Will Google Join the Crowd With A “Friend Connect” Platform?

first_imgTags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Giant social networks Myspace and Facebook have plans to expand beyond their walls. Myspace announced on Thursday its Data Availability platform and Facebook countered quickly with Facebook Connect. Now it seems that Google’s OpenSocial platform will join the ranks on Monday with “Friend Connect”.Google’s Friend Connect PlatformAccording to TechCrunch, Michael Arrington has heard from several sources that Google has made plans to launch a competitor to the Data Availability and Facebook Connect platforms on Monday.What we know so far is that the “Friend Connect” platform will be another set of APIs for developers to use in order to securely push profile information into third party websites.Possible RestrictionsDon’t get your hopes up just yet. The most interesting part of this story is that it seems Google will be keeping a tighter reign on its data compared to the Facebook Connect and Data Availability platforms. Where Myspace and Facebook will be using their APIs to distribute data, Google will be requiring third parties to show data directly from Google’s servers in an iframe. While third parties will be able to make the connection, it will unfortunately have to be on Google’s terms. Is Google Taking OpenSocial In The Wrong Direction? Wait a minute. If the rumors are true, isn’t this the opposite of what the OpenSocial network stands for? All of these companies are vying to get their product out the door first, while maintaining as much control as possible. Yet, this is a particularly unorthodox move from Google for the OpenSocial network. Thinking on what users and developers are hoping Google will accomplish with the OpenSocial network, Google should be leading the pack with settings, features, and restrictions for the Friend Connect platform. Instead, it seems they’ll be doing the exact opposite.Competing with the platforms of Myspace and Facebook will be no easy feat, even for a giant like Google. While the Friend Connect platform would be a welcomed addition to OpenSocial, developers and users will suffer if Google plans to implement limiting restrictions. If the rumors are true, Google may have already lost this battle. corvida 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Could Serverside Frameworks Become Irrelevant?

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#Tools Web frameworks, lead by the rise of Ruby on Rails, have been a hot topic in development for the past few years. Is it possible for them to be on the way to extinction already? A post on the blog of web development company Recursivity asks whether serverside web frameworks are becoming irrelevant. It’s probably premature to ask whether it’s already happening. But I think it’s reasonable to ask whether they could be irrelevant and what it would take to make that happen.The author suggests that front-ends written entirely in HTML, CSS and JavaScript could talk directly to a REST back-end, eliminating the need for serverside web frameworks. The author points to Mustache.js, Sammy.js and JQuery as a possible future-stack for front-end development. What do you think about the idea, and what problems would need to be solved for something like this to work?One drawback mentioned at Recursivity is search engine indexing. But one commenter points out that Google already has a guide for making AJAX applications crawlable.There’s some discussion at Hacker News on how to handle authentication and sessions, and it seems that though JavaScript and REST might not be the best way to deal with authentication, it doesn’t pose any insurmountable issues.J Chris Anderson of CouchOne of CouchDB sponsor company CouchOne points out that CouchDB can be used to power portable, JavaScript based applications called CouchApps. We covered this concept briefly here. At the risk of sounding like a NoSQL fanbois, this sounds like a pretty neat option.What other issues might there be with such a paradigm? Are you already creating web applications this way? If so, what issues have you faced and what benefits have you reaped? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Microsoft Extends Its Patent Deals Into Linux Servers

