Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Apple iPhone service plans

at&t logoApple iPhoneApple has unveiled today the AT&T service plans for the new Apple iPhone. All plans include unlimited data (Email/Web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll-over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Users will be able to choose between 6 different plans (depending on the number of minutes desired) when they activate the iPhone using iTunes.

The individuals plans range from $59.99 a month (for 450 minutes) to $219.99 per month (for 6,000 minutes). However, if you are an existing AT&T customer and want to keep your current voice plan, you can just add an iPhone Data Plan with unlimited data (Email and Web) and Visual Voicemail for only $20 per month.

Monthly Price

$59.99

$79.99

$99.99

$119.99

$169.99

$219.99

Minutes

450

900

1350

2000

4000

6000

Data (Email/Web)

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Visual Voicemail

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

SMS Text Messages

200

200

200

200

200

200

Nights & Weekends

5000

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Rollover® Minutes

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Mobile to Mobile

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited


iPhone goes on sale at 6:00 p.m. (pacific time) on Friday, June 29th and will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores and AT&T retail stores.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Courage

lion courage

…also known as fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.


  • “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” - William Shakespeare
  • “Life rewards the risk-takers.” - Clint Borgen
  • “Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.” - Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
  • “If you want success you better get comfortable with rejection. The most successful people in life are also the world's most biggest failures.” - Clint Borgen
  • “Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” - Florence Scovel Shinn
  • “Love makes us human, courage makes us extraordinary.” - Faryal Khan Kharal
  • “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” - Mark Twain
  • “I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “What worries you, masters you.” - Haddon W. Robinson
  • “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent Van Gogh
  • “What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.” - Anonymous
  • “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” - Aristotle

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Webware 100 Awards 2007

Webware 100 awards 2007Webware.com has unveiled the winners of its first user-generated Web 2.0 awards. During 20 days in May and June, the users of Webware.com community voted for their favorite Web applications.

The top 100 Web apps were selected from 5,000 initial nominations and were broken into 10 different categories as follow:

  • Browsing: Web browsers, extensions, widgets, and security
  • Communications: e-mail, chat, VOIP
  • Community: social networks, groups
  • Data: search, storage, backup, sharing, and sync
  • Entertainment: Games and contests
  • Media: audio, video, photo
  • Mobile: portable utilities and apps
  • Productivity: apps, business tools, commerce
  • Publishing: blogging, web content, design tools
  • Reference: Mapping, reference works, and education
Congratulations to all winners!

Webware 100 awards 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

New YouTube Remixer, online editing video tool

YouTube has launched YouTube Remixer, a new service that allows users to edit videos online within YouTube’s site.

The new Remix interface is powered by Adobe Premiere Express and supports insertion of text, graphics and audio as well as in-video transitions. It is quite similar to Photobucket’s Remix tool, which was also developed by Adobe. It is very easy to use and works in a drag-and-drop timeline.

YouTube remixer

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Zentation, synchronization of Video with PowerPoint

Zentation has created an online service that integrates video with PowerPoint. The technology, still in beta version, is free and easy to use. Once registered, you can add a new PowerPoint presentation and synchronize it with any video previously uploaded to Google Video. The result shows both the speaker and the current slide running simultaneously.

Check out this sample of great Guy Kawasaki’s Art of Innovation speech at the 2007 Event Marketer Conference.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Innov8, new IBM video game for businesses

IBM has developed a new video game for businesses. The video game is a 3-D educational simulator called Innov8, and was designed to help tech managers better understand the roles of businesspeople in an organization. Players go into a virtual business unit to test their skills at ventures such as redesigning a call center, opening a brokerage account, or processing an insurance claim.

innov8 IBM business gameThe game will be also available for free to universities around the world and will run online or on standalone PCs.

So, why is IBM encouraging businesses to play video games? According to IBM, the skills acquired playing multiplayer games such as World of Warcraft can be useful when managing modern multinationals.

Market researcher Gartner (IT) stated that, by 2012, half of all U.S. companies will have digital offices or “networked virtual environments.” The online game world will become an important place to hold meetings, orient new hires, and communicate across the globe.

innov8 business video gameIn fact IBM is not the only one experimenting with business games; top consulting firm McKinsey & Co. is using video games to test recruits for leadership potential and assess their team-building style. Royal Philips Electronics and Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, are using multiplayer games to improve collaboration between divisions, as well as between managers and their overseas underlings.

