[ATTACH=RIGHT]22199[/ATTACH]Ever wondered just how many domain names there are on the Internet? DaniWeb has, and can reveal the answer as being an almost astonishing 215 million worldwide. According to global Internet infrastructure provider and domain registrar Verisign, more than five million domain names were added to the total during the second quarter of this year alone, which represents a growth rate of 2.5 percent above the previous three months. To put that into some perspective, that's a year on year growth in the number of Internet domains of 8.6 percent or some 16.9 million domains. If you were to look …

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The iPad is, as those annoyingly creative TV adverts show us, used for all sorts of things by all sorts of people. However, according to a press release that hit the DaniWeb news desk today, you might be forgiven for thinking that shopping isn't one of them. As usual though, the devil is in the detail. [attach=right]23979[/attach]The press release exclaimed that the Apple iPad was failing to be used by online shoppers and went on to reveal that a nationwide study of consumer habits in the UK had shown that Brits are not embracing tablets for online shopping and claimed …

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Your web browser provides a window onto the Internet, but unless you are timely in updating the client you use then, say researchers with security vendor Kaspersky Lab,that window may be cracked and allow a draft of insecurity to blow through into your network, your computer and your data. ![firefoxversions](/attachments/small/0/firefoxversions.jpg "align-right") With the majority of online threats coming from the direction of the web, vulnerabilities in web browser clients are increasingly being used in order to infect networks and compromise data integrity. It's why the so called 'zero-day' exploits are so valuable within the cybercriminal community. While zero-days are hard, …

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With all this talk about cheaper laptops for the third world, it’s easy to miss how inexpensive memory has become for us members of the first. I once prophesized to a colleague that by the end of this decade, a terabyte hard drive would be available for less than US$100. I was referring, of course, to conventional magnetic hard drives. I wasn’t really going out on a limb. We’re edging closer to that goal seemingly every day, but Best Buy circular has yet to appear with deals [i]that[/i] good (Samsung [URL= http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080521006156&newsLang=en]in a May 21 announcement[/URL] unveiled a one terabyte …

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Apple has done it again. This time with [URL= http://www.sproutcore.com/]SproutCore[/URL], a JavaScript framework that simplifies development of native-looking Web-based applications without the need for Flash or any other specialized runtime. Apple has reportedly contributed loads of resources to the project, which was originally developed by [URL= http://www.sproutit.com/]SproutIt[/URL] creator Charles Jolley. He now works for Apple’s [URL=http://www.mobileme.com]MobileMe[/URL] service (formerly known as .Mac). Though most of the reports I’ve read about SproutCore are calling it a Flash killer, the [URL=http://www.sproutcore.com/demos/] SproutCore demo applications[/URL] I’ve seen make it look more like an Ajax than Flash. And comparing it with Microsoft’s SilverLight makes even …

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Firefox can finally orient itself, at least in terms of iPhones and MacBooks. Mozilla's latest browser, [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Firefox_3.6_for_developers]Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url], can now talk to accelerometers such as those in many Apple devices, thanks to [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/Special:Search?search=accelerometer&type=fulltext&go=Search]orientation event objects[/url] introduced in the new Gecko 1.9.2 presentation engine at the browser's core. Also among DOM enhancements are drag-and-drop for file transfer and the ability for Web workers to self-terminate. And that's just the beginning. The [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html]download of Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url] for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows contains thousands of [url=https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&product=Core&product=Firefox&product=NSPR&product=NSS&product=Toolkit&keywords_type=nowords&keywords=fixed1.9.1,+verified1.9.1&resolution=FIXED&chfieldfrom=2008-12-01&chfieldto=Now&chfield=resolution&chfieldvalue=FIXED]bug fixes[/url], including numerous repairs to CSS image rendering and text alignment. …

