About Author: Xavier Lur

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Xavier is from Singapore. Having a passion in blogging and social media, he reviews Web 2.0 apps/start-ups and writes news related to social media & technology.

Posts by Xavier Lur

  • Another change Apple implemented that caught my attention is the "Rate on Delete" feature. I sensed something amiss when I tried uninstalling apps from my iPod Touch and there wasn't any prompt asking me to rate the app was shown, unlike its current version and predecessors. Apparently, the folks over at the California-based tech juggernaut have ditched the controversial prompt in its next version of the iPhone OS. 

First implemented in iPhone 2.2, shortly after Apple opened the App Store, the initial reason was to ask users to assign one to five star rating for the application and gain feedback from them. Alternatively, users could also decline to rate the application. The move was presumably meant to increase rating participation in the App Store.

    Apple Ditches “Rate on Delete” for Apps in iPhone OS 4. Why is this significant?

    Another change Apple implemented that caught my attention is the "Rate on Delete" feature. I sensed something amiss when I tried uninstalling apps from my iPod Touch and there wasn't any prompt asking me to rate the app was shown, unlike its current version and predecessors. Apparently, the folks over at the California-based tech juggernaut have ditched the controversial prompt in its next version of the iPhone OS. First implemented in iPhone 2.2, shortly after Apple opened the App Store, the initial reason was to ask users to assign one to five star rating for the application and gain feedback from them. Alternatively, users could also decline to rate the application. The move was presumably meant to increase rating participation in the App Store.

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  • Touted as "a Web 3.0 Search Engine designed to provide customized meaningful search results", <a href="http://kngine.com">Kngine</a> aspires to be the next leader of the Semantic Web or commonly known as Web 3.0. The Washington-based revolutionary Semantic search engine functions similarly to Wolfram Alpha, but much better (based on my personal opinion). 

Unlike traditional search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing which simply return documents that might contain the answers, Kngine is capable of providing search results that contain a higher degree of relevance to the user's search query. This includes the ability to display Semantic information about keywords, answer the user's questions, or even discover the relationships between the keywords and link the different kind of data together.

    Kngine: The Smartest Search Engine Ever?

    Touted as "a Web 3.0 Search Engine designed to provide customized meaningful search results", Kngine aspires to be the next leader of the Semantic Web or commonly known as Web 3.0. The Washington-based revolutionary Semantic search engine functions similarly to Wolfram Alpha, but much better (based on my personal opinion). Unlike traditional search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing which simply return documents that might contain the answers, Kngine is capable of providing search results that contain a higher degree of relevance to the user's search query. This includes the ability to display Semantic information about keywords, answer the user's questions, or even discover the relationships between the keywords and link the different kind of data together.

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  • The use of open-source software is growing at an exponential rate, especially by governments and companies who are desperate to reduce cost. During the global financial meltdown in 2008-2009, many organizations or businesses turn to open-source software like the Linux operating system, OpenOffice, Mozilla Thunderbird instead of conventional proprietary software such as Windows OS and Microsoft Office. 

However, if too many of them jump onto the bandwagon of “the open source software revolution" rather than purchasing genuine licenses from technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM that provide proprietary solutions, it might cause another worrying issue -- business software companies will incur losses, thus resulting in a sizeable dent in the economy.

    4 Countries That Strongly Support Open-Source

    The use of open-source software is growing at an exponential rate, especially by governments and companies who are desperate to reduce cost. During the global financial meltdown in 2008-2009, many organizations or businesses turn to open-source software like the Linux operating system, OpenOffice, Mozilla Thunderbird instead of conventional proprietary software such as Windows OS and Microsoft Office. However, if too many of them jump onto the bandwagon of “the open source software revolution" rather than purchasing genuine licenses from technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM that provide proprietary solutions, it might cause another worrying issue -- business software companies will incur losses, thus resulting in a sizeable dent in the economy.

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  • In June last year, Conan O' Brien predicted that by the year 3000 YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge into "one super time wasting website called YouTwitFace". Not true :D I believe YouTwitFace will become part of the future education system, and teachers will make use of these social websites to impart their knowledge to students.

The speed of how technology grows is unbelievable -- it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. One quintessential example would be the Internet. At the birth of the 21st century, the phrase "social media" is alien to most of us. However ten years down the road, social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have become part of our daily lives.

    YouTwitFace Integration in Education

    In June last year, Conan O' Brien predicted that by the year 3000 YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge into "one super time wasting website called YouTwitFace". Not true :D I believe YouTwitFace will become part of the future education system, and teachers will make use of these social websites to impart their knowledge to students. The speed of how technology grows is unbelievable -- it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. One quintessential example would be the Internet. At the birth of the 21st century, the phrase "social media" is alien to most of us. However ten years down the road, social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have become part of our daily lives.

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  • Whether you are an Apple fanboy/fangirl or not, I am pretty sure you would love these creative and interesting comics below. All the comics were created by our <a href="http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/index.html">Joy of Tech</a> friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. They publish comics about technology, especially on Apple news and events. Among the 1,300+ comics they have created so far, we have some funny comics about Apple in this post.

    Funny Comics About Steve Jobs & Apple

    Whether you are an Apple fanboy/fangirl or not, I am pretty sure you would love these creative and interesting comics below. All the comics were created by our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. They publish comics about technology, especially on Apple news and events. Among the 1,300+ comics they have created so far, we have some funny comics about Apple in this post.

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  • Taking inflation into account, the folks over at <a href="http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/whats-the-big-deal/deals/11-000-first-apple-portable-computer-real-cost-apple-products.html">VoucherCodes</a> imagine how much it would cost to buy each of Apple's new major product releases today.

    The REAL Cost Of Apple Products [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Taking inflation into account, the folks over at VoucherCodes imagine how much it would cost to buy each of Apple's new major product releases today.

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  • Over the years, technology has grown rapidly, and it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. As a teenager, I did not witness the birth of the storage technology, thus I am not able to see the vast difference between then and now.

    20GB in 1980 vs. 32GB in 2010

    Over the years, technology has grown rapidly, and it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. As a teenager, I did not witness the birth of the storage technology, thus I am not able to see the vast difference between then and now.

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  • The speed of how technology grows is unbelievable -- it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. One quintessential example would be the mobile technology. When Martin Cooper invented the "brick"-like 30-ounce phone cell phone in 1973, it was ugly, bulky, and its batteries could only power the handset for just 20 minutes.

    Beautiful Cell Phone Concepts That Will Blow Your Mind

    The speed of how technology grows is unbelievable -- it advances with a geometric progression rather than an arithmetical one. One quintessential example would be the mobile technology. When Martin Cooper invented the "brick"-like 30-ounce phone cell phone in 1973, it was ugly, bulky, and its batteries could only power the handset for just 20 minutes.

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