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50 million Tweets… daily!!!

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Twitter is now fielding 50 million Tweets every day, says Kevin Weil, the analytics lead at the micro-blogging site.

Check out his post from yesterday’s blog.
:: Click here for Twitter blog ::

Measuring Tweets – Monday, February 22, 2010
by: Kevin Weil

As a member of the Twitter analytics team, part of my job is to measure and understand growth. The graph above tells a story of how we’ve grown over the past three years in terms of number of tweets created per day. Please note that tweets from accounts identified as spam have been removed so the counts in this chart do not include spam.

Folks were tweeting 5,000 times a day in 2007. By 2008, that number was 300,000, and by 2009 it had grown to 2.5 million per day. Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day. Today, we are seeing 50 million tweets per day—that’s an average of 600 tweets per second. (Yes, we have TPS reports.)

Tweet deliveries are a much higher number because once created, tweets must be delivered to multiple followers. Then there’s search and so many other ways to measure and understand growth across this information network. Tweets per day is just one number to think about. We’ll make time to share more information so please stay tuned.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Posted in Social Media,Tech

Photoshop – 20th Anniversary

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Congrats to Display, I mean Image Pro, or ahhh finally… Photoshop!

Adobe is celebrating 20 years of achievements, check out there site that gives you some product highlights & overviews through the years.
:: Click for Adobe’s 20th anniversary site here ::

On February 19, 2010, the Photoshop team enjoyed an amazing party in San Francisco celebrating Photoshop’s 20th Anniversary and reminiscing about the last 20 years with old friends and new. Here’s their facebook page with a few photos from the event.
:: Photos from Photoshop’s 20th Anniversary celebration ::

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 22nd, 2010 at 9:56 am

Posted in Art,Tech

Intel, Microsoft Offer Smart-Sign Technology

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Wall Street Journal Article By DON CLARK And NICK WINGFIELD

Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are promoting the idea of advanced digital signs in stores that aren’t just for shoppers to look at. These look back.


(Credit: Intel)
Illustration of an advanced retail sign, showing touch-screen panels for accessing coupons or promotions and for displaying product images.

The two technology giants said Monday that they will collaborate to help companies create and use new forms of digital signs. By exploiting Intel chips and Microsoft software, the companies hope to bring more interactivity to such devices and help retailers customized marketing offers to consumers.

Signs equipped with cameras and specialized software could recognize the age, gender and height of people in front of them, and tell what products and images received the most attention, the companies said. By gathering information about which messages are more effective, they add, traditional retailers could develop marketing approaches that better counter Web-based competitors.

“Every year retailers lose more ground to online [sellers], and they have to do something about that,” said Joe Jensen, general manager of Intel’s embedded computing division.

Embedded computing adds intelligence to products that aren’t computers, including retail point-of-sale systems, office equipment, car entertainment systems and factory gear. Both Intel and Microsoft have sizeable embedded businesses.

Signs are a logical target, since the medium is believed to be growing at a time while most other forms of advertising are in decline. The concept gained momentum among retailers about six years ago—starting with banks of TV screens set up to display simple marketing messages, said Nikki Baird, managing partner of analyst firm Retail Systems Research.

Then companies such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. started putting advertising displays or kiosks in other parts of stores, she said. More recently, software companies and retailers have exploited the spread of smart phones, developing applications that allow cameras to photograph barcodes of products so viewers can check prices online at other outlets.

Intel and Microsoft—in announcements pegged to the National Retail Federation’s convention in New York this week—don’t plan to offer digital signs themselves. They plan in the first half of the year to specify hardware and software components that could become a standard platform for others to develop in-store signs. Likely candidates could include Hewlett-Packard Co. and NCR Corp., which are working in the field, Mr. Jensen said.

One goal is to emulate features of online sellers such as Amazon.com Inc., which can identify returning customers and recommend products based on their purchase histories.

“People are getting a more personalized experience online today than they were a few years ago, but there are a lot of items you want to shop for physically,” said Ilya Bukshteyn, a senior director of marketing at Microsoft.

Paul Otellini, Intel’s chief executive officer, gave a peek of a prototype digital sign last Thursday during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show. The 7-foot-6-inch device had a camera and two side-by-side displays—one a large conventional LCD panel, and the other a transparent holographic version with a touch-screen that displays words and images that appear to float in front of the viewer.

The sign can recognize whether the viewer is male or female and present offers for products more likely to appeal to them, the company said. If a user touched an item, for example, the sign could send the user’s smart phone a coupon with a discount on the item and a map to its location in a store.

