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Google TV Is Here

It seems like every time I check the news Google has come out with some new product. Will these guys ever stop? Most likely not, but anyway. Today Google officially announced Google TV at its Google I/O conference. At first I thought this was a little silly for them do but the  more I look at it the  more it makes sense. After all, it is alot easier to find stuff  on the web then it is using your cable box.  Google says that Google TV is not meant to replace your cable or satellite box, but work alongside it. I guess that is a relief for now, but you can bet that Google TV will find a way to compete, that’s just what they do. With companies like Logitech, Intel and Sony hooking up with Google TV to make this happen I’m sure we are going to see pretty nice devices to go along with the Google TV interface.

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Silverlight 4 Event

Microsoft is set to release Silverlight 4, the company’s alternative to Adobe Flash. Microsoft will be holding a launch event April 13. The release is biggest for developers who want to create Silverlight apps. Since the release of Silverlight 3 in July, Microsoft has been pushing the platform not just as a video player, but as an application runtime. In fact, Microsoft is making Silverlight a main platform for Windows Phone 7 apps. Read more…

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Google PuSH: Real Time Index

Some of you may or may not have heard of PubSubHubbub (PuSH) which was developed by Google. I know, the name is crazy ant it. The question is what the heck is it, and what does it do? The video below provides some in depth detail about the technology but in short it means “A simple, open, server-to-server web-hook-based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol as an extension to Atom and RSS.”

Check out the video below or visit http://code.google.com/p/pubsubhubbub/ to learn more.

Now rumor has it that Google plans to use PuSH for indexing the web instead of the crawling of links which has been the way search engines have indexed the web for years. If this happens it would be huge for some of the smaller websites since these sites are not often visited by Google. PuSH would allow these smaller sites to get their content indexed the second they publish it. Read more…

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Office 2010 Prices

Starting in June of 2010 Microsoft will start selling their new Office 2010 program, with prices ranging from $100 to $500. The biggest change is that buyers can pay less by forgoing the full boxed copy in favor of a card with only a product key code.  Office 2010 will mark the debut of free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which will work in popular web browsers (Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari) but not in the Opera browser. Microsoft will offer the following 4 versions of the program: Read more…

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Google vs. Microsoft: Ignite Seattle 8

Tuesday night Peter Wilson gave a 5 minute presentation on the battle between Google and Microsoft during Ignite Seattle 8. Peter says that Microsoft has focused more on platforms while Google has focused more on applications. He says that Microsoft is trying to catch up to Google in the app race since they have such a large lead. Read more…

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Apple Reaches 100,000 Apps

Yesterday Apple announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. This is an outstanding number considering that it only took Apple 2 years to reach this point.  With over 10,000 downloads a day worldwide Apple is clearly leading the way when it comes to apps thus making it the largest applications store in the world.

Microsoft launched with about 240 apps and now has around 20,000 available for Windows Mobile, but this is no where near the number that Apple has put out on the market. Microsoft does plan to announce further news next week about the Windows Martketplace for Mobile. In the meantime it looks like Apple will keep leading way. Read more…

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Technology Startups in Seattle

September 11th, 2009 Online Marketing Advisors No comments

This post is just a quick reminder about the upcoming startup meetings in Seattle. The next 2 meetings for 2009 will be:

October 7 (Wednesday): TBD
November 10 (Tuesday): TBD
Where: The Douglas Forum at the Executive Education Center, University of Washington (see below).
Cost: Free; no registration.

So mark these on your calender and if you have time to join then please come on by. For more information about Seattle Tech Startups and how you can join then please visit the official Seattle Tech Startups website. Thanks for reading.

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The Space Elevator

The 2009 Space Elevator Conference, being held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington, begins this week. Hundreds of scientists, researchers, and space enthusiasts from all over the world will gather together and brainstorm about the challenges of building an elevator to space.

When I first heard about this idea I thought is was rather silly, after all, what would be the purpose of having an elevator that goes all the way up into space? Of course I am not a science geek and therefore do not fully understand all of the ends and outs or even the benefits that come with it. But according to Read more…

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