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Okay, [URL="http://newsmap.jp/#"]this [/URL]is cool -- a single screen that shows an aggregation of Google news stories, with size representing the number of stories on a topic, color representing the category, and hue representing the stories' age. The site is designed by a company called Maramushi, headed by Marcos Weskamp, who describes himself as a San Francisco-based Design Engineer "who has a deep interest in playing with and visualizing lots of data. He is a self-taught technologist who constantly investigates the fields of Interaction Design and Information Visualization." He has [URL="http://marumushi.com/biography"]studied [/URL]in Argentina and Japan, and now works for an unnamed …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16395[/ATTACH]HTML5 is a young programming language, with a lot of promise. It has been lauded as the Flash replacement that will revolutionize the web and more importantly, the mobile web. But with so much speculation and excitement, it's hard to recognize the forest for the trees. Where did HTML5 come from and what does it mean for the future of the internet as we know it? [B]Apple Made HTML5 a Household Name[/B] Without a doubt, the iPhone is the catalyst for the ever growing contention with Flash. It wasn't until everyone had the web in their pocket that they realized …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16519[/ATTACH]As of August 3rd, users of 3DVIA Studio and 3DVIA Scenes can publish their work directly to Facebook with the click of a button. With 500 million Facebook users, that's quite a target audience to showcase and beta test your talent. “We have taken the guesswork out of launching 3D applications on Facebook Platform,” said David Laubner, VP, online product marketing, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Indie game developers invest so much time and effort developing their titles only to realize the bigger challenge is distribution. Our new, simplified process for launching 3D apps demonstrates our commitment to removing the hurdles content …

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If you're not yet among the percentage of the population people using Mozilla's Firefox browser, which by [url=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]one count[/url] stands at 47.5 percent, perhaps the anniversary of its launch will give you cause. Yesterday was Firefox's fifth birthday, and its market share with co-leader Internet Explorer by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]many counts[/url] continues to grow while Microsoft's continues to shrink. First released on Nov. 9, 2004, Firefox is now used by more than 330 million people worldwide, [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/ataglance.html]according to Mozilla.org[/url], which itself reports Firefox market share at 24.7 percent, according to October 2009 numbers from netapplications .com, which researches market share. In fact, …

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Thought the days of having to use a particualr web browser client in order to use a specific site were over? Think again if this conversation between a user and eBay support is anything to go by. ![dweb-ebay](/attachments/small/0/dweb-ebay.jpg "align-right") As a journalist who has spent the largest part of the last 20 years online, not a great deal makes me sit up and my jaw drop with disbelief anymore. However, when a chap called Mike Hall copied me in on a support conversation he had with eBay, I have to admit I was rather in danger of spitting my coffee …

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Google said on Wednesday that it was killing its Wave collaborative development environment, citing lack of interest, according to published reports such as [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704017904575409873762885194.html?mod=googlenews_wsj"]in [/URL]the [I]Wall Street Journal.[/I] Blog entries from Google appeared as recently as July 27; in fact, the Google Wave [URL="http://googlewave.blogspot.com/"]blog [/URL]does not yet have any information about the shutdown, which was announced on the main Google blog. "Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked," [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/update-on-google-wave.html"]wrote [/URL]Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow. "We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at …

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A few weeks ago I received a Google Wave invitation from my friend [URL="http://www.knopf.com/"]David Knopf[/URL] (after publicly begging for one in my post [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story227584.html"]Hoping to Surf the Google Wave[/URL]). Since then, I've had a chance to use it and I've seen the good, the bad and the ever-present potential of the tool. While it does have tremendous potential, I think some of my initial concerns as outlined in my post [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220576.html"]A Curmudgeonly Look at Google Wave[/URL], have proven true. [B]The Good[/B] Just the other day, I was invited to be on a panel to discuss Google Wave at the [URL="http://gilbaneboston.com/"]Gilbane …

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Maybe you're among the few who have seen the changes already; Google Images is getting a facelift this week. Google announced Tuesday that the familiar landing page for an image search will be changing and the site will offer more sophisticated technology for the 10 billion images it has indexed. When Google Images was first built in 2001, it had 250 million images. Four years later it was up to 1 billion. "It’s not just about quantity, though," product manager Nate Smith said in a [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/ooh-ahh-google-images-presents-nicer.html"]blog post[/URL] Tuesday. "Over the past decade we’ve been baking deep computer science into Google …

