Yahoo blog on Tuesday announced the integration of Twitter results to its search services starting today - making it possible to integrate real-time content into yahoo social experience. Although the company have been previously featuring Twitter content in its search results through API, but now Yahoo receives contents directly from Twitter through its partnership deal.
The deal affords Yahoo full access to Twitter firehose, adding real-time Twitter content to both search results and Yahoo profiles. Built on real-time index of Twitter public feed, real-time search involves striking a balance between most recent and authoritative results. Yahoo users will be able to view Twitter feeds and also post directly to Twitter from their account.
Yahoo will be incorporating a mini Twitter client into its sites: including Yahoo search, mail service and Yahoo Homepage - enabling users to tweet from these Yahoo pages, also available mechanism will enable users share Yahoo content with their Twitter followers.
In comparison, however, Google and Microsoft's Bing, though pioneered the Twitter integration, Yahoo has gone a bit farther in the real-time integration of contents. Local information on Real-time search appears to be the next call on Search innovations, and this latest move means that Yahoo is indeed still very much into the Search game.
Microsoft at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain - Monday announced its latest entrant in the mobile phone hot-spot by unveiling the new mobile version of its Windows Operating System. The software tagged Windows Phone 7 series is built with mobile device in mind from the scratch, unlike previous Windows experience.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series as the next generation of Windows phone with a different kind of experience, as regards speed and how people connect seamlessly. Designed for life in motion, with holistic smart design system, breaking the mold of static icon - setting an integrated experience on a phone via the Windows hub. It offers an always-online access to email, Xbox game, Bing Search, among other tools.
The Bing search option comes with a special implementation that provides intent-specific search results based on the most relevant web or local contents. Also, the hubs - partitions in the software that enable users to group similar contents, delivers an engaging social experience from popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. In all it has six hubs, built on specific themes reflecting individual user activities: Peoples, Games, Music + Video, Market Place, and Office.
Perhaps, most significantly, the Windows phone 7 series is a fresh start for Microsoft Mobile - as it struggles ahead of competitors, namely: Apple with iPhone, Research In Motion with BlackBerry and Google's Android. However, the phones will be available by the Shopping season Holiday - first Quarter 2010, according to the report. And customers can register for early availability notifications here.
Facebook's rather odd many tabs chat interface is now replaced by a new chat interface with the ability to collect all messaging clients in one window, making it easy to have more that one conversation at a time, according to its official blog post on Wednesday. The new interface has support for Jabber/XMPP, an open protocol supported by most messaging clients, such as: iChat, Miranda, Pidgin, Meebo, Adium, also including AIM.
Also built-in is support for Facebook connect for developers wishing to add the chat experience to their websites, desktop or other messaging applications. For instructions on how to get connected, see Facebook Chat section of the site tour.
Also connection to Facebook chat outside of the network is made possible by the new App, as authentication through XMPP is completely seamless. In other words, you will not need to stay logged in to Facebook to continue to access your Facebook friends. Among its cool features are: ability to adjust friends list to determine which shows up in chat, and option to make your conversations private - open only to your Facebook friends.
This latest move by Facebook on the heel of Google's entrant into the social networking hub is really remarkable. And a very positive one, considering the enormous popularity of chat applications.
As part of Google's drive to harness the endless stream of social informations on the web, follows Tuesday's announcement of Google Buzz - a social communication hub, encomprising Gmail and Google Mobile. Buzz Web application for iPhone and Android makes it easy to post Buzz updates to Mobile devices.
Google Buzz turns existing Gmail contacts as Social network list. It automatically enables user to follow the people on Gmail contact and publish ideas, as well as share important web-links, videos, photos, and comments on trending topics. You can also import stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr and Google reader. Google is positioning Buzz to easily integrate with other open services and applications.
Unlike other social hubs - Google is aiming the Buzz to serve as an information center rather than an entertainment vault. It tends to deal with social information same as web informations by filtering it to arrive at the most relevant content.
'Bridging the world of social communications and productivity is very powerful,' echoed Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google - in keeping to the believe that organizing the social information on the web is now a large-scale challenge. And if nothing less, Buzz is a fully open platform , as developer are hereby called to join on Google Code to view what's available and for participation.
Brandon LeBlanc of Windows team in a blog post early last week announced that users of Windows 7 Release Candidate will on February 15th receive a notification reminding them that from March 1st, 2010, their PC will start experiencing bi-hourly shutdowns, except they install the Full version of the new OS, or revert to their old version.
The shutdowns will continue through to June 1st, according to the report , afterwhich a non-genuine experience will trigger whereby users wallpapers are removed and the tag: 'this copy of Windows is not genuine' displayed on their systems. Also leading to the inability to obtain optional upgrade and downloads that require genuine Windows validation.
Microsoft, however, have advised that users should upgrade to the released full version of Windows 7 before the automatic shutdowns begin, to avoid total data lose. At this instance, users are left with only two options: to revert to their old version, or upgrade to Windows 7 through a Full install.
The re-install process to the old version for users who opt-out of the upgrade is contained in the Microsoft support page.
On the other hand, HTML5 been pioneered in 2004 by the WHATWG; HTML5 incorporates Web Forms 2.0, another WHATWG specification, and now becoming mainstream in Web browsers and Websites, with the top three browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, all containing elements of HTML5 technology. More so, also now delivering almost the same features and functionality that developers rely on Flash technology for. Could this pose any danger to Flash evolvement?
In comparison, however, proprietary vendor lock-in plugins in the Flash technology, as against a protocol standard - not a single-vendor solution available for HTML5 is an advantage. The open-source alternative, albeit a great effort, HTML5 is not a threat to flash. Flash affords Cross Browser crap for the developer coupled with great looks, smooth performance and binary protocol transmition (AMF) plus Cloud Appications (AIR) is indeed irreplaceable. And HTML/JS is unsuitable for any serious game application.
In conclusion, HTML5 maynot be replacing Flash as the two technologies can be complimentary. Adobe can reinvent Flash - enabling the authoring tool output to HTML5 frames and allow that to be an option when saving Flash content. In fact, HTML5 to gain enough traction to truly threaten Flash may take a very long time.
The Official Mozilla blog in a post on Friday announced the launch of Firefox 1.0 for Nokia's Maemo, code-named Fennec. Firefox for the Maemo 5 platform is the first Firefox browser for mobile phones, and as the Mozilla Lab tradition goes, it's the first mobile Web browser to support add-ons.
Firefox uniqueness of customizable browser extensions - a feature which sets it apart from other browsers may perhaps be the Red-hat it needs to scale through mobile market share, albeit, that Maemo is a platform relatively unknown - Nokia's open-source, Linux-based Maemo operating system supports mobile Firefox two devices, the N900 and the N810 Internet tablet.
Firefox for mobile is packed with the unique customizable feature that help make your browser your own. Along with add-ons like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar, language translators, and geo guides become especially handy when you’re out and about on your mobile device.
Indeed, Mozilla’s goal of releasing a Web platform that enable everyone access to the internet, regardless of device or location with Secure, powerful, and customizable add-on is now a mobile reality.