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Microsoft is finally dipping into the cloud after Google took the world by storm. Soon ready with a tasty treat called Office 365, Microsoft is hoping to revolutionize the way people work.
Office 365 is an online Office/email/file sharing/collaboration/project management service that aims to compete with Google, but geared specifically for businesses. PowerPoint, Excel, Word? Online and available anywhere! Multiple people can open the same document at the same time and edit, etc. Full, robust e-mail with 25GB of space? Online and available anywhere, on any device even (full Mac, iPhone, Android, PC, Windows Phone, and Blackberry support, mmm no more Mac/PC weirdness), built in chat system, scheduling, feeds, social networking, and the list goes on...
Check out their site to learn more:
I wasn't sure Microsoft would be able to pull it off, but after watching the videos and reading up on it, I am really interested in trying it out. We have been looking at possibly switching to Google Apps, but it looks like we may have a serious alternative that is going to make our decision even harder. I am looking forward to hopefully being able to test it out in the beta... fingers crossed. Come on MS let me try it out! *wink wink*
Of course the downside to the cloud (with Google, MS, or any company really) is that if the internet goes down or you can't get to an internet connection, well... looks like you get some time off until things are back up and running, ha. I am not certain that Office 365 has an "offline" version or mode included, but I will be keeping a close eye on this one.
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Remember that picture you thought would be hilarious, so you uploaded it to Facebook, then later realized how incredibly embarrassing it was so you removed it? Well, it's still accessible if someone copied the URL of the photo, even if it was deleted years ago.
Ars Technica recently posted an article about how bad Facebook is about actually removing photos that have been deleted from their servers. Their example was a photo posted 16 months ago and was still accessible by the address of the photo. Of course once they pointed this out Facebook quickly deleted it. One user commented about a photo of his child that was posted 2.5 years ago that he deleted and it is still accessible. Deleted 2.5 years ago and it's still accessible? Wow... it's hard to say how long the photos will stay on their servers!
Always be careful what you post online. I believe it was the CEO from Google that said once you upload something to the internet, its forever.
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Verizon has just detailed their 4G service that will give speeds of 5-12Mbps download and 2-5 Mbps upload - that is roughly the speed of most of your Comcast connections at home! They expect to have 38 cities wired up by the end of this year.
While they say they won't be changing their data plans yet, they will be down the road. One of those changes will most likely be the end of unlimited data (though their current unlimited data is 5GB I believe).
If you have a cheap "unlimited" data plan with Verizon, hold on to it with your dear life :) That thing could get valuable!
Read the full article, here.
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Recently Apple was in the news (amongst a million other reasons) for loosening restrictions on iPhone developers. It mostly focused on allowing developers to use third party tools to compile code prior to building the application. This had been the case originally, then Apple stated that you could only use the iPhone SDK (software development kit), then recently retracted that.
A while back we had applied to join the iPhone Enterprise Developer Program. We wanted to be able to develop apps that we could distribute internally without having to go through the App Store. We were rejected because one of the criteria was company size. You needed to have 500 employees to be eligible, and we are a few years (at least) away from that. Today I got a call from Apple letting me know that the restriction based on number of employees has been lifted. Enterprise Developer Program, here we come!
Forget about location aware platforms, the next generation of big brother like tech is almost upon us. In the video above, Justin Rattner, CTO at Intel, demonstrates Intel's latest take on context aware computing. Take all of the data that you've fed into, and will feed into, various social media platforms, mix it all up and shape into a real-time recommendation engine, and you have context aware computing. Go beyond simply suggesting restaurants nearby to understanding what kind of food you like, or moreover what kind of food you are in the mood for at that very moment, and you begin understand the power of the platform..
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Today Twitter announced a slew of advancements to their incredibly popular microblogging service. At the core they are bringing many of features found in 3rd parts apps like Seesmic and Tweetdeck into their default web interface at twitter.com. This is especially interesting in light of Wired Magazine's pronouncement that the web was dead. What they were really saying, with some degree of accuracy (sort of), is that the web BROWSER is dead. Citing a migration of functionality from the web browser to dedicated standalone apps, whether they be on the desktop, tablet, or mobile device. I'm still a big fan of browser based apps, and I'm not sure they are going away any time soon. Either way read more about the new twitter.com features in this Mashable article.
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It's hard to believe the PlayStation name has been around for 15 years! I can remember when I got the first PlayStation (heck I remember playing the Nintendo when I was two!). PlayStation has brought us some amazing games over the years, many of which got their start on the original PS. One of my favorite games of all time was Twisted Metal (which is in development for PS3, woot!), and the Resident Evil series.
