Internet Use/New Technologies

11 April 2008

Kiwis still paying up for phone services Stuff

New Zealanders are still paying high prices for both mobile and fixed-line phone services by international standards, the Commerce Commission says. Releasing its 2007 telecommunications market monitoring report today the commission said, however, there were signs of increasing competition with most average retail prices falling.

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Google and Yahoo to share web ads BBC

Yahoo and Google, the world's two biggest search engines, have announced a two week experiment that will see them share advertising space.

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10 April 2008

The Battle for Mobile TV Standard Dominance E-Commerce Times

The European Union, as a bloc, may be backing Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) as its preferred mobile TV technology, but whether European consumers embrace that platform remains to be seen.

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New player joins online Scrabble battle The Guardian

The online battle for the hearts of Scrabble players has intensified after RealNetworks, one of the official rights holders of the game, rolled out an authorised version on Facebook to rival the popular Scrabulous application.

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09 April 2008

Japanese phone company testing scent downloads CNN

Japanese cell phone users will test a new service that allows them to download fragrances, major telecommunications company NTT Communications Corp. said Monday.

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UK online ad spend set to topple TV The Independent

Online advertising spending in the UK shot up by 38 per cent to £2.8bn last year, and is on track to knock TV off the number one spot by the end of next year, according to figures published today.

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08 April 2008

Net is playground for parents as well as children The Guardian

Parents are far more likely to use the internet regularly than adults without children, according to research published today, and what they are doing online varies with the age of their offspring. The research, carried out in a dozen countries by the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), reinforces the view that people with children stay at home more than other adults, but also shows that for parents the internet is a source of information and entertainment. Also includes the EIAA news release.

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Will Microsoft Deliver Windows 7 Next Year? PC World

Microsoft hints that the next version of its Windows operating system will arrive in 2009. Microsoft has dropped two strong hints in the past two days that the next version of its Windows operating system will arrive in 2009, shaving up to a year off previous expectations.

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Yahoo Promises to 'Amp' Up Ad Platform New York Times

Yahoo Inc. believes it's poised to revolutionize online advertising after years of being outmaneuvered by rival Google Inc. But the slumping Internet pioneer might not get the chance to show off the latest improvements to its online advertising platform unless it can convince increasingly impatient investors that the new approach will produce a bigger payoff than Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited offer to buy the Sunnyvale-based company for more than $40 billion.

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Cloudy Judgment: Web-based applications are all well and good, but there's still no beating the desktop computer. Slate

I had just finished a Photoshop how-to for Wired when the software's maker announced a new free online version, Photoshop Express. Great, I thought: Instead of telling readers to spend 100 bucks, I can point them to the free, no-installation-required version. After a few minutes of noodling, though, it was clear that Photoshop Express couldn't perform the basic vacation-shot-enhancement tricks I'd written up. Neither can Picnik or Phixr, two other popular Web-based photo editors. As of yet, no Web-based photo manipulation tool is even as sophisticated as Photoshop Elements 5, the previous PC edition. Buy a copy on eBay for $40 -- you'll thank me the next time your Web connection conks out.

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Internet advertising: The case of the missing clicks The Economist

The Economist looks at internet advertising, and in particular Google, following a report from comScore in late February "that Google's "paid clicks" had decreased by 7% during January, and were flat compared with the same month a year earlier. In other words, surfers who searched the web via Google itself, or who visited websites that belong to Google's advertising network, clicked slightly less frequently on the little text advertisements that Google often places on these pages."

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Think You Know Your Web Traffic? Think again. The scramble for online measures Columbia Journalism Review

If you hopped into a time machine that spat you out sometime between 1996 and now, you could almost pinpoint the year by the words used to describe an organization's Web traffic. Hits? That would be 1998 or so. Page views? 2003-2005. Unique visitors? 2006-2007. Odds are that 2008-2009 is going to be the year of "time spent," as in, "an average user spends four minutes and thirty-five seconds on our site."

