Top Korean Web 2.0 Apps

first_imgNext in my series on international web apps is Korea. I have Chang W. Kim, who runs ablog called Web 2.0 Asia, to thank for providingme with all the info. Korea is in many ways ahead of the curve in terms of the Internet. It has the highesthousehold penetration of broadband internet in the world and some highly innovative Webapplications (e.g. the social network Cyworld).Bigcos and SearchChang says that in Korea a lot of web 2.0 initiatives are done by Internet bigcos – Naver, Daum, Nate.com (operated by SK Communications, which also ownsCyworld), Yahoo Korea, etc. However he says GoogleKorea isn’t such a big threat in this market and it is outperformed by local searchcompany Naver.  Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In a post on his blog, Change described thereasons why:“I think the success of Naver search has been largely helped by the fact that Korea isa very homogeneous society where people often have very common and shared interests. Imean, every society has its memes and zeitgeist, but I think Korea is a little morespecial. 48+ million people packed in a small country that’s equipped with dead efficientbroadband and mobile networks. That’s an interesting (and even a bit dangerous)combination.”Chang said that the Korean bigcos all seem to be providing generic Web/media 2.0service offerings – blogs, photo management tools, online video sites (a la Youtube),social networking,  RSS aggregators, etc. Very similar to what’s popular in theWestern world.Cyworld rules!But Chang reckons of all the bigco service offerings, the most impressive isdefinitely Cyworld. It provides the same social networking values as Myspace, but it didso 5 years before. Cyworld had been criticized as a “closed service” in the past, but nowthey are opening up. Chang has written about Cyworld’s new initiatives, which are littleknown outside of Korea, on his blog [ref 1 and2].  Enbee is a an end-to-end photo management servicethat’s similar to HP’s Snapfish.Tattertools is the leading blog tool ofKorea. They recently launched a hosted blogging service (like Typepad) called Tistory as well.Video sharing: Pandora TV (recently announced a$6M investment by Sillicon Valley investors), Beedeo.com (founded by the original founder ofCyworld, but hasn’t yet taken off in Korea)Revu by Opinity is an Identity 2.0 (online reputation)service.Thinkfree is a leading WebOffice service (has a US office) – n.b. I interviewed ThinkFree CEO TJ Kang for ZDNet (part 1 and part 2).Ohmynews.com is a well-known Citizenjournalism siteWingbus provides a travel booking servicealong with travel-related blogs, syndicated from various sources.Han RSS is the #1 RSS reader in Korea, in termsof market share and features.Cyworld openmarket is a “social commerce” site where people create blogs with shopping APIs (here is Chang’s post about it)Chang also said there are many online gaming services – “Korea is a hotbed ofonline games companies.” He thinks that online games (MMORPGs) might be the best examplethere of a) software as a service and b) online money-making business models. If there is a possible market opportunity, Chang thinks it’s a Facebook-like collegesocial networking site. But then, everyone uses Cyworld anyway!Finally, if you want to keep up with the Web industry in Korea – as well as subscribing to Chang’s blog, also check out my friend Taewoo Danny Kim’s blog and Channy Yun’s KoreaCrunch. They’re all in english and well worth tracking. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Some of the best features are:Mini hompy – buddy relationshipsencompassing a photo gallery, message board, guestbook, and personal bulletin board.The Paper – CyWorld’s blog and content syndication service.Cyworld Town – a minihompy-based service targeted for SOHOs and other e-commerceshops.lots of social networking features – e.g. Club, Mini Ring, TeamPlayIn terms of stats, Cyworld is totally dominant. According to Wikipedia:“…as much as 90 percent of South Koreans in their 20s[1]and 25 percent of the total population of South Korea[2] areregistered users of Cyworld, and as of September 2005, daily unique visitors are about 20million.”Cyworld also recently opened for business in the US – and promptly got a harshreview from Techcrunch’s Marshall Kirkpatrick. Chang commented over on his blog that he thinksCyworld US may not take off, but that the parent company has deep pockets and is puttingin a lot of effort for version 2 of the US product – codenamed C2. It does seem to methat Cyworld is a culturally unique product, which may prevent it from succeeding in theUS (and hence the UK, Aussie, etc) market.  But from what I understand ofit, Cyworld is extremely innovative and (unlike Marshall) I actually do think avatarswill have a big part to play in future social networks in the West. Marshall was verydismissive of avatars in his TC review. He said in a comment: “I can’t speak foranyone in South Korea, but I think these avatars are silly. I think the whole thing ismassively nuts.” Nice one Marshall.Korean StartupsKorea has a great list of startups and some of them are making a name for themselvesoverseas – e.g. OhMyNews and ThinkFree. 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Is Dunn’s Resignation the Knockout Punch for Best Buy?

