Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?

It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such radical changes that it’s hard to believe they could ever happen. And the truth is, none of us really know what will happen with the Internet in 10 or 15 years.

After all, it was only a little more than 15 years ago that Clifford Stoll wrote the now-infamous “The Internet? Bah!” post (subtitled: “Hype Alert, Why Cyberspace Isn’t, and Will Never Be, Nirvana”). In that post he detailed why a lot of things just wouldn’t happen online but most of which are now commonplace.

As web designers and developers, what the future holds for the Internet is imperative for our livelihoods. If the Internet has radical changes in store for us, we need to understand how they might effect what we do to earn a living and what we’ll need to do to adapt and keep pace — if that’s even possible.


By Cameron Chapman | http://www.smashingmagazine.com

It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such radical changes that it’s hard to believe they could ever happen. And the truth is, none of us really know what will happen with the Internet in 10 or 15 years.

After all, it was only a little more than 15 years ago that Clifford Stoll wrote the now-infamous “The Internet? Bah!” post (subtitled: “Hype Alert, Why Cyberspace Isn’t, and Will Never Be, Nirvana”). In that post he detailed why a lot of things just wouldn’t happen online but most of which are now commonplace.

As web designers and developers, what the future holds for the Internet is imperative for our livelihoods. If the Internet has radical changes in store for us, we need to understand how they might effect what we do to earn a living and what we’ll need to do to adapt and keep pace — if that’s even possible.

The Future is Content and Data

Look at your mobile phone. If you’re like most tech-savvy consumers, you’ve likely got a smartphone of the Apple or Android variety (or maybe a Blackberry, especially if you’re working in the corporate world). Most of us use our smartphones on a near-constant basis doing everything from checking email to working on projects to entertaining ourselves. How much of all that do you do in your phone’s browser?

The answer is probably “not much”.

We use an app to check email. We use the Facebook app for status updates. We use Twidroid or TweetDeck or the official Twitter app for tweeting. We use a YouTube app to watch videos. We use the Pandora or Last.fm apps for streaming music.

Prism in Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?

Mozilla Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. Is this the future of mobile applications?

It’s likely a similar scenario on our desktop or laptop computer. We use apps for a lot of our common Internet-based activities. We even have options to create our own apps with single-site browsers (like Fluid or Prism). And Google’s Chrome OS is just around the corner with devices already planned to use the web-based OS. Continuar leyendo «Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?»

12 Extensiones útiles para Google Chrome

12 Extensiones útiles para Google Chrome


Autor: Gaby MC

Hoy les dejo un listado de extensiones para Google Chrome con la que podrás realizar varias actividades desde el propio ordenador.

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Lista con 12 extensiones muy útiles para Google Chrome:

Adblock: con esta extensión puedes bloquear todos los molestos anuncios de publicidad en Internet.

Chrome SEO: con esta extensión tienes herramientas para mejorar el SEO de tu sitio con la ayuda de herramientas, estadísticas y datos que te proporciona esta extensión.

Chrome.fm: esta es una practica extensión para poder escuchar la música de Last.fm en el navegador de Google Chrome. Continuar leyendo «12 Extensiones útiles para Google Chrome»

5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes

If you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends. I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features. Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.
Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

* Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
* Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list.


Posted by Neil Vidyarthi

MUSICICONIf you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends.  I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features.  Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.

Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

  • Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
  • Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list. Continuar leyendo «5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes»

MyWare: Personalized Service or Invasion of Privacy?


Written by Dana Oshiro

This post is part of our ReadWriteStart channel, which is a resource and guide for first-time entrepreneurs and startups. The channel is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark. To sign up for BizSpark, click here.

pleaserobme_privacy_feb10.jpgThere’s a fine line between what is considered a knowledge database and an invasion of privacy, and that line is likely to be determined by marketing. This week we wrote an article about Please Rob Me – a service that identifies Foursquare and Gowalla check-ins on Twitter and lets others know that a person is not home. While location-based services are often touted for their social and recommendation-based benefits, the realization that they can be used negatively have many questioning the responsibility of those groups that collect the data.

privacy_responsible_feb10.jpgIn mid January Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that the age of privacy had come to an end and we responded that evolving preferences were not a valid justification of the elimination of privacy preferences. Nevertheless, between cookie tracking and browser identifiers like those shown in the EFF’s Panopticlick and the fact that it only takes your zip code, gender and birthdate to identify you, it’s hard to ensure total privacy in the first place.

If a startup were to put up a page simply to capture the information of your friends, all of of your daily habits, your location and your purchases, few would opt in. But as Last.fm’s Felix Miller pointed out more than 4 years ago, you might do it for «myware». Continuar leyendo «MyWare: Personalized Service or Invasion of Privacy?»

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