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Mar 17
2010

Posted by: Mario C

Browser Wars 2010 and Flock

Mario C

Over the past few weeks, Microsoft began offering a “Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe, as required by the European Commission. They began to roll-out around the beginning of March, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.

First, a little background. In December, the European Commission and Microsoft arrived at a resolution of a number of long-standing competition law issues. Microsoft made a legally binding commitment that PC manufacturers and users will continue to be able to install any browser on Windows, to make any browser the default browser, and to turn access to Internet Explorer on or off. In addition, Microsoft agreed to use Windows Update to provide a browser choice screen to Windows users in Europe who are running Internet Explorer as their default browser. This browser choice screen will present a list of browsers, with links to learn more about them and install them. The design and operation of this choice screen was worked out in the course of extensive discussions with the Commission and is reflected in the commitment that Microsoft made. Users who get the choice screen will be free to choose any browser or stick with the browser they have, as they prefer.

Below is the screen with the various different options . . . . 

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Mar 12
2010

Posted by: karim kanji

Marketing thought leader Mitch Joel on the value of promotional products

karim kanji

Many businesses, small and big, travel to and attend trade shows and conventions.  One of the company's I work for uses trade shows to meet potential clients as well as strengthen relationships with current clients.

One of the questions I always ask is, "How can I create a buzz around my booth?"

One option is promotional items.  Sounds cool, eh?

Hmmm....


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What are your thoughts?  I would love to hear/read them.  Please feel free to comment below.

Mar 11
2010

Posted by: Mario C

12 Really Cool Applications of Augmented Reality

Mario C

Augmented Reality. What exactly is this new buzz term all about?  The term augmented reality is believed to have been coined in 1990 by Thomas Caudell, an employee of Boeing at the time. Not that new then. Below is what Wiki details on this 'new' technology

There are two commonly accepted definitions of Augmented Reality today. One was given by Ronald Azuma in 1997 [2]. Azuma's definition says that Augmented Reality
  • combines real and virtual
  • is interactive in real time
  • is registered in 3D
Additionally Paul Milgram and Fumio Kishino defined Milgram's Reality-Virtuality Continuum in 1994 [3]. They describe a continuum that spans from the real environment to a pure virtual environment. In between there are Augmented Reality (closer to the real environment) and Augmented Virtuality (is closer to the virtual environment).

O . . . . k enough of the tech jargon lets dive into how augmented reality is being used to make our lives richer.



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Mar 10
2010

Posted by: Kanan Kothari

Celebrity - Designer Collaborations: Yay or Nay?

Kanan Kothari

JLo creating her own scent, Victoria Beckham designing jeans or P. Diddy launching a clothing line are certainly not new news to anyone.  Especially not to me, since I am both a slave to fashion and addicted to celebrity gossip.  However, I have yet to purchase any item which is celebrity created.  My reasoning was mostly that of general snobbery, where I strongly opposed celebrities designing fashion, accessories or scents and expecting people to buy them based purely on their fame.  Something about the whole thing smelt of entitlement to me, and I’ve pretty much boycotted all along. 

My boycotting ended a few days ago when I noticed the line of jewellery designed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, Michelle Trachtenberg, was being released for Spring, in partnership with Coach.  I have to admit the collection is beautiful. It has a very Betsy Johnson-esque flare. Lots of great pieces – necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, all hand set in Swarovski crystals.







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Mar 10
2010

Posted by: Sarah M.

How to Look Like a Million Bucks (without breaking the bank!)

Sarah M.

It's all in the details!

The term 'investment piece' is thrown about quite frequently in the fashion world, and not without good reason. When it comes to the consistently necessary pieces in your wardrobe - a great pair of jeans, a stunning party dress, your everyday handbag - you may want to invest a little bit more money in brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moschino and D&G amongst many, many other designer brands that have lower-priced lines. Keep in mind that these items are not the same for everyone; if you're a bohemian freelance graphic designer living in Kensington Market chances are your choices in this respect are going to be worlds apart from a Bay Street condo-dwelling mutual funds banker, so it is imperative that you take into account your personal wardrobe needs and lifestyle when deciding what you'll get the most value out of.

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Mar 05
2010

Posted by: Chris Fyvie

A Commercial Real Estate Agents job can be like a dating website

Chris Fyvie
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Commercial Real Estate Terms

A good real estate agent will put you and your company first.  Not only will they listen to your real estate needs but also about your business and what it is you do.  The really good agent will update you on your competition and companies within your industry and can even refer you business.  Imagine having business referred by your real estate agent instead of the other way around!

Plentyoffish.com – Part of my job is to set tenants up with temporary space – either in my clients offices (the ones that have extra space right now) or in a business center like Regus, CSI or Comaraderie.  It’s like speed dating or a friends with benefits scenario – all about the short term commitment or no commitment at all.

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Mar 05
2010

Posted by: Chris Fyvie

Commercial Real Estate News Toronto – February 2010

Chris Fyvie

 

Commercial Real Estate News Toronto - February 2010 - 2/2

LoopNet Releases Next Generation of LoopLinkLoopNet

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