Business users are using the force to turn the tables on the IT Crowd after years of having technology choices made for them. Business users everywhere are demanding smartphones, tablets, Web 2.0 services, and apps in the workplace. IT organizations are transforming by enabling bring-your-own-device policies and embracing Cloud services. The emerging “bizumer” is blurring the distinction between personal and professional.
Mary Meeker has released another look at the Internet and what’s heading our way. What’s in store? Well, over the last three years China added more Internet users than the USA has citizens. 81% of unique monthly visits to USA websites originates in other countries. There are 835 million smartphones and 5.6 billion mobile phone subscribers world-wide. Finally, 85% of the world’s population is covered by wireless signals which has a greater reach than electricity.
bit.ly, the URL shorting service, shortens approximately 80 million URLs every day. Alongside the shorting service bit.ly has launched a search platform. They are leveraging this search platform to crawl and classify every URL they shorten to create a content index reflecting distribution, click frequency, and trending. Searching the index does not return pagerank, instead, it displays a prediction of the stories that are likely to get the most attention over the next 24 hours. Welcome to the future.
Yesterday Apple launched iCloud. In response DropBox and Box.net enhanced their offerings. This means more storage for everyone. The bottom line, 50GB of cloud storage will cost zero or one hundred dollars a year. Let the battle for the bits begin!
Over 116 Million U.S. consumers are using mobile devices to access the Web. Those “non-computer” devices are driving nearly 7 percent of Internet traffic according to ComScore. Mobile phones accounted for 4.4 percent of that traffic, while tablets made up 1.9 percent. iPads dominate Web traffic for tablets and lead among all iOS devices.
Facebook has launched a new version of Facebook Page Insights. Some new metrics were also introduced to help you understand who’s engaged with your page, the number of friends your fans have, who’s seen your content, and who’s talked about your content.
October is emerging as the month of change for Sprint. They become the 3rd US carrier for the iPhone and will launch a 4G network based upon Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Sprint will shift away from WiMax 4G and expects its LTE network to launch commercially in the middle of 2012.
Forty years ago this month the first email was sent across ARPANET. This military communications network was the earliest form of today’s Internet. Thanks to the rapid adoption of the Internet via the World Wide Web, daily email delivery climbed from 31 Billion in 2001 to 294 Billion by 2010.
Facebook, Google, and Carbyn are racing to make HTML5 the next major Operating System.