We can’t know how the future it’s going to be, but we can try to predict how it will be. In the video that you can see below this is what guys from Corning Incoporated try to do, the try to predict how the future will be.
In the video they imagine the possibilities of glass partnered with innovative technologies that can help us in our everyday lives. The video name is “A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision” and its an improved version of “A Day Made of Glass” the first attempt of Corning Vision of showing us a part of the future.
Real time communications through flexible touchable screens will be soon available, a lot of companies are developing incredible technology to make possible for us to have new flexible devices that we can take with us everywhere. The society of the future is an hyper-connected society where we can start anywhere at anytime a real time communication or do our job wherever we are.
What do you think about the innovative technology that Corning Vision shows us in this video?
Do you think that this technology will be available soon?
E-commerce continues growing, 2011 has been a good year for e-commerce despite being a bad year for global economy. It seems that e-commerce is not affected by the bad news of the offline world, and it continues growing like years before, and it looks like that in 2012 it will continue to grow.
Let’s analyze what happened in 2011 to see if we can guess what is going to happen in 2012 or what are the keys to success for e-commerce projects starting in 2012. It’s important to analyze what others and us have done in the past to be successful in the future.
Smartphone and tablet usage continued growing in 2011, these devices are really important and every e-commerce project must be prepared for mobile commerce. Android, Google’s operating system for mobile devices, surpassed Apple’s iOS in popularity. Marketing campaigns can also be adapted to this new way of e-commerce.
The importance of Facebook and Twitter and a lot of social media platforms around the world is getting bigger and bigger. Facebook is really important for online display advertising in the U.S. and in the next years F-commerce will be as important as traditional e-commerce.
Security issues are really important, e-commerce projects have to ensure the safety of their users so they can buy what they want with high security levels. New security threats are going to appear in 2012 and e-commerce business have to be prepared for this.
A lot of new users are going to arrive at your e-commerce platform in 2012, this new customers will have a lot of questions for you and you have to give them a quick answer if you want them to buy. Solutions like a virtual assistant or an Intelligent Chat will be more important than ever if you want to offer a great web experience to your users.
We don’t know what’s next, but everything points to even better years for e-commerce.
In this nice infographic you will find a few interesting facts about the online customer. If you have an e-commerce project or if you are thinking on starting a new one, in this infographic you will find a few facts that you have to keep in mind.
You can see how important is the growth of the online sales, or the satisfaction of the Internet retail customer. You also can check what your customers are looking for and how important is to provide them a method to establish communications with you like a chat.
Today is the big day for the Anti-Sopa activists, Wikipedia’s English version is down, Wordpress.com is dark, and Google.com has censored their homepage logo. A lot of famous big companies and Internet sites like Facebook, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo, Foursquare, Amazon or eBay are supporting this fight too. The black out will last all day.
We have talked about SOPA in this blog, but today is a special day because a lot of websites decided to black out. An example is Reddit.com, they announced that they would be blacking out their site today. Reddit.com four 12 hours goes dark to raise awareness of SOPA and PROTECT IP bills in US congress. They argue that these two bills could change the landscape of the Internet.
You can check sopablackout.org if you want to blackout your web. In this web you can obtain the code to put in your web page a banner supporting the SOPA Blackout or the code to blackout your web page. With this code your web will temporarily turn down and it will show a text with information about the controversial bills SOPA and PROTECT IP(PIPA).
It would particularly affect sites with heavy user generated content. Sites like Twitter, Reddit, Youtube and others may cease to exist in their current for if this bill is passed.
PIPA is SOPA’s twin in the Senate. Under current DMCA law, if a user uploads a copyrighted movie to sites like Youtube, the site isn't held accountable so long as they provide a way to report user infringement. The user who uploaded the movie is held accountable for their actions, not the site. PIPA would change that - it would place the blame on the site itself, and would also provide a way for copyright holders to seize the site's domain in extreme circumstances.
Big companies like Google are fighting really hard against these two bills. You can check this post in Google’s official blog, it’s called “Don’t censor the web” and they talk about the blackout and they explain why they are against SOPA and PIPA bills. A huge campaign asking people to send petitions to the US Congress has started, Google has enabled a landing page where every US citizen can send and sign their petition to the US Congress.
Here is a video from EngineAdvocacy where you can see a few Internet entrepreneurs talking about SOPA and PIPA and it’s possible effects on the Internet
The 2012 International CES has started in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since January 10 to January 13 2012 International CES will be offering the most exciting technological news. This year’s edition has more than 3.100 companies, and we will see more than 20.000 new products being launch in the 2012 International CES, the world’s largest hub for consumer technology innovation.
Innovative products as ultrabooks, voice and gesture-based technologies, smartphones and OLED TVs are going to be launched during the event. The 2012 CES show floor covers 1.851 million net square feet of exhibit space, a huge space bigger than 37 footaball fields, this big space is filled with consumer technology innovation.
What can we see at CES?
Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a pre-CES keynote address. During the address, Ballmer announced that Microsoft Kinect will be available on Windows on February 1, 2012. Other innovations from Microsoft such as Windows phone can be enjoyed at CES.
Other big companies like LG Electronics, Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, Pioneer, Sharp, Sony, Intel and more are going to launch interesting and innovative products at CES too.
Here are a few conferences you can see at CES the next days
Conferences January 12:
At LVCC, Nort Hall: “Simplifying the Architecture for Connectivity”, “Kids Go Mobile”, “The Future of Tablets: Segmentation”, “Show Me the Money: Mobile Payments and the Consumer”
At The Venetian: “Being Creative in Producing a Live-Streaming Show”, “HD Video Everywhere”
Conferences at CES are amazing and there is a wide variety of them to choose the best for you.
The Consumer Electronics Association announced that the 2012 International CES will be the association’s second largest show in history. Every major technology company across the globe is participating in force at this year’s CES. Companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, HP and Dell are sending significant delegations to CES to show and talk about their new products.
The opening day CES started with a record number of exhibitors, we have 2 more days to see what CES can show to us.
2011 has been a year of changes in the world of the web browsers, for the first time Google Chrome has overtaken Firefox and Internet Explorer is losing its big market share. If you thought that things could not change in this area of the Internet you were wrong. We might see in 2012 how Chrome beats Internet Explorer supremacy.
The web browsers market has been historically dominated by five web browsers:
The big market share has been owned by Internet Explorer since a lot of years ago, Microsoft has an advantage with Windows. But it seems that this will change. Google is making great efforts in promoting Chrome, and it seems that they are getting great results. They have overtaken Firefox and the next target is Internet Explorer. Experts predict that by 2012 Chrome will be overtaking Internet Explorer but it is soon to give an opinion.
All we can do for the moment is check the data and wait for the new statistics the next months. Thanks to StatCounter we can check the Worlwide statistics for web browsers usage from December 2010 to December 2011. In the graph we can see the evolution of usage of the five most important web browsers in the world.
As you can see in the graph the trend for Internet Explorer is going down but not for Chrome that beats Firefox. Firefox’s trend is not as bad as Internet Explorer but it’s going down too. Meanwhile Opera and Safari keep negligible market shares.