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September 2008

Apple Wants to Rock You!

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Just when the tech world went ballistic over the new Google “Chrome” browser announcement, Apple decided to make a little announcement of their own, a “special event” in San Francisco called “Let’s Rock.”  The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts and is scheduled to start at 10 am.

Nobody is really sure what Apple is planning to announce but you can be sure that rumors are circulating.  Among the top candidates for possible announcements are:

  • new ipod nano
  • new ipod touch
  • price cuts to Apple products
  • new operating system
  • new notebooks
  • new version of itunes

Cnet has a great article about the event and what we can expect, or aptly, SHOULD expect.  You have to admit that the timing for Apple’s little announcement is rather ingenious considering that it was announced within 24 hours of the Google browser launch.  These two companies are definitely going at it!

I really should be more enthusiastic about the event, but alas I must admit that I am still a PC user.  Now, before you get on my case, you Apple lovers out there will be very pleased to know that I have indeed purchased an Iphone.

Who knows, maybe if Apple makes some exciting announcements next week, I too will join the millions of people out there who call themselves “Apple users.”

What sort of announcement are you expecting from Apple?  What are you hoping for or wanting to see?

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TechSet Las Vegas, Blogworld Expo

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Blog World Expo has partnered with TechSet founders Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis to host “TechSet Poolside” in Las Vegas.  If you are looking to connect and network with indutry leading professionals and thought leaders, then you won’t want to miss TechSet.

The event details are as follows:

Friday, September 19, 2008
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Bare at the Mirage Hotel
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd

For those of you who have never been to Bare, you are in for quite a treat.  The ultimate in poolside pampering, Bare is defined by its distinctive contemporary ambiance and ultra VIP service. The DJ-spun music mix sets a lively mood as guests enjoy European-style ambiance secluded by towering palms.
To attend the event please RSVP via facebook.  This is one event you will not want to miss.

Social Media and Hurricane Gustav

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An interesting article on Poynter Online discusses how social media is being used to help and inform people about hurricane Gustav.  The social media efforts for Gustav are being led by Andy Carvin, the senior social media strategist over at NPR.

Andy is using all sorts of social media platforms out there.  For example, he used ning to create a free information center so that people could track hurricane Gustav and get constant news updates.  Andy also create a Gustav wiki page to provide additional information and resources to victims or potential victims of the hurricane.  Andy didn’t stop at a wiki and a ning site though.  He also put together a:

Gustav wordpress blog

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a Gustav twitter account for alerts

Kudos to Andy for doing such a tremendous job in getting information and resources out to the public.  Andy’s social media efforts have been able to draw hundreds of volunteers who are all eager to help out.  When Poynter asked Andy why it was so important for him to help out, he replied:

“It’s so easy to forget that there are large numbers of people on the Internet with certain types of expertise that can prove to be invaluable in times of crisis. When you think of typical volunteers in an emergency, it’s often people with EMS backgrounds, Red Cross volunteers and the like, but not people with technology skills. Yet many Internet-savvy people can bring things to the table, pulling together an amazing array of tools and resources that can be useful to the public in times of crisis. So I’m working with an incredible group of these online volunteers to do just that.”

great job Andy, what a great example of how social media can be used during times of need.

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Google Makes Its Own Browser

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The news first broke on Blogoscoped and has been spreading through the internet like wildfire.  The new Google browser is called Chrome and is slated to launch tomorrow!  What’s particularly interesting is the way Google leaked the information to Blogoscoped.  Google created a 40 page comic book about the new Chrome browser and sent a copy over to Blogoscoped (which can be found here.)

The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Chrome will succed in taking away significant market share from internet explore and Mozilla Firefox.  Recently Mozilla has been becoming more and more popular amongst web surfers, will Chrome steal the Mozilla thunder?  Expect Google to also find a way to intigrate its many apps into the browser with a faster load and operating time.

In a nutshell these are the key takeaway points from the comic, as explained by Blogoscoped:

  • Google Chrome is Google’s open source browser project.
  • The browser will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8.
  • Google Chrome will use special tabs.
  • The browser has an address bar with auto-completion features.
  • As a default homepage Chrome presents you with a kind of “speed dial” feature, similar to the one of Opera.
  • Chrome has a privacy mode; Google says you can create an “incognito” window “and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer.”
  • Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar.
  • To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites.

Here is the official announcement from Google regarding Chrome.

What do you think about Google launching their own browser?

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Social Media Usage Statistics

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A guest post by Dan Zarrella on NowSourcing provides some fascinating information into how savvy social media users share and spread content around the web.  Dan is a social media scientist who says:

“The research I did on viral content sharing shows that frequent users of social web technologies like Twitter, blogs, and social news and networking sites tend to share online content with more people, more often than those that do not. This means that for marketers these users can be a powerful vector for making content go viral.”

Among one of the many interesting findings from Dan’s study is that when users want to share content on a one-to-one basis, blogs appear to be the preferred method of information distribution.  I find it interesting that blogs are so popular in one-to-one sharing relationships, I would have thought that blogs would have been more widely used for broadcast messages that are designed to reach a large group of people.

If you want more information from the report you can get it by visiting this link.  You may have to register to view the full report or you can visit the above link from Nowsourcing to get a brief snippet.  I do not have information as to how the data was obtained or what sources data was obtained from, this is something you get once you register with Dan.

did you check out the post on Nowsourcing, where you surprised by any of the results?

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