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07 April 2008

Chinese Rural Internet Has Huge Potentiality for Development and Its Annual Growth Speed Exceeds That of the City by Three Times CNNIC

On March 28, 2008, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the "Survey Report on Internet Development in Rural China", one of the 2008 serial reports on the development of the Internet in China. The Data by December 31, 2007, the number of rural netizens in China was 52.62 million, and its annual growth rate reached 127.7%, far higher than that of urban netizens, which was 38.2%. It benefit from Chinese economy development and the primary support policy of government for rural Internet development. The rural Internet has demonstrated good potentiality for development.

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Cellphones carving deep into landline business TG Daily

Harris Interactive today published comprehensive survey results on the use of cellphones. For the very first time, more people are using cellphones than landline phones. The market research firm concluded that new technologies are likely to reshape the telecommunications landscape within the next decade as most 18-29 year olds have dropped landlines already and use cellphones and the Internet as their only communication tools.

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In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop New York Times

They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece -- not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

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06 April 2008

Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone New York Times

Last year, the wireless industry obsessed over the iPhone. This year, the industry is buzzing about how to beat it. A man's vest hinting at the cellphones on display this week in Las Vegas at CTIA Wireless 2008, the industry's biggest show. Makers are packing phones with multimedia and Web features. Touch screens, the mobile Internet and devices packed with multimedia capabilities dominated the discussion here this week at CTIA Wireless 2008, the industry's largest trade show.

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05 April 2008

Revealed: secrets of choosing an online dating name The Times

What's in a name? Quite a lot, it seems, if you are internet dating. New research has found those looking for love online should take care what screen name they use to maximise their digital appeal.

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CTIA: Mobile Web Still Faces Interference Information Week

After a couple of years of hype, the mobile Web of the future was on display at the big CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas this week. Intel, Motorola, and WiMax startup Clearwire gave journalists rides in a GM SUV equipped with a high-speed 2 Mbps WiMax connection. And companies from Microsoft to Nokia showed off technology and services to give mobile consumers and workers the full, rich experience of the fixed Internet over mobile devices -- anywhere, anytime, and at any speed.

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CTIA - Mobile video getting bigger everyday ComputerWorld

The continued growth of video content and video advertising on wireless devices is a popular theme at CTIA Wireless 2008 this week. In one example of that growth, The Weather Channel Interactive in Atlanta announced that it will begin offering video advertising in June from its mobile Web site, featuring five seconds of weather-related video content followed by 15 seconds of a video ad, company officials said.

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04 April 2008

Computers to merge with humans BBC

By 2020 the terms 'interface' and 'user' will be obsolete as computers merge ever closer with humans. It is one of the predictions in a Microsoft-backed report drawn from the discussions of 45 academics from the fields of computing, science, sociology and psychology.

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'Dongles' to revolutionise mobile web access The Daily Telegraph

... Vodafone, claims the product "is flying off the shelves", which is why it has hired an extra 450 frontline staff to help sell mobile broadband at the same time as laying off staff at Vodafone HQ. Mobile provider 3 has also seen this shift towards USB modems, with more than 20 per cent of new customers to their monthly packages purchasing dongles. A report by Arthur D Little and Exane BNP has suggested half of all consumers in Europe will have mobile broadband access by 2012.

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03 April 2008

British children flock to social networks BBC

More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows. Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age requirement.

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Shock at huge rise in mobile broadband users TechWorld

The worldwide number of mobile broadband subscribers using HSPA has increased by 850 percent over the past year, according to the GSM Association. But carriers are also running the risk of becoming a victim of their own success.

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'Last Mile' WiMAX Broadband Subscribers to Reach 47m within 5 years, Assuming Device Availability and Timely Network Builds, according to Juniper Research Juniper Research

[news release] A new analysis of the global opportunity for WiMAX 802.16e to deliver 'local loop' broadband connectivity, forecasts that WiMAX will begin to take off over the 2009 to 2011 period, exceeding 47 million subscribers globally by 2013.

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02 April 2008

Facebook eyes China, but challenges loom The Times

Facebook has indicated that it plans to speed up its move into China dramatically, inviting English-speaking users of the site to help translate the site into Chinese.

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