I Watch You Back

Human TVSoon­­­, the websites you visit while watching TV could adapt in real time to the shows being watched — automatically presenting information relevant to the show, or even tuning their ads in response to what’s on screen.

Flingo, which developed the technology, known as Sync Apps, says the new set is already being mass-produced by one of the top five television brands in the U.S. and will retail for less than $500.

A new type of Internet-connected television, due out before the end of the year, has built-in software and hardware that send data about what is on-screen to an Internet server that can identify the content. Web pages being viewed using the same Internet connection as the TV set can then tap into that information. The system can identify any content onscreen, whatever the source, whether live TV, DVDs or movie files playing from a computer.

Ashwin Navin, Flingo’s CEO, says he expects people to opt in because the service offers an automatic way to do what people are already doing manually.

Source and original article: Technology Review

Nokia: The Loud, The Small and The Bright

Somebody has to stop them.
Nokia has released three new phones.

What?“, you could say, “Is the Android-killer Iphone-slasher Windows-equipped device already out?

Nope. They all come with Symbian OS but, hey, it’s the new version – called Symbian Belle .

Nokia claims that the 701 has the brightest phone screen the world has ever seen. The 600 is their loudest smartphone to date. The tiny 700 is the smallest monoblock phone on the market. Sounds good, uh? Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover but…

Nokia Symbian Belle Phones

Really, Nokia: stop that. We don’t want these to be your final days. Gizmodo is begging you too:

Then Nokia up and comes out with three new Symbian phones today. QUIT IT. Seriously. Finland. Do you read me? Stop making Symbian handsets. Repeat: kssshhhh Stop making Symbian handsets. Save your money for the Mango models. Wow us in October with something unexpected: competition for the iPhone. I’ll switch in a hummingbird’s heartbeat. And I won’t be alone.


June 2011: Most popular retail sites

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Amazon, eBay and Alibaba See Largest Global Audiences
In June 2011, Amazon Sites had the largest global audience among the the retail and auction sites analyzed, with more than 282 million visitors, representing 20.4 percent of the worldwide audience age 15 and older accessing the Internet from a home or work location. eBay was not far behind with 223.5 million visitors (16.2 percent reach), followed by China’s Alibaba.com Corporation, which includes sites such as Taobao, Alibaba.com and Alipay, with 156.8 million visitors (11.3 percent reach). Apple.com Worldwide Sites saw its global audience eclipse 134 million visitors, representing nearly 10 percent of all Internet users.

Select Retail and Auction Sites Ranked by Unique Visitors (000); June 2011; Total Worldwide Audience, Visitors Age 15+ – Home/Work Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Total Unique Visitors (000) % Reach
Total Internet : Total Audience 1,383,098 100.0%
Amazon Sites 282,233 20.4%
eBay 223,520 16.2%
Alibaba.com Corporation 156,780 11.3%
Apple.com Worldwide Sites 134,296 9.7%
Rakuten Inc 57,785 4.2%
Wal-Mart 44,650 3.2%
Hewlett Packard 38,491 2.8%
MercadoLibre 33,481 2.4%
Otto Gruppe 31,779 2.3%
Groupe PPR 31,686 2.3%

Geographical Visitation Analysis for Retail and Auction Sites
Analysis of the geographic composition of visitors to these select retail and auction sites revealed a mix of both globally distributed audiences and more regionally concentrated audiences. Amazon Sites and Apple.com Worldwide Sites showed more globally distributed audiences compared to most other brands in the study.

On the other hand, China’s Alibaba.com Corporation (85.7 percent) and Japan’s Rakuten, Inc. (72.7 percent) reach sourced the vast majority of their traffic from the Asia Pacific region.

Regional Audience Composition Analysis of Select Retail and Auction Sites; June 2011; Total Worldwide Audience, Visitors Age 15+ – Home/Work Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Percent Composition of Unique Visitors
North America Europe Asia Pacific Middle East – Africa Latin America
Total Internet 14.9% 26.7% 41.1% 8.7% 8.6%
Amazon Sites 35.4% 31.8% 24.1% 4.5% 4.2%
eBay 34.6% 46.9% 11.7% 4.0% 2.8%
Alibaba.com Corporation 4.5% 5.3% 85.7% 2.5% 1.9%
Apple.com Worldwide Sites 32.0% 29.6% 24.9% 8.0% 5.6%
Rakuten Inc 5.3% 19.8% 72.7% 1.5% 0.7%
Wal-Mart 83.4% 8.9% 0.7% 0.5% 6.4%
Hewlett Packard 45.1% 26.4% 14.3% 6.7% 7.5%
MercadoLibre 1.7% 4.5% 0.4% 0.2% 93.3%
Otto Gruppe 4.3% 92.3% 1.0% 2.1% 0.2%
Groupe PPR 16.1% 74.4% 2.2% 4.7% 2.6%

Source and original article: comScore Press Release

Google Analytics

Web Analytics 2.0

Web Analytics 2.0 coverI follow Avinash Kaushik both on Twitter and on his blog (Occam’s Razor). I am more on the marketing side but web analytics is critical for me, so I decided to give Avinash’s last book – Web Analytics 2.0 – a try.


I have found myself reading the entire book in a few hours. Since I finished, I have gone back and highlighted, bookmarked and re-read the book a few times.

Avinash, with his engaging prose, teaches you to act on data instead of just presenting pretty reports: It’s the outcomes, baby!

Most SEM and Analytic books are for gurus or sucks because are too basic. In my opinion, Web Analytics 2.0 is perfect if you are at an intermediate/advanced level.
Moreover, the author donates all the proceeds of this book to two charities (The Smile Train and The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation), so buying this book is good for you and for many others.

In times of downrating, I give my personal quadruple-A to this book.

Read more reviews and buy Web Analytics 2.0 on amazon.com

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IBM kisses PC goodbye

Isaac Asimov's RadioShack AdIBM CTO Mark Dean, one of a dozen IBM engineers who designed the first PC unveiled Aug. 12, 1981, says PCs are:

“[…]going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.
PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device — though there’s plenty of excitement about smartphones and tablets — but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress.
These days, it’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact. It is there that computing can have the most powerful impact on economy, society, and people’s lives”.

Source and original article: Networkworld.com


Amazon clever move

no app storeWe all know that Apple is quite greedy on the App Store. Moreover, Apple is explicitly forbidding applications from including a ‘buy’ button within the apps themselves that link to an external payment flow: this is why you can’t buy an ebook using Amazon Kindle App on the iPhone/iPad.

Shortly, Amazon was facing the same problem than Financial Times and it looks like they come across the same solution: bye-bye App, welcome HTML5.

The Kindle Cloud Reader is already live, although “limited” to Chrome and Safari web browsers and iPad.

Amazon Kindle Clouds TweetWell done, Amazon!

TechCrunch has an article on this, too.