Recommended by elsterama on December 24, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
This year was another huge one for the Web and the companies, technologies and individuals that make things happen on it. We saw groundbreaking new devices unveiled, key companies go public, a few tech fumbles and we lost some visionaries.
Narrowing down the ten biggest Web news stories of 2011 was no easy task. Lots of stories had a massive impact. Some of them fit into a larger, ongoing trend, while many are singular, important events. Some stories broke to extensive attention and fanfare, only to see their significance fizzle out within a few weeks. We've painstakingly whittled down ten of the biggest stories of the year and rounded them up for you here.Continue
Ok ok, we aren’t ALL snobs, but we know what we like and there isn’t anything wrong with that. We enjoy well designed products and we get giddy when we see beautiful & functional accessories. We like things that look good on our desk, next to our bed, travel with us or just look downright damn good on us.
Ok kids, pull out your wallets and don’t forget to tack on some extra for shipping if you need it before the 25th. You know you’re a slacker, that’s why you clicked on this post.Continue
I grew up in the “i” generation. Where I’ve only played, purchased and used iTunes since its inception. I stood in line for the first iPhone as well as the next two… I purchased the first iPod, the second and a later generation… I watched keynotes through still pictures on “live blogs” to catch a glimpse of Steve hoping… For a “and one more thing”. I purchased technology because of it’s beautiful form and Steves energy.Continue
With the rise of smart phones and specifically the iPhone, designers are finding a whole load of reasons to design for and with the device. Today we have rounded up some of the best PSD and vector iPhone and iPad designs and we bring them to you.
Some are for the iPhone 3G, others for the iPhone 4 and iPad, and we also threw in some GUI elements to aid in app design. So what are you waiting for? Go design for mobile with these great offerings. We will cover Android next week.Continue
According to data recently released by online job board Freelancer.com, Android jobs are on pace to eclipse iPhone jobs by the end of 2012. Despite what the company describes as "solid growth" in iPhone jobs - they're up 9% from Q1 to Q2 this year - Android jobs have increased by 20%. If this same growth rate continues, there will be more Android work available by the end of the year, says Freelancer.
Another area also seeing massive growth is HTML5, which saw a 34% increase during the same time period.Continue
Apple will release two new iPhones come September, according to speculation from analyst Chris Witmore of Deutsche Bank: the iPhone 5 and the 4S. The idea makes sense, as it would allow Apple to simultaneously address both the mid-range smartphone market with a more affordable device while also providing a more expensive model for the high-end.
However, the theory appears to be nothing more than that: a theory. Meanwhile, a separate report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty states that production for the next iPhone will begin in August.Continue
Apple seems to have a significant impact on the future of work without directly intending to. The iPhone has made steady inroads into the enterprise since its introduction, and the iPad is making big waves as well. These devices are especially useful for remote workers, for whom computing tech is the very lifeblood of their daily grind. Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system brings big improvements for consumers, but they’ll be no less beneficial to mobile workers.Continue
Just because Microsoft has its own mobile operating system called Windows Phone 7, that doesn't mean it's above using the popularity of Apple's iPhone to attract new users to its up-and-coming Bing search engine. For example, this week, the company highlighted a recently added Bing feature called "auto app discovery" by way of a company blog post that describes how the Microsoft search engine is a great tool for finding new iPhone applications.Continue