RIM Tablet Just got Uncle Sam’s Approval

Article first published as RIM Tablet Just got Uncle Sam’s Approval on Technorati.

Just when you thought RIM was biting the dust, here it comes again with a strategic advance up its sleeve. Even though RIM stock value has dropped 60% this year alone, as explained on “Falling one by one” the RIM Tablet has been called a companion and has just been certified by the US Government.

As explained on the RIM Website itself yesterday, the BlackBerry Playbook received a FIPS 140-2 certification, which stands for Federal Information Processing Standard. This means that every US Government agency or branch will use the Playbook as their official tablet. It is in fact the first tablet to receive this certification.

This will perhaps be a big surprise or even a jaw dropping piece of news for other brands. But will this really mean a threat to Apple’s iPad, the world’s leading tablet? Most webpages and publications have adapted their products to the iPad before any other mobile format. Remember Murdoch’s release of “The Daily” just for iPad on this year’s first quarter for example?

The Android tablet as well, considered to be the best alternative for the iPad as described on CNET has had countless programs and apps adapted to it. Its friendly open source programming makes it possible to even represent any kind of competition for Apple. According to BGR to be exact, as of the end of 2010 and the beginning of this year, the iPad had 75% share of market and Android carried 22% of the tablet market.

Clearly the BlackBerry Playbook holds no significant numbers against these two major brands. But perhaps the US Government arrived just in time to bring it back to life, but will it be enough?

Read more: http://technorati.com/technology/gadgets/article/rim-tablet-just-got-uncle-sams/#ixzz1SrjmLpdv

The HP Fever… and Not the Computer Brand

There are two options: you either thought about Hewlett Packard or Harry Potter. What did I think when I saw the letters posted on most of the social networks I’m in? I’ll leave that for you to guess; hint: I write a lot about that stuff.

So, I wouldn’t normally write about this because truth be told, I’m not a Potter super crazy fan. Yes, I’ve watched all of the movies but I haven’t read the books. (I apologize to the Potter fans out there that think this is some sort of offense). Don’t get me wrong, I love reading books. I consider them to be the only solid foundation of humanity’s education followed by the Internet. I just haven’t wrapped my mind around Mr. Potter.

But today, I’m going to watch the End of an Era, the very last of the movies, and the closing of a generational icon, so I thought about giving it at least a little homage from my part. I believe I had only seen movie goers dress up for movie premieres on Star Wars and T-Shirts on Edward or Jacob team for the Twilight Saga. Potter is  no exception of course. I know the premiere was yesterday, since I saw the disguised fans line up outside the movie theater and upload their pictures everywhere on the net. I will see the crazed evidence myself tonight.

What really interests me though is how JK Rowling has been questioned over and over again, almost pressured to the point of not letting the saga “die”, but to continue writing. All I can think of is that unhappy fans will definitely carry on with this story on Fan Fiction (at this point I’m almost 100% they already have).

Why is this so important to the digital marketing world? Check you RSS Feed, see what swarms headlines. The ones right now are G+, Microsoft’s mistake on Tulalip and the Murdoch Scandal and of course, Mr. Potter. It would be a mistake as a marketer to not pay any attention to it. Let’s see then how this ends. Wish me luck!

Oops, Microsoft Launches Social Network by Mistake

Article first published as Oops, Microsoft Launches Social Network by Mistake on Technorati.

Two weeks in after Google+’s launch, Microsoft mistakenly uploaded a new social network called “Tulalip”. According to this newsflash published on Geeky Gadgets Microsoft launched it on their web address Socl.com. Later on, after leaving their green screened log-in interface exposed to the world, Microsoft published an apology.

Apparently, somebody at Microsoft hit the wrong button when in the process of designing the social network. It makes you wonder, why would Microsoft come up with a social network if they are so closely bonded with Facebook? Especially after the Facebook-Skype plug-in announcement last week.

That same article mentioned on top also shows a print screen from Tulalip’s interface. It clearly shows you can log in either with your Twitter or Facebook account. So what does Tulalip really do? There are thousands of other social networks and apps that link up to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, which leaves us with little clue on what it is about.

Lately Microsoft has been very busy with new projects all over the place. From acquiring Skype and enabling their partnership with Facebook, to business meetings with Nokia’s high management in Reykjavik. As reported on All Things Digital both companies had a happy time together on their small vacation and planned their new smartphone roll out after months of online communication through “Halo” conference software.

Too much going on for Microsoft or just a simple slip from someone’s finger on the mouse click? Whatever it was, they flashed us with their new endeavors, even if just for a small time lapse.