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If you're a whiz at Web design and have time to enter a contest, you could be one of three finalists to have your team flown to the [url=http://live.visitmix.com/]MIX10 conference[/url] Las Vegas, where you'll collect your US$50,000. The winner also goes to New York City to attend the annual [url=http://www.webbyawards.com/]Webby Awards[/url] in June. It's all part of this year's [url=http://www.phizzpop.com/]PhizzPop Design Challenge[/url], an event sponsored by Microsoft and The Webby Awards to benefit the [url=http://www.bgca.org/]Boys & Girls Clubs of America[/url]. Qualifying proposals are for sites developed with the [url=http://www.microsoft.com/web/default.aspx]Microsoft Web Platform[/url] and other Microsoft tools that are engaging to parents, …

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Zend Technologies today is set to announce a series of alliances intended to allow its PHP framework and development environment to work with other widely deployed RIA technologies from Adobe, Dojo and IBM. In a keynote speech at [url=http://www.zendcon.com/ZendCon08/public/content/home]ZendCon[/url], the company's annual PHP developer conference in Cupertino, Calif., Zend CEO Harold Goldberg reportedly was to deliver the news. The most far-reaching collaboration will be with Adobe, and is aimed at simplifying development of PHP application that combine PHP with Flex, the company's popular framework for developing rich Internet applications. I received advance copy of an embargoed document, in which it …

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They say it ain't over until the fat lady sings, well it looks like this particular Opera story is far from over folks no matter what some might tell you. Perhaps the most famous Norwegian export since the Vikings, [URL="http://www.opera.com"]Opera[/URL] the web browser has certainly lost favour with the technology press. Once upon a time Opera was the big threat to Microsoft Internet Explorer, it was the only alternative browser client that anyone who was anyone would talk about. Then along came Mozilla Firefox and everything changed, pretty much overnight. Today, Opera struggles to get column inches ahead of even …

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I'm not a web developer by trade, but I visit web sites all the time, and as journalist I'm looking for a couple of key things. First of all, I want to find your press page and a press contact. Short of that I want to find an email address. Note that I don't want to find a form, which could as far as I know never be seen by a human and rot in the IT dustbin for all time. In short, you want to make it really easy for people to contact you. [B]Don't Use A Form[/B] Some …

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[I]I have watched you on the shore Standing by the ocean's roar Do you love me, do you surfer girl ~Beach Boys, Surfer Girl [/I] [URL="http://wave.google.com/help/wave/closed.html"]Google Wave[/URL] invitations went out last week to 100,000 lucky people and I didn't get one. I'm stuck on the shore line while the fortunate few are riding the first Google Wave. I don't mind telling you, I really want to get my hands on an invitation. I know what you're thinking if you're a regular reader: 'Aren't you the guy who wrote [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220576.html"]A Curmudgeonly Look at Google Wave[/URL] when it was first announced?' Well …

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This is just odd, for too many reasons. [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8177285.stm"]A file sharer has been fined $675,000 for downloading illegal music[/URL]. He is a student. People have offered him money because they think it's an unreasonable amount to pay. He has turned them down. Why do I think this is odd? Well, one by one: the amount is indeed a ridiculous amount to expect a student to pay. Yes, of course he knew what he was doing was illegal and the people with the rights to the music to which he's helped himself have some sort of recourse. But twice the price …

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I am not an easily shockable person. Anyone who knows me, anyone who has seen me, will understand this. Indeed, other than the usual trio of sexual or racial abuse and mindless violence it takes a lot to drop my jaw in shame and despair while browsing the web. However, a bunch of numbnut griefers managed to achieve just that over the weekend when they used a combination of JavaScript coding and flashing animations with the intent to trigger fits amongst the users of an [URL="http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/efforums/forum/index.cfm"]epilepsy support website[/URL]. [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/03/31/epilepsy"]According to reports[/URL] one user suffered her worst epileptic attack in 12 …

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The bad guys of the IT business are always looking for the most effective ways to infect the innocent Internet user, and increasingly that means turning to commonly used web browser plug-ins such as Flash or PDF readers. A couple of years ago we were [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1537.html"]reporting critical vulnerabilities[/URL] for all Adobe Flash platforms, and towards the end of last year there were [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21493/53/"]reports[/URL] of a critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader. Cue Jaws soundtrack: just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Adobe PDF water. According to an [URL="http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2009/04/update_on_adobe_reader_issue.html"]official Adobe security warning[/URL] "All currently supported shipping versions …

