Where have I been?

Hi all,

You may be wondering where I’ve been all this time without posting anything this year since my last pledge to be better at blogging.

Well, technically, I’ve been blogging, rather diligently, but it’s just not on these pages, that’s all.

To be more effective, I have decided to put most of my blogging efforts into the all new Influxis blog. In addition to my posts, there will be a lot more interesting posts, videos, photos, etc. from some of my friends at Influxis.

So, give it a shot. Please go to http://blog.influxis.com and check it out. I think you’ll like it.

Thanks everyone!

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Better Blogging in 2012!

Happy new year!

As I look back 2011, I can easily see my shortcoming in my blogging, consistency! So, here  I go with a new year resolution, to blog more consistently with interesting stuff that you actually would like to read.

I raise my glass to those few who visited my blog last year and promise that it will be better in more than one way!

So, please let others know that Collin’s Tech Chat will bring many more of my peculiar perspectives in all things tech and some other random things that are not tech at all, yet still relevant, I hope.

2012, here I go again! Thanks much everyone!

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The Land of the Morning Calm, aka Korea, is digging FWAwebTV!

Influxis-powered FWAwebTV, the first-ever 24/7 live streaming of digital agencies around the world, is getting some serious attention in the world’s most “connected” country, Korea. For their recent August issue, Korea’s premier internet news magazine W.E.B. featured a story about … Continue reading

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FWAwebTV: Ad agency world 24/7, uncut and uncensored.

You know what’s addicting? Watching random streaming from top ad agencies around the world, that’s what it is. Some get super creative and put on a show for the viewers, and others just show off their places. Whatever it is, it being live from somewhere on this planet right now just makes it fun.

A brainchild of Rob Ford, the founder of the Favourite Website Awards (FWA), FWAwebTV currently showcases 80 top ad agencies from around the world by giving them a one-hour slot each in the 24/7 streaming schedule. It’s planned to continue indefinitely, which means these agencies get to have more than one time to show how creative or downright wacky they are to the world. How cool is that?

Influxis helped develop the app, including the live Shout Box and the automated schedule system that seamlessly transitions the stream from one agency to another.

Trust me, once you turn it on, you’ll be going back to it over and over again!

You can also read the Influxis press post on this cool project.

…is that someone’s ear closeup? Yikes!



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The “iPhone of multiuser app development platforms”: Union Platform

We like the word, easy. We like easy tests, easy work, easy-to-cook meals, you get the point. And the world of developers is no different. Although I myself am not a developer, every developer that I know is always looking for the next new way to code that is easier than before.

With that said, I have a news for all developers. Influxis just announced its hosting of Union Platform this week at the 2011 Flash In The Can Toronto event. Union Platform is supposed to be the “iPhone of multiuser app development platforms”. Its API is supposed to be simple (a synonym for, yep, easy), clean, elegant and intuitive.

It also has the real world-proven performance, cross-platform capability and is easy to start up. It promises to cut down on the coding time from weeks and months to hours and days.

Too good to be true? You can sign up for updates here: http://union.influxis.com.

I think I hear a guy with a pair of Prada glasses, an Ed Hardy t-shirt and a cup of Java (pun intended!) in his hand, staring into his beloved $2,000 laptop and saying, “It’s as easy as Union….”

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Android Attack: Android more preferred than iPhone

According to a Nielson survey released on Tuesday, 31% of prospective smartphone buyers preferred Android, compared 30% for iPhone. Now, the difference is only 1%, but this is quite telling, perhaps a glimpse of the things to come. As many of us have already thought for a while, the war between Android and iPhone is about a war between a open-source platform and a notoriously “closed” platform. And it seems like the open-source is winning, at least for the moment.

The “exclusivity” of iPhone is both a blessing and a curse. Its software and hardware work perfectly together, a match made in Apple Heaven. On the other hand, Android is a manna from Google Heaven that a lot of mobile device companies use to cook up all sorts of smartphones, which can be a hit or a miss. And as expected, the open-source nature of Android has boosted its adoption rate far greater than iPhone, which is very similar to what happened to PC and Mac years ago. But of course, the close-source nature of iPhone makes it a better platform when it comes to viruses (I already have two antivirus apps installed on one of my Android phones! Who would have thought we’d see a day when we install antivirus software on our phones!).

But as PC showed Mac back in the 90s, when it comes to numbers, the masses win. Which means this trend of Android-preference is going to continue, unless there’s an “Armageddon of virus breakouts” on Android phones in the near future that would make us to think twice about the cute little green robot platform.

As much as the popularity of Mac has risen significantly in the recent years, thanks to some great designs, the fact is that there are heck of a lot more PCs than Macs in this world, still (I know Wizard Jobs declared a post-PC era, but I think it’s a bit premature.). Perhaps Apple isn’t looking for a “numerical win” against Google. Perhaps Apple is happy with its view from the top of the design prowess perch. But this Android attack is for real, and I wonder what the next move is from Apple, the company that “thinks different”!

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Apple vs. Samsung: Clash of the Titans

Okay, we all know the business world is very litigious. So, when we hear that a company sued another, we usually pay little attention. But this one is pretty interesting. Granted that Apple suing Samsung for its smartphone design was a just good piece of news in the U.S., but in Korea, it was a headliner. When its biggest business entity got sued by the most powerful tech company in the world, it couldn’t help but notice. Then as expected, Samsung turned around and counter-sued Apple.

Now, what’s interesting is how these two tech Titans are going about with their legal battles. Apple claims that Samsung is a copycat of its smartphone design. I held one of those Galaxy S phones, and yes, it feels very much like an iPhone. But then again, I feel like it’s a bit of stretch. Nowadays, when you stand just a few feet away, most of smartphones look pretty much the same, at least to me (yes, I wear a pair of D&G glasses). On the other hand, Samsung claims that Apple copied its data delivery method, which I’d think can be quite easily analyzed and quantified.

This Clash of the Titans seems to revolve around two different principles: design and technology. Since I’m not a patent lawyer (one LSAT was enough for me to realize that I won’t have ESQ on my business card), I can’t assess the weight of these legal claims, but to an ordinary citizen like me, I feel as though Apple’s move in this case is not a “ripe one”.

So, we, the lowly earthlings, will just have to watch this round of the Clash of the Titans and see who comes out on the top. Let’s get ready to rumble!

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