Today we announced that Best Buy and Future Shop are consolidating as Best Buy. This means the products, services, and features you have come to expect from Future Shop and FutureShop.ca will now be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.ca. We have plans to invest up to $200 million to build a leading multi-channel customer experience on the Best Buy brand.
Another week, another technology event
Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference started the week off with a lot of buzz, rumors of a new Apple netbook or tablet computer, rumors of Steve Jobs presenting...basically a lot of curiosity and anticipation. So what happened?
No Steve, no netbook or tablet. But, thre was a whole slew of cool announcements, including a new iPhone with a new version of the iPhone OS, and a new version of OSX Leopard (Called Snow Leopard. OSX is the Macintosh operating system).
As well, there were some updated hardware announcements and new pricing. You can get the full details in Tris Hussey's WWDC Coverage, and more detail on the iPhone announcements in Triss' item here.
A fun little bit from WWDC, AppleInsider did a cool item on an Apple Appstore art installation that showed Appstore downloads / purchases as they occurred. Mesmerizing.
Binary Business Blues
Two articles caught my attention earlier this week. The first article in Macleans Magazine looks into some of the reasons why You can't buy that here; Canadians are prevented from many different types of online purchases.
The next one was this item from Reuters news service, describing how digital downloads may kill the corner videogame store.
Microsoft changes position on Netbooks and Windows 7
Earlier this week MS backpedaled on it's 'three application only' position for the netbook 'Starter edition' of Windows 7.
Pundits believe that if MS had enforced this three-app limit, Linux-based netbooks would have been the sure winners.
Snoozing on Social Media
If you're Canadian and use Twitter, you're in the minority, according to an Ipsos Reid survey reported by CBC.
A concerning social media story crossed my desktop earlier this week -- Leaving 'Friendprints': How Online Social Networks Are Redefining Privacy and Personal Security. According to a Wharton School of business researcher, "The way privacy has traditionally been defined is being challenged."
The lengthy article goes on to discuss the evolution of online privacy and current accepted practices. Interesting reading, especially if you're trying to determine what your online fingerprint looks like.
Facebook unlocks the holy grail of social media identity...allowing users to have their own vanity URLs. Buzz Bishop has the full story. I'm now facebook.com/brad.grier. Woot.
Science/tech and other stuff
Canadian scientists plan to build an inflatable tower to space. Yep, inflatable. NewScientist reports:
Lucky: Fourteen year old hit by speeding space meteorite...and survives to tell the tale! Sorry, this is starting to sound like supermarket-tabloid news, but according to The Telegraph, it happened.
Back to real, if not hard science for a bit...CBC is reporting that a new element has been produced and will be added to the Perodic Table as element 112, called Ununbium for now, until the permanent name is announced.