DRM: o lo matas, o te mata a ti

En estos días se ha hablado bastante de Libranda y de sus características, en la mayor parte de los casos en términos muy poco elogiosos. Hay hasta especulaciones sobre si lo que Libranda pretendía, en realidad, era no vender libros.

Algunas de las críticas se centran, debido a un error de posicionamiento de la propia Libranda, en atacar la escasa idoneidad de la plataforma de cara al cliente final, lo que supone un error conceptual: por mucho que su confuso marketing, posicionamiento y diseño lleven a pensar, Libranda no es ni pretende ser una plataforma de venta de libros al cliente final. La idea es mucho más alambicada: se trata de una plataforma para uso de las librerías, un catálogo para que aquellas empresas que decidan vender libros en la red puedan ver el catálogo de las principales editoriales en lengua española y catalana, e incorporar las obras a sus tiendas. Puesto así, lo que cabe plantearse es la razón por la que una iniciativa así tiene una página abierta al público: no solo no le hace ninguna falta (debería ser una plataforma cerrada para que accedan con la adecuada clave los responsables de compras de las librerías), sino que además, confunde. Lleva a un hipotético lector a buscar el libro que quiere, le plantea un absurdo botón de compra, pero le lleva a una tienda donde tiene que volver a realizar la búsqueda para conseguir comprar. Seguir leyendo “DRM: o lo matas, o te mata a ti”

Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations

It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations. If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile. Facebook’s Platform account was just updated with a message that seems to confirm the rollout of this new feature.

So when you activate the feature, you’ll see a dedicated Amazon Facebook page within the recommendations section of your account. For example, you’ll see the most popular books, DVDs, and more that are listed in your Friend’s Facebook profile. So if you like Radiohead, you can see which one of your friends also likes the band. You’ll also see upcoming birthdays and find your Facebook friends’ Amazon Wish Lists more easily. And you’ll get gift suggestions for your friends based on their Facebook profiles. Seguir leyendo “Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations”

Using Light, Intel Confirms Data Will Be Sent Wayyy Faster in the Near Future

Intel announced a prototype technology today capable of moving data at 50 Gbps, comparable to sending an entire HD movie in one second – foreshadowing faster, longer data connections that could be revolutionary for consumers and data center users.

The prototype represents an important advance in Intel’s research into silicon photonics – using lasers instead of electrons to send data – which the company has been working on for years. Intel hopes to scale up the technology until it reaches speeds close to a terabit per second – fast enough to transfer a copy of the entire contents of a typical laptop in one second, the company said.

Data transmission speeds over wire-based connections are limited by bandwidth and distance. Intel turned to silicon-based photonic devices in order to transcend these physical limitations and continue to make more powerful chips.

With the new process, electrical signals are translated into light at different-colored wavelengths, which are combined and travel down a single fiber. Then the light is separated back into wavelengths and converted back to electrons. The speeds are so high that processors, memory and other computer components will no longer need to be placed inches from each other, implying vastly different computer designs in the future, the company said. Seguir leyendo “Using Light, Intel Confirms Data Will Be Sent Wayyy Faster in the Near Future”

Convert your Template into Website by using Slice and Dice technique in CSS

Here I’m going to tell you some secrets. I hope these would be very rare and by using these technique anybody can become Web Designer. I’m going to tell you how you can convert your Template into Website by using Slice and Dice technique in CSS. It will be very long tutorial, because I’m going to convert a whole project into Website. So get ready for that. Here is the part 1.

1. First of all we have to prepare for all this. You must be needing a Template in Photoshop. I’ve chosen this complicated Template, so that you must be having a lot of things to learn:

Then you have to prepare a Folder in which you will be putting your HTML files, Images, Styles Sheets and if Flash Animation then a place for that. Suppose We are going to make the following Sub-Folders in a Folder. Suppose our main Folder has the name, Stunning-Mesh then the following sub-folders must be included in it:

Stunning-Mesh (Main Folder)

styles (All styles sheets would come inside this sub-folder)

img (All Images would come inside this sub-folder)

animation (All Flash animations would come inside this sub-folder) Seguir leyendo “Convert your Template into Website by using Slice and Dice technique in CSS”

How to identify competent (and incompetent) managers

By Martin Goodwill, managing director of employment testing service, Profiles International

Effective managers do more than just supervise employees: they take responsibility for ensuring that an individual succeeds, and that the team, department or business unit achieves expected results.

The most productive companies provide their managers with the information and tools they need to understand the capabilities and styles of their teams. This gives managers a solid foundation for more effective coaching relationships.

Over the years we have identified eight signs of incompetent managers: Seguir leyendo “How to identify competent (and incompetent) managers”

TGIF: Farewell to Facebook Gifts and to TGIF (For a While)


by Nicole Landguth

Facebook often has the luxury of refining ideas that have been around a while and that is what I predict for payments over Facebook. People are already comfortable with entering their credit card info on websites so payments on Facebook won’t seem like a huge leap; here I will review a few of the most recent trends in currency and the opportunities for brands.

  • The End of Facebook Gifts (Kind Of)- This Sunday, August 1st is the last day that the Gift Shop will be open. Gifts already circulated will remain on your profile forever and gifts can still be part of third-party applications; however, this is a good indication of where Facebook thinks gifts are going. In the future brands will most likely reward fans with virtual credit to play games or gift specifically tied to coupons or other exclusives. If you want to send your college roommate a tequila shot, sticky note, or unicorn you better get it in before Sunday!

