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Comments on web technology and products and services by Martin Price

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Apple launches iWeb blogging and web 2.0 app ?

Firsly obviously this wasn't the most PR related even of the macworld conference, but they are much better covered by other blogs.

However when I watched the MacWorld keynote online, I was keen to see Apple's new web publishing software iWeb. Generally I am a huge fan of Apple software paticularly the iLife suite which I use regularly, but what they lacked until now was much connectivity, and longterm maybe risked losing out to online applications such as the combination of Flickr/Yahoo Photos/Go etc. However one of the great things that came out of the keynote as well was that Apple seem to be including RSS syndication into all their products making them more accessible and compatible with a range of tools and software. Of photo's being distributed via RSS became 'Photocasting' but Apple do a better job than anyone at branding and effective product marketing, so lets leave it to them and see if this catches on.

iWeb though the web 2.0 ajax driven, blogging and publishing tool which delivered a lot of promise doesn't live up to the promise according to the first testers macslash iWeb reviews

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A reflection on CES announcements

Firstly it was amazing to see how far the internet industry has come, and how established it is, to the extent where the two largest internet companies can show cutting edge products alongside the established technology industry more focused on devices and software traditionally.

It shows where the future of software is going also, everything is live and connected but its the internet companies that hold and manage the distribution channels, and possibly long term the software itself.

Yahoo! Go - Promises much long term, I've seen that the mobile device technology works very well on handsets that support it, and the desktop software could be even better, see more at the promo site which includes the webcast with Terry Semel calling in a few 'favours' from the entertainment industry, and a couple of glitches Yahoo! Go

Google video - Has already got much larger press coverage in the uk, which reflects its position here, but I'm not sure its a great product, however what is a great product when it first launches...but a lot of questions have been raised about whats new or different about what it offers. However the interface is sparse but works very well, how very Google like Google Video

One thing I did notice following this announcement though is the BBC are now distributing video on to Google free, if this is a test it would be very interesting to see the results, but certainly having the BBC archive accessible online through google/yahoo or anyone is a good thing for the world. See the post about this at Ben Metcalfe's blog

What I'd like to see next is how this is combined with the best web technologies and what we know works online. For example using Folksonomy, what are the worlds top rated tv shows, what are my friends watching, can they just instantly message me and say 'have you seen the new lost?' and the program will download to my machine, can I access video from around the world based on someone's recommendation, or my 'group' of friends say its cool...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

happy new year & predictions for 2006

Ah well don't you just love this time of year, too much food/wine and everyone reviewing the year and making predictions for the year ahead.

Here are some of my favourites on the tech side

from 05

Top Search Terms in 05 - As good a barometer of the year as any ?

New York Times top gadget ideas of the year!

PC world's Innovation awards

for 06

Mercury News Top Ten Trends in Tech for 06

Top brands for 06

Bruce Upbin's predictions for 06

For both and congrats to Jack Schofield for this Top 10 of Top 10's in Tech !!

Guardian tech blog top 10 of top 10's

But full marks go to Rex Sorgatz's awesome list of all the best of lists

this is HUGE