Today, we say adios to 2009, with smiles on our faces, and look brightly toward 2010 and all the opportinities, ideas, and experiences the turn of the decade has to offer.
2009 started off on shaky ground with the economy’s uncertainty — still, many of us hung in there like troopers and came out the better with persistence, faith, and integrity…We applaud everyone’s strength and resolve!
Here’s a look back at some of the online trends that dominated 2009…
Yesterday, Craig was able to bust out some last minute excellence in creating slides to showcase two more of our recent projects. The first one up there is the Wear In The World site we built for Adidas Golf. I had already posted here over a month ago when the site first launched, but now we can really highlight some of the innovative design and development that really makes us proud. READ MORE
The postal service was kind enough to send back the mangled top half of the Christmas Card in question, but the whereabouts of it’s ill-fated destination remains a mystery. So if you didn’t get a card from us, here’s a shot of the upper half of it – and click past the jump to read the heart felt apology from our men and women sweating over the holidays in the postal industry. READ MORE
Ninthlink took a half day on Wednesday last week for some good times and to celebrate another great year. There was no shortage of food, treats, beverages, white elephant gifts, tom-foolery, rock band, laughter and warm, fuzzy holiday spirit. We even took the time to produce a newsletter out of the deal. If you didn’t get our holiday cheer in your mailbox this year, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and you’ll never be lonely again. We’ve also got some of the shenanigans documented on our Flickr page.
Cool tech is coming out there just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers — one we have found is the Eye-Fi memory card for digital cameras.
You take a photo and can upload from camera to web (no PC involved), complete with geo-tag coding added.
We love this stuff here at Ninthlink!
Google is partnering with the wireless memory card maker for first-time
buyers in USA and Canada to purchase 200 GB of online photo storage at their Picasaweb.google.com site — free accounts give you 1 gig for video clips and still images). You buy a year of massive storage with them and they give you lifetime use of a memory card equipped with wi-fi. So for $50 you have a direct path from eye to web!
Are new media platforms replacing the old ways people spend leisure time as much as certain studies and trends indicate? According to the latest update in the “Entertainment Trends in America” consumer tracking surveys initiated by The NPD Group, “America is still mostly a nation of couch potatoes who spend a vast majority of their leisure time in front of the boob tube. 81% of respondents indicated that they watch an average of 10 hours of TV per week—this does not include DVDs or Pay-PerView movies.
The findings indicate…. READ MORE
Qik.com pioneered the “visual tweet” last year, with the help of people like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, sending out one-to-two minute video messages to themselves and to the world.
In its next new media move, Qik launched a new desktop app they dub Qik-in-Touch in private beta. The app allows users to stream, organize and edit live video from friends and family on Windows, Mac and Linux-based computers. This seems to be a welcome ability among those who engage in visual tweets. Qik was one of the first developers to release an iPhone app that allows you to shoot and share live video from the 3GS iPhone, that proved to be quite popular among users. It did not steam live, though, like this new app does.
This is of interest and concerns us all…
The Federal Trade Commission has been busy again, taking heed of actions by authorities in Europe, Japan, South Korea and New York State. The government agency has launched legal proceedings against silicon mega-corporation Intel for a decade’s worth of anticompetitive business practices, under the Anti-Trust Act.
The FTC has a notion to change how Intel “shares” its intellectual property with competitors. The FTC’s complaint contends that Intel has used its dominant position to grow market share and stifle the innovation of others in the same market.
This also follows the European Union’s settling the lingering, remaining antitrust concerns with Microsoft, which has agreed to fairly market rival web browsers alongside of Internet Explorer in the Windows operating systems distributing across Europe.
Such major actions by governments and how massive tech companies change their policies to fit governmental complaints affects any of us who use the internet, PCs, mobile devices, and work in cyberspace—especially those, like the Ninthlink Team, whose business concerns is the Internet and how it is accessed.
These matters are to be watched, because they give us hints about the trends to come…
Ever been in a bar or at a party and there’s karaoke, your friends are bugging you to get up and sing, and you say, “Not until I’ve had a few drinks,” to get over the fear of performing in front of people?
Well, now your fears are gone if you have that karaoke itch – you can sing your heart away online!
Stingray Digital’s Karaoke Channel online karaoke platform has launched an iPhone app for the intro price of .99, shipping with 50 songs. The songs are played with original concept video backgrounds with an optional lead vocal guide track that can be turned on or off, if you need a little help. Full song lyrics are included on each song’s info page. Subscribe to Stingray’s full library with access to over 6,000 songs for an additional $2.99/month.
Excuse us while we load some Jimi Hendrix and kiss the sky…
Which is the typeface that was used for the Washington Mutual logo before they got all fancy modern with WaMu. But that didn’t last too long anyways because they got bought out by Chase. And now we get the excitement of watching these 8 ft tall typefaces get trucked down from the twentieth floor of the building across from ours. Matt asked a great question concerning the final resting place of these gigantic beauties. Where do they go? Could it be that these end up rotting in glory in such a place as the Las Vegas Neon Sign Boneyard? I ended up speaking with one of the guys bringing them down and he said they just get scrapped. Man, how could they!? We could put these up in in one of our yards and spell cool things like “gut Mashing” and “Man gas”. What else can we spell with all those great letters? How about “al”. Our developer Alex should have been able to at least take home the “al” portion… READ MORE