Archive for the ‘Tech news’ Category

Ecommerce Complexity for Canadians, take 2

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

To sell something /accept credit card payments on a website,  there are 4 typical options: Simplest and least technical: use a hosted online shop solution like Yahoo! Store or Shopify Also a fairly simple method: if you already have a website, add a Buy Now button and "re-direct" the user to a ...

Google Sites is pretty neat!

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Google Sites just came out. It's quite well put-together, and much nicer than other Wiki's. However, I don't think it will get main-stream adoption yet. (Btw: it's the re-worked JotSpot Wiki engine after they bought it at the end of 2006.) See it in action at http://sites.google.com/ ...

Amazon’s Kindle was sold out in 5.5 hours — praise for the design team?

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

(Credit: Amazon) Amazon's Kindle ebook reader sold out in 5.5 hours, yet it has received absolutely abysmal product reviews from the blogosphere. What do you think: Should Amazon continue to praise its design anyways? This is a tough management issue to deal with. To be exceptional, Amazon needs to ...

Majority of users on Facebook are women

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Bet you weren't expecting that! The ladies are consistently the large majorities of users in every country. Here are some totals and percentages: World total: 43 million users (63% women) US total: 18 million users (60% women) Canada total: 6.6 million users (67% women) The TechCrunch post sourced it from Paul Francis' post. This is ...

Spetacular startup failures

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This blog entry in Venture Beat outlines the 20 worse VC investments of all time in an article from Insider CRM. A glimpse of the top 2: Amp’d Mobile: $360 million raised, ended in bankruptcy. Procket: $272 million, sold for $89 million. That's a lot of money to lose...

One laptop per child (OLPC) for sale, limited time only

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Just in case the buzz was drowned-out in other headlines, the little green laptop is for sale for a limited time. From the OLPC site: Give One Get One Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. ...