28 March 2012

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8 Social Networks of Future

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:49 AM PDT

Facebook was the first one to set a benchmark in social networking by showing the world how a simple idea from three Harvard dropouts could change the way the people interact, meet, do business and even sleep. Sites like Pinterest and Foursquare also gained millions of customers following the same path with a slight change of social principles.

 
Some of the people still think Facebook is the last word in social networking. But check out these budding networks. Even though many of them apply the same social principles- incorporating location based services and binding the people on taste graphs- they help people to meet and socialize, not in digital life, but in real.

 
In the numerous new social networks, there are a few which stand out on the functionality and beauty by which they attract millions. Mashable had made a list of the best among them, which could be the social networks of the future.

 
Highlight

 
Highlight is now the hot topic in social world. The geo location based social app surfaces information about the people who is near you in real time. It runs GPS, 24/ 7 in the background to keep you always connected. With the app, you can simply know everything about the highlight users who are sitting in a football field, if you find some interesting profiles which meet your tastes, you can send them a direct message or "highlight" them so that they will be notified about the same. The privacy features also allows you to be invisible from the rest of users by simply "pausing."

 

Forecast

 
Here is a service which is definitely for the future. Since all the networks around you keeps a log of your past and present, forecast asks what you plan to do in the future. The developers hope that Forecasting your acting class or yoga section tomorrow night will encourage and inspire other friends to join the fun. Simply, it's a fun and simple way for friends to share where they’re going.

 

Fancy

 
Fancy lets you "fancy" anything in the world. It then files your "fancy'd" products into a sorted digital wish list. The eye catching site is very similar to Pinterest except the fact that you can actually buy the products on Fancy.

 

Localmind

 
Localmind is for the local, spontaneous social users. It gathers all the information from the nearby users about events, restaurant specials, offers and attractions happening now. It gathers the location specific information from Facebook and foursquare check-ins. It will also award you with points for providing fruitful information and location advice to others.

 

Glancee

 
Glancee helps users to make meaningful connections to new people. It explores the profiles of the people around you to discover the hidden connections including common friends, mutual interests and notify you so that you can meet up and create beautiful connections. It quietly works in the background saving all the information in the app diary regarding your encounters and events.

 

Sonar

 
Sonar works in coordination with your Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts. Once after surveying the accounts, Sonar determines your most appropriate connections and it will help you to learn more about the people in vicinity and assist you in activities including networking and online dating.

 

Path

 
Path is a smart online journal which helps you share life with your dear ones. You can post everything from your photos, the music you listen to, where you are, who you are with and when you wake and sleep. You can also post these path updates to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

 

Gogoboat

 
Gogoboat is like the travel guide Pinterest. You can get tips from the travelers, see where your friends have travelled, and share your own travel stories and photos to help others.


10 Inventions that Killed Businesses

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:29 AM PDT

 

Certain businesses have the potential of not only expanding at a tremendous pace but also eliminating competition. The world of business has witnessed many such endeavours flourish at a rapid pace. Daniel Bukszpan, of CNBC.Com, has listed 10 such inventions of the business world, which have eliminated their competition

 
1. Apple iPod

 

We all are familiar with the craze of Apple i-Pods. When i-Pod had made its way into the market, it had taken the market by storm. There was not a soul which did not desire an i-Pod. The idea of being able to carry all your favourite songs in your pocket was revolutionary. Before i-Pods and related MP3 players dominated the markets, Walkman by Sony was the rage. Sony Walkman was the pioneer of portable music players in the market. i-Pod captured the market because of 2 short-comings of  Walkman – inability to store a good amount of music and bulky size. Moreover, carrying cassettes was an additional head-ache. i-Pod cashed in on these drawbacks and made it large in the market. PC World, a renowned tech magazine, quoted that i-Pod had "irrevocably altered the landscape for portable audio players." The Walkman got ousted from the market in October 2010.

 

2. Email

 

Email has indeed hit the postal service system across the globe. Though the impact of email is more in Western nations, it has made a significant impact on the Indian postal service system as well. The Indian postal service too is trying to keep itself abreast of technology and is introducing tech changes in the postal service. Email is a rage among people, especially the youth as it makes connecting with their friends easy. Email has become such an integral part of our lives, that almost all GPRS and 3G enabled mobile phones offer this service. Even corporates find the email option on their smartphones very handy. As the gen next does not find the postal service appealing anymore, this sector has been hit to a great extent. The drawbacks of the postal system are too many and the youth prefers convenience and speed.

 

3. Apple iPhone

 

With the advent of high-end mobile-phones, landlines and cordless-phones have literally been pushed to the back. Landlines are still used by the population but mostly because they are needed for router connections. Among the most revered mobile-phones in the market, there is no greater status symbol than an i-Phone. Apple products, especially the i-Phone, are valued to such a great extent that its users are considered a rung above all others. People had even lined up before Apple outlets to be among the first people to own i-Phones. This kind of a fan following is not seen in other brands. The very idea of owning an Apple i-Phone is like a dream come true. This is something regular phones were never able to achieve. Not only are i-Phones a part of style-statement but also iconic. This is because i-Phones are mini personal computers but only more user friendly and stylish. This is another reason why its sales are sky-rocketing and that of regular phones is dipping.

