Microsoft ahead of Google & Yahoo in Total Time Spent Online

Despite all the benefits reaped by other companies, this will surely come as a surprise to some. Industry tracker comScore, Inc., last week released a study showing that, in terms of time spent on sites, the Redmond-based Microsoft sites ranked as the most engaging global property in September, followed by Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

According to the study, Microsoft websites seized nearly 15 percent of time spent online worldwide in September, and almost 70 percent of the time spent on its sites was through Windows Live Messenger.

In September, Internet users spent on the Microsoft website in total 3.9 billion hours, or 14.5% of the time surfing. Such are the calculations of market analysts comScore. In second place were the statistics page of Google against Yahoo! and Facebook. According to comScore, Internet users spent 1.4 billion hours a community party, which gives about 193% higher than in September 2008.

Own research as a basis for the results of the comScore panel studies 2 million users in 170 countries, which shall then be converted into 1.2 billion Internet users aged 15 years or more who use it at home or at work. According to analysts in September, Internet users were on the net total of 27 billion hours. Of the time spent on Microsoft’s website, almost 70% to the Windows Live Messenger. Google Pages users have viewed some 2.5 billion hours, or 9.3% of total time, slightly less than half that time falls on video website YouTube.

An Interaction between Human and technology

Human: Technology, you are my servant!

Technology: OK, but you will pay for me right?
Human: Sure! Will do.
Technology: Will you also update me from time to time?
Human: OK, I can do that.
Technology: Also, would you mind handling my cables? I have a lot.
Human: Cables? Hmm, OK, if that’s what you need…
Technology: Please also watch my blinking buttons and displays every now and then.
Human: Yeah OK…
Technology: And repair me every now and then.
Human: Yes yes, of course.
Technology: Also lock me up safely to prevent me from being stolen.
Human: Of course I will!
Technology: Also provide fallbacks for me if I break OK?
Human: Hmm, sure, yeah…
Technology: I might beep or ring every once in a while which means I need your attention.
Human: OK, yes fine, I will give you my attention every now and then.
Technology: But please, when you use me the wrong way, it can lead to disaster fast.
Human: Right. I’m aware of that. Is there anything else? See, I don’t have a lot of …
Technology: … also, always make sure to plug me in, as I need a lot of energy.
Human: Yes, I know. I …
Technology: … sometimes I also need wireless input so please carry me around until I find it…
Human: Yes of course, I mean I …
Technology: By the way, not all my cables are the same, so make sure to only plug in the right ones, and don’t mix them up.
Human: Technology, I know I know… is there anything else you need?
Technology: No, I am your servant. I don’t want to cause any troubles.
Human: That’s very considerate of you. I …
Technology: Did I mention I’m often bad for the environment?
Human: Technology! I think it’s time you…
Technology: Oh, I sometimes contain bugs or a nasty virus, did I mention that?
Human: I …
Technology: And awful usability? And overlong manuals? And bad phone support? And crooked advertisement promises?
Human: Why you rotten little … will you please just shut up?
Technology: Shut up?
Human: I mean, I …
Technology: Master, you called me into your service. You know I’ll disappear at the push of a button.
Human: Well, I didn’t mean it quite like that, what I’m saying is …
Technology: Hang on a second, I’m freezing now to load something.
Human: What?
Technology: …
Human: Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait.
Technology: Thank you, I’m back. There was a small program error that unfortunately erased part of my short term memory.
Human: What?! You …
Technology: What were we talking about?
Human: That you are my servant, of course!
Technology: Right. That I know. But you will pay for me right?
[discussion continues for some more millennia]

Happy Birthday:Computer mouse celebrates 40th birthday

He is not called Mickey. But he is as naughty a mouse as the ever young cartoon character, which conquered the silver screen and the animation industry some eighty years back.He is the mouse who made Mickey and Minnie crawl into your drawing room and the computer screen in many shape and drape and next week the computer mouse, which animated many a cartoon character and redefined the way we used the computer graphics, is turning forty; to be precise, on December 9.

The computer mouse is to celebrate its 40th birthday next week. Invented by Doug Engelbart and his team at the Stanford Research Institute in California, the input device method first debuted in 1968. The first-ever mouse was made from a wooden block with wheels mounted on its base, and featured a red button on top of its case, and a cable at its back, which probably made one of the researchers to nickname it as “mouse”.

Mouse for everyone
Mouse for everyone

The mouse was developed by Xerox during the 1970s, and the first commercial product was released in 1981 with the launch of the Xerox Star computer system. But it wasn’t until Apple acquired the license for the mouse for $40,000 from the Standford Institute that the technology really took off. The Apple Macintosh, launched in 1984, used the mouse to good effect, and is the machine widely credited with kick-starting the home computer revolution. The mouse became the default input method on most computers for the next two decades.

Since then a mouse has been the default input method for computers but now it faces stiff with the development of gesture control and touch-screen interfaces as used in the Apple iPhone and the Nintendo Wii.

IBM Previewed Web accessibility software particularly for visually impaired.

IBM previewed unique Social Accessibility collaboration software, developed by IBM Research, which allows Internet users to improve Web accessibility, particularly for those who are visually impaired. View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRB72rXXyXo

The new collaboration software enables users with low or no vision to report Web content accessibility issues they faced on specific Web pages. In addition, any Internet users who wish to aid in improving Internet accessibility can respond to such requests from visually impaired users by using the tool to contribute alternative text to solve the reported issue.

How It Works

For example, a visually impaired individual wants to find out what image is showing. The image shows a photo of Mount Fuji taken during sunset. Existing screen reading software may not obtain the same information as shown in the image, or a description of the photo is simply missing. Whenever visually impaired users face such difficulties, they can report that incident by using the collaboration tool developed by IBM Research and ask for adding an improved alternative text to describe the image.

The request then is automatically sent to a server hosting the Social Accessibility Project Website where visually impaired users and any Internet users who wish to take part in help improving Web accessibility will register themselves to use the collaboration tool. Internet users who are registered to the Social Accessibility Project can see this request on the project Website, and may decide to respond to this request by using the collaboration tool by clicking “start fixing it” button, and type a short description, such as “Photo caption: Mount Fuji during a gorgeous sunset.” The short description will automatically be transformed to an external metadata. The next time any visually impaired person tries to revisit the Web page showing the photo image, screen reading software will read the alternative text from the metadata to give better explanation of what the photo shows.

Metadata consists of useful information such as description of the content and the physical location of the particular content. By having external metadata to reside at the Web server, Web content will remain unchanged while making the Web more accessible.

To further enhance the usability of Web content, the Social Accessibility Project Website offers an incentive mechanism where screen reading software users can rate the quality of external metadata provided by Internet users along with a comment to show their appreciation. Also, active users are listed at the project’s top page to recognize their active participation on the project.

In addition, screen reading software users can place a landmark whenever they find an important position on a Web page, and other users can benefit from those landmarks to help reach important information easier and faster.

Available via IBM alphaWorks

In order to encourage participation in the project, the Social Accessibility Project Website and collaboration tool are available free of charge on IBM alphaWorks Services website. To make Web content more accessible, it is vital to gain valuable feedback from screen reading software users to report issues with Web content accessibility. Leveraging the power of collaboration is vital to the project, and by placing the Website and software on alphaWorks, IBM expects to receive significant user feedback to help advance the project and the company’s ongoing accessibility technology research.

To access Social Accessibility Project on alphaWorks, please visit: http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/socialaccessibility/

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3, 5 Page Website design: An Alternative solution until you are not ready to make it big website.

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