Google I/O 2008 – OpenSocial, OpenID, and OAuth: Oh, My!

OpenSocial, OpenID, and OAuth: Oh, My!
Joseph Smarr (Plaxo)

A number of emerging technologies will soon collectively enable an open social web in which users control their information and it can flow between multiple sites and services. OpenID, OAuth, microformats, OpenSocial, the Social Graph API, friends-list portability, and more will be discussed, as well as a coherent vision for how the pieces fit together and how developers can start taking advantage of them now.
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Android’s 10 Most Exciting Apps

Amid the iPhone 3G launch hysteria, we made a pronouncement that, looking back now long after the dust has settled, pretty well nailed it: forget hardware, it’s code that counts. Code via the juggernaut that is the App Store, which allowed the iPhone to truly came into its own as a mobile platform.

Now, our first official look at T-Mobile’s G1, the first
Android-capable phone built by HTC, is less than 24 hours away, and the same adage holds true now more than ever. Android’s openness puts the emphasis even more squarely on the code this platform will run, making the hardware almost an afterthought. And while it’s still quite early in the game and things won’t really kick up until the G1 becomes available sometime in October, the Android Market is already looking like an equally if not more vibrant place for great apps for your phone. Continue reading Android’s 10 Most Exciting Apps

Spice Up Your Gmail with Themes from Google

We use Gmail everyday, do you get bored with the look of Gmail?
Would you like to have a new fresh look for your Gmail? Gmail fans have
been building unofficial extensions to spice up their inboxes for a
while, but up til now themes haven’t been an integral part of Gmail. Continue reading Spice Up Your Gmail with Themes from Google

Logo Design Trends Report 2007

There are many different kinds of stunning logos. Some are
aesthetic, some conceptual, and some cultural. It is also becoming
disturbingly clear that logo design has become a public sport. As the
public controls their own media more and more-Tivo-ing this, blogging
that, YouTube-ing and Googling everything else-people are no longer
satisfied to simply consume what is placed before them: They have
opinions they want to share. So when a large corporation reveals its
new identity, there are hundreds of internet sites flinging their
opinions back at it. Even when the village board of Remote votes on a
new logo for its two police cars, citizens take to the streets waving
pitchforks and copies of their own designs. Committeecide seems to be
rampant. Continue reading Logo Design Trends Report 2007