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Google speeds up the web – Bit by bit

Google releases WebP, a new image file format to speed up the web.

Google WebP the new image format

Taking their initiative to the streets on the superinformation highway, Google announced the release of WebP, a new image format that will “significantly reduce the byte size of photos on the web, allowing web sites to load faster than before.”

Google WebP new image format

Images via Google
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In its announcement, Google layed out its steps to introduce its suite of tools to help site owners speed up their websites and build new apps that offer greater optimization to all elements affecting page load times and thus, to speed up the user’s experience with a quicker, faster internet.

Google’s speed set of tools includes:

  • WebP image format and file conversion tool
  • Speed Tracer a Chrome extension that helps
    identify and fix performance problems
    in web applications.
  • Page Speed, a Firefox extension to evaluate
    web page performance.
Read more on Google’s WebP format.

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Will the calendar of the future schedule appointments for you?

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The folks at Tungle, the online social calendar service, made an impressive video documentary with social media luminaries and technology thought leaders about the calendar of the future.

Tungle Calendar of the Future video documentary
The video presents conversations with Robert Scoble, Ellen Levy of LinkedIN, Doug Dodge of Google, and others envisioning how the next generation calendar should function in regards to optimizing our lives and work.

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How iPhone and Facebook Disrupt Business Models

Companies risk falling behind competitors
if they ignore or restrict these
consumer technologies.

-Colin Lacey, VP data center transformation services, Unisys

There is a new way of working inside the workplace.

A recent post in CIO Update cites the increasing trend in use of social-networking sites in the workplace which grew from 19 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010.

This is evidence of the pervasive use of social technology in all aspects of our daily lives: including that of information workers.

“Tech-savvy information workers often blur home and work in their use of consumer devices and Web-based social media applications.”

So what is IT doing to adpat to this change?
How will IT integrate consumer technologies (smartphones, social networks) into their enterprise?

One small step is in software makers providing tools that integrate social media into existing IT applications. Microsoft Office Outlook Social Connector recent release of its Facebook plugin is one such step.

Corporate Pressures Rely on Response

Citing a recent Unisys study, the post defines a new generation of workers, dubbed “iWorkers,” who are investing their own time and money in advanced consumer devices like the iPhone and other smartphones, because of their power over devices provided by their employers. Moreover, about ten percent (10%) of these iWorkers surveyed said they would refuse to accept a position at an organization that didn’t allow external instant messaging.

How businesses adapt to this trend will be a careful balancing act. The obvious concern being IT security and its implications for their business. however this also present opportunities for business to allow innovation in developing policies that enable workers to use these technologies to extend business and personal relationships, the core of all business.

Just how business chooses to recognize the trend and formulate policy and programs for adoption of Web 2.0 tools and applications as this trend continues may determine their future business success.

How is your company adapting to this trending influence?

What business opportunities do you see in embracing this consumer trend?
Leave your comment here.

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Overheard: Web 1.0 brands on the way out!

Web 2.0 is here

“Web 2.0 brands are on the way in, and Web 1.0 brands
are threatened to be on the way out, unless they find a way
to turbo-charge their offers with social features, provide
mobile access, and add online video to their offers.”

–Karsten Weide, IDC Research VP, Media and Entertainment

A Curious Proposition

What are the benefits in offering “features, mobile and offers”
versus adopting a business model that reflects a social oriented
culture and its communication tools?

In its recent study, IDC‘s 2009/2010 U.S. Online Consumer Survey, the study’s “Abstract” raises a curious supposition:

What makes a Web 2.0 “brand” vs. a Web 2.0 “company?”

The answer is culture.

Are companies allowing consumer technologies and their attitudes toward using them to drive innovation from within? The evidence shows companies as slow to adopt to this change.

Weide’s call-to-action itself rings like a Web 1.0 analytical perspective: of “What works for business,” compared to, “How does the consumer want us to work?”

The latter offers a more Web 2.0 approach. It presumes a malleable business model that seeks to be directly informed of consumer wants and needs, interests and behavior to enable a real time business response using the tools of the day to maximize its business interest. Not just the application of web 2.0 “features” appended to an already outmoded business model.

Business 2.0 vs. marketing your business to look 2.0.

Is your company a Web 2.0 company or a Web 2.0 brand?

Leave your comment here.

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MusicMonday: Animating sound – Ólafur Arnalds – Ljósið

How is this for Music Monday?

Ólafur Arnalds produces an incredibly beautiful music animation video of Ljósið.

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Video: Daniel Pink – Innovative Thinking

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is illuminating.

In this video he delivers the 6 abilities that matter the most for innovative thinking.

Watch it here.

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