Amazon Web Services launches a SDK for .Net

Amazon Web Services launches a SDK for .Net

Amazon has some good news for the .Net developers.

They have now made available an SDK that would make it easier for them to develop and deploy applications on the Amazon Web Services.

Interestingly, Amazon has launched this new SDK just as Microsoft has begun promoting their own Windows Azure cloud platform.

Amazon said that they launched this SDK to meet the demands of their customers not as a response to Azure.

Amazon said: “Using the SDK, developers will be able to build solutions for AWS infrastructure services, including Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), and Amazon SimpleDB. With the AWS SDK for .Net, developers get started in minutes with a single, downloadable package complete with Visual Studio project templates, the AWS .Net library, C# code samples, and documentation.”

Checkout: Amazon Web Services

Fight Club uses Facebook Connect to celebrate 10th anniversary

Fight Club uses Facebook Connect to celebrate 10th anniversary

It is hard to believe that Fight Club was released 10 years ago. The movie remains as relevant as ever.

The makers of the movie have launched a new site celebrating the 10th anniversary and this site uses Facebook Connect in an innovative manner.

After you login using your Facebook profile, it gathers data about you and uses it in a video.

You get to see your own photos and other information in that video making it a highly personalized experience.

Fight Club uses Facebook Connect to celebrate 10th anniversary

You have to see it for yourself!

The site also promotes the upcoming Blu-Ray disc edition of the movie.

Checkout: Welcome to Fight Club

Digg launches Digg Shoe!

Digg launches Digg Shoe!

No, It is not a joke. Social Bookmarking service Digg has launched their own branded Shoe in collaboration with TOMS Shoes.

It has been designed by one of the designers at Digg and features the official Digg branding.

Two models are available, one for guys and the other one for gals.

Digg Shoe

It is priced at USD 54.

If you are a Digg.com fan, you can order this shoe now at TOMS Shoes website.

There is a good purpose behind this product. For every Digg shoe sold, the company would donate a shoe to a child in need.

Digg launches DiggTV for Digg Shows

Digg launches DiggTV for Digg Shows

Social Bookmarking service Digg has announced the launch of DiggTV which would showcase all of their shows.

It include all the episodes from Diggnation and The Digg Reel and more.

DiggTV

Digg said in a blog posting:

Here’s what’s playing:

Diggnation: This weekly tech/web culture show features Kevin Rose & Alex Albrecht discussing this week’s top Digg stories.
The Digg Reel: Every week, host Andrew Bancroft covers the top videos from across the web.
Digg Dialogg: Tony Hawk. Trent Reznor. Sir Richard Branson. The top names answer your top questions in these exclusive videos.
Diggcetera: A miscellaneous mashup of Digg videos, including Digg Meetups and more.

MySpace continues to struggle against Facebook

MySpace continues to struggle against Facebook

Facebook opened up their network to anyone online a few years ago and they have been dominating ever since.

They overtook MySpace to become the most popular social networking service on the web.

And this has turned into a disaster for MySpace which could now lose as much as USD 100 million in their advertising and search deal with Google.

Wired has reported that the falling traffic on MySpace could mean that the company could not meet the minimum traffic level required for full payments in their deal with Google.

The deal between MySpace and Google was signed at a time when they dominated the market.

News Corp representative Chase Carey has already admitted that they are no longer trying to compete against rivals in the market including Facebook and Twitter. He said: “We’re not trying to beat Facebook. We’re not trying to beat Twitter.”

AOL working on something new that could be huge

AOL working on something new that could be huge

AOL has hinted that they have been working on something new and they plan to showcase it in the coming months.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit. He said: “We have been working on something for the last three months that I think is a fairly substantial shift in our technology. When that’s ready to announce, maybe we’ll come back and talk to you about it.”

Armstrong added: “It’s a broader platform with more information around content and the creation of content. We see that platform evolving to a much higher scale.”

AOL has a pretty strong network of blogs powered by a customized platform named Blogsmith. Maybe they are going to release a public edition of this engine.

AT&T still not prepared to handle tethering on Apple iPhone

AT&T still not prepared to handle tethering on Apple iPhone

AT&T had admitted that they are still not prepared to offer tethering capabilities on the iPhone smartphone on their network.

The company recently enabled the MMS functionality on the iPhone after upgrading their networks to handle the potential overload on the system.

However, their network is still not capable enough to handle thousands of iPhone users tethering the device with their laptops on the go.

It remains to be seen how much more time AT&T needs to offer this service to iPhone users considering it is already available in several international markets.

Yahoo India has a full page advertisement on Times of India!

Yahoo India has a full page advertisement on Times of India!

If you are a Times of India reader, you might have noticed the full page ad on the newspaper’s front page today.

Yahoo must have spent quite a lot for this full page advertisement on perhaps the most read newspaper in the Indian market.

The company highlights their new personalized services in this ad as the punchline states:

The internet is under new management. Yours.

Yahoo India has a full page advertisement on Times of India!

It remains to be seen if this advertisement is going to help Yahoo India gain new visitors.

Ookla has Pingtest.net for testing network quality

Ookla has Pingtest.net for testing network quality

Ookla is already well known for their Speedtest.net web service which enables you to check your internet connectivity speeds by connecting to various servers located around the world.

The company now has a new service named Pingtest.net which does something similar.

Pingtest.net performs three tests to determine the quality of your network by pinging it to different servers around the world.

These three tests are:

Packet Loss
The percentage of packets sent to a server that never arrive

Ping
The time it takes for a packet to travel from your computer to a server and back

Jitter
The variance in ping measurements where zero means all were the same

Here is a sample test result

Ookla has Pingtest.net for testing network quality

Checkout: Pingtest.net