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To: rrufff who wrote (4489)7/15/2011 10:42:23 AM
From: sylvester80
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I'm not familiar with AlphaTrade but I assume you are referring to their web version. Have you tried running it on a Android 2.2 or 2.3 smartphone from the web browser? If it would work on phones it should work on tablets.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (4490)7/15/2011 11:09:11 AM
From: rrufff
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Tried - doesn't work - needs virtual machine apparently.

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To: rrufff who wrote (4491)7/15/2011 11:37:41 AM
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From: sylvester807/15/2011 1:47:09 PM
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Are You a Facebook Defector for Google+? [POLL]
1 hour ago by Todd Wasserman

Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Google+ has only been out for about two weeks, but a few users are so taken with the service that they’re exiting Facebook entirely.

For instance, Chris Brogan, president of the consultancy Human Business Works, put an “I have moved” message on his Facebook Page, where he has more than 3,000 friends.

“I never liked Facebook,” Brogan wrote on his G+ profile page Friday. “I never used it to stay in touch with friends. I never had a great experience with the platform. I never had it work well (if at all) for my business. So, I didn’t bother. I used it grudgingly.”

Another user, Jeff Patch, wrote on Facebook, “My Facebook feed has become unmanageable. I’m de-friending anyone who is not a close friend, family member or colleague. Find me on Google+.”

Jack Lesley, another Facebook defector also wrote, “Leaving Facebook. Have about half of my friends moved, will be deleting my FB account on 31 July!”

Google+ already has about 10 million users. But users may be reacting to the novelty of a new social network. Facebook, with more than 750 million users, has seen would-be social networks, like Google Buzz, invade its turf before.

And to be sure, there are some who think Facebook defectors are daft.

“Wondering if that’s a career-limiting move considering clients who will still want council on Facebook on the years to come,” David Armano, executive vice president of global innovation and integration at PR agency Edelman, wrote regarding Brogan. “Of course, it’s perfectly viable to build a niche outside Facebook since so many others are focused there.”

What do you think? Are you planning to reboot your social network on G+? Do you think these defectors are crazy? Let us know in the comments and cast your vote in our poll.

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From: sylvester807/15/2011 2:10:32 PM
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4 Reasons Artists Are Loving Google+
By Rebecca J. Rosen
Jul 15 2011, 9:17 AM ET

Lots of artists are posting their work on Google+. We got in touch with a few of them to ask about their experience so far. The response? They love it. As Carsten Bradley, an illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, writes:

At this point, for artists it is almost like a social networking utopia. We get instant feedback on our work, and visibility far exceeding the capabilities of Facebook and Twitter combined. With the power of circles, we can share works in progress to select individuals and get immediate feedback and critiques without exposing the work publicly. Maybe it doesn't have anything to do with those reasons. Maybe it's just because it's new and shiny. [But the truth of it is] that artists are really coming together here, and it's wonderful.

Daniel Ibanez, an artist and illustrator living in Fort Collins, Colorado, loves it so much he can see it becoming his primary art blog.

Here are a four things artists love about the site:

1. Google+'s image display page looks really classy. Art shines on its transparent black background. Not to pat our own backs, The Atlantic's In Focus blog has set up a camp on the site, and the results are awesome.

2. The traffic has been immense, especially relative to the rather paltry artist's private site usually receives. Eric Orchard, a cartoonist living in Toronto, says that the Google+ traffic is translating into a spike in sales of his work.

3. One reason for the increased traffic: Unlike Facebook, it's the norm on Google+ to follow people who are complete strangers. As Canadian artist Linsay Blondeau puts it, "There's no pretense of being actual 'friends.'" Of course, if you're an artist trying to market your stuff, reaching beyond the people you already know is going to be crucial.

4. Twitter, like Google+, is good for interacting with strangers. But Twitter's not a great way to display art (you can include one photo or a link to your site, but not an album like Google+ allows). Additionally, French artist Benjamin Basso points out that Google+ doesn't have a big spam problem (yet), something that can be a bit of an annoyance on Twitter. And the real humans on Google+ are a chatty bunch, giving artists an unusual opportunity to receive feedback on their work.

Below, check out our slideshow of art collected from the pages of Google+.

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From: FUBHO7/15/2011 3:13:29 PM
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Google passes on chance to signal stronger Android patent defense

By Ryan Kim Jul. 15, 2011, 8:13am PT 6 Comments

On a day when Google announced it was activating 550,000 Android devices a day and had 6 billion Android Market downloads, perhaps it was asking too much to hear how the company was planning on defending manufacturers and developers from growing patent claims surrounding Android. Google CEO Larry Page did take on a question Thursday about what Google was planning on doing regarding Android’s patent situation but generally side-stepped the query, pointing to Android’s overall momentum before finishing with a modest commitment.

“Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn’t been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem. And I should say, of course, we’re really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner,” said Page during Google’s quarterly earnings call.

Now, perhaps a conference call is not the place to outline a larger intellectual property defense for Android or maybe Google is not prepared to talk about it yet. The company does appear to be stocking up on patent attorneys so it’s apparently working on the issue. But it would have been good to take this opportunity to share more about how Google is working to bulk up Android and how committed it is to ensuring manufacturers and developers will be covered by patent claims. Some kind of signal to partners, even just some stronger talk, would have been welcome. But as it stands, the situation really isn’t any clearer.

