Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
If you’ve read my previous articles, then you know I’m a Facebook (FB) bull. I’ve always thought that Facebook had what it took to succeed where other similar social sites like MySpace have failed. To my point, they have accomplished the following very quickly:
- Obtained a massive user-base applying social psychology to grow very quickly (link)
- Embraced Mobile As a Primary Platform (link)
- Targeted Social Advertising and Massive User Engagement (link)
Specifically, they can handle the growth and every move they make is well considered in light of the impact on their user base. They’ve now proven they can monetize their users.
Mark Zuckerberg Introduces Facebook Home
Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s (FB) new mobile strategy. Starting April 12, you will be able to download and install Facebook Home directly from the Google Play store or buy an HTC phone which will have the software pre-installed. While this announcement was delivered with a typical Zuckerberg lack of enthusiasm, it was the best possible announcement they could have made.
Even though Zuckerberg had previously denied making a Facebook phone, the rumors that they would announce either a new phone or a forked version of the Android OS were rampant. Either one would have been a bad idea.
In a previous article, I speculated that Netflix might be trying to get out of paying the winning team due to a technicality. While my speculation turned out to be completely unfounded, the final 30 days of the contest were as exciting as the Kentucky Derby.
I’ve been following the Netflix Prize for years. This is the contest that gives all comers a chance to try and beat the formidable Cinematch algorithm that Netflix uses to give customers highly targeted recommendations. According to a recent email, Netflix may be preparing to announce the disqualification of the leading team “BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos” who submitted results that beats Cinematch by the contest’s goal of 10%.
The following text describes how to restore a non-responsive iTouch after a failed jailbreak attempt.
Symptoms of diseased iTouch:
- History of failed attempts at jailbreaking
- Non-responsive to touch
- Displays pages of scrolling white text before hanging
- Only displays black screen
- Permanently displays restore icon
If your iTouch is presenting with any of the preceding symptoms or other similar signs, proceed with the following proceeds until the patient responds to treatment.
I was checking out my twitters and noticed a post by Leo Laporte (Twit.tv) about a new social service called Plurk. My first reaction is that this is extremely cool! My second reaction is that i’m not sure it knows what it wants to be when it grows up.
Ok. It simply doesn’t get any easier than this. I’ve gone through all the backflips (you can read about them on my blog) and have downgraded, upgraded, sidegraded and jailbroken iTouches in just about every way possible on Windows. I’ve read about the ZiPhone jailbreak and have periodically checked the status of that but on previous visits, it looked like it was a work in progress for Windows anyway. So, I tried it tonight…and it worked so quickly I wasn’t even sure it was jailbroken, but sure enough, the Installer icon is on my home page ready for me to add any apps that I might want. So here’s what you need to do…
Yes. I know 1.1.4 is available. I’m working on it…but i’ve spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the different techniques for a smooth 1.1.3 jailbreak on Windows and this seems to be the best by far. This article explains the easiest step i’ve found yet for jailbreaking your 1.1.3 iTouch.
Ok. So here is the question. Where can you buy books, music, movies and the infrastructure to build the next MySpace, Flickr or YouTube?
Amazon.com has the worlds biggest retail site. That takes quite a bit of infrastructure to run a site like that…right? But an infrastructure like that is also a valuable commodity if you can monetize it…Amazon seems to be trying to do just that. They want to provide the infrastructure that will power the next wave of web sites. The amazing part of the Amazon Web Services offering is that there are no setup charges or other up-front costs required to setup a world-class scalable web application. If you can imagine it, you can build it…on the Amazon framework.
So here is what they are actually offering and what it means.
Until my last post, I didn’t realize how popular the iTouch really was. I also didn’t realize how frustrated people are that Apple is not opening up the OS for the iTouch and iPhone and letting users install 3rd party apps. I have gotten two types of responses to my previous post. The type that I really appreciate are the ones where individuals are relieved to have finally found a coherent description of the steps for jailbreaking their iTouch. The other type is interesting. I have actually had individuals blame me for their iTouch not working. I’ve approved the comments that I could. Some of them were so inappropriate that i couldn’t approve them.