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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Opera Mini awaiting Apple approval

Opera claim to code the 'Fastest Browser on Earth' and their mobile versions really improve web browsing on mobile phones. They have now submitted to Apple a version of their mobile web browser, Opera Mini, for the iPhone. They are keen to show off there submission with a counter (here) showing how long they have waited for Apples decision. They have also released a video showing off the speed of Opera Mini for iPhone compared to Apple's Safari web browser which comes as standard with the iPhone OS. The video shows a vastly improved speed over 2G connections. I assume that the difference is less noticeable over Wi-Fi or good 3G connections.

Apple do not approve applications that duplicate the core functionality of the iPhone, despite this applications such as Skype for iPhone have been approved along with other 3rd party web browsers for the iPhone. So they may approve Opera and unleash Opera Mini into the iPhone app store. There is no word from Opera on potential pricing assuming approval.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

mflow: A music reflowlution?

A new music service is coming in April, but where are we coming from? The internet has changed the way we consume media, particularly music, beyond expectations. The main evidence for this is your local high street, I bet it's not bursting with Record shops any more as iTunes is the world's largest record shop. The tie in with the iPod and now the iPhone has lead to massive change in the way we get new music.

But what about artists trying to break into the industry? That's were social networking comes in. Myspace has proven massively popular with new and existing artists. The rise of social networking (as recently reported on webwarp.co.uk) has lead to a new generation of web users who see the internet not as a library (like iTunes) but as a way of connecting with like minded people: mflow.

mflow is a new way of discovering music. It works like a cross between the library format of iTunes and the social networking format of Twitter. So you have a large number of songs available to purchase in high quality with no DRM (digital rights management) and a social network where any user can follow the 'flow' of any other user. The advantage is that if you discover a great song you can add it to your flow, sharing your opinion with your followers. They can then listen to a full length preview (something you cannot do just by searching for a track) and if they decide to buy the track you receive 20% of the money in mflow credit, to help you buy your next musical discovery.

mflow is not available until 15/04/2010 unless you have a preview invitation which you can request from www.mflow.com.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Facebook More Popular Than Google, the Webs Changing.

Figures show that last week Facebook was the most visited page in the US, stealing thunder from usual suspect GoogleChannel 4 reports. This is a significant change in our internet browsing habits. We are not purely using the internet to search for information (that was so last decade), we are now more interested in our social group and the latest news in our friends lives. With the improvement of connection speeds and websites the internet has become a hugely popular place to find current news, whether national, local or social. The internet is no longer about googling for facts, and large corporations websites. It's a live and ever changing scene with content being added from an ever increasing number of its users. Facebook is most successful example of this trend and it's therefore no surprise that it's pipped Google to the No.1 spot in America.

Monday, 1 March 2010

European Windows Web Browser Choice Update

From 1/3/10 your Windows PC will get a Windows Update prompting you to look at alternative browsers. This will only happen within Europe. The web browsers up for grabs on the first page are Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and of course Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. This update was detailed in a recent Microsoft blog post: Click Here

As you can probably see there is a sideways scrollbar at the bottom of the window. There are more browsers to choose from. Many of these are much smaller and less popular browsers that have many different takes on web browsing. The BBC News page highlights the issue of the poor advertising of the smaller browsers here.

The full list is:

  • Avant
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Flock
  • Green Browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
  • K-meleon
  • Maxthon
  • Opera
  • Apple Safari
  • Sleipnir
  • Slim

Goodbye IE6

Microsoft will no longer be supporting their 9 year old web browser, Internet Explorer 6, from the 4th March 2010.