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Smartphone and Tablet Use to Surpass PCs by 2015


With the ever growing popularity of tablets, and smartphones getting smarter by the minute, it’s no surprise what a new study has found.

According to new data from International Data Corporation (IDC), more users will access the internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices by 2015. Smartphones are outselling the simple cell phone and tablet sales are exploding, as are the development of them.

The new study says that internet access through PCs will first stagnate and then slowly decline over the next few years.

Here are a few interesting pieces of information the New Media Market Model found:

  • Worldwide, the total number of Internet user will grow from 2 billion in 2010 to 2.7 billion in 2015, when 40% of the world’s population will have access to its vast resources.
  • Global B2C ecommerce spending will grow from $708 billion in 2010 to $1,285 billion in 2015 at a CAGR of 12.7%.
  • Worldwide online advertising will increase from $70 billion in 2010 to $138 billion in 2015, with its share of total advertising across all media growing from 11.9% to 17.8%.

Does this new data surprise you? For all of us who make our living online, a piece of that $138 billion of online advertising sounds nice doesn’t it?

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Tumblr Reaches 10 Billion Post Mark


As TechCrunch writer MC Siegler logged into his Tumblr account this morning where he operates his personal blog from, he noticed a little something at the top of his dashboard. It read “We’ve just hit our 10 billionth post! Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome journey”.

The number 10 billion is amazing in and of itself, but the fact that they went from 1 billion to 10 billion posts in just one year is phenomenal. In 2007, Tumblr launched as the first microblogging/sharing platform.

Here are some other impressive numbers:

  • Just last July Tumblr was seeing 1.5 billion pageviews a month and now they’re at at billion
  • Tumblr says they are now at 28.5 million blogs, doing around 36 million posts a day
  • They are about to close on a round of funding that should value them near $1 billion

Some features of Tumblr include hundreds of themes to choose from, the choice to create your own themes, mobileability, custom domains and the ability to post text, photos, quotes, links, dialogues, audio, video, slideshows, and more.

Do you use Tumblr? If so, tell us what you love about it! Also, be sure and read Allison’s excellent post on The History of Blogging. It’s a very interesting read to see where everything came into play and where we are at now in the blogging world.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is #worththewait


The people behind the Motorola Twitter page have been busy bees. It looks like they have ramped up a social media campaign where they are giving people a free Droid BIONIC saying it’s #worththewait.

Here are a few of their latest tweets.

@hockette We know it’s been awhile but we’re making it worth-your-while. DM your name & email to get your Droid BIONIC on us! #worththewait”

@_pleslie_ Bet you’ll be even more excited when we give you a Droid BIONIC on us! DM us your name and email for more details #worththewait”

@unc_carolinafan O yea, we’re serious! DM your name and email! #worththewait”

Motorola teased fans about the Droid Bionic launch by creating an app for fans to go on a scavenger hunt in hopes of winning one. The scavenger hunt started on September 4th and runs to the 7th, which makes some guess the Bionic will be released on the 8th. Participants have been running around the city snapping photos of laptops, tablets, HDTVs in hopes of winning “the smartphone that controls them all”.

They also launched their Facebook page, which looks pretty darn awesome, which confirmed a few of the specs which are: 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, wireless connectivity to printers, Android 2.3.4 “Gingerbread,” and 1080p HD video recording.

And to think I *just* purchased a Samsung Fascinate through Verizon. I can’t wait to hear more about the Droid Bionic. Were any of our BlogWorld blog readers lucky enough to be contacted by Motorola for a free Bionic? Let us know!

The 7-Inch Amazon Kindle Tablet to Sell for $250


According to a recent report, the Amazon tablet that is rumored to be releasing in October is real. One TechCrunch writer has seen it and played with it.

He said it’s simply being called the “Amazon Kindle”, has full color content, a 7-inch capacitive touch screen and will run Android.

As for the October release, MG Siegler said it will actually be released in November. He also mentioned that this new Amazon tablet is a big deal and has huge potential.

So, everyone wants to know – where are the pictures?! Sadly, he has none, but he does have a description.

So instead you’ll have to rely on my prose to draw a picture of the device in your head. Or you can just look at a BlackBerry PlayBook — because it looks very similar in terms of form-factor.

He goes on to talk about the touch screen capabilities, the 7-inch screen and of course the cost – which completely shocked me. Amazon will sell their tablet for only $250, making it more attainable for everyone.

Siegler goes into much more detail about the Amazon tablet, all which is very interesting. It does run Android, but no Android you and I have ever seen before. He says, “This is Android fully forked. My understanding is that the Kindle OS was built on top of some version of Android prior to 2.2.”

So tell us – will the Amazon Kindle Tablet make it on your Holiday wish list this year? I want to see pictures and hear more about the features before I send my letter off to Mr. Claus. I do have a feeling this tablet will be one heck of a big seller for Amazon.

Amazon’s New Site Designed Geared Towards Tablet Users


You may have heard that Amazon is about to launch a brand new site design. Some are reporting it will happen this month, some say by October and others say the new design is “TBD”. Who knows when it will actually launch, but we do know that the new design is definitely geared towards tablet users.

Here’s a look at the old site design.

And the new site design seen here. (Click on the new design to enlarge.)

As you can see, the orange and blue bar at the top are gone and it overall has a cleaner look. Amazon wants the new design to make it easier for users to find things, which explains the eye-catching search bar at the top. The new design also highlights products like MP3s, Cloud Player, Kindle, Cloud Drive, Android apps, Instant Video and audio books.

