Interesting Http Requests—Feb. 21, 2012

I’m a partial blogger, however today I feel like starting up a new category on my blog: Interesting http requests. Everyone surfs the web, but I pay special attention to stuff out there that is unique and useful —built by people who love the web and are excellent at what they do. Yes and many times I’ll sneak in some news and global affairs clips as well :-)

This Week In Tech — $AAPL, $NOK, $C, $GOOG

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Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Apple:
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.

iPhone 4 – Unlocked (GSM) – 16GB Black
You can now buy and unlocked iPhone4 at Apple with all features + active micro-SIM card to use on any GSM network worldwide.

Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry
Using the Citigroup customer Web site as a gateway to bypass traditional safeguards and impersonate actual credit card holders, a team of sophisticated thieves cracked into the bank’s vast reservoir of personal financial data, until they were detected in a routine check in early May.

Revealed: How Citigroup hackers broke in ‘through the front door’ using bank’s website

Facebook planning IPO on $100 billion valuation?
Facebook, the social-networking site that is one of the most closely-watched private companies in the world, is likely to go public by the first quarter of 2012, say people familiar with the matter, at a valuation that could be pegged at north of $100 billion.

—Facebook loses 1.5 million users in Canada, 100,000 in the U.K.
and around 6 million in the U.S. as well.

Google has applied for Google Maps license in China: report
Google needs a license from China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping to continue operating Google Maps in China. Recently, requirements for a mapping license were relaxed to allow for foreign online mapping providers, such as Google, to engage in joint ventures to provide the service.

The Shape Shifting Future Of The Mobile Phone

This is a wonderful video and well worth sharing, I loved the concept and the way it was presented with the robotic prototype. For technology dreamers and innovators such as Fabien Hemmert (a PhD student at the Design Research Lab, in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom Laboratories) it all starts there. He shares a fascinating talk on TED about the future of Mobile phones and technology behaving more human-like and although the video is brief and this might be quite far into the future the results are mind boggling.

Fabien talks about making digital content graspable, and how to get the digital to the physical. I’ll let him explain as he does a far better job, but I really wanted to share this quote as it made alot of sense to me as we progress into the future of mobile touch and technology.

Humans should get more technical in the future, rather technology get a bit more human.

I found this video whilst browsing to one of my favorite sites, TAT. If you’re not aware of TAT The Astonishing Tribe AB, you should be. They are an extremely innovative growing group of engineers, visual artists and interaction designers who eat, sleep, and breathe user interfaces. The do lots of cool things and to describe a couple of them I wouldn’t miss (a) Astonishing and free Android wallpapers (b) The future of screen technology

Three Books I’d Like To Read In The Near Future—And A Thought Provoking Video

I find myself pondering about global economics, technology, innovation and where we might end up in the next 50 years. In this fast paced globe change is perpetual and I find it fascinating, and eve though I’m no economist but perhaps these books will help stimulate my mind to a better understanding of things to come in the near future?


You can find these all on Amazon, download them to your PC or read them on your Kindle device:

You Are Not A Gadget, by Jaron Lanier

Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm

The Great Stagnation, by Tyler Cowen

VIDEO: In 50 years the earth has been more radically changed than by all previous generations of humanity. The video entitled “HOME” captures your attention within the first 5 seconds:

Listen to me PLEASE; you’re like ME, a homosapiens, a wise human …


Please note that due to restrictions placed on this video I cannot directly embed it here on my blog the traditional way, please watch this inspiring and thoughtful video on You Tube.

Google Chrome Net Market Share Usage Surges %0.75 For November, $GOOG

The browser i most depend upon is Google Chrome not Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. Chrome has a lightweight footprint and out-performs all the others by miles.  It pleases me to watch their market-share grow over the months and for November it surges %0.75 (from %8.75 to %9.50 from the months of October to November) whilst other browsers didn’t see the same rise in numbers.



Sure Chrome doesn’t have all the plugins that Firefox has (but they do have a growing market of some really cool existing extensions) nor have they thought through their bookmarks feature completely. Pound for pound this is still the best browser in the world. It’s all about speed and performance at the end of the day…