How effective could video games be for measuring and developing leadership?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New flexible display technology

First it was the plasma display panel, then the LCD (Liquid crystal) display. What’s next?

This Japanese video shows an amazing razor-thin display developed by Sony that bends like paper while showing full-color video. The display is only 0.3 millimeters, or 0.01 inch thick!


The new flexible screen combines two technologies: Sony’s organic thin film transistor, which is required to make flexible displays, and organic electroluminescent display.

Sony said it has yet to decide on commercial products using this technology but I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing electronic books or even newspapers and magazines using this new “electronic paper” technology in the near the future.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rafael Nadal beats Federer in French Open final

Rafael Nadal has established himself as one of the all time greatest clay court tennis players after defeating Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win a third consecutive Roland Garros (The French Open) title in Paris. The Spaniard Rafael Nadal is only 21 years old and has already joined Bjorn Borg as the only players to win three straight Roland Garros titles.

Rafael NadalNadal improved his perfect Roland Garros record to 21-0 and his career record in best-of-five-set format matches on clay to 34-0.

For the second consecutive year, the ATP World Number 1 Roger Federer was denied a career Grand Slam by Nadal in a four-set Roland Garros final. Federer was disputing his eighth consecutive Grand Slam final, and trying to chase his 11th title from the past 16 Grand Slam tournaments.

Nadal achieved his third Grand Slam title in just his 13th Grand Slam tournament. Only Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe (12 majors) claimed their third Grand Slam tournament from fewer Grand Slam outings.

During his Roland Garros dominance over the past three years, Nadal has won 63 of 70 sets. He did not drop a set this year en route to the final.

Nadal’s record in finals improved to a stunning 22-4 and his career clay court record moved to 128-13.

Nadal, you’re the man… Vamos Rafa!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

New relaunched Ask.com

ask.com search engine logoAsk.com, the fourth most used internet search engine in the US has recently made a move to differentiate itself from big competitors Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. The new service, called Ask3D, aims to make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. Instead of showing only website links, the results page is split into three tabs that also display a list of related searches and results from blogs, videos, photo, news and shopping sites. The feature is very similar to the recently-launched Universal Search by Google, which integrates videos, photo, news and other content into conventional search results.

The new layout is significantly less cluttered than the previous one, and integrates a feature that allows users to choose between 10 different skins to change the “look” of the page.

Ask executives have stated that even if it does not take market share away from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the redesign can still succeed if the company just slightly increases the number of times its existing users visit the site.

The company is currently running a $100 million marketing effort, involving both online and offline creative, to advertise the new search engine.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Apple iPhone TV Ads

It’s official! Apple will be launching the iPhone on June 29 (Friday). The news came in a series of three TV commercials that aired on Sunday night. You can see the three Apple iPhone TV ads here:

1) Never Been an iPod


2) How To


3) Calamari


As stated on “A new era for the cell phone market,” the Apple iPhone will cost $499 with a two-year contract for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model (also with a two-year contract).

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Dreams

road, success, dream, goal


…a condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration to achieve a strongly desired goal or purpose.




  • “Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas
  • “If you don't have a dream... Then you'll never have a dream come true” – Anonymous
  • “It takes a lot of courage to show your dream to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  • “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
  • “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” – James Dean
  • “You see things; and you say, why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers
  • “Dreams are like stars...you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.” – Anonymous
  • “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  • “Don't ever let somebody tell you that you can't do something... if you got a dream, you got to protect it. If you want something, go get it Period.” – The Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Google Maps Street View

Google has launched a new feature for Google Maps, Google Maps Street View, which allows users to explore cities by viewing and navigating within 360-degree scenes of street-level imagery.

I’ve been playing with it and it’s really cool!

Initially, Google Maps Street View is only available in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver, but additional cities will be covered in the future.

How did Google create Google Maps Street View?
Well, actually Amazon’s A9.com pioneered the use of street images in its local search service back in January 2005. The company spent eight months compiling a database of 35 million images in 22 cities by sending drivers around the streets of major cities in vehicles equipped with GPS devices, computers, and sophisticated 11-lens cameras (Dodece 2360) to capture 360 degree photos. Interestingly, former A9.com CEO Udi Manber now works at Google as a VP of Engineering.

Immersive media dodece2360 camera Street Views