All of these changes definitely point to tablet users don’t you think?

Rumor has it that Amazon will launch the new site design the same time as their reported Android-based tablet, which is supposed to be a major competitor for the Apple iPad.

After looking at the before and after photos, do you like the new Amazon site design?

Chrome Turns Three Years Old Today, Happy Birthday Chrome


It was three years ago today (September 1st) that Google launched their Chrome web browser. How is Google celebrating this milestone? With an interactive infographic and a list of their most recent improvements to Chrome.

The interactive infographic was built in HTML5 and details the evolution of major web technologies and browsers. (It’s pretty darn cool to play around with if you ask me. )

Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today’s web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they’re supported in all web browsers.

Here are a few of the improvements made to Google Chrome over the last 12 months:

  • Faster and Faster
  • Simpler and more accessible
  • An even more secure platform
  • The Chrome web store
  • Delivering a new, simpler model for computing

We know this is just the beginning of improvements because Google hinted at it. They said to keep an eye on the blog “to hear about new features and performance improvements as we continue to ship stable channel updates every six weeks”.

Happy 3rd Birthday Chrome!

Wajam Places – New Location-Based Search Results


Back towards the end of July, Wajam – a browser extension that lets you access your friends’ knowledge when you need it – announced they added Google+ social search. Previously, you had access to the results from your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Today, they made an announcement via their blog, about the addition of Wajam Places. The new location-based feature started rolling out today.

Wajam Places shows you location-based results from your friends directly in Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines while you search. You’ll find:
– friends who LIVE in the city you search for
– places that your friends have LIKED in this city
– places your friends have CHECKED-IN to
– PHOTOS taken by your friends at this location

They gave an example of searching for “Montreal restaurants” on Google. Not only did they find restaurants in Montreal, but also a spa and a bar that their friends checked into recently. This also works on search engines Bing and Yahoo.

We all like first hand recommendations and this is a great tool to get them. This equals more relevant results and some great new places for you to explore, based on your friends from social networking sites like Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Give it a try and see what you think by downloading it here.

Source: Wajam

Subjot Combines Your Social Graph with Your Interest Graph


When I first joined Twitter, it was so exciting to see what so and so was having for lunch (really! it was) or have a 140 character conversation with someone about a new blog that just launched. These days, there is so much noise. So much noise.

A brand new New York based start up might be your answer to filtering out the things you don’t want to see. It’s called Subjot and they just launched today.

About Subjot, from their blog:

Subjot combines your social graph with your interest graph. We sometimes refer to it as a microforum: part microblog and part forum. You assign a subject to every post. You can find posts by subject and create a feed of only the subjects and people you care about. The emphasis on subjects helps you find friends, new and old, who share your interests, enabling you to have more meaningful conversations with them.

I signed up and the process is very simple. It first prompts you to sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account and then you are taken to a list of your friends (and friends of your friends) already on Subjot. Within the lists of friends are subjects they tweet or Facebook about the most. You check the ones you’re interested in and leave blank the ones you’re not. Think someone is super cool and you love everything they have to say? Then follow all their Jots.

Subjot is in beta and they say they’re developing new features such as “Subjot API, reposting jots, assigning multiple subjects per jot and private (invite-only) subjects.”

I’m going to test it out for awhile and see if I can filter out the noise and bring Twitter and Facebook back to the days when it was a little easier to find those gold nuggets of wisdom, humor and nice finds.

Give it a whirl and then come back here to give us your thoughts!

Gmail Offline Available Today, Calendar & Docs Coming Soon


Google made the announcement via their blog that Gmail offline is available starting today. I’m sure you’ve been in a situation, like on an airplane for instance, when you would like to check your email but you can’t due to the lack of an internet connection.

Google announced Chromebooks at Google I/O 2011 and they talked about bringing offline access to their web apps. The time has come and the roll-outs are beginning, starting today with Gmail offline.

In the coming weeks, Google Calendar and Google Docs offline will also be available, which will allow you to seamlessly switch between on and offline modes.

Here’s an explanation of the web app in regards to Gmail offline:

Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that’s intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access. After you install the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.

What about the other browsers you may ask? Google plans to offer those once they support the functionality.

Have you tried Gmail offline yet? Give it a whirl and tell us what you think.

Will the HP TouchPad Get a Chance at a Second Life?


After the death of the HP TouchPad was announced, it seems all anyone is talking about these days in terms of tablets is, yes, the HP TouchPad.

The company lowered the price of the tablet from $500 to only $99 earlier this month and they went fast. So fast, they are almost impossible to find right now.

In an interview with Reuters, HP executive Todd Bradley said there is a chance the TouchPad could be resurrected.

Bradley said the company could resurrect HP’s short-lived TouchPad tablet computer, which was introduced on July 1 before being terminated only about six weeks later.

“Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely,” Bradley said.

He continued on saying “regardless of what happens, we’re the largest PC company in the world. We need everybody energized, and while this isn’t business as usual, we need people to go out and sell products every day.”

The biggest question right now is, will HP release any more TouchPads? Mark Budgell, HP’s PR Manager for Social Media Strategy, answered a few consumer questions in this blog post yesterday (August 29th).

In regards to the release of more TouchPads he said, “We will have more information available in the next few days about whether or not more will be available and if so, what the details will be about the situation.”

If HP does release more TouchPads, will you run out and purchase one? Some don’t see the point, while others want one as soon as they become available again.

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