Read more: http://technorati.com/technology/article/oops-microsoft-launches-social-network-by/#ixzz1SCWy3UrX

Twittermentia and Other Addictions

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Have you ever wondered how many tweets a day you send out into the universe? What about other pages or apps you’ve linked to your Twitter account or other networks?

Yesterday a friend of mine shared a picture with an interesting phrase on it on G+: “In case of fire, exit the building BEFORE tweeting about it”. After a short laugh, I really started thinking about it. How many tweets and shares do I really do every day?

With so many gadgets to tweet and share from this quantity must be outrageous. There’s the Twettle, for morning people who prepare their tea or coffee, this electronic Kettle tweets their activity for them as described on Wired.com. For runners or work outs, there is an infinite number of apps that track overall performance and share it with the world like iTunes’ Motion Traxx Radio.

What about news or stories you want your friends to see? Pretty much everything on the web has a share button for whatever network you like. If you see something on the street, office, or anywhere for that matter, take a picture of it and send it out into the web.

Yesterday I kept a record of how many shares I did. My magic number? Circa 44, give or take the little ones I may have missed. What is your magic number? Just remember to exit the burning building before tweeting about it!

Read more: http://technorati.com/blogging/article/twittermentia-and-other-addictions/#ixzz1RLvGpCXe

Hangouts vs Fb+Skype

It was only a matter of [little] time before Facebook countered Google +. Thus far, the most appealing feature of Google + is Google Hangouts. A feature in which you turn on your webcam and the people in your circles can have a live, visual chat with you.

In this morning’s conference from Facebook’s headquarters, there were three new features launched, including Group Chat, a list of online contacts which unfolds from your browser’s side and the day’s starlet: Facebook + Skype plug in. It pretty much does the same thing as Google Hangouts or regular independent Skype, however, you ignite your live chat with a friend with a visual aid of yourself.

What was most curious for me, or funny rather, was the fact that Zuckerberg added the ultimate cherry to his presentation, something like this “unlike companies that want to do it all, companies that focus on a single thing will alway be more successful”. Implying that the big G represented little competition to his own creation.

Now what I was waiting for was definitely the Q&A section. Who would be the reporter bold enough to directly ask about G+? And voilá! First reporter to be picked out from the crowd, first one to pop the question. Mashable’s representative went “and I got to ask, what do you think about G+ Hangouts?” Zuckerberg went ahead and answered the special new features with Skype and finally answering the direct hit. He said there was a definite trend towards sharing more and more every day, to the point that in a year from now, we’ll be sharing 32 times more than we do now. Zuckerberg explained that if Facebook didn’t do something like the Skype plug in, there would always be somebody else that would do it. It’s a general trend, not Facebook ruled.

His diplomatic answer was better thought than the implied rock throwing he had stated earlier. Thus far, the plug in works perfectly fine, as does Google’s hangouts. It’s just a matter of fans? What other influences are there? Take your pick.

Going with Google +

Just my last post I was talking about Google + and its great challenge to overcome a 700 million user network. As soon as they launched it, I was out in the search for an invite and try it out, see what all the buzz was all about and if it really does have a distinctive added value over Facebook. And voilà! Late at night yesterday I spotted a friend updating her Facebook status to “Got Google+, bye Facebook!” It wasn’t a second after that I posted her to send me an invite.

I spent the rest of the night tweaking my profile and finding out what it’s all about. So far sooo good! Privacy settings are so much better. You are the true owner of your privacy in Google +. There are features that are not included on Facebook, like the Hangout plug-in in which you can share with people in your chosen circles to watch you through your cell phone. Not in a creepy way, if that was what you were thinking, but simply like a Skype-like add-in.

What’s more, all your Google related services are brought together in a single management tool: Blogger, Gmail, Google+, Picasa, etc. The only things missing in my collection? Android and Chromebook, but fear not, I’ll get my hands on those ASAP. Anyway, there’s still a lot that needs tuning up, including the mobile site.

There’s also the part where the whole world, apps, browsers (like Rockmelt) and other things adapt to this new network. There’s a long way to go for Google +, but so far, they’ve managed to impress the current users and I know they will the future ones. Demand was so hectic, invites were only opened for two hours and then closed up again by Google. Right now, there are reports of people selling invites (which are no longer enabled) on Ebay for $27 bucks. But remember, invites are disabled until further notice, so watch out for rip-offs if you still haven’t gotten in yet.

