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Showing posts from May, 2013

The New Google Maps

If you haven't got the word, Google is renovating their Maps web application. I signed up for the preview a couple of days ago and got the invite just now and have played around with it. Right off the bat I'm impressed. It's a lot more intuitive, easier to navigate, POI's (points of interest) are a lot easier to visualize and the addition of photographs along the bottom to give you a better idea of what's to see around whatever town/city you're looking at is a very nice touch indeed. If you haven't been able to check it out, then I suggest you go and see for yourself. Keep in mind that it's still in preview mode, but I already like it much more than the current version of Google Maps. I would go into the details of it, but I'm a firm believer of sharing information. So check out this article to see a more in depth comparison between the two types.

The Advent of the Predictive Web (or Web 3.0)

First off, the first thing you ought to know is what version of the Internet we're using. If you are not aware, currently it's Web 2.0, which is defined as (thank you Wikipedia ): The term Web 2.0 was coined in 1999 to describe web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. It is closely associated with Tim O'Reilly because of the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference which was held in late 2004.  Although Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web. What does that really mean though? Actually, you've been using it consistently. Almost every major site on the Internet qualifies as Web 2.0, and perhaps none more apparent then Facebook, Google, and even Yahoo!. Then along comes HTML5, a fantastic new markup language for your browser that (despite some resistance) has intro