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101 reglas de comportamiento en la Web 2.0 (3)

¿Amenaza la Web 2.0 con echar a perder nuestros modales? Al parece sí, o al menos así lo aseguran algunos expertos. Por este motivo, Deutsche Telekom acaba de presentar un catálogo con 101 reglas de etiqueta para comportarse adecuadamente en la nueva era digital:

41. En casas extrañas evitar hacer llamadas telefónicas demasiado largas y disculparse siempre por los malos modales. Seguir leyendo “101 reglas de comportamiento en la Web 2.0 (3)”

10 statements that make my head explode, and what they really mean

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by ian

Every now and then, someone says something that passes cringe-worthy and goes straight to neural overload. At those times, I get a temporary case of Exploding Head Syndrome (it’s real). I’ll skip the political stuff like “Global warming isn’t real” and “Get your government hands off my Medicare” and stick to internet marketing: Seguir leyendo “10 statements that make my head explode, and what they really mean”

B330-Rx Golf Ball Designed for Average Players

By: David Lidsky

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Bridgestone Golf designs a ball for the rest of us.
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You are not Phil Mickelson. So why are you playing his golf ball and expecting the same results? “You don’t use racing slick tires on your Honda Accord,” notes Brandon Sowell, director of marketing for Bridgestone Golf. With that in mind, Bridgestone has bucked the industry norm of simply selling weekend duffers the balls their favorite pros use. Instead, it has created the B330-Rx ($43 for a dozen), a ball designed for average players.

Weekend golfers generate far less club-head speed than PGA Tour players do — typically, 80 mph versus 120 mph — and their swings aren’t as consistent. The B330-Rx is engineered to account for that, performing like a pro-style ball for an amateur’s game and providing better distance and accuracy. Seguir leyendo “B330-Rx Golf Ball Designed for Average Players”

Ready to Give up Your Consumer Data in Exchange for Bargain Deals?

Posted by Lauren Dugan

shopping We’ve had it hammered into our heads that our consumer data – where we shop, what we buy, how much we spend – should be guarded with, if not our lives, then at least every password encryption tool in our arsenals. But what if this consumer data could be harnessed to benefit both retailers and ourselves, giving us discounts on products we want, without compromising our privacy? That’s the thinking behind soon-to-be-launched WeShop, a collective shopping experience that uses aggregate consumer data to get you bargain deals on your favorite products.

The founder of WeShop, Tony Lee, believes that the recent discussions around consumer data are skewed towards scaring consumers rather than educating them:

“They understand their data belongs to them and the privacy issues, but they don’t understand the worth,” Lee says. “The people spearheading privacy debates are brilliant because they phrase the rulings around the nature of the data, rather than the value.” Seguir leyendo “Ready to Give up Your Consumer Data in Exchange for Bargain Deals?”

The Future of the Internet

“In only a few short years, electronic computing systems have been invented and improved at a tremendous rate. But computers did not ‘just grow.’ They have evolved… They were born and they are being improved as a consequence of man’s ingenuity, his imagination… and his mathematics.” — 1958 IBM brochure

The Internet is a medium that is evolving at breakneck speed. It’s a wild organism of sweeping cultural change — one that leaves the carcasses of dead media forms in its sizeable wake. It’s transformative: it has transformed the vast globe into a ‘global village’ and it has drawn human communication away from print-based media and into a post-Gutenberg digital era. Right now, its perils are equal to its potential. The debate over ‘net neutrality’ is at a fever pitch. There is a tug-of-war going on between an ‘open web’ and a more governed form of the web (like the Apple-approved apps on the iPad/iPhone) that has more security but less freedom. Seguir leyendo “The Future of the Internet”

Dell Streak dated and priced


Dell has confirmed that its long-awaited Streak tablet will be available for US priority pre-sale on August 12, with general availability following just a day later.

The device is priced at $300 with a new, two-year AT&T contract and $550 without.

A Dell spokesperson told TG Daily that customers who purchase the tablet and sign up during the pre-sale program will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade.

Dell Streak dated and pricedIn addition, Streak owners who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents.

The Dell Streak is a carbon black, Android-powered tablet that features a Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 5-inch display, Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth capabilities. Seguir leyendo “Dell Streak dated and priced”

What Happens When You Run Out of Storage Space in Gmail?

It turns out that bottomless bucket of Gmail (Gmail) storage actually does have a bottom. Just ask Mike Monteiro, the most recent person to break Gmail’s usage cap.

So much for, “never delete an e-mail again.” When Gmail first launched in 2004, its massive storage space (then 1GB) was a highly touted feature. Over time, the amount of space made available to users has grown — by our count, it looks like standard Gmail and Google Apps users have about 7.3GB at their disposal today. However, users also now send larger e-mail attachments and archive more messages. Still, for non-corporate e-mail users, racking up more than 7GB in e-mail archives is a pretty impressive feat. Seguir leyendo “What Happens When You Run Out of Storage Space in Gmail?”

Firefox 4 Beta Adds Multi-touch Support [VIDEOS]

Mozilla has released the newest version of the Firefox 4 Beta, which not only includes hundreds of bug fixes, but also adds long-awaited multi-touch functionality to the browser.

Firefox (Firefox) 4 Beta Version 3 comes with three main updates from its predecessor. First, it addresses several hundred bugs and exploits. Second, it includes a JavaScript update that allows Firefox to execute graphics and animations (heavy in numeric code) with more efficiency. Finally, it allows web authors to monitor and accept touch events (aka, it enables multi-touch functionality).

It’s not as if Firefox 4 magically turns your monitor into a touchscreen, though. This is just the addition of support for multi-touch functionality; it’s up to developers and web companies to implement touch events on their websites. It’s also only available for Windows (Windows) 7 for now; sorry Mac users. Seguir leyendo “Firefox 4 Beta Adds Multi-touch Support [VIDEOS]”