Feb 25, 2009

"iPhone for everybody campaign" Free iPhone 3G!

If you make 2 year-contract with SoftBank Mobile corporation,
you can get free iPhone 3G (8G)!!
(16G will be charged about $4.50/month - 2 year)

The campaign will start from 2/27/09 - 5/31/09 if you are in Japan...


Feb 24, 2009

"Twitter a Status Symbol on the Web"

Summary: Twitter, one of social networking and micro-blogging service, is becoming a main current of Internet users who are familiar with web-culture communities. The site is more quick chat between friends or family than Face book or My space. High technology, such as smart phone or laptop with wireless let users to update easily what they are doing. Twitter also helps in the realm of citizen journalism because the users who are around any happening or incident send a message to the site of their condition before the news come up to media.

The benefit for Twitter users is that their friends or family can easily keep updated about what they are doing, as the article says. The unique site makes us feel closer with our friends or family without talking on the phone for a while.

Definition #2
from "Twitter a Status Symbol on the Web"

Twitter is a social networking site, which provides micro-blogging service. People can send text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. It can be sent and received updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS (receive only), or though applications such a Tweetie.

It is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user.

Short Message Service (SMS) is a communication service standardized in the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices.

A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers.

5.Social media
It is information content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies that is intended to facilitate communications, influence and interaction with peers and with public audiences, typically via the Internet and mobile communications networks.

1. AdSense
This service is considered to be Web 2.0 because it is different from traditional web advertising. Instead of paying only for ad impression there is also per click service.

It is a peer-to-peer file sharing system. People can share music, movies and other contents for free. But the system is very controversial because many companies believe they are losing money, since many people can share one file.

It is an online version of an encyclopedia. The main difference is that Wikepedia is based on content submitted by volunteers across the world.

It is a website which provides an online version of diary, other writing, graphic or video that doesn’t require publisher or editing.

5. RSS (Really simple syndication)
It is a family of web feed formats to make it easy to share headlines or full text content with other websites. It also makes it easy for people to collect lots of content. For example, my yahoo and google reader are free tools to collect RSS feeds.

6.NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol)
It is an Internet application protocol mainly for reading and posting net news.

7.Google Maps
It is a worldwide mapping service, which provides detailed geographic information for most of the Earth.
“It offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by foot, bicycle, car, or public transport and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. It also can help with finding” (Wikipedia)
However, some areas are restricted especially by government for some security.

8. Amazon
It is America’s largest online retailer, which sells lots of product lines of books, DVD, CDs, Toys, electronics, apparel and so on.
Their web services are provided in *SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and *REST (Representational State Transfer).

9. Flickr
It is a community site for sharing images and video. Many bloggers use this site to show their photographs. The site is also easy to search some specific picture with key words. It uses Ajax.

10. Ajax (Asychronous Java Script and XML)
It is a combination of technologies used in web browser.
The essay by Jesse James Garrett defines Ajax as follows:

“Ajax isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
* and JavaScript binding everything together.”