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Just as it seemed that Linux users (especially 64-bit users) would finally be able to enjoy streaming content with a minimum of hassle, Microsoft's new Silverlight software promises to throw a wrench in the works. Because of sites like Google Video and Youtube, Flash video has become a common means of streaming multimedia over the Internet. With the recent release of Flash 9 for Linux, users have access to much of the same content as their OS X and Windows counterparts. The Silverlight software, based on the preexisting Windows Media Video standard, is a “cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next …

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Following yesterday's interesting events - in which the story to which I referred changed three times and was then taken down within two hours of my linking to it - here's something a little lighter for the weekend. A family is auctioning its talents and above all its availability to endorse products on eBay. The story is [URL="http://gmy.news.yahoo.com/v/12346064"]here[/URL]. Personally I think they've missed the boat and need to be a little more cutting edge. People can use the web and particularly social media in interesting ways. Have a look at [URL="http://www.fiestamovement.com"]www.fiestamovement.com[/URL] and what Ford is doing - 50 brand advocates …

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Zephyr today launched version 2.0 of its namesake software test management tool, which is now available as a SaaS in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. Zephyr gives development teams a Flash-based system for communication, collaboration, resource, document and project management, test-case creation automation and archiving, defect tracking and reporting. The system was previously available only as a self-hosted system. "The advantage of a SaaS is that you need no hardware," said Zephyr CEO Samir Shah. "It’s a predeveloped back-end up and running immediately with 24/7 availability, backup, restore, and high bandwidth access from from anywhere." The cost for either system is …

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In the late 1990s an innovative company called Enroute Imaging came out with QuickStitch, a program that could analyze a series of digital photos and "stitch" them together into a single image. It cleverly figured out where the image data repeated and combined the photos seamlessly. It was really cool software, but I couldn't quite see a wide need. The company fizzled. A number of companies have popped up since then offering similar solutions. Can you name one? I didn't think so. But now Microsoft has released [URL=http://photosynth.net/Default.aspx]Photosynth[/URL], a Web service that does largely the same thing, but using its …

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I laugh inside when Microsoft loses ground, even in the slightest way. It’s particularly sweet when Redmond loses to a company like Novell, which owned the LAN market it pioneered through the 1990s, only to have it ripped from its grasp by the totally inferior Windows NT. This week Novell’s Miguel de Icaza announced the first public (pre-beta) release of Moonlight, an open-source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in for media streaming and running rich Internet applications. Both products would compete in the space now dominated by Adobe’s Flash Player. In my experience, anything having to do with media playback …

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I went to the demonstrations of the latest satellite navigation system from TomTom, and guess what - there's very little new to speak of in any of the devices. Yes, some of them have a wider screen than before and indeed I agree the new mounts for the dashboard are more elegant than the crane-like apparatus that one used to have to use. But they're satnavs. You tell them where to go and they guide you there. There's a community online to which you can submit amendments and corrections to maps. There are accessories. There are premium versions with US …

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Watch out Java; Adobe wants a bigger bite of your mobile-device market share pie. The company yesterday said it will drop its licensing fee for including its Flash Player on handhelds and unveiled alliances with some of world’s largest telecom carriers, content providers and chip and handset makers. It’s all part of the [URL=http://www.adobe.com/openscreenproject/]Open Screen Project[/URL], Adobe’s grand plan to provide a consistent platform and runtime for development across PCs, phones, mobile internet devices, televisions, set-top boxes and other platforms, according to a company [URL= http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200804/050108AdobeOSP.html]news release[/URL] published yesterday. Companies already on board include ARM, the BBC, Intel, Motorola, MTV, …

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A British company claims to have developed software which can spot pedophiles online and catch them in the act of ‘grooming’ children in chat rooms and IM sessions. Just as handwriting and voice analysis is used by law enforcement agencies the world over in order to accurately determine age, so Crisp Thinking can use its [URL="http://www.protectingeachother.com/"]Anti Grooming Engine[/URL] (AGE) [URL="http://www.protectingeachother.com/"][/URL] to identify the unique fingerprint contained within an Internet conversation to do the same thing. Given that according to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales it is estimated that there are at least 50,000 pedophile predators, at any time, prowling the …

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The End.