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Even though the iPhone 3.0 OS update went out successfully yesterday, the #1 feature many users were still waiting for was the ability to receive push notifications . While a couple of apps had already been updated with this functionality over the last few days (Zillow, AP Mobile, Weather Alert, etc.), no push notifications went out yesterday. Only this morning, around 10am, did Apple enable push notifications and the first alert went out to the AP Mobile app. After thinking about how Apple has implemented notifications, however, we think that while this is a great feature, there are a couple of areas where we would like to see some changes. No Going Back
Everybody loves Googles great browser, Chrome. Heck, I do too. It’s really one of the best browsers out there, and it really has a strong chance of toppling down Firefox. Really. Oh, wait, there’s a bit of a problem: you can’t use Chrome if you’re not on Windows. Oh yeah.
<img src="http://s.radar.oreilly.com/200906180622.jpg" height="133" width="280" border="1" align="right" hspace="4" vspace="4" alt="safari permission" /> Hallelujah! Geolocation is available in the iPhone’s browser. I was thrilled to finally have this app ask to use my location.
The protests in Iran that have come in the wake of the country’s June 13 election results, which returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, have showcased the rise of social media like Twitter, Facebook and even cell phone video taken in the streets and uploaded onto YouTube. Arbor Networks , a company that provides security and deep packet inspection equipment to ISPs, has taken a look at the implications of the conflict — not at the social media level, but at the packet level — and found that Iran’s web censorship is different from those of other regimes. Whiles some governments block certain web sites with a heavy hand or cut off web access entirely , Iran has taken a far more subtle approach . The state-owned Data Communication Company of Iran (or DCI), which acts as the gateway for all Internet traffic entering or leaving the country, has slowed web access down to a crawl.
Seems Google has gone crazy integrating its map application into the search results these days. At first it required a town reference to be included in the search words to invoke a mapped response, but now it seems any number of things can cause Google to show you a map. One would think they are monetizing the views they get so much play.
Keeps the scurvy away While Americans still turn to traditional sources most often when seeking medical advice or information, a majority (61%) now say they also look online for health advice, up from only 25% in 2000, according t o a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project ( via MarketingCharts). The study, " The Social Life of Health Information Online ," (pdf) also found that though social networking is not a dominant activity for these so-called "e-patients," e-patients are more likely than non-epatients to visit social-networking sites in general: They are increasingly using mobile access to discuss health topics. Top Health Sources
Allan points out that Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham invested in Circles of Competence . The idea is to buy what you know. Too often, organizations confuse this with circles of convenience. They stick to the tactics, products, people and channels that they are comfortable with, instead of rethinking what the market demands. When Amazon offered the New York Times millions of dollars in affiliate revenue a decade ago, the paper turned them down because they feared losing Barnes and Noble as an advertiser.
This is still definitely at rumor status but according to Cnet’s Natali Del Conte, Google plans to make its game-changing service Google Voice open to the public tomorrow, June 18th. During the 999th episode of Cnet’s Buzz Out Loud podcast, Del Conte responded to an anxious caller seeking info about the public availability of Google voice. According to Del Conte, her contact at Google emailed her several weeks ago while she was testing the service and pinned June 18th as the official public launch date. Ever since its previous life as GrandCentral, the service has been widely acclaimed by its beta users and the public has been dying to get its hands, or mouths, on it ever since.
Silicon Valley rivalries between tech firms are serious. But they rarely break out into fistfights. Those of us who long for a rumble are forced to settle for cranky late-night blog spats.
While the tech blogosphere goes iPhone 3.0 crazy today, here’s a reminder that there’s a lot to be excited about elsewhere in the mobile world too. Layar is a new ‘Augmented Reality Browser’ for Android phones. Forget everything you’re used to about searching the internet, Layar throws that all away. By holding your phone in front of you and looking through its camera lens you can actually see the world ‘through the eyes of the internet’.
Last Friday marked a long-anticipated Election Day in Iran to choose the next Iranian president. While the voting process itself ran smoothly, widespread violence has since broken out in protest of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim to a decisive victory over challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Mousavi supporters, who believe Ahmadinejad rigged the election results, refuse to accept the verdict and have been openly protesting since Saturday. Video clips that capture the chaos and rioting in the streets of Iran's capital, Tehran, have been streaming into YouTube for the past four days. Even though YouTube appears to be blocked in Iran -- the site is experiencing a small fraction of the traffic levels it normally receives from Iran (around 10%) -- we continue to see videos being uploaded to the site that document city streets crowded with angry demonstrators, violent clashes between protesters and state police, and visceral scenes of mass unrest.
NYU professor Clay Shirky gave a fantastic talk on new media during our TED@State event earlier this month. He revealed how cellphones, the web, Facebook and Twitter had changed the rules of the game, allowing ordinary citizens extraordinary new powers to impact real-world events. As protests in Iran exploded over the weekend, we decided to rush out his talk, because it could hardly be more relevant.
YouTube added the "wonder wheel" visualization tool for exploring related searches interactively. The feature has been launched last month for Google search and it's now available in a different context. Type a general term in YouTube's search box, click on "Search" and then click on "Wonder wheel" to find some suggestions. As you click on the suggestions, YouTube shows the search results next to the wheel and it lets you go back to the initial search terms.
Facebook real-time content search Facebook is testing new search features on a small segment of its community. "Those of you in the test group will be able to find content from the people, organizations and public figures that matter to you as soon as they share it on Facebook," writes Kari Lee on the Facebook Blog, which reported the news. Those included in the test will be able to search their News Feeds for the most current status updates, photos, links, videos and notes being shared by friends and Facebook Pages of which they are fans — putting fresher emphasis on sifting and organizing relevant real-time content. To illustrate how the feature will work, Lee demonstrated what appears upon entering the term "Iran" in the search field on her Facebook page. I will see up-to-the-minute results from my friends and the Facebook Pages of which I'm a fan, not to mention people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone.
Dell is the social media super-hero these days and one of the most named examples of social media intelligence. At least, if we believe in a lot of blog posts… Last week, Dell reported in a blog post that their Twitter account @DellOutlet earned more than $2 million US dollars in revenue. Money that can be attributed directly to their Twitter activity. This does not surprise us, having heard that Dell broke the $1 million US dollar barrier some months ago.