first_imgdave copeland Related Posts The resignation of Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn last week could be the start of a massive shift for not only Best Buy, but for big-box retailers across a wide range of sectors.“This is not the end of physical media sales, but that will become a minority niche business,” said Marty Wolf, a merger and acquisitions adviser. “Retailers in general are going to have to realize that retail space in many circumstances is becoming a showroom for the Internet – or retailers need to make the space an entertainment and services facility as Apple has done.”Along with last week’s announcement of Dunn’s resignation, Best Buy said it would close 50 of its stores. Dunn was a 26-year veteran of the company, and while some allegations of an affair have been raised since he stepped down, most company observers are speculating he was primarily forced out because of his inability to convert the e-commerce business quickly enough to compete with Amazon.In many ways, Best Buy became a victim of some of the very technology it used. Visitors to its retail shops could instantly comparison shop with tablets and smartphones.“Dunn’s successor will grapple with consumers’ growing comfort in making purchases with smartphones, sometimes inside of Best Buy stores, as well as the popularity of buying from Apple Inc. and Amazon,” said Adam Hanft, CEO of marketing firm Hanft Projects. “That is the triple demon that they face. They get foot traffic, but they’re not converting that into sales because people are in there with their iPads seeing if they can get a better buy.”Perhaps ironically, Best Buy had started to position itself for the shift, acquiring mindSHIFT for $167 million to extend its business further beyond retail. But that may have been too little, too late.“The company could not move fast enough to transform – even as it is closing stores, the market could not wait,” Wolf said.Dunn joins a string of high-profile CEO ousters in the tech sector, according to Bobby Zafarnia, president of Praecere Interactive. He pointed to HP and former CEO Mark Hurd, Yahoo and former CEO Carol Bartz, and Olympus and former CEO Michael Woodford as recent examples.“There’s the larger narrative of CEO resignations in the tech and retail industries that results in tremendous negative attention for the company, hurting investor confidence in Best Buy,” he said. “Whether it’s the company that faces scrutiny, board of directors or CEO’s behavior that’s in question, the scandal is what will always dominate the headlines until a new leader is installed and profits are back on track – and that’s never an overnight development.” Tags:#e-commerce#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Nehalem-EX, a game changer, unleashed!!!

first_imgSee this video from IDF 2009, San Francisco.Sean Maloney demonstrates new features coming with the next generation Intel Xeon processor for 4S+ server configurations, Nehalem-EX.  Sean focuses on the unique scalability and RAS capabilities newly introduced into the platform.Paul Ottelini on Monday said it is the democratization of data.  With the capabilities, Intel Xeon processor based servers are ever more relevant to any type of workload a data center would support.  The economics of standards based Intel architecture platforms will in effect provides another choice for data center operators to run the most demanding and mission critical workloads where expensive and legacy proprietary architectures like RISC are no longer the sole choice.  This choice proposition is very powerful as the cost reduction is the foremost concern that needs to be tackled by data center operators and IT managers.Nehalem architecture brought the performance and efficiency.  Nehalem-EX will bring, on top of that, the RAS capabilities and increased variation of OEM system designs.  In addition, ISVs will be ready to have hardware features reflected into the software products.  It is a game changer, turn of the industry, where Intel is providing data centers with opportunities to standardize ALL the workload, including the most mission critical, to Intel Xeon processor based infrastructure.last_img read more