This comes after Google was outbid on Nortel’s 6,000 patents by a consortium including Apple, Research In Motion and Microsoft. That bid was approved by courts in the U.S. and Canada though it could still be held up by the Department of Justice. That case was clearly an important part of Google’s strategy, enough to warrant bids of up to $4 billion. Now, Google is no further along though it did force others to pay up for the patents. Page said Google has “a lot of IP in progress — not only what has been issued,” but patents take a long time to get approved, which again, doesn’t address the situation today.

Right now, Android manufacturers are systematically being targeted by Microsoft, Apple and Oracle. Microsoft in particular has been locking up licensing agreements with manufacturers, getting them to pay patent royalties because of alleged Android patent infringement of Microsoft IP. Microsoft has now set its sights on Samsung, the largest of the Android manufacturers, looking to extract $15 a device. Oracle is also approaching manufacturers about licensing deals.

Meanwhile, patent troll Lodsys is going after Android developers with claims that they’re infringing on patents regarding in-app purchase. While Apple has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of its developers against similar claims, Google hasn’t said anything yet.

Google has made clear that it thinks the patent system is broken and will be looking for reform. The loss of the Nortel patents may be another catalyst for that effort. But those things take time. Right now, Android continues to look vulnerable and companies like Oracle, which is pursuing a patent infringement case against Google, are not letting up on the patent issue.

Page did say Google would support Android, but he said it would be done in a “cost-effective manner.” That, again, isn’t exactly reassuring talk. It’s likely he was referring to not overpaying for the Nortel patents. But it’s unclear how frugal Google plans on being in this fight.

I can see that overall Page was trying to make clear that even with the patent questions, manufacturers don’t seem to be concerned. They’re still churning out devices and helping push activations up and their ranks are only increasing. The message is: “Why would they invest if the platform is under dispute?”

It’s a good line of reasoning, but I think it also shows the platform is becoming more of a target each day. With each partner that signs up, it’s another opportunity for Oracle or Microsoft to extract more royalty payments. At some point, if they prevail on their patent claims, it could cause manufacturers to slow down their commitment to Android. I doubt this will get resolved quickly, and Google has to have a plan in place, so we’ll just need to stay tuned. But it had a chance to at least demonstrate more forcefully that it’s prepared to fight hard on this issue and will have the back of its manufacturers and developers. But instead, by citing the growth of the platform, it seems to just to invite more claims in the future.

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From: sylvester807/15/2011 10:47:15 PM
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Google Details Android 3.2 Honeycomb’s New Features For Tablets Of All Sizes
Posted on 15. Jul, 2011 by Jaimie in Tablets

As I thought they would Google has released the platform changes coming with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update. The newest revision of the Honeycomb operating system for tablets will add the Zoom in feature detailed earlier in the week by Google and two other features as well.

Google writes on their website that the Android 3.2 update will bring the following:

?Optimizations for a wider range of tablets: Android 3.2 includes a variety of optimizations across the system to ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
?Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps: Android 3.2 introduces a new compatibility zoom mode that gives users a new way to view fixed-sized apps on larger devices. The new mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, such as on tablets. The new mode is accessible to users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.
?Media sync from SD card: On devices that support an SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them. A system facility makes the files accessible to apps from the system media store.
If you want to develop for Android 3.2 you can download the new SDK right now from Google. And unlike iOS you don’t have to pay a fee to gain access to developer tools so you can get started right away.

At this time Google isn’t saying when Android 3.2 will launch for all tablets. However Honeycomb tablet manufacturers like ASUS and Acer are getting their tablets ready for the new version of Honeycomb already.


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To: sylvester80 who wrote (4493)7/16/2011 2:58:06 PM
From: dybdahl
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Facebook will continue to have most users for quite some time, especially because not everybody can sign up for Google+, so most people whoo just leave Facebook and "switches" to Google+ right now, are either making a stupid decision or never should have been on Facebook.

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To: dybdahl who wrote (4497)7/16/2011 9:26:48 PM
From: sylvester80
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For sure.. but I think the numbers of Google+ will keep increasing while the facebook numbers will plateau and start descending... after all My Space at one time had a hell of a lot more numbers than facebook... in fact if I remember correctly it took facebook 1 or 2 years to reach 10 million users... Google+ did it in 2 weeks...

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (4498)7/16/2011 9:31:46 PM
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Elgan: What I lost on the Google+ Diet

After using only Google's new social network for a week -- forsaking all others -- here's what I learned

By Mike Elgan
July 16, 2011 07:01 AM ET21 Comments

Computerworld - On July 8, I went on the Google+ Diet, using Google's new social network for all my online communication. As part of the diet, I stopped using Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and several other services. I even stopped using e-mail.

As I explained in my column last week, the purpose of the experiment was to see if consolidating and streamlining all social activity into Google+ was possible and, if so, desirable. (You can follow my experiment here, even if you're not a Google+ member.)

I was able to answer my two questions on day one of my Google+ Diet. Yes, it's possible, and yes, it's desirable.

More interestingly, however, I found out all kinds of surprising things about Google+ and about using Google+ as the one-and-only medium for online communication. Here's what I learned:

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