After using Microsoft’s Silverlight, an Adobe Flash competitor, to stream the Olympics over the Internet, NBC has decided to jump to drop Silverlight in favor of Flash for streaming NFL games online.
No word on exactly why the change was made, but I’d imagine it has something to do with Microsoft paying NBC to be used for the Olympics but not paying for NBC to use it for the NFL games, so NBC went with the one with the highest market share, which is Flash.
While watching the game online, the interactive version will allow you to switch camera angles, view picture-in-picture playback, view live stats and interact with the commentators in real-time.
Check out the first broadcast this Thursday between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
As someone who searches the Internet a LOT I for one was pretty surprised to see this: believe it or not, only 49% of Internet users in the US use search engines daily, which is up from just one third back in 2002.
The data comes courtesy of the Pew Internet & American Life Project which also found that those who did search on a daily basis either had a college degree or had completed some college, had a household income over $50k, and they had broadband at home.
“With a growing mass of web content from blogs, news sites, image and video archives, personal websites, and more, Internet users have an option to turn not only to the major search engines, but also to search engines on individual sites, as vehicles to reach the information they are looking for.”
When US surfers do need to search for something 59% of the time they choose Google.
For more info about their findings check out the full report here.
[Via Ars Technica]
As bad as the MobileMe launch was for Apple, that might just be the tip of the iceberg for the problems they have yet to face with their Internet infrastructure if some new information is correct.
According to some info picked up by GigaOM, Apple’s Internet infrastructure could be years behind where it really should be by now and they could use a “crash course in infrastructure and Internet services.”
The alleged problems include:
- There is no-unified IT plan vis-a-vis applications; each has their own set of servers, IT practices and release scenarios.
- Developers do testing, load testing and infrastructure planning, all of which is implemented by someone else.
- There’s no unified monitoring system.
- They use Oracle on Sun servers for the databases and everything has its own SAN storage. They do not use active Oracle RAC; it is all single-instance, on one box, with a secondary failover.
- Apparently they are putting web servers and app servers on the same machines, which causes performance problems.
Apple “doesn’t seem to have recognized the fact that it’s in the business of network-enabled hardware.”
Could MobileMe “be the canary in the coal mine”?
It would explain a few things, like the MobileMe problems (including deployment, lost email messages, and the misuse of “sync” for updating multiple computers/devices via the service), and the iTunes problems when the 2.0 firmware and iPhone 3G launched.
Several former Google engineers left to start their own search service and yesterday they announced it.
Cuil (pronounced “cool”) claims to be able to index more of the web faster and more cheaply than Google, which currently boasts the largest online index.
According to Tom Costello, co-founder and chief executive of Cuil, “our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the Internet, placing nearly the entire Web at the fingertips of every user.”
The company claims to have already indexed 120 billion web pages, three times more than Google’s index.
With Google diversifying so much the time could be right for someone to challenge Google on search, but can a start-up handle the pressure of competing against heavyweights like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft?
When Mozilla launched Firefox 3 they were aiming for the Guinness World Record for the most software downloads within a 24 hour period and Guinness has approve it–they’re in.
Gareth Deaves, records manager at Guinness, says “as the arbiter and recorder of the world’s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla’s achievement to our archives…mobilizing over 8 million Internet users within 24 hours is an extremely impressive accomplishment and we would like to congratulate the Mozilla community for their hard work and dedication.”
Sure, there was no previous record for this category so anything they would have gotten would likely have hit the record books after being certified by Guinness but don’t let that detract from this achievement–8 million is a HUGE number and the folks at the Mozilla Foundation deserve all the praise and recognition they get for their hard work.
Firefox 3 = awesome.
[Via Ars Technica]
RIM’s BlackBerry Internet Service, or BIS, will be receiving an upgrade on June 28th to version 2.5.
Included in the update will be support for:
- HTML email
- Over-the-air updates
- Calendar improvements
You’re device will need to support the new features before you’ll be able to use them, so if you’re planning on pickup up the upcoming BlackBerry Bold you’ll be in good shape.
MSI has announced that they are working on a new version of their Wind UMPC that will be aimed at business users.
All we know so far is that it will be thinner than the current version and have a lot of the same components of the current Wind model, so it will be running the same Intel Atom processor.
The focus of the new Wind will be on design and functionality that appeals to business users.
They have no plans on competing with the Apple Air from a specifications perspective, that that’s the general idea–small and light.
Expect the business version of the Wind to be released at CES in January.
MSI is also working on a new handheld device that will be smaller than a mini-laptop and likely feature a 7-inch screen and slide-out keyboard for users that want to surf the web while on the go. Sounds a bit like the Nokia Internet Tablets.
The updated WiMAX lovin’ N810 will be released on July 29th and have a suggested retail price of $479 (though Buy and MobileCityOnline each offer it for around $20 less than that MSRP).
Good news for people frustrated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser displaying pages differently than in other browsers.
Microsoft has announced that its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser will default to a new, standards-compliant method of rendering web pages, reversing a previous announcement that IE8 would use IE7’s renderer.
People have long complained that Microsoft has used its dominance in the browser market to avoid having to make its browser more compatible with other browsers.
RIA (Rich Internet Application) developers of the world rejoice! Adobe has released the final version of Flex Builder 3 which is available for purchase right now.
Using Flex Builder, developers are able to “create engaging, cross-platform rich Internet applications” that can be either web-based or desktop applications using AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) also released today.
“AIR takes the capabilities of Flex and Flash and extends that to the desktop,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of Adobe’s platform business unit. “With the release of AIR, we’ve expanded our developer base to the millions of AJAX and HTML developers of the world.”
For a list of what’s new in Flex Builder 3, check out Adobe’s upgrade details page here.