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Top Stories sees India as one of the potential market for cloud computing. "Cloud computing is the next stage of SaaS. As we have had an experience of more than 10 years in this foray, cloud computing was the obvious next step. When we were holding our press conference about the same in San Francisco, a lot of Indian companies were very excited and willing to employ this technology", said Doug Farber Vice President Operations, Asia Pacific Bandwidth is a problem in India and everyone is aware of that. So, how will a technology like such which is dependent on bandwidth survive in India? Farber said "Yes bandwidth is a problem in India. But we have found out ways to work around it. For example, one of the things that we have done is something called offline PDA. A person is connected through his iphone or laptop in which the data is stored and sync... (more)

One Juicer

This iPhone Apps monitoring service saves you time and frustration by monitoring keywords for Apps you are interested in at the iTunes Store. One Juicer notifies you of the latest iPhone Apps based on your choice of keywords via email. URL: One Juicer. ... (more)

Announcing Our Next TechCrunch Roundtable: Whose Cloud Is It Anyway?

Cloud computing is growing up fast, so we’ve decided to bring together some of the smartest people we can for our next TechCrunch Roundtable: Whose Cloud Is It Anyway? The event and networking reception will take place on Friday, February 27, between 3:00 and 6:30 PM at Microsoft’s Mountain View Conference Center, which holds 275 people. Tickets are $75 and are on sale now. The cloud is many things to many people. It is a a data center in the sky, a platform for a new breed of enterprise apps, a way to bring Web-scale computing to businesses small and large. But are we on the verge of a new set of platform wars that will make the Windows Vs. Mac war look like Tiddlywinks? Or will all the different cloud platforms which are emerging create an interwoven fabric of Web applications that draw from each cloud as is convenient? Mission critical apps are moving to the c... (more)

Thanks To Skout, You Can Now Flirt Online Even When You Go Outside (Exclusive Video)

This afternoon at DEMO 09, mobile dating / location-based social network Skout will debut a product aimed to complement its web services by bringing the concept of online dating offline, straight to thousands of bars and clubs across America. The project was dubbed Skout OUT and essentially wants to blurs the line between online dating in the virtual and the real world by installing an interactive touch screen at 10,000 social venues (clubs, bars, etc.) all over the U.S. - starting Q2 2009 - that should help singles connect with other singles around them. This comes right off the heels of Skout’s introduction of an iPhone application that was billed as one of the devices’ first location-based dating services. Skout OUT will bring the startup’s LBS services to 42″ touch-screen plasma displays so people can virtually flirt with and send messages, gifts and dedicate... (more)

Economy Be Damned: Apple Posts Its Best Second Quarter Earnings Ever

Apple has just released its second quarter financial results, and surprise, surprise: they’re very good. The company had revenues for the quarter of $8.16 billion and net profit of $1.21 billion — both easily beat Wall Street expectations. Both also beat the numbers the company posted a year ago, actually represent the company’s best March quarter (which is Apple’s second quarter) results ever. Breaking the numbers down a bit: Apple sold 2.22 million Macs for the quarter. 11.01 million iPods. And 3.79 million iPhones — which was more than double the number it sold a year ago. While both Mac numbers and iPod numbers beat Wall Street analysts’ estimates, the iPhone numbers surged past what many were looking for. While the Mac numbers beat estimates, it is worth noting that sales were down year over year for the first time in about 6 years, as Silicon Alley Insider n... (more)

Australia: Broadband As Electricity

Stephen Conroy, Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, today gives a talk ([Tags: broadband telecommunications australia ftth fttp net_neutrality ]‘>transcript here) to the National Press Club in which he outlines the case for treating broadband access as a service as fundamental as electricity. Australia is implementing a national rollout, providing wholesale access to competitive access retailers. They want 90% of the country connected. “Our rollout will start at 100Mbps, but once fibre is distributed, future hardware upgrades can boost speeds even further to 1000Mbps and beyond.” (No mention of Net neutrality or the openness of access; a truly competitive market would help ameliorate some of the need for that.) Conroy ends his talk with a summary: Broadband, like electricity in the century past, has the potential to drive innov... (more)

Reputed Indian Web Organization gives a Facelift to its Brand Image

Viteb, an established, professional web services provider has recently given a facelift to its brand image by totally revamping its website with a fresh look and feel along with introduction of new services like iPhone Application Development , Internet Marketing, BPO, ERP Consulting being managed by separate Viteb divisions. Those who are familiar with Viteb’s name will find many changes in the website, which now sports many new, dyna... ... (more)

Tiled DS displays pop up in Apple store windows I'm not as sure as I get as excited as the TechCrunch writer, who calls the thing mezmerizing, but these matrix video walls that are up in the windows of a couple of Apple stores near world HQ are certainly eye-catching (the point) and cool. The tiled displays feature a pile of iPhone apps flying at viewers.   ... (more)

Microsoft/Danger/T-Mobile Sidekick Fiasco NOT a Failure of Cloud Computing

Over the past few days, I have seen a lot of articles, tweets and commentary about how the recent failure within Danger (who was purchased by Microsoft about a year ago) of data for the T-Mobile Sidekick was “the Cloud’s fault,” and this really bothered me. As Microsoft is poised to do something with the Danger brand (”Project Pink“) as well as soon release their Cloud Computing Platform called Azure, this could not have come at a worse time for them. There is obviously a lot of attention being paid to the cell phone market place as the Android platform is trying to make a positioning move to attempt to dethrone Apple’s iPhone. The Danger (now Microsoft) Sidekick was a device that provided great functionality “back in the day” (I actually went through quite a few generations of Sidekicks – from the B&W version up to a few color ones a few years ago). The Sidekick ha... (more)

Widgets, Apps and Social Media as TV 2.0

Web 2.0 Journal The Social TV Forum Europe is the 2nd event in the Social TV Series. The event will be held at the Olympia in West London on the 16th March and is part of the Social TV Series. The Social TV Forum Europe will address the latest in social TV applications & widgets, the launching of new services and its role in building new revenue streams for platform providers and broadcasters. Will Social Media interactivity bring value for TV users? Can social interaction via the TV generate operator revenues? Social TV, defining next generation TV services? Importantly, will TV go the way of the iPhone? Leading platform and broadcast speakers already confirmed for the event are: Ian Kegel, Head of Future Content Group, BT UK Rahul Chakkara, Controller of TV Platforms, BBC Damien Byrne, Head of Entertainment, T Mobile Nicolas Bry, Senior VP at Orange Vallée, Franc... (more)

What image are you projecting?

In a post on Mindtribe, a comment was made that simply blew me away. If you have an iPhone…pick it up and turn it to the back. Read what it says. I’ve looked at the back of my iPhone a gazillion times…saw this…never THOUGHT about it. It reads: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” Now, to be congruent, it SHOULD read either, “Designed by Apple in USA. Assembled in China” — or — “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Guangdong.” (The province where the city of Shenzhen is located…home to the Apple facility responsible for assembling, packing, and shipping the iPhone.) Yet…it doesn’t. Why? We have a perception that the hippest, coolest, most cutting-edge design comes from California. So, Apple would rather project to us the awesome communication device we hold in our hand was created, as the Mindtribe blog suggests, where “we have attracted ... (more)