W3C Logo

HTML5 is currently in the draft stage, and the latest specification is available at the W3C web site. User experience on the Internet will change for sure, and here’s why:

1. Persistent Local Storage: Two different mechanisms are introduced for local storage, not including cookies. Name/Value pairs can be stored easily. But, more significantly, the introduction of a local database that supports SQL makes life a lot easier for web developers. However, this opens up a whole new world of security risks.

2. APIs: A bunch of APIs have been introduced that support local database interaction (mentioned above), dynamic bitmap drawing, interaction with multimedia content, drag-n-drop, network interaction and cross-document messaging.

3. <audio> and <video> tags: In HTML 4, audio and video content had to be embedded using the <embed> tab. This grouped multimedia content with plug-in content. By having their own tags, a lot of flexibility can be offered – including their own APIs.
===>> Click HERE to Read more < <===

Yahoo! aims to have a more social web page. This is a desperate attempt by Yahoo! to get back into the portal business. Some of the business decisions by Yang & Co. have come under fire in the last few months.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

In today’s day and age, when Apple is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is usually between iPod, iPhone and Steve Jobs. Despite this, Apple has now risen to the 6th largest PC manufacturer in the world, and 3rd largest in the United States, behind Dell and HP, according to Gartner’s latest report on the topic. In the United States, Apple recorded a staggering 38% growth between 2Q07 and 2Q08.

In late 2004, Gartner predicted that 30% of the top PC manufacturers will not survive. In other words, 3 of the top 10 will not survive by 2007-08. Back then, the top 10 was Dell, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Toshiba, NEC, Apple, Lenovo and Gateway. That prediction was quite accurate. IBM sold their desktop and laptop division to Lenovo. NEC is struggling. So is Fujitsu-Siemens.

Apple may well be on their way to #2. But, to overtake Dell is a tall order. Apple has to do more – especially in the pricing department. Dell’s aggressive pricing is probably the largest contribution towards their #1 position. But, do they want to be that big? At present, it is cool to own an Apple computer. If it become ubiquitous, will it retain the coolness factor? Isn’t that what it’s all about?

According to Don Reisinger at TechCrunch, Apple is projected to sell 1 billion Apps quicker than 1 billion songs.

Steve Jobs recently indicated that over 100 million downloads of apps have already been recorded, with 70 million in August. At this rate, 1 billion will occur sometime in 2009, within a year of the app store opening. Songs reached that landmark in its second year of existence.

Why are apps more popular? Aren’t there more iPods and other portable MP3 players out there? Songs can be played on PCs and Macs too. With the hundreds of millions of computers and portable media players owned by people of the planet, why are apps, which are restricted to the iPhone and iPod touch (the number of these sold are a mere fraction of computers and media players) more popular?
===>> Click HERE to Read more < <===

Google’s Chrome captured the browser world headlines this week as the fastest browser with a bunch of cool features.

Chrome was released as a software Beta, and according to Google, is only the beginning. They are relying on feedback from the user community moving forward. Another popular browser, Mozilla’s Firefox has relied on the community for long. Combined, these two browsers control roughly 25% of the browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is clearly #1.

The blogosphere has come out with a list of features they would like to see on Chrome and Firefox, like the one here. The problem I have with lists like these is that everyone wants to see new features. In this process, the existing features are overlooked, and are not maintained. The existing features have to be made more secure and performance-tuned.
===>> Click HERE to Read more < <===

In addition to other features in Gmail labs introduced recently, there is one feautre which I like the best – the default ‘Reply to All’. How many times have we replied to an email only to realize we forgot to reply-all ?

Check out this, and other features on the official Gmail blog

Next Page →

Enter your email address:

Subscription by FeedBurner