5 Tech Revolutions Happening Right Now

20 04 2011

The world changes. Constantly. And so does the Web.

In fact, some of the biggest changes in the world right now are happening on the World Wide Web. Here are 5 technology revolutions taking place right now before our very eyes.

  1. HTML 5 – You may not think of HTML 5 as a technology revolution, but if you’ve seen the changes that are being proposed to the Web’s basic language, you’d think HTML is getting a complete overhaul. The truth is, these developments are updating how the Web has evolved since HTML 4 was released in 1998.
  2. CSS 3 – Since HTML is getting an overhaul, the folks responsible for developing CSS 3 thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the Web’s most prolific support language. Web design is itself in its own state of revolution.
  3. Social Networking – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …. The world has gone social. And social media websites are right on the cutting edge of technology today.
  4. Mobile Apps – The average Web user has not discovered one of the most powerful digital tools in history – the mobile app. The future of the Web is mobile. Savvy on-the-go Web users know this and that’s why they are going Android, SmartPhone, and iPhone crazy.
  5. Search – You can’t leave out search. While no earth-shattering developments have taken place in search for awhile, you can bet that search technologists are hard at work to improve how we access information online.

In truth, these 5 technology revolutions are all a part of one single revolution – the digital revolution, but they can be seen as independent revolutions on their own right.


All Eyes On Me? What About Privacy?

23 03 2011
Privacy has always been, and continues to be,

a primary concern in the technology world.

As we move more and more of our lives from the physical realm to the Internet, there is an understandable apprehension. People have medical records, personal financial information, purchase history, and a great deal of other instances of personal information on the Internet at any one given time. As well, security flaws can and indeed do crop up. We live in an imperfect world, these things are bound to happen. However, we expect malicious hackers or malware exploits to be behind security flaws and privacy breaches. It is not often that we hear of trusted, public companies charged with playing fast and loose with their users’ private information. When we do, it is of course a cause for concern.Earlier this afternoon, a federal grand jury has subpoenaed several mobile application developers, such as those for iOS and Android devices, in conjunction with an investigation into privacy issues. This investigation centers around these application’s use of private user data, specifically how these applications might share data with third parties such as advertisement agencies. The possible dissemination of user data to ad agencies could possibly invite malware and other unwanted consequences upon a given user’s mobile device. It will be interesting to note how this investigation will pan out, in the wake of Apple’s tightening of app guidelines as well as the already-established laws regarding GPS location data and mobile devices. For more information on this story, please visit Apple Insider.

Facebook Buys Beluga

2 03 2011

IT Pro is reporting that social networking giant Facebook has purchased Beluga.

Details of how much money swapped hands has been kept as a well guarded secret but reports suggest the smaller firm was in the process of raising capital, meaning the social networking giant would have had to pay a more significant sum.

Also, with a team made up of former Google employees, the rivalry may have added a few extra dollars to the price tag.

What has been confirmed though is Beluga – a Silicon Valley start-up providing a web and mobile tool for planning nights out, swapping photos and sharing status updates – will continuing operating as it has been for now but begin to work with Facebook’s groups and messaging team.

“Since launching Beluga, we’ve appreciated all the enthusiasm and positive feedback from our users,” said the three founders of the firm. “We’re excited to continue to build our vision for mobile group messaging as part of the Facebook team.”

A statement from Facebook claimed the social network was “psyched” to be welcoming the ex-Google employees into their team and said Beluga’s “simple and elegant mobile apps blew us away as a solution to help groups of friends stay in touch on the move.”

More details on how the technology will be used will be revealed “in the coming weeks.”

LaCie Unveils Thunderbolt-Compatible Little Big Disk

28 02 2011

PC World reports today on LaCie’s new “little big disk,” and we couldn’t be happier about it!

Initially, Apple’s new MacBook Pro range is the first set of devices to support Thunderbolt and other PC vendors may not use Thunderbolt technology in their new models until next year.

However, external hard drive makers such as LaCie and Western Digital have got Thunderbolt-compatible products in the pipeline and La Cie has today unveiled more details of its device.

“Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices,” said Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie. “LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk.”

“Intel believes Thunderbolt technology in combination with LaCie’s unique portfolio of storage products and displays will drive new levels of performance and simplicity for consumers,” said Jason Ziller, Director, Thunderbolt Planning and Marketing, Intel Corporation.

The Thunderbolt-compatible version of the Little Big Disk won’t launch until the summer, though, and pricing was not immediately available.

Under the code name Light Peak, Intel’s Thunderbolt technology was first introduced in 2009 and has a theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 10Gbps.