Joystiq has a nice image of PlayStation through the years, check it out and their article here.
Here is to 15 more years of gaming! :) With Microsoft and Nintendo and now Apple and Android in the ranks (R.I.P. SEGA, but at least you still make games), it's a great day to be a gamer.
Posted by Ty at 2:09 PM
I came across this highlight reel from last week's Apple Keynote. I've been very frustrated with my iPhone 4, but I've been frustrated in the early stages of each iPhone release. They always fix the problems. . . eventually. Here's to hoping!
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Ars technia just did an article about energy efficiency that shows consumers are still very confused about saving energy (and money). Here is an example that they mention:
- Researchers found that 55 percent of the participants thought the most energy could be saved by trying to curtail the amount of energy they used—turning off lights, adjusting the thermostat, and so on. But this answer, for the most part, is incorrect. Much more energy can be saved by pursuing efficiency and installing energy-sipping appliances, since there's only so much we can or are willing to shut off.
- The gap between curtailing inefficient appliances and using efficient ones can be large, so it shocked the researchers how many people underestimated it. An example: a 100-watt bulb that is on for six hours uses 600 watt-hours. By leaving it on for one hour less, you save 100 watt-hours. On the other hand, a 15-watt fluorescent bulb could be left on for all six hours and only use 90 watt-hours, saving 510 watt-hours over the incandescent bulb.
Here is our latest work for Waterpik in Fort Collins, CO. The waterpik.com home page is a rich experience that was executed via flash and makes efficient use of some pretty incredible video footage. Check it out!
Posted by Matt Laufer at 12:49 PM
Going along with the post earlier this week; Q3 is on track to be an even better quarter for Google's Android OS. As of August, 200k Android devices are being activated per day! Wowzers... with the impending release of Samsung's Epic for Sprint and the new Droid 2 for Verizon, those numbers are likly to shoot up even more. It appears that everyone and their Grandma is thinking Android.
In May of this year, Google was proud to announce 100k units activated each day and just a few months later they have doubled that.
A few of you have asked why it's selling so well compared to the iPhone. The main reason is that only Apple makes the iPhone and it's only on AT&T. Apple will most likely never allow other companies to manufacture devices with their OS, as they hate anyone touching their stuff (see Hackintosh lawsuit as an example). With Apple being the only manufacturer and the iPhone currently only available for AT&T customers, many don't even have the option of getting the iPhone. There are something like 7-8 Android manufacturers and it's available on all major carriers, so you have a lot of choices. I won't say whether the iPhone is better than an Android powered phone or vice versa as that is just personal preference.
Both types of phones work great on our network though :)
Posted by Ty at 4:20 PM
Q2 sales reports have come out and Android has offically become the largest smartphone platform in the US. Worldwide, Android saw an almost 900% increase in units shipped. Congrats to Google and manufactures like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung being a part of this feat.
At SRG many folks have been getting Android devices, so I will be making an e-mail list to help send alerts to Android users if need be, as well as helpful Apps, etc. like we have for iPhone users.
Posted by Ty at 2:52 PM
The most popular platforms are always targeted for malware and viruses. Google, as you all know, is the most popular search engine on the planet. Malicious links and software are often designed to come up most often in Google searches as well as in sponsored links. Barracuda Labs did a study on malware and viruses distribtuted through search engines and found Google's distrubutes more than two times the amount of malware than Bing, Yahoo! and Twitter--combined!
The report and Downloadsquad point out that only 2% of the malware is 0-day, meaning malware that came out/was released to the public domain that day and that 98% of the malware is older-known malware. Downloadsquad also brings up an interesting question- why doesn't Google do more to block known malware?
Hopefully stories like this one will motivate Google to help combat malware and viruses.
Posted by Ty at 11:33 AM
Engadget reports that Verizon will soon be moving to tiered data plans in the next month, much like AT&T has done. The reason they are doing this is because of a data usage boom in smartphones. The other day I saw an article that said Droid users utilize an average of five times more data than other smartphone users.
T-Mobile is keeping to their "unlimited" to 5GB soft limit and 10GB hard limit (they publish a 5GB limit for their unlimited plan, but supposedly you can hit 10GB until you have your data speeds limited. Sprint has similar limits for their 3G phones, while their new 4G phones will be allowed to legitimately use unlimited data (although you pay a $10 a month premium for it currently).
