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September 20, 2011

Qwikster: A Rushed and Reactive Launch

With everything in our day-to-day lives having become focused more and more around our connection and utilization of the Internet in the last few years, there’s not a single part of me that thinks Netflix – the online streaming service that started its venture with DVD-by-mail service – would still be around today had they not implemented streaming service over the Internet years ago.  Even as someone who doesn’t spend a ton of time watching television shows or movies, I must say that I can really appreciate the [...]

 
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September 19, 2011

Rumor: 3G iPod Touch Coming This Year?

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from following Apple over the last few years it would have to be the fact that the company seems to plan everything (unless you count suppliers for white iPhone components) extremely strategically.  Unlike other companies that try to make their innovations as rapidly as possible, Apple, from what I’ve seen has focused less on the swiftness of their moves, but rather the overall smoothness of their innovation.  Sure, that means that the company isn’t able to put their ideas on the market as rapidly [...]

 
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September 16, 2011

Why Hasn’t Google Shut Down Orkut Yet?

During the Google+ hype a few months back it seemed as if everyone was so excited that Google finally had a social network.  And while I agree with the fact that Google+ was a substantial milestone for the Internet giant, I couldn’t help but to chuckle at the fact that next to nobody seemed to recognize the fact that Google had a social network already and had been somewhat quietly been holding onto it for several years.  No, I’m not talking about Google Buzz, Google Groups, or even the thriving community that Google has in YouTube.  [...]

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September 15, 2011

Facebook Launches Subscriptions. A Jab At Twitter?

As similar as Facebook and Twitter are in the sense that they’re both social networks that allow users to communicate between, interact with, and stalk follow one-another online, the fact of the matter is that the two sites are entirely different.  While Facebook is meant to serve as a mechanism for more “intimate” connections such as real-life friends and family, the fundamentals of Twitter are built around a much more open concept where users can choose to follow whoever they deem to be interesting or worth keeping up with.  While [...]

 
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September 14, 2011

Verizon Introduces Less Than Impressive Pre-Paid Unlimited Service

As much as I know the word “unlimited” is really over-used in marketing and advertising, I really must admit that I do like the concept of not being tied down to fixed limits with services that I subscribe to.  Of course, I understand that even with “unlimited” services there is always some sort of limit or cap to avoid abuse of a particular service, but when it comes down to it I simply enjoy the flexibility of being able to really use a service that I subscribe to without having to worry about incurring additional fees of overage [...]

 
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September 13, 2011

Will AT&T and Verizon Re-Implement Unlimited Data Plans?

When it comes to the various sub-sections of the general technology industry, the single most interesting market that I’m following right now is hands-down the mobile industry.  Sometimes it really is a bit of a challenge to realize how far innovations in the mobile sector or any other subset of the tech industry for that matter has grown and adapted over the last few years.  I mean, it wasn’t long ago that text messaging and the dreadful mobile browsers that came on what we now mockingly refer to as “dumb-phones” were seen as the [...]

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September 12, 2011

Adobe Flash: A Necessary Evil?

After avoiding Flash for a day, I've come to the conclusion that Adobe's Flash platform is an important part of the Internet as we know it today.
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September 9, 2011

Google’s Acquisition of Zagat Should Scare Yelp

From the perspective of a tech blogger I can safely tell you that there have been countless times where companies have made decisions that I have had no choice but to question.  Sometimes my crucial outlook on business moves has been proven wrong, and I’m not shameful in the least to admit that I, like every other human being, am frequently incorrect.  But there are some moves that I question that have the exact opposite effect.  These moves don’t prove themselves to be well thought-out or well orchestrated.  Not by a long shot.  [...]

 
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September 8, 2011

Windows 8 to Run Windows Phone Applications

Anyone who remotely follows Microsoft’s release cycle of the Windows operating system has likely noticed the somewhat obvious fact that Microsoft’s success with each release is spotty at best.  Sure, Windows 7 has been on the market for a while now and has achieved a pretty outstanding adoption rate and has earned a killer reputation amongst consumers, but Windows Vista – the release prior to that – has widely been seen as a horrid release.  Before that Microsoft earned high ratings with Windows XP, and before [...]

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September 7, 2011

Will A Google Acquisition of Hulu Provide Worthwhile Synergy?

If there’s one aspect of our day-to-day lives that I am sure will change dramatically over the next few years I honestly think that thing would be television.  I mean, think of what TV was like fifty years ago – a bulky little box with bunny-ears and a black-and-white picture that families circled around in the living room – and ponder how much more modern our state of the art television system shave become.  In an era where television sets are being developed specifically with Internet-connected operation in mind and [...]

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