Twitter’s Top 10 Tech Trends of 2009

first_imgThe Twitterati have spoken!Throughout 2009, a few tech topics got so much attention that they managed to make Twitter’s trends. Google Wave was one of the most notable of these, obviously, but what were the other subjects of such interest to Twitter-using geeks? Twitter has just released a list of the top 10 technology-related trending topics of the year; here’s what tweeps have been talking about.1. Google WaveThe most-talked-about app of the year – on Twitter and likely in many other circles – was Google Wave. As invitations rolled out in waves, each initiate was given a limited number of invites to pass on to friends and colleagues. This left the twittersphere clamoring for Wave invites and drove the keyword into Twitter’s general trending topics on multiple occasions.If Wave did nothing else right, they certainly mastered the art of the viral marketing campaign.2. Snow LeopardApple fanboys (and girls) the world around rejoiced when the newest Mac operating system was released this year. Snow Leopard was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2008, which meant that Mac geeks had been waiting to buy their copies for more than a year by the time the OS hit shelves in August of this year.3. TweetdeckThis Twitter app became wildly successful this year and made tech headlines for its Facebook and LinkedIn integration, its iPhone app (a strong competitor to challenge Tweetie 2), its themed interfaces and more.4. Windows 7The long-suffering Windows users among us had long been suffering when Windows 7 was released this year. Better, smarter, faster and less buggy, the OS promised to be the answer to our prayers and a reason to hold our heads up in front of Mac users. Windows also had an interesting marketing campaign that kept their OS on the tips of tongues – and the top of trends – for several months running.5. CESThe Consumer Electronics Show, held each year in Las Vegas, is a gadget geek’s version of the AVN Awards, also held each year in Las Vegas. Coincidence? Most definitely.6. Palm PreSeveral years ago, geeks fell in love with the Treo. Then Palm devices kind of fell off the face of the earth and out of public favor until this year, when the company released the tiny touchscreen device known as the Pre. The first iteration of the device hasn’t yet become overwhelmingly popular, but the Pre definitely has its fans.7. Google LatitudeIn 2005, location-based app Dodgeball was bought by Google. The Dodgeball creators went on to make Foursquare, and this year, Google replaced Dodgeball with Latitude, which very simply shows you where your friends are on Google Maps. Latitude could be the basis for more tricky applications in the future, but location tech in general can be a difficult technology to master.8. #E3Another yearly holy-grail-of-its-industry conference, E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is held in Los Angeles. This con is where gamer geeks die and go to heaven.9. #amazonfailAmazon suffered public criticism this year when certain gay and lesbian books were removed from sales rankings for containing adult content. The trouble was, most of the titles in question weren’t “adult” in nature at all, leading media and the general public to the conclusion that Amazon execs were deeply and terribly homophobic. In the end, it turned out that a single Amazon employee in France set a Boolean flag on adult content from false to true, taking out 57,000 books in his wake. Whoopsie!10. MacworldAnd finally, there was MacWorld. Steve Jobs was unable to make the event, and Apple announced that the 2009 con would be the last year the company would participate in the show. The company announced a few modest treats, including new versions of iLife and iWork, as well as a 17-inch MacBook. Apple further announced that music sold on iTunes would be DRM-free.And that’s it for Twitter’s top trends! Do you think the right topics got the most attention? What do you think would have been trend #11? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#twitter#web jolie odell Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Android Joins the Mobile Video Chat Party but We’re Still in the Dark Ages

first_imgTags:#Apple#Google#Video Services#web Why all this video chat going live now? Tech blog VentureBeat ran a guest post earlier this month from Rebtel CEO Andreas Bernstrom about why now is the time for mobile video chat to take off. Bernstrom argues it’s because of four factors: social networking, improved call quality, increasingly common cross-device compatibility thanks to software and the network effect of exploding sales of mobile devices with front-facing cameras. From dreams of remote medicine to already deployed high-end hotel concierge consultations, video chat has a lot of potential in a lot of different circumstances. That potential, though, is hobbled by the contemporary equivalent of an inability for customers of two different telephone companies to call each other by voice or different trains to make it across the whole country over different rail line company tracks. Where’s the Open Technology Standard?When Apple launched Facetime a year ago June, Steve Jobs said it was going to become an open, universal technical standard. We haven’t seen that happen though, or at least we haven’t seen much development on top of it. Might Google try to accomplish that big picture goal to go post-silo in mobile video chat?Will the Google Talk implementation be as well executed as Apple’s is? Will it be available anytime soon for iPhone and thus be at least that close to cross-platform? Will we someday be able to video chat from one phone to another regardless of its maker or OS, as easily as we can do voice calls today? Presuming that’s something people really want beyond the initial wow factor (and to be honest, I’m not sure it is) then those will be big questions to watch for answers to. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Android phone owners will soon be able to video chat with each other using Google Talk over WiFi, 3G or 4G networks, Google announced in a blog post this afternoon. The feature will roll out first to Nexus S phone owners over the coming weeks and to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and newer devices “in the future.” It’s a start!The offering, when it ships, sounds like it will be more compelling than Apple’s Facetime but less useful than independent mobile video chat apps like Tango that offer iPhone to Android video chat. A number of mobile video chat apps have been launched in just the past few weeks from Skype, Qik, Fring (now with group video calling on iPhone!) and others. But how long will we have to wait until Android users can video call iPhone owners without any more thought than voice calls require today?last_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to a Full-Frame Sensor