YTT: Last time they met

first_imgRelated LinksLast time they met On the eve of the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman, we are rewinding back the clock to the previous Youth Trans Tasman Series played back in 2015. Our Aussie youth teams took on the battle for the title against New Zealand in our own backyard at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla.Our under 18’s and 20’s team displayed nothing but class and skill defeating the Kiwis and taking the 2015 title with a 4-0 series win. The Aussie’s dominated the tournament winning 11 out of the total 12 games played. Wow! Our under 18’s and 20’s team displayed nothing but class and skill defeating the Kiwis and taking the 2015 title with a 4-0 series win. The Aussie’s dominated the tournament winning 11 out of the total 12 games played.This is how it all went down back in 2015. 18s Girls  Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 5 defeated New Zealand 1 Australia 4 defeated New Zealand 0 18s Boys New Zealand 9 defeated Australia 8 Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 4 Australia 5 defeated New Zealand 4 20s Girls Australia 12 defeated New Zealand 1 Australia 15 defeated New Zealand 3 Australia 13 defeated New Zealand 3 20s Boys Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 7 With the 2017 series now on New Zealand ground, the Aussie’s will be looking to fight hard to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy. Livestreaming will be available with the 17’s mixed tapping off day one at 8:00am AEDT. To watch the livesteam click here. Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to season

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to seasonby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted with Nicolo Barella’s start to the season.The midfielder has shone since his summer arrival from Cagliari.Conte said, “Barella has precise characteristics and plenty of room to grow. He’s as generous as I was, he’s a lad who radiates energy from all his pores.“We’ll have to be good at channelling the energy into the places we want. He’s a lad who has a lot of potential, he works hard and has made himself available.“He has all the ingredients to become a pillar for Inter.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5 days agoAnderlecht whizkid Lokonga offered to Man City, Barcelona

first_imgAnderlecht whizkid Lokonga offered to Man City, Barcelonaby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInterest is growing in Anderlecht whizkid Albert Sambi Lokonga.The 19 year-old whizkid is off contract in June and is eager to leave the struggling Belgian giants.Marca says agents for Lokonga have offered him to Manchester City, Barcelona and Sevilla.The youngster can negotiate pre-contract terms with foreign clubs from January 1.The 19-year-old is a Belgium U21 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Opinion Paradoxical journeys led LeBron James and me home to Ohio

