Will the iPad Change Social Media?

We’ve all heard it now. The most over-hyped non-product in history of the world is finally a product.

It even has a name. It’s not the “iSlate” nor the “Apple Tablet” that people have been using for a while, it’s actually called the iPad (naturally, #iTampon was a trending topic on Twitter soon after).

The gorgeous Apple iPad

The gorgeous Apple iPad

While many people are disappointed, saying that the iPad is nothing more than an over-sized iTouch, I personally believe that it will be game-changing. Maybe this particular release won’t knock us off our heels, but eventually, with the proper support, a large list of applications, and a little mind-set change from the consumer side, this device is going to be the iPod of “handheld companions“.

Let me explain…

Google StreetView: Virtually Stealing Adspace

Google patent for the ads

Google patent for the ads

Google was just granted the patent above, which is leading internet observers to believe that Google will soon introduce ad-retailing on outdated billboards in Google Street View.

Basically, if a banner owner feels like the ad showing is totally out of date, he would be able to update the spot with a different ad, just like on a real billboard.  According to the patent, it will also work with posters in shop windows and theatres, and Google seems to be planning to also sell space for “unclaimed” spots–potentially leaving the spots free for rival services to advertise on a competitor’s business.

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Okay, it probably won't look exactly like this...

What Does This Mean For Online Advertising?

With banner blindness going stronger than ever, advertisers and ad-sellers must come up with new ways to make use of the online community to generate advertising money.

Advertising in virtual worlds like Second Life became very popular several years back, but soon proved to be a fad. Meanwhile, contextual advertising like Adsense is still growing strong.

Chrome Commercial: Taking Technology Out of Technology

This is a very nice video created by BBH for the Chrome browser, demonstrating the benefits of Google Chrome.

Happy New Year – From Thoughtpick Team

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Verizon CEO: “Technology Will Make Hulu Irrelevant” [video]

Hulu is bound to become obsolete in a few years because there definitely will be other technologies which will certainly provide even simpler and more innovative grounds to allowing for a more integrated connection between our world and what's on the web.

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Nokia Musings: The mobile phone that can be whatever you want it to be! [video]

Nokia has always been a leader and innovator in the field of communication and this video gives us a glimpse at what Nokia is thinking the future will look like. They explore different application and uses that nanotechnology will have in the field of communication and some of the benefits of being able to achieve the dream of nano...

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How the Internet Enables Intimacy [video talk from TED]

In my previous post I shared a piece of research that supports the notion that internet users not only have a larger and more diverse group of people whom they confide in, but they tend to be more active in the public sphere. Along the same chain of thought this is an interesting talk by stefana Broadbent who discusses her research...

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The Self-Destructing Worm: Crawling into an iPhone Near You!

The Self-Destructing Worm: Crawling into an iPhone Near You!

Ikee iPhone Wallpaper

To what extent are we really safe with technology? And how long can we depend on our phones and even computers to keep our information intact and safe from hacks and / or theft?

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“The Future Internet: Service Web 3.0” [video]

Is it wise to push for information to be handled solely by machines speaking to each other with minimum human interference? What is the degree to which privacy is compromised when utilizing semantic technologies? And do we have enough backup capacities to secure information in case of electricity cuts or natural disasters?

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10/GUI Multi-Touch Interface: Even better than Apple’s mighty mouse? [video]

Do you remember the first time you pinched an iPhone? Do you remember how efficient, simple and ingenious being able to do that felt? Now try to imagine what you can do to a computer if all your 10 digits are released from the 30 year old shackles of the mouse.

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