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.
Gears is going; HTML5 is in?
This week Google announced that it's going to stop developing Gears integration into their online application suite:
Google wants to speed up the web
Got a slower website? Then you may not be ranked as high in the Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) as you used to be. Google is going to be considering page load speed as a factor, and have launched a few tools to help you identify speed problems with your website:
Now we bring data and statistics specifically applicable to your site. On Site Performance, you'll find how fast your pages load, how they've fared over time, how your site's load time compares to that of other sites, examples of specific pages and their actual page load times, and Page Speed suggestions that can help reduce user-perceived latency. Our goal is to bring you specific and actionable speed information backed by data, so stay tuned for more of this in the future.
Google wants to know more
Public DNS, one of those arcane internet technologies that is absolutely essential, can now be obtained by Google. Future Shop TechbloggerTris Hussey wrote about it earlier this week and a great discussion developed in the comments:
Would-be Apple tablet competition's over before it begins
The CrunchPad - a super-thin tablet for light computing and web surfing - had huge promise, but it appears to have self-destructed on the launch pad, so to speak:
Latest rumor on the Apple Tablet comes from the latest episode of Diggnation - and it looks like the price point will be highly competitive:
Microsoft's search engine had a rough week, and was missing in action while it recovered:
The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences.
Interesting Net Tech, Apps & Software
Interesting read - a project that appears to debunk the theory proported by Internet Service Providers that Bandwidth Hogs ruin the internet experience ...
So, did I miss anything? What online story really got you going this week? Link to it in the comments!