Posted by Ty at 12:36 PM
The folks over at Pilot have created an innovative new tool for converting your own handwriting into a font. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so I'll shut up now and let the video do the talking.
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This week we launched another in a series of campaigns for Waterpik up in Fort Collins. SayNoToString.com is aimed at promoting the benefits of using a Waterpik Water Flosser instead of painful, messy, and annoying dental floss. On the site there are a series of videos which correspond with banners ads that are driving visitors to the site. If you are looking for an alternative to the bloody gums caused by using string floss, you should check it out.
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Samsung is releasing their Galaxy S phone in the US soon on all major carriers. This will be one of the first Android phones available on all carriers, even international carriers. There are many things that make this phone the "next big thing" spec-wise, but this article is about it's insane battery life.
A Geek Blog got their hands on the GSM version of the Galaxy S and ran some battery tests. Here are their results:
Here is what we did with it over the 84 hours from its full charge to its battery going flat.
- 90 minutes video playback
- 2 hours music playback
- 40 minutes voice calls
- 30 minutes navigation
- 30 minutes general usage
- 10 minutes browsing
- 10 minutes shooting photo and video
Because of the popularity of the phone, it will also have a giant modding community following it. Mmmhmm. Hitting some carriers as early as mid July, keep an eye out!
Image from Engadget.
Posted by Ty at 11:41 AM
I blame the Droid. Naming one of the first Android phones to come out Droid really has caused a lot of confusion over what Android really is. Since Google licenses their OS, the potential for confusion is much greater.
Switched asked folks on the street what they thought Android was:
Link to video - embedding breaks the video, doh!
So what is Android? What is the difference between Droid and Android?
-Android is Google's cell phone Operating System (OS), much like Windows is Microsoft's OS, or Snow Leopard is Apple's OS. It is the backbone of a device that all apps, etc. run on top of.
-Driod is a cell phone made by Motorola that is powered by the Android OS. There are many different phones powered by Android, but only one Droid phone (well, actually there are two as the new model just came out).
Now go forth and share your knowledge of Android!
Posted by Ty at 11:25 AM
In a first-of-it's kind lawsuit, a tech recruiter was sued by her former employer for violating her non-compete clause after connecting with former clients on LinkedIn. This case is especially interesting to me because I know two colleagues who have left recruiting firms to start their own and have become embroiled in legal action for doing so. What this really comes down to is did the recruiter reach out the the recruits or vice-versa. You be the judge.
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People are either going to think this is the greatest idea ever, or the worst. I may get made fun of for posting this, but I have no shame in admitting that I really like Nicolas Cage movies. No, please! Stop laughing at me! Oh what the heck, keep laughing at me...
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Google has begun moving people off Windows and on to Macs and Linux based machines. Any new employee is given the option of having a Mac or Linux powered machine. Only special users are allowed to use Windows and that must be with CIO approval.
Google blames Microsoft for their company being hacked in China and this is the step they are taking to ensure it doesnt happen again. Rumor has it, that Google eventually wants to move toward a GoogleOS system.
Microsoft is not too pleased by Google's outspoken remarks and backs up their OS saying Microsoft Windows is technically more secure than Linux or Mac and say third parties agree as well that Microsoft is doing more than any other company to secure their OS. There are many more attacks on Windows since something like 95% of the world is on it and they definitely have to do more to stay on top of it.
In most cases, informed users is the best way to prevent viruses!
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Google as announced a new ad service called WhisperAd that willl whisper ads into your hear on your Google Phone, cutting the price of your cell to almost free! The Onion News Network has the hilarious report below:
Ahh, nothing like a good laugh first thing in the morning.
Posted by Ty at 9:02 AM
Sprint is releasing one of the first "superphones" June 4th: The Sprint EVO. What makes this phone so super? To start, it has a 4.3" touchscreen. Mmmm, nice and big. It has two cameras built-in, one front-facing camera for video chat (which can be done over Qik, Skype, etc.), and an 8 MP camera on the back with flash. The 8 MP camera is able to record video in high-def (720p), and even sports HDMI-out for playing your videos on an HDTV or computer. Besides those lovely features, it will be running on Sprint's existing 3G network and their new 4G network, which is still being rolled out across the country. 4G is capable of speeds up to 10Mbps, wooo! That is faster than most of your home internet connections! Denver is on schedule to get 4G later this year.
