Tag Archives: web

Web browsing at work boosts productivity

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Apparently, we’re nine per cent better at our jobs if we use the internet for non-work-related leisure browsing during office hours. This from an Australian study that reckons only 30 per cent of us would do such a thing, but it’s a good excuse when your boss catches you playing flash games instead of filing your audit spreads.

[via Slashdot]

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Happy Birthday Gmail

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Introduced on April 1st 2004, Google’s email service is now five. When it started, users were wowed by the offer of 1GB of free space (sites like Hotmail only gave us 250MB) and the exclusivity of having to be invited to join up. A slick interface and easy-to-use menu system has kept it a favourite since then, even it if is still a beta. The key behind Gmail’s success was the development of Ajax, a programming technique using JavaScript, that let portions of the page load seperately. That made loading lightning fast, a real plus in those days when not everyone had broadband. Thanks for five years of faithful service, Gmail, we’ll send you an e-card later. On second thoughts, if we send a Gmail email back to Gmail itself, then the internet has a very real chance of exploding. Trust us, don’t try it.

[Check out Wired for a great retrospective peice on our favorite web email]

New Facebook layout goes live today

Facebook’s new Twitter-baiting homepage goes live today. Let us know what you think.

[Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip-off]

Sony G3 web camera

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Over the weekend, Sony CEO Howard Stringer presented his vision of the future at CES.  And here it is (okay, not all of it, but the bit you’re most likely to see in a shop before 2009 shuts the door). It’s the Cybershot G3… a digital camera (yawn) with Wi-Fi (more yawn) and an internet browser (eh?). Apparently 2009 is about sending your pictures into the cloud from where they were taken – pending a hotspot in that safari park, of course – then downloading them to your TV (or something). Is this what passes for fun during a recession?