Google Betting Big

How can you beat a 700 million user network? Time after time there have been different issues bringing out the now classic battle of Google vs. Facebook. Mostly it was about commonalities or uses that they would have; people using them both for a single feature, etc. Never really did Facebook become a search engine entirely nor Google a social network… right?

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Think again. It had been some time now where rumors about “Google Circles” was in development ready to fully take on the social network. Now, with the Google +1 button, Google Circles have become Google + Project. It is an entire social network where the main feature is to classify your friends in circles: family, friends, chilhood friends, book clubs, you name it.

So how do you beat a 700 million user network again? Well, it takes another giant to bet big. There will only be two outcomes: glorious victory, or glorious failure. On the other hand, is Mark Zuckerberg shaking in his shoes because of this? What will he do about it? Let’s sit back and watch.

Sean Parker’s Fortune Faded

In the words of the good old Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fortune Faded is a song of fall after fall, asking how is it that the singer (or Sean Parker) has found himself in a downturn instead of a successful step towards achieving your goals. However, there is a very important part in the song where there’s the mention of a divine elevator, so life isn’t just about downers. But of course, we all know that in our own experience.

I found this video (Watch video by clicking here) of comedian Jimmy Fallon interviewing Sean Parker. If you play it, you will see that at some point, Parker says how people have asked him how it feels to be successful. He replies that he isn’t. Even though he’s a millionaire (or should I say billionaire?) his life ambition and goals, the ones that he had set up for himself hadn’t at any point in his lifetime come true.

It is somehow in the curve balls life threw at him that he found other ways to be rich and famous, though not necessarily successful. So yes, he might have had his fortune faded, but wouldn’t most of us want that kind of fortune faded?

His Napster downfall was indeed a hit to his pride (and to early free music downloads) but then a partnership with Facebook came along to change his life in ways he would have never imagined. The risk any entrepreneur runs, but Sean Parker has definitely walked a fine line with commercial danger as well. A page to take from his book.

Newfound Love for Radio

Even though radio broadcasts are over a century old, radio has found a piggyback ride on the Internet to come back to life. Radio was, in tradition, the revitalizer of people; especially around WWII, even though in several places around the world it was illegal to own a radio, people did what they could to have a little bit of contact with the outside world. By far, radio was the worldwide hero to countless souls waiting for outsider words giving them hope. Today, Internet has played that role. It has been the lighter of spirits in the latest freedom of expression revolutions in Libya and Egypt along with other countries.

Now, for a little while, for a few years in fact, radio was a little bit left behind. During the 1990’s the indisputable king was TV. Now that people practically live surrounded by all sorts of Internet connections, well, it’s just indisputable this time around. Radio however, came back to life because of THIS king. In a magical word: Podcasts.

When people slowly had substituted their news feed with virtual feeds; when people substituted broadcast music with music downloads on their iPods and other MP3 players, radio was slowly dying. I know podcasts have been around for a decade or so. But personally, I had never paid any attention to them until recently. In fact, not even a week ago that I began following podcasts closely. To tell you the truth, they inject my working day with much more energy than my iPod with music downloads does.

Podcasts make me ponder in both the information the speakers are spreading and the job at hand. To be honest, never before did I see the wave length box to be attractive to me. In fact, I still don’t find it attractive. It’s the fact that I’m listening to it over the Internet that has made me love Radio. Let’s appreciate the combo.

How Geeks Became Hipsters

It wasn’t until after the Internet boom that the word “Geek” even began to have some kind of importance in society at large. Before the twenty first century came, geeks were rather known as “nerds”. Being a nerd wasn’t cool, it meant being a lonely book worm with no social skills whatsoever. If anyone showed a higher interest in books than in outdoor or social activities, they were harshly regarded as losers.

Thank God I’m a part of the millennial generation then! Today, books are so cool they don’t even have to be printed out, you have your cool gadgets to read them on. Big marketing campaigns around the world have now reversed the book alienation by regarding people who don’t read as today’s losers. “Nerds” became geeks, and geeks are now cool and even sexy. They know the world, they get paid for it and now there are such large geek communities that the social interaction problem is over. Indeed the geek person has evolved to be much more social and intellectual.

There’s even a greater evolution, for in the turn of the decade, geeks are now known as hipsters. Being a hipster is even MORE valuable now. It is a combination of music, high education, social skills, artistic skills, and well, if Daniel Pink would permit me, “A Whole New Mind”. The hipster combines both of the brain’s hemispheres. It’s tough being a hipster, in fact, here’s an article that guides you step by step on how to become one, or embrace it more strongly if you are already one.

The rise of education indeed has given us a progressive 180 and has become a part of modern popculture. Thank you Internet!