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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Not Gozilla. It’s Mozilla…
Innovation and continuous improvement could always bring something.
Who imagined the market share of Internet Explorer sinking in 2001?

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser surpassed 20 percent worldwide market share for the first time last month, according to new data from Net Applications. That’s a huge milestone for the open source web browser, which was first released (the 1.0 version) by Mozilla almost exactly four years ago (November 9, 2004), at a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had a choke-hold over the web browsing industry with a market share well over 90 percent.

Today, Firefox is firmly the second most popular browser out there. It continues to gain share even at a time when other companies are releasing new browsers on a wide range of new devices. Apple, for example, has seen great growth in mobile web browsing on its Safari web browser built for the iPhone. Meanwhile, gaming systems like Sony’s Playstation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii have web browsers built in as well (the PS3’s is built by NetFront, while the Wii’s is built by Opera).

Firefox hits 20 percent market share as Internet Explorer continues to sink helps reunite lost and stolen items around the globe, and BoomerangIt Japan was launched in 2005.
This site and service reminds me one my old memories. My friend lost his wallet at a souvenir shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. One rightful person sent it back to him after he came back to his home in Japan. He must have used BoomerangIt if the site existed in 1992. Also, I imagine my life in Pasadena, California from 1991 – 1992 was totally different if the Web existed. I could have read news articles of Japan, chatted with my parents and friends in Tokyo, bought Japanese food through Web, sent my monthly report to my boss and company that guaranteed my tuition at Art Center College of Design. I believe “Communication” is the most strongest power of Web that could bring diverse changes to us.

BoomerangIt Japan

If you use web, this is worth a viewing.  The inventor of World Wide Web calls for “Row Data Now” at this year’s TED conference.

TV screen has been their last great frontier for Adobe.  Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen, will announce at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas that Adobe is extending Flash to the television screen.  To support the new effort to bring Flash to the TV, Adobe has signed with partners including Intel, Comcast, Netflix and Broadcom.  This could bring significant changes for both companies that selling softwares and those selling hardwares.

“Coming generations of consumers clearly expect to get their content wherever they want on it, on any device, when they want it,” said Bud Albers, the chief technology officer of the Disney Interactive Media Group, who will join Adobe executives at the convention to voice Disney’s support for the Flash format. “This gets us where we want to go.”

Microsoft stands in Adobe’s way with Silverlight.  

“There hasn’t been a true competitor to Adobe for quite some time and Microsoft could potentially start bridging the gap between the PC and the TV even more effectively,” said Josh Martin, an analyst at the Yankee Group. “Maybe they could start putting out some of the fire that Adobe has long held.”

Adobe in Push to Spread Web Video to TV Sets


One short message brought one giant leap for Twitter.

Some power users, like Andrew Davis, chief strategy officer for TippingPoint Labs, an online marketing company, worry that Twitter’s potential to transform how millions of people communicate online is diminishing as more people use it.

“When someone like Oprah, who is a very smart businesswoman, sees that a new media platform is worthy of her engaging on it, it signifies a real sea change,” he said. “The mega-celebrity marketing machine that is Oprah seems like the next level of adoption.”

With Oprah Onboard, Twitter Grows