Google recently shut the door on Microsoft with a major online ads deal with Yahoo. Having warded off any possible threats to its throne in the immediate future, Google can look to consolidate its gains. And consolidate it will. Mark Mahney, financial analyst at Citibank Investment Research, expects Google to earn $1 billion from display ads alone in 2009.
Currently Yahoo is the leading player in the global online display ads industry – not to be confused with search ads - worth $22 billion annually. Google will be able to trim Yahoo’s lead in 2009 by auctioning display ads space across its bouquet of prime internet properties that includes Youtube, Google Videos, Images, Maps and Finance, and DoubleClick.
The internet juggernaut has finally solved its Youtube conundrum and will start feeding video ads to the website’s legion of video buffs. Mahney anticipates $500 million in Youtube display ads sales alone in 2009.
The internet’s guardian of sorts ICANN will vote on relaxing rigid norms that currently govern top level domains like the ubiquitous .com domain. ICANN members will cast their vote on Thursday (June 26th, 2008) on a wide array of changes. If the members uphold the proposed steps then there will be sweeping changes that will surely augur well for freedom on the internet.
There are plans for laxer norms for top level domains that are currently assigned only to countries. Under the proposed arrangement, companies would be able to extend their brands to the internet in the best way possible by turning them to a top level domain. To boot, there is a possibility of top level domains in languages other than English, and the .xxx domain might finally be round the corner. Will ICANN vote for a new era of domains – Domain 2.0? Let’s see.
Why hello there. Fancy bumping into you here. I’m Norman, Maximum PC’s newly minted Online Editor, though you might remember me from such roles as Norm the Intern at PC Gamer magazine. Along with our esteemed Editor-In-Chief Will Smith, I’d like to welcome you to the new Maximum PC website. We’ve been working on the website re-launch for the past few months, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share it with you.
But before you jump in, I want to take this opportunity to spotlight some of the fancy new features of the site, including a few that you’ve been requesting for a long time. Read on for more!
Redmond rolls out a pair of updates for Vista's version of Windows Media Center, improving support for newer set-top boxes and enhancing support for Media Center Extenders. Media Center Extenders enable you to bring the Windows Media Center desktop and content to your TV or HDTV. Whether you use an Xbox 360 or other extender, the updates Redmond rolled out today will improve how extenders work. If you use Windows Media Center, you'll want these updates.
It's no secret that Blizzard has a big secret. While we can't tell you what awaits eager gamers on June 28, we can tell you about a hidden Blizzard feature you might not know about--and it's every bit as cool as Diablo III. Or World of Lost Vikings. Or Rock N' Roll Starcraft.
Being a gamer has never been so good, and it stands to only get better this summer as AMD and Nvidia continue their GPU chess match. Nvidia went for the checkmate by announcing the new 9800GTX+, which features a die shrink and faster clockspeeds than the original 9800GTX, but AMD was quick to respond by releasing the HD 4850 a week ahead of schedule. Now it appears AMD is telling its graphics board partners to go ahead and overclock the new part, who are all too happy to oblige with a second wave of HD 4850 videocards expected to debut by the second week of July. Combined with the recent rumor that the new 4xxx series GPUs will play nice with last generation's 3xxx series in a CrossFire configuration, could this mean we're finally witnessing a more aggressive AMD? Either way, it's your move, Nvidia.
E3 is rapidly approaching, which means game publishers are squirreling away their biggest announcements until the fabled trade show. However, that doesn't mean they aren't tossing out a few crumbs of info here and there. Huh? What's that? Diablo 3? Oh yes, you know you want to read more.
Despite all the Web 2.0 rhetoric the internet still has no sure-fire answer for rampant phishing frauds. Microsoft, PayPal and Google – the who’s who of the internet – have laid the cornerstone of the Information Card Foundation to confront some of the most daunting and taunting online security challenges. The organization has as its immediate goal to replace each individual’s myriad of online passwords with a single ID card.
Such an ID card will be a person’s key to the internet and will only transact information absolutely necessary for accessing a website. It can certainly put a lid on phishing fraud. The technology required for these information cards is present as we speak but there aren’t enough compatible websites. Also don’t forget it is easier to treasure – or even venerate - a single all-purpose ID card than innumerable passwords. Did You Know: eBay-owned online money transaction major PayPal has been offering a cheap security device called Security Key, which is effectively a key generator, since early 2007 to its customers. Security is paramount for PayPal as any lapse or breach can result in serious monetary damage to its users. PayPal offers this device for $5 to all its users except business members for whom it is free.
D-Link's new DIR-628 offers support for 802.11n 5GHz as well as 2.4GHz support with a street price of around $100. 5GHz support enables 802.11n networks to escape the channel congestion inherent in 2.4GHz networks (where only three of the 11 channels theoretically available do not overlap) and achieve faster throughput through the use of double-width (40MHz) channels. Find out what's included, as well as what features hit the cutting room floor to help the DIR-628 make its price point.
TV manufacturers are literally contesting every inch and when most gadgets are shrinking – in keeping with the dominant small-is-beautiful spirit of our times, TV manufacturers are spending millions on adding extra inches to LCDs and Plasmas. Now Sharp has unveiled the largest LCD TV in the world, a 108” behemoth.
The Sharp LB-1085 108” LCD is now on sale across Europe, and an outrageous sum of $185,000 and a ridiculous 16 weeks of delivery time is all that separates European consumers from it.
It is certainly not the TV you can move around your house at will as it weighs a staggering 430 pounds. It features Full HD, 400 CD brightness, 1200:1 contrast ratio and 6 ms response time. Its U.S launch is slated for September.