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Archive for April 2007

Alleinr – Web 2.0 at its best

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logo.gifThe newest Web 2.0 page I found is located in Germany. You should check it out right here. The business concept: Here, you don’t have to do anything, no log-in, no need to upload anything, no comments needed, no need to make new contacts, simply nothing.

“Hier müssen Sie nichts tun. Sie melden sich nicht an, Sie laden nichts hoch, Sie kommentieren nicht, Sie knüpfen keine Kontakte. Niemand beobachtet, was Sie tun.”

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April 24, 2007 at 10:58 am

Google to take on PowerPoint

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It looks like Google is set to take on Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Most of us had an inkling that Google would be rolling out this feature pretty soon and Eric Schmidt has just announced it at the Web 2.0 Expo. It’s going to be a presentation feature within Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and presumably related to Presently, an app that was being developed by Writely.

The feature doesn’t seem to be live yet, but more news is bound to be on the way.

Two newest Mac ads

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I was finally able to find the two newest Mac ads on YouTube.  They were posted on Apple’s website yesterday night.

Get a Mac – Computer Cart

Get a Mac – Flashback

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April 12, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Google Maps mashups

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I have been following the release of many new Google Maps mashups lately and found these three to be particularly interesting, useful, and fun.

US Incident Map – A new Google Map that mashes up data from police, fire, 911, highway patrol and other sources to display emergency incidients from around the US. The map displays the most recent incidents, allowing you to drill down to enter your own zip code to view your area.

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US Coastal Tides Maps Mashup – CoastAndSea.com features a very detailed tide and weather data mashup for all coastal areas around the US. It features tide charts and tables, weather radar maps and forecasts and live data which is pulled from actual channel markers and buoys bouncing around in the water.
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Aviation Weather Maps Mashup – Pilots take note, this is the Google Maps weather mashup for you! What an interface! Airports are plotted with detailed information displayed such as current weather conditions observed at that location. The map itself features layers that can be toggled on and off including NexRad weather overlays and current turbulence for that area. Geo developer Peter Buckner informs us that “some of the data is available US only, but most is available internationally.”

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April 10, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Google’s money making machine

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I found this extremely interesting blog post by Alex Iskold.  It is certainly worth checking out (click here.)  The blog post outlines the money making potential of Google, particularly focusing on its Ad business.

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April 9, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Apple and MGM land deal

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Apple has struck a deal with MGM to sell its movie titles through iTunes.

However, again, only catalog titles will be available for sale through iTunes.  This means that new release items will be excluded from the deal.

MGM is offering about twenty-four movies to Apple, including Mad Max, Rocky, and Dances With Wolves.

Apple also sells over 500 movies from Disney, IFC, Paramount and Lionsgate. These studios only offer their catalog films for sale as well.

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April 8, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Going to Seattle – new cell phone

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I am going to Seattle for Easter break.  Just a short three day visit.  Also, I just got a new phone – the T-Mobile Dash.   Having a great time exploring its many features.  I will give a more detailed account later.  For now I have to run to an Intramural Softball game.  Cheers!

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April 4, 2007 at 6:34 pm

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