Mr. Jensen said current camera technology and the distances involved would not allow scanning of users’ irises. But the technology can distinguish what they viewed, he said. Facial recognition can identify customers if they’ve allowed the retailer to photograph their face previously, Mr. Bukshteyn added.

The accuracy and privacy of such systems are issues. Customers and retailers are wary about technologies that might track their movements or display information about customer’s shopping habits, Ms. Baird said. Though identifying individuals could be possible one day, Intel and Microsoft said their current technology does not do that; it distinguishes viewer features to determine gender and when they looked at a display. The signs can pass that data anonymously to advertisers to help them plan marketing pitches, the companies said.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 16th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Posted in Tech

Smart digital signage technology

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CNET Article by: Lance Whitney

Intel’s prototype design for interactive, holographic digital signage continues to make the rounds.

After debuting at the CES 2010 show during the keynote address by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, the 7.5-foot-tall multitouch, multiuser Intelligent Digital Signage Concept was also demonstrated at the National Retail Federation Convention in New York. In addition, Intel on announced that it is working with Microsoft to develop an open-standards platform for digital signage applications.

On-location digital signs based on the technology could change the way consumers find and interact with information at stores, banks, and hotels, Intel said.

Interactive digital sign from Intel and Microsoft
(Credit: Intel)

In effect, such signs would bring something of an online experience to the brick-and-mortar world. The Intel prototype is designed to let retail customers touch its holographic screen to virtually tour a store, shop for products, learn about sales, read customer reviews, submit their own reviews, and share feedback with family and friends through integration with social networks and cell phones.

Retail outlets could use the digital sign to show realistic maps of each aisle of the store, and then display coupons or sales promotions next to images of different products.

But the sign offers more than just one-way communications. Using built-in cameras and image analysis, the display could determine a consumer’s gender, approximate age, the clothes he or she is wearing, the time of day, and other factors to tailor ads and other content specifically to that consumer. By figuring out a person’s size, it could show ads only for clothes that would fit.

Of course, advertisers could also use the digital signage to get immediate feedback on how consumers respond to their ads.

Addressing potential privacy concerns, Intel said that its system would anonymously send data on consumers to advertisers.

“We designed the Intel Intelligent Digital Signage Concept to show that retailers can engage and interact with consumers in a more personal and compelling manner through new usage models such as augmented reality and interactive product explorations, which in turn could yield an increase in revenue and customer loyalty,” said Joe Jensen, general manager of Intel Embedded Computing Division, in a statement.

To run the digital signs, which use Intel’s Core i7 processors, Intel turned to Microsoft for a version of its Windows Embedded Standard 2011 software optimized for digital signage technology. That platform is expected to be available in the second quarter of the year.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 16th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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Some Google Tech of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

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So Google has cranked out another gem for us all, using their street view and Google earth applications, you can now view several of the ski runs and get a better idea of what our Olympic athletes are experiencing in Vancouver. Sure you can still get all the score & constant updates through the site but everyone should check out these images from the Street View’s snowmobile decked out with cameras to capture the slope-level imagery of runs on the Whistler Blackcomb Mountains.

Google Blog, click here.

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February 16th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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YouTube’s 5th birthday (02.14.10)

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It’s hard to believe that YouTube, which now streams more than one billion videos a day, only registered its domain name five years ago. Found on YouTube’s blog site, here is the posting from Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTube.

YouTube & the Online Video Revolution

When we registered the YouTube domain on February 14, 2005, we set out to create a place where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection could share a story with the world. Five years into it, we’re as committed as ever to the core beliefs and principles that guided YouTube’s creation:

Video gives people a voice – From classrooms to war-torn countries, the Queen of England to the King of Pop, the Pope to the President of the United States, and the hillsides of Port au Prince to the streets of Tehran, video has the power to give rise to the most diverse set of faces and voices ever seen or heard in human history.

We succeed when our partners succeed – Our content partners run the gamut, from major Hollywood studios to aspiring filmmakers and vloggers who can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary on the turn of a dime. Content creation isn’t our business; it’s theirs. But breaking open access to media and distribution means delivering the world’s largest global audience and the revenue models they need to succeed, as well as the tools they need to control their content.

Video evolves fast, YouTube must evolve faster – The Internet evolves at break-neck speed. We launch products quickly and constantly iterate to stay one step ahead of it. Our goal? To set the standard in online video delivery. Fast loading, high quality videos need to be able to play on any device, anywhere, anytime. And whether we’re supporting 1080p, 3D, or deploying auto-speech recognition technology, we innovate with an eye toward providing the best possible experience for all of you.