 

4. Netflix

 

Gone are the days when we had to stand in painfully long queues to rent our favourite movies. With super advancements in technology, viewing movies has never been this easy. With online portals, like Netflix, viewing movies on video cassettes has become extinct. VCRs and video tapes are all tales of the past as websites, like Netflix, have altered the face of online video viewing. Other online movie viewing portals, like – Blockbuster, did exist before Netflix but Netflix brought its business model of subscription-based services with it. The ease and convenience Netflix brought with it was incomparable. The added benefit of being able to rent movies for as long as one wanted on Netflix ousted regular movie rentals from their business. Netflix also did not charge extra for this extended rental period. This led to Blockbuster filing for bankruptcy in September 2010.

 

5. Digital Word Processors

 

To most millennials, type-writers are entities of the past and belong to an era of their grandparents. It might seem odd to people belonging to other generations but this is a fact. The fact of the matter is that with the advent of digital word processors, typewriters have vanished into oblivion. As the 70s dawned upon us, inventions like Microsoft Word, started to make way for next wave in maintaining documents. It took Microsoft a while to set its foot in the market but it did a tremendous job at it. It was preferred over type-writers so much that eventually typewriters had to accept defeat. As MS Word is a user-friendly software and still dominates the market, other digital word processors, even Apple i-Work, strive to occupy a decent percentage of the market. In 2009, Microsoft said that Microsoft Office suite, including MS Word, is used by more than half a billion people in the globe. While, seattlepi.com said that only less 500 typewriters existed in the world.

 

6. Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI)

 

Computer-Generated Imagery or CGI has witnessed an incredible upsurge in the past few decades. This category has gained such prominence these days that traditional hand-made drawings have items of the past. Though hand-made drawings are still used in story-boards, they are not used in mainstream cinema. They act more like the skeletal framework of animation but do not form the end-product entirely. Other forms of movie-making are also under siege here. Popular art forms, like – stop motion animation, use of prosthetics and props, clay model animation and others, are still being used but are not in the forefront as CGI. Even stunt persons are losing their jobs as CGI is being used extensively in movies. Famous CGI movies include – Ice Age, Monsters Inc, Avatar, Toy Story, Shrek and many others. Though the use of other forms of special effect is used in movies, they are now being used sparingly. So, CGI  has captured their share in movie making.

 

7. Electronic Commerce

 

Electronic Commerce or E-commerce is a more recent entity. Only with recent technological changes has this movement picked up. The term has undergone such a transition that it now governs a major chunk of businesses these days. With the boom in online shopping these days, customers are more than happy to browse for their preferred items, without leaving the comfort of their homes. More and more businesses are giving the option of shopping online than visiting physical stores. Gone are the days when we used to be unsure of the products we had bought online. Now we can inspect the products first and then pay for them. What's even better is that we don't have to pay for home deliveries. We also have the option of paying in installments. Sites like – HomeShop18 and Jabong offer such facilities. This leads to dry days in physical stores these days.

 

8. Apple iTunes

 

This list could not have been complete without the addition of another remarkable Apple product. Apple i-Tunes is another segment which has given other people in the music business a run for their money. An advantage of having an online portal of i-Tunes is that i-Pod users would have to purchase songs solely from this site. As i-Pod is compatible with songs downloaded only from i-Tunes, i-Pod users will not go to any other music website. This is the reason why some people are dead against Apple products due to inability to share music, photos and videos with other cell-phone users. Such a compulsion makes Apple users go to only Apple websites and nowhere else. As the number of Apple product users is huge, the music industry has faced a tough challenge in the past few years. Various physical music stores in the U.S., like – Virgin Megastores, Sam Goody and Tower Records, had to be shut down in the year 2009 because of monopoly of Apple products.

 

9. Online Travel Agencies

 

With the digital age taking its position upfront, most forms of businesses cannot do without integrating technology in it. As life of man is nothing but an eternal form of travel, traveling has been simplified for the common man. There has been a huge surge in online travel agencies in the past few years. From – Redbus.Com to Expedia.Com, Indian travelers have a host of varieties to choose from. Our country is brimming with online travel portals, which offer best value for our money. A couple of such websites include – TravelYaari.Com, TravelGuru.Com, Travelocity.Com, MakeMyTrip.Com, Yatra.Com and tons of other such websites. From bus tickets to air tickets, these sites cover all areas. As these sites combine convenience along with value for money, travel agents are not able to compete against these. As a result, many travel booking agents have gone out of business.

 

10.Amazon Kindle

 

Technology might have made or lives easier but it sure has driven many people to unemployment. Sometimes it is surprising how people will accept newer technology at the cost of older ones just to be called tech savvy. One such product of the new age is that of e-readers. E-readers are a rage these days with tech freaks, though any conventional person would prefer reading articles on paper. E-readers by Amazon, Amazon Kindle, are so popular that Amazon.Com sold more of e-books than physical books in the last quarter of 2010. Though majority of the population still prefers solid books, increase in e-books sales suggests that this trend is gradually changing. Even though squinting is a tad bit problematic in e-books, several advantages make them a superior choice. These include – ability to store more than 3,000 books and being lightweight. Amazon Kindle has all these merits. Still, only time can tell if it will oust physical books from competition.