2013 NBA Champion for the Miami Heat and Akron, Ohio native LeBron James stands on the sidelines at the Wisconsin football game Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoThe droplets trickled down my face, falling and creating mini oceans upon the speckled floor of the gym, when he uttered those unforgettable words.With a tank top and the chiseled physique I could only dream of, he walked towards me as the words slid so nonchalantly out of his mouth and into the air.“LeBron’s coming back,” the stranger said. “He’s coming back to Cleveland.”—Quite ironic that the announcement of LeBron’s arrival came amidst a workout, as workout routines were something that I’d never done as a boy in South Florida.Even as a high school football player taught daily the importance of rigorous workout regiments, I didn’t get it. By simply arriving at the gym or to the field, I thought that I would be in shape and that I would improve as an athlete.The merits of hard work of any kind- physical, mental, or emotional- didn’t register… until I came to Ohio.—Each and every year, my parents, my siblings and I would leave behind the sun-filled beaches of South Florida to travel to Cleveland to visit my family.While I don’t remember my first visit to Northeast Ohio- I was merely an infant resting comfortably in the arms of my mother- I’ve been in love with the area since my early years.I never knew what it was that drew me in so quickly, so wholeheartedly.When I walked around school sporting Chief Wahoo upon my chest or “Couch” across my back, I knew how much pride I had in the city, but couldn’t really explain it to my peers.“If they haven’t lived it, they’ll never learn it,” I thought.Reality was, outside of those bi-annual trips, I hadn’t lived it.After a year at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, however, I decided that I couldn’t pretend anymore. I couldn’t pretend to understand what made Ohio so special to me without ever having spent more than a couple weeks there.So, with the begrudging approval of my parents, I packed my bags and headed off to The Ohio State University- the school of my dreams since I was eight years old.—When I left Florida for Ohio, I didn’t understand the importance of much.My father- my hero, my role model and the hardest working man I’ve ever known- sacrificed any resemblance of free time so that I could spend my youth amongst the elite of South Florida and attend one of the most prestigious schools in the country.While I knew he worked hard, I couldn’t comprehend the grueling hours and the unbelievable work my father put forth.How could I?Many of my friends and I, we were handed everything. It didn’t make us bad people, rather, we just never had to fight for anything. All the clothes, the food, the cars we wanted were right in front of us, there for the taking.Amidst all of the fun in the sun, I still wondered why something in my life was missing. My friends and my family were incredible pieces in my puzzle, but there was still a massive piece that I needed to find.When I arrived in Ohio as a full-time resident, that puzzle piece instantly emerged and I was well on my way to finding what made this place, these people, so special.—I’d like to think LeBron James and I shared a similar experience in the entirely opposite direction.James spent his early years in Ohio, living in poverty, dreaming of the life of leisure I previously described. Rather than to loaf through life, he worked incessantly to hone his craft in order to provide for his family in the way that his family could never provide for him.After working for seven years at home in Cleveland with an unfulfilled promise of a championship ring to Northeast Ohio weighing upon him heavily, enough was enough.For once in his life, LeBron needed to take the easy road- the road that I’d traveled for years.As I had departed from South Florida to learn a different way of life in Ohio, LeBron James departed from Ohio to learn a different way of life in South Florida.—I’ll never say I “grew up” in South Florida. I lived there, I loved there and my friends for life are from there, but to say I “grew up” in South Florida would be a lie. To grow up is to mature, to understand what you value in life. In South Florida, I did neither of those things.I “grew up” in Ohio and amidst that maturation process, understood that Ohio is where I belong.It started with work ethic- the something I’d never had in the Sunshine State.As I inundated myself into Ohio’s culture, I developed an understanding of the hard-working,“blue collar” reputation of the people and connected the dots quickly.In Florida, while my father certainly worked his rear-end off to provide for me the aforementioned life of ease, I never learned how to work hard. My father was too busy putting his work ethic to the test every day to force me to find mine.Buried deep inside my Midwestern blood, however, it was there all along and only Ohio could bring it out of me.When I started to mirror the work ethic that my fellow Buckeyes put forth every day, I suddenly began to understand the things I truly valued in life.That’s what hard work does.It instills a sense of greater value in everything, but especially in your fellow men. I began to value my family in a way that I never had before. I began to count my blessings, rather than my problems. I began to feel that I belonged, as I’d always dreamed of belonging while boasting my Cleveland sports gear as a toddler.It took a while to find, but “blue collar” was in my blood.—Again, I feel as if LeBron James had the same findings, but on the opposite path.In Miami, LeBron realized that his fame, his fortune and most especially his rings didn’t have the value they would in Northeast Ohio.He worked for them, but not in the way he would have if he stayed home.Rather than understanding the value of hard work first-hand, as I did in Ohio, LeBron took a look in the rearview mirror from South Florida.This was all evidenced by his article in Sports Illustrated, which may be known as the most important piece of literature in the history of athletics in Ohio.“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned,” James wrote. “You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge.”For James, should he win one ring or several, his new era in Cleveland will be filled with a value he’s never felt.For myself, well, I head into my final year at Ohio State with a new outlook on life, yearning to get back to work.Be our journeys polar opposites or juxtapositional parallels, venturing from the sandy beaches of South Florida to the rolling hills of Ohio, LeBron and I have each learned of the value of hard work.It’s what brought me and it’s what brought LeBron…Home. read more

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says individual changes can key Big