Thanks for being part of the YouTube community and for shaping what the site is today. We’re looking forward to celebrating our fifth anniversary throughout the year and hope you’ll keep watching, keep uploading, keep sharing, keep informing, keep entertaining, and keep discovering the world through video.

Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTube

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 15th, 2010 at 10:59 am

Opera Mini for iPhone

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Broswer Highlights: Super Speed, Home Page, Find in Page, Greater Flexibility, & Free (Presumably).

Opera Mini Simulator, click to test yourself.

Opera Mini: 5 Reasons iPhone Owners Need It by: Jared Newman, PCWorld

Opera has announced plans to release the Opera Mini mobile Web browser for the iPhone. The app isn’t available yet — Opera plans to show it off during Mobile World Congress next week (Feb. 15-18, 2010) — and it’s possible the early announcement is meant to generate excitement, therefore pressuring Apple into approving this threat to its native Safari browser. But what’s the big deal, anyway? See for yourself with the Opera Mini simulator, or check out these five reasons Opera Mini could become your favorite iPhone Web browser, if Apple approves it:

Super Speed
Opera claims that its mobile Web browser can cut the iPhone’s Web data traffic by 90 percent, thanks to a method of compressing images and text on its own servers. This would, of course, improve the loading time of Web pages as well.

Home Page
Forget loading up a new browser window with nothing in it. Opera Mini’s “Speed Dial” feature lets you customize a grid of nine favorite Web sites for quick loading without visiting your list of bookmarks.

Find in Page
The inability to search within a Web page for text is Safari’s most glaring omission. In Opera Mini, it’s as simple as clicking the Tools icon, then clicking “Find in Page” and typing whatever you’re looking for. Sorry Apple, sometimes Web pages just need to be searched.

Greater Flexibility
Here are some other things you can’t do in Safari, all of which can be controlled or enabled in Opera Mini’s settings menu: Saved passwords, adjustable image quality, full screen browsing, adjustable font sizes and customizable skins.

Free, Presumably
iPhone experts might point out that there are already plenty of other browsers to choose from, but the vast majority of them cost money. Opera Mini is a free download for other phones, so I assume it’ll be free if Apple approves it for the iPhone. That alone could make it the most attractive Safari alternative yet.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 10th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Posted in Tech

The State of the Internet – 2009

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Focus provides us a look at The State of the Internet. Interesting findings, very illustrative.

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February 9th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Posted in Social Media,Tech

Google Launches Buzz, Its New Social Media Sharing Platform

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Article by: Michael Calore

Google debuted Buzz Tuesday morning, its latest product for sharing links, media and status updates with your friends. Buzz is fully integrated with Gmail’s inbox. You can go to buzz.google.com and turn it on right now if you’re a Gmail user.

Buzz is more than a little bit like Twitter — and a whole lot like Facebook and FriendFeed. Anything you post is automatically sent out to the people on your Google Contacts list you interact with the most. All updates are real-time, and anything you share is open for comments. You can also post privately to a select group of friends.

Posts can be geotagged, and the location-aware features really come to life when you post from a mobile with GPS inside. Buzz will figure out where you are and show you recent posts around your current location.

You can post status updates directly to Buzz or pull in posts from Twitter or FriendFeed, YouTube videos, photos from Flickr or Picasa, links (complete with photos) from Google Reader or any source listed in your Google Profile. There’s no Facebook integration.

You can’t post from Buzz out to Twitter or other services — it’s a one-way street for now, but Google says it hopes add that ability later. All public updates are available as XML. Also, OAuth, Webfinger, PubSubHubbub and Activity Streams are all supported out of the box, but FacebookConnect is not. More details about the APIs and the supported data formats are at the Buzz Google Code site.

And here’s a video:

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 9th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Social Media,Tech

Apple – Aperture 3

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Apple announced Aperture 3 today (02.09.10), its photo editing and management software, the new version includes more than 200 new features. I’m definitely going to check this out, as I’ve been meaning to play with it for a while. Tons of get info on apple’s site but highlights in this new version includes some slide show capabilities that allow users to incorporate photos, video, audio, and text, publish online to sites like Flickr & Facebook, improved functionality and organization, and has 64-Bit Support. The program retails for $199, and existing Aperture users will be able to upgrade for $99.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 9th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Posted in Tech