So, the phone has some nice features, but there is more... Sprint will be charging $10 extra a month for those that get this phone... grrr, but wait! The $10 a month will allow you to have unlimited data- literally. Not the "unlimited data, to 5GB" all carriers have now (anyone else notice 5GB as a limit? Yeah, that's funny...) Sprint will allow you to use all the bandwidth your heart desires. The EVO also comes equipped with free software to turn your phone into a 4G wifi hotspot, allowing up to 8 computers/phones to tether, right out of the box. Hopefully Sprint can force other carriers to offer similar deals.
I figured someday I would go Android... that time may be coming sooner than I expected.
Check out all the details on the Sprint EVO, here.
Full specs for the nerds:
-First Android phone with Sprint 4G WiMax / 3G EV-DO Rev. A
-4.3-inch WVGA diaplsy 800×554
-1GHz processor Snapdragon QSD8650
-1 GB flash ROM, 512 MB RAM
-8 megapixel camera with 720p video capture
-1.3 megapixel front facing camera
-Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
-1500 mAh battery
-8 GB microSD included
-Android 2.1 with Sense UI
-Mobile hotspot connectivity, supports up to 8 devices
-Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing
-Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
-FM radio and Amazon MP3 store
-Dimensions: 4.8″ x 2.6″ x .5″, Weight: 6 ounces
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I am all about getting the best prices. Online, it's incredibly easy to get sweet deals that you just can't get in stores. One of the best sites out there is, as you probably guessed, Amazon. Amazon can have some crazy deals and has probably the largest selection of goodies for your hard-earned cash, but how do you know when to drop the cash (more like plastic in this case)?
Posted by Ty at 3:27 PM
I was tinkering with Google Reader Play this morning. It's a visually oriented feed reader that streams random popular feed items through a clean appealing visual interface. Flipping through funny photos and random stuff from across the internet, I came across this:
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It's a great day for browsers. IE continues it's downward trend, Chrome experiences a 10% growth, and Firefox increases speed and popularity. Check it out.
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Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 7 has sold 100 million copies in just 6 months, making it the fastest selling MS operating system. As Engadget points out, that means Windows 7 is already installed on one out of every ten computers in the world! That is only counting legitimate sales and not pirated copies, so it's more than likely to be a higher number. Wrap your head around that!
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"Whats a floppy disk?" *begins to tear up* "Son, a long time ago we didn't have things like USB Flash drives or... the internet. We stored data on things called floppy disks." "I don't like your story dad, I am going to go watch a 3D Blu-Ray." Ugg, kids these days!!
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The What in the World contest returns this week! The first person to post in the comments what the attached picture is of will win a Belkin Retractable Travel Mouse. Good luck!
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My oh my, how times have changed. When I was a wee bit younger, I remember McAfee being one of the best Anti-Virus programs around! It didn't take up too much of your computer's resources, always protected well, and was a pretty much nag-free piece of software.
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*I have no idea if this would damage your iPad in any way, so I would not recommend doing this.
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I'm in the process of setting up several Twitter accounts for various tasks and projects. Visiting twitter.com today I noticed a dedicated section they have created specifically for businesses, including the ubiquitous Twitter 101 training. I've seen many flavors of this over the past few years, but most are not specific to businesses, and none came straight from Twitter. Check it out!
Posted by Matt Laufer at 10:54 AM
Earlier this week Russian boxer Wladimir Klitschko challenged David Haye, Britain's World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion, to a throwdown - on Facebook. His pointed an personal challenge to Haye is not the first of it's kind, and probably not the first via Social Media either, but I'm fascinated by the way Social Media has permeated all aspects of our culture, even professional boxing. The notion of a professional boxer creating the video, then posting it to Facebook is somewhat amusing, but that's what publicists are for. I plan to throw down my next digital gauntlet via the SRG InfoTech Blog, which will of course be published via Facebook and Twitter. Let the social smack talk begin!
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Our nation is going to get a whole lot faster this year. The FCC's national broadband plan has been posted and shows a lot of nice little goodies. This broadband plan will promote jobs and boost our countries tech standards.
Posted by Ty at 5:21 PM
The next big news from Apple today was regarding the upcoming release of iPhone OS 4.0. Run multiple applications simultaneously. Organize your apps in folders. Keep your corporate data more secure. The most important new feature for Sterling-Rice Group has to be iAd. From apple.com "iAd is a breakthrough mobile advertising platform from Apple. With it, apps can feature rich media ads that combine the emotion of TV with the interactivity of the web. For developers, it means a new, easy-to-implement source of revenue. For advertisers, it creates a new media outlet that offers consumers highly targeted information." Bring it!
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