As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes.The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels.“The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said.He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also said improving the conference’s national standing has to go beyond recruiting.One step towards improving schedules could be eliminating games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents –– a practice OSU has steered away from over the past few years. Last year marked the first time the Buckeyes played an FCS opponent since they took on Youngstown State in 2008. That game ended with a 43-0 OSU victory, while the Buckeyes defeated Florida A&M 76-0 in September.According to a February 2013 article by ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents across the board.“The non-conference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvaraz said on a Madison, Wis., radio show, according to the article. “It’s not very appealing.”The article said the ban could start by the 2016 season.Smith said the Big Ten’s new scheduling guidelines are hard to commit to for schools, but it is important to play major opponents.“It’s very difficult to do, to say that you’re not going to play a (FCS) team,” he said. “That you’re going to play one major, at least, in your non-conferences schedule.”Smith added the drive to schedule opponents who are easier on paper stems from the system of needing just six wins to qualify for a bowl game. He said he has never been a fan of that system and thinks it leads to teams trying to pad their schedules with less challenging non-conference games.At the end of the day, Smith said it is still up to the individual schools to figure out how they can put their best product on the field year in and year out.“As an institution, what do you do with your football coach to help him recruit the best talent to where you are so that you can get better?” he asked.While there have been knocks on OSU’s strength of schedule throughout the years, it has been rare to see the Buckeyes not schedule at least one major non-conference opponent. Since the beginning of the decade, OSU has taken on the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of California twice, and the team is set to take on Virginia Tech this season and in 2015.While Miami and California were not at their peak performance levels during those seasons, Smith said OSU’s non-conference schedule is set to ramp up beyond the next two seasons. Between 2016 and 2023, the Buckeyes are currently scheduled for home-and-home matchups with Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, Oregon and Texas.Scheduling better teams is a start, but Smith said there is still one more ingredient in the recipe for improving the conference’s reputation.“I think our problem in the Big Ten is we need to go beat people,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to go beat non-conference people, so that’s something we have to do better.”Beyond scheduling high-powered opponents, OSU has made changes to Ohio Stadium to boost recruiting as well as the fan experience at Buckeye games. Those changes include a new turf field, additional seats in the south stands and permanent lights to help the scheduling of night games.Smith said these additions are part of a plan for the future but can help recruiting off the bat, especially as OSU’s schedule begins to include more prime-time starts.“Recruiting is off the chain, we know that,” Smith said of the atmosphere at night games. “Because it’s a cool environment.”He also said there is a novelty to night games, so the school has to be sure not to schedule too many or too few.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium project had a deadline set for Aug. 14. As of July 7, Smith said the project was still on schedule and within the initial budget of $8.9 million.The OSU football team is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md., at noon. The first game of 2014 at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 6, when OSU takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. read more

Kanu names two key players for Nigeria

first_imgNigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu believes that Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo are the key players for the national team for the World CupThe 41-year-0ld was part of the famous “invincibles” Arsenal side that went an entire league season unbeaten in the 2003/04 campaign and he has also won major trophies such as the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup during his glittering playing career.Ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Russia, Kanu is hopeful that Nigeria will be able to do well with the young talent that is currently emerging and he feels that the Super Eagles will have the added bonus of the tranquillity in the camp this summer.”As the years go by we keep growing and planning, getting more experience. I believe we have the best young players in the World Cup, in terms of age, ” Kanu told RT.”They are doing well. The hunger is there and this is the first time that they have a peaceful camp, in terms of everything [being] well organized.Alex Iwobi, Everton, Premier LeagueAlex Iwobi: “I feel like an Evertonian now” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Alex Iwobi is pleased with how quickly he’s adapting at new club Everton following his prolific start to his Merseyside career.”[Odion] Ighalo, Alex Iwobi. There is a lot of them that you can mention. We don’t really call them star players but all round we believe they are a good team.”The Atlanta 1996 gold medalist represented Nigeria in the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups.”That was the best. You do everything you do at club level just for you to be in the World Cup,” he said.”The best players in the world have to come to the World Cup. For every player, that is a dream.”For me as a player I always look forward to the World Cup because it is every four years, it is not something that comes every year.”last_img read more