Here’s a nicely put not-so-detailed history of Twitter. Click on the image to see the whole illustration.
Courtesy of Visual.ly
Here’s a quotation from Engadget through BBC News, with all the important parts bolded:
“Microsoft, its new pet dog Yahoo, and Amazon have decided to join together in the soon to be formed Open Book Alliance. You might expect this to be a revolutionary new collaborative effort at delivering the written word in a way that makes Google Books pale into insignificance, but you would, of course, be wrong. Far from trying to compete with Google, The OBA is set to act as the collective mouthpiece for all those opposed to Google’s recent $125 million settlement deal with book publishers and authors. With the US Department of Justice already investigating antitrust concerns relating to the case, the other big dogs just couldn’t restrain themselves from pitching in together for a united whinge. Should the settlement be cleared, it will permit Google non-exclusive rights to orphan works (those without an established writer) and will give it a 30 per cent cut of books sold via Google Books, both things that authors have agreed to. So what’s there to moan about, fellas — we all trust Google to do the right thing, right?”
They excerpt says that they’re not competing with Google, but come on! Anyways, worse comes to worst, I believe Google has the complete support of Apple.
Us music lovers differ on our complexes, some can’t enjoy a song without having all of the album, some just can’t listen to anything that has a Bit Rate quality less than 192 Kbps, some refuses to add a song to their library when its artwork is unavailable…etc. and the list goes on. I can happily/sadly say that I have all of these symptoms. I can’t enjoy a certain song if I couldn’t find an artwork (this is more common with arabic songs than english ones), and sometimes I end up either deleting the song, or creating an artwork with our lovely friend Photoshop. Anything below 192 kbps is noise to my ears, granted there are some songs that are -128 kbps somewhere in my library, but most of them are from the Kazaa age. I don’t know if there are other people who suffer the same complex. I’ll leave you with snapshots of my loving library.
B&O have always designed the best looking gadgets, whether audio or video devices, anything by them is automatically “BEAUTIFUL”. This time around they’re releasing an alarm clock in the shape of a flute, it has three display screens to show the current time, the alarm time, and which source would be used to rouse you. Here’s the quotation I’m too lazy to summarize:
“There’s also an optional wall-bracket, to which the BeoTime magnetically clips.
Picking it up, a tilt-sensor turns the BeoTime into a remote control, with the displays now switching to indicate which source is being managed.
Expect to pick up the BeoTime later this August for $375”