The Subtle Rise of HTML5 {Comments Off on The Subtle Rise of HTML5}

by Cole O’C
Over the last two years, HTML5 has been supported and adopted by a lot of big name companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. While HTML5 is technically only the latest version of a technical standard, it has come to represent a set of features and capabilities that both enhance user experience and simplify development processes. This simplification is most plainly seen when companies are developing an application for both iOS and Android; HTML5 allows them to develop one application that can be run on any web browser. The powerful tools of HTML5 make it hard to differentiate between the cloud and the web, as well as desktop and client functionality. The technology is incredibly flexible and quite affordable to incorporate. However, the new standard does have its downsides. Applications developed with HTML5 are sometimes limited compared to their iOS and Android counterparts, as certain features are harder to access. Another issue facing HTML5 is application distribution, which has become an almost non-issue for iOS via the App Store and Android via the Marketplace. Google Chrome’s app store, which seeks to become a primary HTML5 distributor, is fairly new and does not have quite the presence of its non-HTML5 counterparts. Although it may take some time, HTML5 has the potential to overcome its weaknesses and become a platform-spanning giant. read more...

SEO: algorithms aren’t important? {Comments Off on SEO: algorithms aren’t important?}

by Boshi W
Read an article about Search Engine Optimization and how Algorithms aren’t as important as the content itself. Many luxury travel companies got together in a meeting to discuss the growing importance of SEO. Since most people nowadays primarily uses Google to do their searches on anything, studies have shown that 95% of the users look only at the first page. Therefore, companies had agreed that appearing at top of the search results is crucial in online marketing. read more...

The importance of CSS {1}

by Boshi W
Back in the days when there was no Cascade Style Sheet, web designers had 2 options: create a simple web page that contained little more than a few pictures and lists, or create an HTML and place contents within each cell of a table. Clearly, both of these lack creativity and very and is major hassle. Thankfully, CSS was soon developed and web design was no longer a tedious job. The article I read talks about the benefits of using CSS and why every developer should learn and use it if they want to create a professional looking webpage. read more...

Bring Internet to Television World {2}

by Tuyen H

Recently, Televisions have been enhanced many new features base on the Internet standard. Television manufactories adopt web standards such as W3C and CSS to their products, so customers can customize their TV program likes a computer. This technology calls LINE Profiles. The profile includes a subset of XHTML, CSS, and ECMA Script that support more data applications for TV.  While XHTML support the TV background, CSS use to format the layout of the TV’s screen. ECMA Script includes the browser pseudo object functions such as communication using TCP/IP. In this article, the authors also list five requirements to link the TV program and LINE document received from the server:
1. Support a common control command to enable and disable datacasting (e.g. a datacasting button in the remote controller).
2. The Linear TV channel being transmitted must include a hyperlink descriptor in the SI (Service Information) tables.
3. When the datacasting button is pressed, the user agent requests the LIME document to the hyperlink address defined in 2.
4. The user agent receives the LIME content (document) which includes the ID of the Linear TV channel from the LIME content.
5. The screen is rendered with both the TV program and the enhanced datacasting content.
In conclusion, web base with XHTML, CSS, and ECMA Script is a lightweight solution for bring the Internet to TV program. read more...

Distributor Middleman and World Wide Web {Comments Off on Distributor Middleman and World Wide Web}

by Tuyen H

            In tradition, consumers buy manufacture products through distributors or middleman. Since the World Wide Web (Internet) and E-commerce were developed, the middlemen were preplaced by the Internet.  The Internet allows business to business (B2B) and business to customer (B2C) rapidly increasing.  E-commerce becomes an opportunity for companies to achieve their competitive advantage. Online shopping allows people easily compare products’ price and functions before making decision. This article also mentions about effective Internet marketing. With the second generation of web (Web 2.0) E-commerce becomes more attractive consumer. As the result, consumers spend more money to buy goods and services directly online instead of buying them through middlemen. The authors also point out an interesting point which there is more than 90% online purchasing is made through corporate website.
           This article talks about the Internet or World Wide Web. It also mentions to E-commerce, B2B, and B2C technologies. In my opinion, Internet is the greatest innovation of nineteenth century.  It makes the world become smaller and more connected. When the Internet is increasing, many industries also are increasing special E-commerce. Not only we have Black Friday, we now also have Cyber Monday. I am very interested in the replacement of middlemen by the WWW. Indeed, under consumers’ expect shopping online is more convenience and cheaper, and under corporations’ expect E-commerce is an opportunity to achieve their competitive advantages.
           Let get Costco Wholesale Corporation for example. Costco has created an interactive online webpage which allows customers easy access to information, price, and images of products that they offer.  They also offer many services and have descriptions about each on their webpage.  Costco also has membership and location information as well as information about the company accessible to potential and existing members. By combining online and store, Costco create a competitive advantage over its competition. read more...

Internet Capacity, Network Traffic and Net Neutrality {2}

by Marco M
“Internet Capacity, Network Traffic
And Net Neutrality”

Some of the challenges facing the Internet, users and providers, are the ability to improve and expand the current infrastructure. Studies have shown that the Internet is reaching a critical point where demand is out pacing supply; consequently, the service providers need to work harder and quicker to keep-up with Internet growth by implementing faster and more efficient equipment, such as routers and fiber optics just to mention a few, so Internet traffic can continue to flow adequately. Another very important issue, right now, is Net Neutrality; this concerns Internet usage for individuals and organizations of all types, “In 2007, Comcast tried to control traffic over their network”; however, “The Federal Communications commission (FCC), by a 3-2 vote, determined that the move by Comcast was illegal”. Large service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Google, amongst others, are trying to unilaterally decide who they want to give preferential content treatment, just as Comcast did in 2007, therefore, that those companies would give traffic priority to those companies who pay more to the Service Providers and as a result of that practice, consumers would be force to limited choices and false advertisement. read more...

“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me” {2}

by Jonathan F

Facebook Corp

Have you ever noticed the Facebook, and Twitter buttons on many of the web pages that you visit? The buttons allow you to share content that you like, with your friends on these social- networking websites. But the companies that run these social-networking websites also collect information about the sites that you have visited that contain these buttons called widgets. Both of the companies collect information about the sites that you visit even if you don’t hit the button. The companies have stated that they collect the information for the purpose of advertising and that they only keep the information for a small amount of time. The Wall Street Journal states that these widgets have been added to millions of websites within the past year and that they appear on a third of the 1,000 world’s most-visited websites. Facebook says that the widgets work by using cookies that are placed on your computer when you log onto Facebook or when you register for it. The cookies allow Facebook to see what users are looking at on any of these sites that contain these widgets.  The scary thing about these widgets is that, they are contained on websites that can be about personal subject like depression and bankruptcy. Members of Congress have introduced new bills this year that would eliminate some of these privacy concerns, but until they become law we will continue to be watched. read more...