 5,000 movies to begin playing instantaneously. There’s no computer involved, no waiting and no monthly fee”…. <More>

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Data Visualization: Modern Approaches

“Data presentation can be both beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years.

2. Displaying News

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. The size of data blocks is defined by their popularity at the moment”….

.Musicovery displays music taste connections and lets you listen to the song and browse through similar songs.

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Slideshow: 31 Of The World’s Hottest Web 2.0 Startups

Slide 6 of 31

Mobile 2.0 Rebtel

Rebtel is similar to Skype, only it doesn’t require customers to download special software or use a separate device for making phone calls. You provide them an international number, they provide you a local number. When you dial, Rebtel switches your call to the Internet, allowing for cheap international, mobile-to-mobile communications. Rebtel says users have opened “several hundred thousand accounts.”

CEO: Hjalmar Winbladh

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

URL: rebtel.com

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Veoh’s New Internet TV Beta With DVR Features Set To Challenge YouTube & TiVo

“The video sharing site Veoh says it’s built an Internet TV service that is better than Joost, and a real challenger to YouTube.

Veoh describes the new VeohTV, which begins beta Thursday, as a “single interface to search, browse and view all video on the Internet, from major television networks such as Fox and CBS, to independently-produced content available on sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Veoh.com and MySpace.”…. <More>

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What Technology Has Surprised the Most?

“Fortune asked leading technology thinkers which technology has taken the most unexpected turn. Some of the answers may themselves surprise you.

SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — In preparation for the iMeme: The Thinkers of Tech conference, Fortune asked dozens of technology gurus the following question: For you personally, what technology has taken the most unexpected turn in your lifetime? Click on the names to read how Esther Dyson, Bill Joy, Jonathan Schwartz, among others, answered”…. <More> 

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Semantic Web Software From Radar Could Transform The Internet

“The Semantic Web has long been a sort of Holy Grail for Internet scientists. The problem with the way the Web works today is that for all its automation, the actual information that’s being sorted in a typical search is structured so that it is most understandable to people, not machines. Semantic systems use a standard format to classify all the Web’s information, whether it be airline flight tables and passenger data, biographies, or drug lab results, so that it can be read by computers. And unlike today’s search engines, Semantic Web technologies are designed not simply to look up information but to understand its meaning”…. <More>

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The Top 100 Employers In Electronic Design

 “The Top 100 Employers In Electronic Design
Which U.S. companies create the most engineering opportunities? Our Top 100 lead the way based on design influence, hiring patterns, rich patent and IP portfolios, and substantial R&D budgets”….( see the table). <Full Article>

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Youtube, Google Maps& Other Applications on The Apple’s iPhone

Youtube on iPhone Apple ad

For The Guided  Tour of the iphone Check out the <Video >

I Cringley”s Column has an interesting twist to the apple Google cooperation and the payoff for both:

 “Safari for Windows is part of a PLATFORM in the same sense that iTunes is part of the iPod platform or vice versa. In this case the platform in question is the iPhone and an as-yet unmentioned partner in that platform is Google.

The iPhone absolutely needs AJAX applications for the phone to be a success on AT&T’s EDGE network. By pushing more functional logic into the browser, the bandwidth consumed per http round-trip is significantly reduced, making the phone apps faster and helping to justify that big price tag. The problem with this is that AJAX apps don’t always work the same (or at all) on every browser. The iPhone has real browser support, which is good, but remember AJAX is based on JavaScript, which in this case is not so good. JavaScript isn’t statically typed and each browser has its own version of JavaScript. Developers are typically forced to hand-code different versions of their AJAX apps for different browsers. With the AJAX economy dictating that browsers with big market share like IE and Firefox get most of the effort, that leaves Safari as a second-class browser and, potentially, a liability for the iPhone”…. <More>

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In 2008 Computer Cables Will Become Obsolete

“Chip designer Alereon Inc. said Monday it is releasing the first chip that uses a frequency band that is legal all over the world for wireless USB, a technology with the potential to cut the tangle of cables surrounding computers.The new chip could prove an important step in persuading computer makers to incorporate the technology. A few wireless USB products are already on the US market, but they send and receive signals over a frequency that is not legal in most of the world because of potential interference with radar.The underlying radio technology is called ultra-wideband, or UWB, and uses frequencies far above those usually employed for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular phones and other wireless technologies. The speeds it can reach are similar to the current capabilities of USB 2.0″…. <More>

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Gizomoz.com: Animate Yourself

Video: Gizmoz HeadMaker Demo

I’m feeling pretty animated these days thanks to an Israeli company called Gizmoz. That’s because of its new Web site, gizmoz.com, that lets people create their own animated cartoon characters that can talk in your own voice with amazingly accurate lip syncing.

Although there are some possible professional applications to this technology, Gizmoz now is all about fun, according to founder and CEO Eyal Gever.

You start by uploading a photo of your face. When posing for the picture you should be as expressionless as possible because Gizmoz will automatically add facial expressions.

Your next step is to design a “gizmo” by picking from a menu of pre-drawn characters in costume or by creating your own character by selecting a gender (you can switch sexes), a hair style, how you want your body to look, any hats or other headwear, glasses, makeup, tattoos, piercings – whatever”…. <More>

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Video: Google Maps Street View

iVideo: Google Maps Street View

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