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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[INFOGRAPHIC] Linux then and now

From Android, to Amazon, to Google to Twitter, Linux has come a long way since the first bulletin board posting by Linus Torvalds some 20 years ago. The infographic below paints a summarized picture of this monumental journey from a hobbyist project to a global, pervasive platform.

Linux, 20 years later.

Image courtesy GigaOM.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Epic Android Journey

With the recent patent trolling on the part of the big tech companies all in an apparent attempt to kill Android, it's such an exciting news to hear that Google is going to buy Motorolla Mobility. Being the worlds biggest mobile OS, Android has come a long way since October 2003.

The infographic below outlines Android's monumental journey from a startup, obscure OS to a global juggernaut. Indeed, Android has come a long way and deserving of every protection Google can offer it.

The Android Journey

Image courtesy XCubelabs.

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What your cell phone is capable of

Being a ubiquitous piece of our lives today, cell phones can as well be very dangerous devices when not used with care and in moderation. The video below sheds some light on the harmful effects of cell phones on us.

There is also a full indepth report on the subject of mobile phones and their harms over here.
Professor Johansson finds that the brain tumor issue is a minor thing compared to many other harmful effects. While brain tumors affect a small percentage other serious effects affect the whole population including genetic damage, sleep disturbances, reduced learning capacity, concentration difficulties and psychological problems.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

TwitPic Founder Launches Heello, a competitor to Twitter

TwitPic founder Noah Everett has launched Heello, his Twitter alternative. This is an ambitious attempt on the part of Everett to compete directly with Twiter, the very service to which TwitPic owns its success.

Heello is more like a toned down Twitter, with tweets being called Pings and retweets Echo. Reading the stream of Pings is called Listening. According to Everett, other features like video posts and what he calls channels are on their way.

The channels feature will act similar to Twitter lists. You can invite friends from Facebook and Twitter to join you on Heello. The site is very clean and signing up was a breeze. However, given that the service is new, it feels quiet and not much going on there.

Only time can tell whether Heello can have any impact on the overall social media landscape, giving how fiercely competitive it's become thanks to the recent entry of Google with its Plus service. For now, you can head over to Heello and sign up to take the service for a spin.

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Of Patent Cartels and a Rising Africa

The past couple of weeks has witnessed a lot of bickering among the global technology giants, with Google claiming Microsoft, Oracle and Apple are waging a war on Android through "bogus patents."

As an ordinary person without any knowledge of the legal aspects of this highly complex issue of patents, I'm more interested in its broader effect on the creativity of the African continent. There currently is a renaissance (well soft of) going on here on the technology scene.

We are seeing a lot of startups doing amazing things with technology in their own small ways in Africa, an example being this Android powered tablet assembled in Nigeria (no it's not an email scam) for instance. Of course it's not at the level of the hypePad or the Galaxy tab, but it's a step in the right direction for the continent.

However, giving the recent Apple injunction on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy tab in the EU, one cannot help but wonder when Apple and the other giants will turn their eyes on African startups and accuse them of the "slavish copying" of design and "look and feel."

Keeping in mind that most of these companies in Africa are small in size, the question of whether they can actually battle with these patent cartels in court comes to mind. Samsung has deep enough pockets to fight Apple in court, but can Encipher do so? 

One may advance the argument that these nascent African firms command such an insignificant size of the overall market that the patent wielders will not deem it worthy to bully them. But what if these companies begin to grow? It's worth noting that Africa is a market of close to 1 billion people, most of whom will have their first encounter with the internet on a handheld. 

It's nigh impossible for any company starting life to navigate the patent offices to ascertain what belongs to who. In the meantime, we have these giants applying for as many patents as they can, some so vague as to mean almost nothing. The aim, to rake in licensing fees from competitors. Will the cartel kill creativity with time? Can a rising African tech scene navigate the almost treacherous sea of patent wolves? I guess only time will determine that. 

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HTML5 Outliner - Check the outlines of your markup

HTML5 outliner is a small tool that helps you check the outline of your HTML5 markup to get an overview of your document. Given the new contextual tags in the latest iteration of the markup language, it can sometimes get confusing to visualize the final outcome of your code.

That's where the HTML5 outliner comes in handy. Simply paste in your code, point it to a URL or upload a file  and it will give you an outline of what your site will look like. If you are a web designer / developer, the HTML5 outliner is yet another tool to have in your toolkit.

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