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Open Source 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img markhachman Microsoft said Wednesday that it signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amdocs Software Systems, extending Microsoft’s aggressive IP licensing strategy to Linux servers.Although Microsoft said the terms of the deal with Amdocs were confidential, the software giant confirmed two key points:One, the patent agreement covers Amdocs’ use of Linux-based servers in its data centers.Two, that Amdocs will pay Microsoft an “undisclosed amount of money under the agreement.”Microsoft Likes Patent License AgreementsTo date, Microsoft has aggressively enforced its patents against companies using Google’s Android software – which is based on Linux. In January, Microsoft said that more than 70% of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are covered by a patent licensing agreement, including devices from such tech giants as Acer, Compal, Huawei, HTC, LG, Samsung and Viewsonic, as well as smaller vendors such as Aluratek and Colby.Motorola, the other giant Android backer, escaped its own patent issues by being acquired by Google itself. In May, Citi analyst Walter Pritchard estimated that Microsoft makes more than $150 million from Android licenses, more than from its own Windows Phone program itself.Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements, the company said.“This agreement with Amdocs adds to the more than 1,100 patent license agreements Microsoft has entered into over the last decade,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, in a statement. “Microsoft’s licensing program ensures respect for its world-class intellectual property portfolio while at the same time making available to others the result of its multi-billion dollar annual investment in research and development.”Amdocs is a provider of operational support systems to service providers, providing both operations support like provisioning as well as billing services.Do Patent Wars = Collaboration?Interestingly, Gutierrez has defended Microsoft’s aggressive IP licensing as “collaboration” with other companies. In a 2008 contributed article to the Intellectual Asset Management magazine, Gutierrez noted that in June 2003, Microsoft hired Marshall Phelps to serve as its corporate vice president of intellectual property and licensing. Gutierrez said that Phelps’ resume, which included building IBM’s patent licensing program into a “$2 billion a year profit machine,” had been misinterpreted by pundits as an attempt to “generate a massive IBM-style IP royalty stream”.“In fact, Microsoft wanted Phelps to oversee the expansion of the firm’s patent portfolio so that it could be used as currency for building relationships with other firms,” Gutierrez wrote. “Big firms, small firms, open source firms – we intended to work with anyone and everyone to produce the technology innovations that will help us remain at the forefront of new markets and business opportunities.“As Marshall would often say: ‘We don’t need to be driven by a blind strategy to maximise royalties. What we need is greater collaboration with other forces in the industry,’” Gutierrez added.“This decision to focus on relationship building required that we treat intellectual property in a fundamentally new way,” Gutierrez added. “We could no longer view IP as primarily the right to prevent others from using our technology or competing in our market. In the age of open innovation, intellectual property’s greatest value would lie in serving as the currency for collaborative relationships with other firms that could help us acquire the technologies and competencies we needed to remain successful.”Amdocs had no comment on the deal, according to a spokesperson. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Lenovo Vibe X2 goes out of stock on Flipkart, just two days after launch

first_imgChinese tech giant Lenovo’s latest launch, the Vibe X2 smartphone has received some overwhelming response from customers. The device touted as the ‘world’s first layered smartphone’ went on sale starting Monday exclusively via online retailer Flipkart. And already, the device is out of stock and is now listed as ‘coming soon’ on Flipkart. There is however no news yet regarding the number of units sold.   “The kind of response Vibe X2 has been getting in India is overwhelming.  The X2 layered design is a unique proposition from Lenovo and we are happy that consumers are appreciating the innovations that we are bringing to the Indian Smartphone market”, Sudhin Mathur, Director-Smartphones, Lenovo India was quoted as saying while making the formal announcement. The Lenovo Vibe X2 smartphone started retailing  via Flipkart starting Monday at a price tag of Rs 19,999. The device also came with some exclusive launch days offers.Taking a brief look at its specifications, the Vibe X2 features a 5-inch IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6595m processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with Lenovo’s Vibe UI 2.0 on top.  The dual-SIM device sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It decks in a 2300mAh battery.last_img read more

GMR signs MoUs with firms on setting up units in Kakinada SEZ

first_imgHyderabad, Jan 30 (PTI) Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), said today it has signed a series of MoUs with firms interested in setting up of manufacturing units in Kakinada SEZ in Andhra Pradesh.GMR Group is developing an industrial zone ? Kakinada SEZ, spread over 8500 acres and an all-weather, multi-cargo, deep water port, with an estimated phase 1 capacity of 16 million tonnes.MoUs were signed by KSEZ during last week?s CII Partnership Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam with five companies — Oil Country Tubular, Kamineni Steel & Power, United Seamless Tubular, Deepak Phenolics and DCM Shriram — for setting up manufacturing facilities with a total investment of Rs 7,000 crore spread over 550 acres at Kakinada SEZ Ltd., Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, a GIL statement said.These MoUs would be followed up with technical and commercial discussions for lease of land in Kakinada SEZ to these firms over the coming months, it said.Kakinada is often referred to as the ?Houston of India? owing to the existence of hydro-carbon reserves and the oil & gas infrastructure, according to the statement.Acknowledging the advantage of Kakinada SEZ which is the largest industrial area with port connectivity in this region, Indian oil & gas PSU majors are joining together to set up a cracker unit, with a proposed investment of Rs 40,000 crore in 2000 acres of GMR?s Kakinada SEZ, it said, adding, an MoU in this regard was signed among GAIL, HPCL and Government of Andhra Pradesh, during the summit.G M Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group, said, ?GMR Group is proud to be partnering with the State of Andhra Pradesh in the development of a port based investment region near Kakinada in the East Godavari District. We strongly support Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?Make In India? campaign, and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu?s endeavours to cement the place of Sunrise State of AP as the most attractive destination for global investments into India. GMR group?s Kakinada SEZ is all set to transform the industrial landscape of the Godavari districts bringing in significant investments and employment.?advertisementKakinada SEZ, which is centred in the Kakinada node of the Visakhapatnam ? Chennai Industrial Corridor being developed by Asian Development Bank, would house various industries including petrochemicals, food & agro processing, discrete manufacturing, electronics, toys, sports goods & apparel, offering a combination of export oriented SEZs and domestic market oriented DTAs, GIL said. PTI RS DK DKlast_img read more