Friday, March 26, 2010

Book: Photoshop CS4

Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Launch Invitation

CS5 Adobe Creative Suite is coming out in 18 days. We are all invited to exclusive global launch on Monday, April 12, 2010 via Adobe's website, where right now you can watch some sneak peek videos.

Some of them are : Introduction to Flash Catalyst, sneak peek at the new Adobe Mercury playback engine technology, building powerful online stores, Adobe Story sneak peek and more.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy 25th Birthday 'Dot Com': A Look Back

The first dot-com registered this week in 1985 -- revisit the histories of the first five domains registered by Ian Paul

The Internet is filled with nostalgia on Monday as geeks all over the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the registration of the first dot-com domain. On March 15, 1985, a small Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics, Inc. registered It would be more than a month before the second dot-com was registered, and there wouldn't be 100 registered dot-coms until November 30, 1987.

How times have changed. Today, there are 668,000 dot-coms registered every month, according to the BBC. Current top Internet properties include names like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and eBay--none of which were registered until the 1990s.

On this historic anniversary of the first ever registered dot-com domain, let's take a trip back and revisit the histories of the first five domains ever registered, plus the story of what is arguably the most notorious dot-com ever.

Want more domain name history? Check out The Internet's Oldest Dot-com Domain Names.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Worldwide poll: 4 of 5 call Internet access a basic human right

BBC study also finds that many users also worry about privacy, state censorship
by Sharon Gaudin

Nearly four out of five people around the world believe that Internet access is a fundamental human right, according to a BBC World Service study released this week.

The international broadcaster polled more than 27,000 adults in 26 countries and found that 50% "strongly agree" and 30% "somewhat agree" that access to the Internet should be a fundamental right.

BBC World Service commissioned GlobeScan Inc., a Canadian research and consulting company, to conduct the study.

"The right to communicate cannot be ignored," Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, told BBC News. "We have entered the knowledge society and everyone must have access to participate."

The study showed that respondents in South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey most strongly support the idea of Internet access as a right, according to the BBC. South Korea, which has widespread high-speed Internet access, showed the largest majority of people (96%) who believed that net access was a fundamental right. More than 90% of those surveyed in Turkey agreed, giving it the highest percentage among European countries.

The BBC also noted that about three-quarters of respondents in Japan, Mexico and Russia said they " could not cope " without Internet access.

While four in five people around the world said the Internet has given them greater freedom, about 32% said they are worried about online fraud and 27% said they are concerned about violent and explicit content.

The BBC noted that 20% of respondents said they are worried about privacy and about 6% are concerned with state censorship of content.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld . Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin , send e-mail to or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed .

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Google acquiring Web-based photo editor Picnik

Picnik, which makes an online photo editor, announced on its blog Monday that the company is being acquired by Google.

The editor works directly with online photo libraries like Flickr, Facebook, and Picasa Web Albums. Users can also upload files to the service and download them again when they are done. The editing capabilities it offers are a natural complement to a Picasa, even though the technology appears to be a mismatch: Picnik works in Flash, while most advanced Google apps use the slower JavaScript. (Google, however, is working to improve JavaScript performance with its Native Client technology.)

Neither Picnik nor Google provided financial terms of the deal in their blog posts.

Flickr uses Picnik by default. It will be interesting to see how Yahoo, which owns Flickr, deals with the new owner of its preferred photo editor.

Picnik is a Webware 100 winner. It competes with Pixlr, Fotoflexer, and Aviary.