This compares to USB 3.0’s 4Gbps, the 800Mbps offered by Firewire 800 and USB 2.0’s 480Mbps. However, Intel has stated that it does not intend Thunderbolt to be a replacement to USB 3.0 – which is struggling to gain a foothold in the market – but a complimentary technology. Initially, it is aimed at audio and video professionals and enthusiasts.

Using adaptors, Thunderbolt is compatible with most other connectivity protocols but is based on PCI Express technology, which most Macs use for I/O. Thunderbolt currently communicates with devices using PCI Express for data transfers and DisplayPort for displays, Intel said. All devices can connect to a PC using a single hub, reducing the need to have multiple connectors.

Ottawa technology slated to improve cellphone networks

25 02 2011

Canada’s CTV is report of a new technology developed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that is slated to improve cellphone networks!

Last month, Alcatel-Lucent rolled out what it calls LightRadio. At the heart of it is a small cube, slightly smaller than a Rubik’s cube that is jammed with technology.

The president of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless division says the cube and one other even smaller box will replace older technology.

“(They) can replace an entire three-metre tall rack of equipment and the large antennas that sit atop buildings to pick up signals,” said Wim Sweldens.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new product is a hot topic among the carriers who run the networks. It promises to handle 30 per cent more traffic at half the current cost.

Right now, there are only half a dozen working cubes in the world. One of them had been shipped to Ottawa for the day. CTV was there to talk to the man behind this whole LightRadio strategy.

“This will enable consumers to both continue and increase the things they can do with the new generations of mobile devices,” said Jonathan Segel, who is based here in Ottawa.

This entire multi-million dollar project is one of the biggest projects Alcatel-Lucent has ever undertaken. It involves labs around the world.


Bigfoot Networks Delivers Breakthrough Wi-Fi Performance

23 02 2011

LegitReviews is reporting about Bigfoot Networks’ new technology that gives a whole new meaning to the words “breakthrough wi-fi performance”!

Killer Wireless-N adapters support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands and deliver industry-leading data rates of up to 450 Mbps and 300 Mbps with wide ranges and reduced power consumption. Price and release dates have not yet been set.

Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer™ line of networking products for online games, today introduced the new Killer™ Wireless-N family of high-performance Wi-Fi® adapters. Leveraging Bigfoot Networks’ exclusive Killer™ Wireless Technology and the latest 802.11n features, Killer Wireless-N adapters perform up to five times faster1 than competing products. Killer Wireless-N adapters combine superior wireless networking speed with powerful intelligence and control to deliver an optimal experience for online games, HD video and high-quality audio. This results in unprecedented wireless networking capabilities for today’s notebook user.


C TRIPL3 to Bring Breakthrough Mobile Technology to Ticketing Industry

21 02 2011

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting on a brand-new mobile technology that will bring a revolution to the ticketing industry!

San Diego-based C TRIPL3, LLC is breaking new ground in the way businesses provide mobile ticketing and verification services – offering the only solution that allows businesses to send tickets, coupons and vouchers to their customers through email, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and Short Messaging Service (SMS). Accessible for consumers via internet, mobile phone, interactive kiosk, and digital TV service, C TRIPL3 solutions are compatible with 100 percent of all mobile phones and over 97 percent of mobile devices.

The majority of today’s mobile ticketing services still require a customer to download a ticket, application, require phone modifications or have a phone with internet browsing and MMS capabilities. Despite the growing adoption of smart phones, research shows SMS – simple text – remains the most commonly used mobile phone application. According to a recent study by comScore Mobilens, in 2010 63.7 percent of people with mobile phones used SMS compared to approximately 30 percent who used a mobile browser or downloaded applications. With C TRIPL3, businesses are able to target a larger customer base, reaching any customer who can send or receive simple text messages.

“C TRIPL3 makes it easier for businesses to engage their customers through mobile phones – the most personal and commonly used communication device today,” said Tyson Claure C TRIPL3 President and CEO. “Providing ticketing, verification and interactive marketing solutions that truly measure ROI, the entertainment, transportation, financial services, and retail industries are better positioned now than ever before to meet the mobile needs of their busy customers.”

Engineered specifically for digital media and devices, C TRIPL3 distributes patent pending technologies using a special data grid called Cipher-3™. With over 2 quadrillion unique combinations available, Cipher-3™ allows ticketing, entrance control, labeling, and coupons for mobile devices. Cipher-3 stores more data in less space than any other format. Whether purchased online or on a mobile phone, tickets are delivered then scanned and verified directly from your device’s screen by C TRIPL3 interactive kiosks, verification units, and web cameras.