first_imgIs it time to consider upgrading to a full-frame cinema workflow? In this article, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading sensor size.Canon, Sony, ARRI, and RED have all announced full-frame cameras in the last few months, and more and more filmmakers are shooting with them. Some of the cameras, particularly the Canon C500 Mark II and the Sony PDX, are under $16,000 and aimed at the independent filmmaker.DSLRsThe Canon 5D mark II kicked off the DSLR revolution in 2008 (image via Canon).First of all, there’s nothing that groundbreaking about full-frame as a cinema format. DLSRs have been shooting full-frame since the Canon 5D Mark II kickstarted the DSLR revolution in 2008. Most DSLRs still shoot full-frame as their default, and only crop down to Super 35 for slow motion and other specialty functions that need a higher data rate.It’s been rare, up to this point, for digital cinema cameras to shoot full-frame. Most were optimized for industry-standard PL mount lenses (which only cover a Super 35 mm sensor), even if they all didn’t use PL mounts themselves, more often sticking with the popular EF mount.ALEXA LFYou can see how small the difference is concerning edge distortion between the Canon C200 and the Canon C700 FF.The ALEXA LF was one of the first large-format cinema cameras to get widely used, probably because it was the first ALEXA with high enough resolution for Netflix’s camera requirements: a native 4K+ sensor. When large-format ARRI cameras won Oscars in 2015, and again in 2018 for cinematography, more working DPs became interested in shooting full-frame. Camera companies were only too happy to provide an upgrade.The difference between Super 35 mm and full-frame is approximately one lens length. This means that if you place two cameras side by side, with a 50 mm on a full-frame sensor and a 75 mm on a S35 sensor, you’ll get almost exactly the same image. When I tested this with the Canon C200 against the Canon C700 FF, I expected to see more of a difference in regards to edge distortion on the smaller frame camera, but because the S35 C200 only photographs with the center of the lens, there’s almost no discernible distortion.DistanceThe Revenant (20th Century Fox).The real difference between using the cameras like this is when you’re really close or really far from your subject. Emmanuel Lubezki used this to great effect on The Revenant. Lubezki used a very wide angle lens very close to his subject on a large format camera to get a feeling of intimacy — with less distortion and more light than he would’ve been able to get with a S35 sensor.The other big difference is in wide shots. If you can’t move the camera any further back from your subject, you often need to use a wider lens. Below 20mm, most lens sets drop in speed. The Canon CNE primes are T1.5 across the board, except the 14mm, which drops down to 3.1. If you’re shooting in a small, low-light environment, full-frame may be just the thing to give you the shots you want. The 2018 film The Possession of Hannah Grace used the full-frame DSLR Sony α7S II for precisely this reason.For most people in most circumstances, the step up to a full-frame digital cinema camera won’t be a game changer. Instead, it can a subtle improvement that may keep them ahead of the upgrade curve. For some use cases, like shooting super close or super wide in low light, it may be the thing that saves the shot.Cover image via Canon.Want more tips on video gear? Check these out.Hands-on Review: the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6KExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetGet Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsTop Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersTips for Getting the Smoothest Handheld Footagelast_img read more

HEART Trust/NTA Accepting Applications for HOPE Summer Employment Programme

first_img Speaking with JIS News, Senior Director of Community Services at the HEART Trust/NTA, Ronique Rhoden, said that over 14,500 individuals are expected to be employed for three weeks over the three-month period. Story Highlights The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/NTA continues to accept applications for its 2019 HOPE Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will run from June to August. The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/NTA continues to accept applications for its 2019 HOPE Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will run from June to August.Formerly implemented through the National Youth Service (NYS), the programme targets youth between the ages of 17 and 29, and young persons from the Community for Persons with Disabilities, who are between ages 17 and 34. Persons wishing to be part of the programme should be enrolled in a learning institution or unemployed.Speaking with JIS News, Senior Director of Community Services at the HEART Trust/NTA, Ronique Rhoden, said that over 14,500 individuals are expected to be employed for three weeks over the three-month period.“The HOPE Youth Summer Work Programme forms part of the Government’s effort to create employment opportunities for young persons,” Ms. Rhoden said.She added that with the merger of the NYS, the HEART Trust/NTA and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) in 2017, the budget for the programme has been significantly increased; therefore, the programme was expanded to accommodate a larger number of youth.“The largest employer under the programme is the public sector. However, over the years, we have seen a greater number of private-sector entities taking advantage of the programme,” Ms. Rhoden said.She said that for many of the youth, it is the first time they would have been exposed to a work situation, hence the programme provides an opportunity for them to gain valuable work experience.Interested persons may apply online at or visit the nearest HEART Trust/NTA or the original NYS offices islandwide and fill out an application form.Applicants must submit their Tax Registration Number (TRN), a birth certificate, a valid national or school identification card, National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number (optional), proof of qualification (if any), a resume, one passport-size photograph and a bank verification form, because all stipend payments will be made to bank accounts.The deadline for submission of applications is April 23.For further information, persons may call the HEART Trust/NTA toll-free at 888-432-7668 or send an email at, as well as walk into any of the HEART Trust/NTA or original NYS offices islandwide. Formerly implemented through the National Youth Service (NYS), the programme targets youth between the ages of 17 and 29, and young persons from the Community for Persons with Disabilities, who are between ages 17 and 34. Persons wishing to be part of the programme should be enrolled in a learning institution or unemployed. last_img read more