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And the One Millionth English Word Is …..

by Sachin Balagopalan on June 10, 2009 · Comments

“WEB 2.0″ … Yep that’s right!

Anyone hear about this group called The Global Language Monitor? Yeah me neither! Apparently they are an obscure U.S.-based “language monitoring group” and they use some sort of algorithm to track the frequency of words and phrases in the print and electronic media. They have officially proclaimed “Web 2.0″ as the one millionth English language word. Highly unlikely this bears any scientific credence but it’s definitely giving them publicity. Even Reuters and CNN are reporting this event.

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TomTom’s iPhone App …

by Sachin Balagopalan on June 9, 2009 · 1 comment

While the imminent release of the new iPhone 3Gs may have whet the appetite of many, those of us who beleive in the saying “it’s the apps dummy!” are chomping at the bit for the new TomTom iPhone app due for release later this summer. TomTom’s turn-by-turn direction iPhone application, which was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco could perhaps be the mother of all killer apps. According to PC World …

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Mobile App Store: The Next Game Changing Step

by Sachin Balagopalan on June 8, 2009 · Comments

I remember reading an interview with Steve Jobs a couple of years ago where he was explaining the idea behind the app store and how it was not meant to generate significant revenues for the company. The app store according to Jobs at the time was to simply give developers an outlet to showcase their applications and more importantly to increase the iPhone development platforms footprint. I suspect neither Steve Jobs or any one else realized at the time how huge this “app store” concept was going to be. The market for mobile apps is booming as this NYT piece explains …

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Texting May Be Hurting Your Teenager

by Sachin Balagopalan on May 27, 2009 · Comments

I remember back when I was teenager we were required to learn how to type on a QWERTY keyboard in school and if I remember correctly the goal was to type as fast as you can using all your fingers on both hands. These days I’m amazed at the speed teenagers use the numerical keypads on their cellphones to text their friends. And it seems they are continuously texting 24/7 and this NYT piece warns on the potential downside of unlimited texting.

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What Would Apple Do With Twitter?

by Sachin Balagopalan on May 5, 2009 · Comments

No doubt there have been plenty of rumors, especially in the last year on Twitter is being acquired by someone or the other. Heck everybody wants them! After all it’s the hottest thing in Silicon Valley at the moment with over 25 million users and growing at the rate of 40% a week. But this latest one on Apple wanting to buy them does not make any sense at all. I hope that’s just what it is … a rumor. Unless Apple is contemplating a drastic shift in its overall strategy it does not make any sense for Apple to buy Twitter. The last time I checked Apple was a company that made cool products like the iPhone and computers. What are they going to do with a messaging/microblogging service? I don’t see it fitting anywhere and strengthening their core business.

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