After a cross country trip and a horrible sinus cold, your personal Technosaurus is back on the beat. I thought it would be a good time to catch up on interesting technology news and happening over the last two weeks.
|*||Angry Birds - 500 million downloads over the past two years. Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka claims that's the fastest growing game and most downloads of any game ever. It's no secret that the game has been growing fast without any marketing dollars being spent. The mad flying birds game is currently seeing 130 million monthly users, 30 million daily active users, and 300 million minutes of game play each and every day.|
|*||MC Hammer goes after Google - M.C. Hammer is in the process of launching a search engine. This may sound like an April Fool's Day joke, but it's legit. (or 2 Legit 2 Quit)|
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, the rapper, businessman and ordained minister announced he has launched a new search engine called WireDoo. What's different than Google? It generates results based on relationships between subjects that run deeper than keywords.
The rapper and his team have the service in pre-beta now after two years of work. Surprisingly nowhere in the announcement did he say, "You Can't Touch This".
|*||BlackBerry launches a music service - Research in Motion has finally launched its BBM Music app out of beta, giving its BlackBerry users a social way to listen to music on their devices.|
The service costs $5 a month and works differently than other music services. Each paid user of BBM Music can pick 50 songs to post to their BlackBerry Messenger profile, and anyone who is friends with that user can then listen to the posted songs. So, the more friends you have on BBM Music, the more music you can listen to. Users are allowed to swap out 25 of the posted tracks each month.
Is it just me or does this seem about 5-7 years too late? There are so many better options out there to stream music to a portable device.
|*||Google Maps adds 360 degree park tours -- Google Maps has added breath taking 360 degree views of a couple hundred world famous parks. The images were captured with their Street View Trike...yes pedal power instead of the Street View gas powered vehicles which normally drive around taking pictures.|
Featured parks include the world-famous High Line Park in New York City, Koganei Park in Tokyo and Kensington Gardens in London. In all, Google took pictures of parks in 22 different countries. These photos are just the latest addition to Google's growing set of Street View special collections, which includes beaches, ski slopes, world landmarks and now business interiors.
Now that's informative, cool and "Green" all at the same time.